UFC Fight Night Ottawa emanated tonight (June 18, 2016) from the TD Place Arena in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Headlined by a number one contender matchup between Canadian Rory MacDonald and Stephen Thompson, UFN 89 produced a great night of fights for the fans in attendance in the Great White North.

Unfortunately for the Canadian fans though, their top two hometown fighters did not fare well.

The main event saw a tactical chess match unfold between Thompson and MacDonald. “Wonderboy” continued to prove elusive and, with his newfound takedown defense, an exceedingly tough puzzle to solve. While the fight lacked the action that marked both fighters’ last bouts, it was a fascinating game of cat and mouse nonetheless. MacDonald attempted to pressure and close the distance, but more often than not he was met with sharp counterpunches before the South Carolinian circled away. The action picked up in the fifth and final round, but the finish that the “Red King” needed failed to materialize.

In co-main event action, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone wrecked ultra-durable and crafty Canadian veteran Patrick Cote.

Cerrone overcame his usual slow start by hitting two beautiful reactive takedowns in the first round. From there, he put on a gorgeous and violent kickboxing display, knocking Cote down in every round. The left hook was his weapon of choice, and after hurting “The Predator” with it again in the third, two piston-like right hands put his man down for good. Cerrone waltzed into mount and polished him off as his foe covered up. Cote had never before been stopped by strikes.

Here was MMA Twitter’s reaction to these two pivotal welterweight bouts: