According to an Aug. 22 post from Bleacher Report, the results are in from the UFC Fight Night 49 MMA card that went down on Aug. 23 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. The event, which was headlined with a lightweight tilt between Benson Henderson and Rafael dos Anjos, opened with a bang, as Wilson Reis pounded out Joby Sanchez in a bout that aired exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.
Reis won via unanimous decision, after three hard-fought rounds. In the second fight of the night at UFC Fight Night 49, Ben Saunders made a grand return to the world famous UFC Octagon, pulling off a majestic first-round stoppage via omoplata, a rarely utilized BJJ technique. Saunders most recently competed under the Bellator banner, but he made a smooth transition back to the UFC.
Later on the UFC Fight Night 49 card, Matt Hobar won in bantamweight action and Beneil Dariush earned a second-round stoppage in a lightweight tilt. Capping off the UFC Fight Night 49 preliminary card, Neil Magny peppered away at Alex Garcia and went home with a victory via unanimous decision.
The UFC Fight Night 49 prelims aired on Fox Sports 2, prior to the main card action on Fox Sports 1. Once the action turned to Fox Sports 1, Chas Skelly reigned supreme with a first-round stoppage due to rear-naked choke. Later in the evening, James Vick defeated Valmir Lazaro in lightweight action.
In the UFC Fight Night 49 headlining slot, Henderson looks to get back in the lightweight title picture with a tough test against Dos Anjos, a fast-rising contender. Heading into the fight, Henderson was ranked No. 1, with Dos Anjos ranked No. 5. It shapes up to be a high-level chess match, with both men well-versed at all aspects of the game. Dos Anjos only lost once in his past seven fights, and a win over Henderson would propel him into the title picture.
Dos Anjos was coming off the first stoppage victory in two years, while Henderson was riding a two-fight win streak. The UFC held two cards on Aug. 23, as Michael Bisping won his middleweight bout against Cung Le, earlier in the day in China.