Taking main event honors in a re-worked headliner — perennial heavyweight contender, Curtis Blaydes returns against Philadelphia finisher, Chris Daukaus.
Blaydes, who sits at #4 in the official heavyweight rankings, rebounded from a thunderous one-punch knockout loss to Derrick Lewis, to grab a comprehensive unanimous decision win against Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC 266.
In his last go-around, Daukaus suffered his first promotional loss at the hands of common-foe, Lewis in the main event of UFC Vegas 45 last December. The defeat snapped a run of four straight Octagon victories for Daukaus over Parker Porter, Rodrigo Nascimento, Alexey Oleynik, and Shamil Abdurakhimov.
UFC Columbus: Blaydes vs. Daukaus Results
UFC Columbus Main Card Results: (ESPN+ 7 p.m. ET)
Heavyweight: Curtis Blaydes def. Chris Daukaus via second round (0:17) TKO (punch and ground strikes)
Flyweight: Alexa Grasso def. Joanne Wood via first round (3:57) submission (rear-naked choke)
Welterweight: Bryan Barberena def. Matt Brown via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Flyweight: Kai Kara-France def. Askar Askarov via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Welterweight: Neil Magny def. Max Griffin via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Lightweight: Marc Diakiese def. Vlacheslav Borschchev via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
UFC Columbus Preliminary Card Results: (ESPN+ 4 p.m. ET)
Bantamweight: Sara McMann def. Karol Rosa via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bantamweight: Chris Gutierrez def. Danna Batgerel via second round (2:34) TKO (spinning backfist and ground strikes)
Middleweight: Aliaskhab Khizriev def. Denis Tiuliulin via third round (1:58) submission (rear-naked choke)
Flyweight: Manon Fiorot def. Jennifer Maia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Flyweight: Matheus Nicolau def. David Dvorak via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Featherweight: Luis Saldana def. Bruno Souza via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)