According to a July 15 post from Bleacher Report, UFC Fight Night 45 delivered plenty of fireworks. Featuring a main event of Jim Miller vs. Donald Cerrone and a co-main collision pitting Edson Barboza against Evan Dunham, UFC Fight Night 45 was arguably the best UFC Fight Night event of the year. There were no titles on the line at UFC Fight Night 45, but the event still showcased some of the greatest fighters on the planet, performing at the highest level.
Kicking off UFC Fight Night 45 in the first ever women's strawweight fight in UFC history, Cláudia Gadelha defeated Tina Lähdemäki via unanimous decision. Gadelha was originally slated to tryout for TUF 20, but instead she was signed directly to the UFC. She'll now await one of the contestants on the show, for her next battle. Next on the UFC Fight Night 45 bill, Yosdenis Cedeno defeated Jerrod Sanders in a lightweight clash.
Sanders appeared to suffer a lower leg injury in the opening frame, and he was unable to answer the bell for the second round. Elsewhere, New York standout Aljamain Sterling finished Hugo Viana via TKO at the 3:50-mark of the third round. In other action on the UFC Fight Night 45 preliminary card, Leslie Smith stopped Jessamyn Duke with a series of punches and kicks to the liver. The ref called a stop to the action at the 2:24-mark of the opening frame.
Later on the UFC Fight Night 45 preliminary card, Gleison Tibau earned a unanimous decision win over Pat Healy. The UFC Fight Night 45 main card opened with a win by Lucas Martins, as he defeated Alex White via knockout. Later on the UFC Fight Night 45 main card, John Lineker fights Alptekin Özkiliç at flyweight and Justin Salas takes on Joe Proctor at lightweight.
However, the most intriguing fight of the night is Cerrone against Miller. Both men always put on exciting fights, and a win by either man would certainly inch them closer to title contention in the UFC's lightweight division. Cerrone is currently ranked No. 6 in the division, while Miller is close behind at No. 7.
If Cerrone slips past Miller, he'll likely be in the mix for a title shot against Anthony Pettis. A win by Miller could earn him a fight against Benson Henderson or another high-level lightweight. UFC Fight Night 45 went down at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, and aired on FOX Sports 1. Miller, a New Jersey native, will likely have the hometown crowd behind him for his clash with Cerrone.