UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Gaethje
|UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Gaethje|
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||September 14, 2019|
|City||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Gaethje (also known as UFC Fight Night 158 or UFC on ESPN+ 16) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on September 14, 2019 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
A middleweight bout between former WSOF Middleweight and Light Heavyweight Champion David Branch and The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia light heavyweight winner Andrew Sanchez was scheduled for the event. However, it was reported that Branch was forced to pull out of the event due to injury and was replaced by Marvin Vettori. In turn, it was reported that Sanchez was forced to pull out of the event due to an eye infection, resulting in cancellation of the bout. In turn, the pairing was left intact and was rescheduled a month later at UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson.
A welterweight bout between Michel Pereira and Sergey Khandozhko was scheduled for the event. However, it was reported that Khandozhko was removed from the card due to visa issues. He was replaced by promotional newcomer Tristan Connelly. At the weigh-ins, Pereira weighed in at 172 pounds, 1 pound over the welterweight non-title fight limit of 171. He was fined 20% of his purse and his bout with Connelly proceeded at a catchweight.
|Main Card (ESPN+)|
|Lightweight||Justin Gaethje||def.||Donald Cerrone||TKO (punches)||1||4:18|
|Light Heavyweight||Glover Teixeira||def.||Nikita Krylov||Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Heavyweight||Todd Duffee||vs.||Jeff Hughes||No Contest (accidental eye poke)||1||4:03||[a]|
|Catchweight (172 lb)||Tristan Connelly||def.||Michel Pereira||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–27, 29–27)||3||5:00|
|Middleweight||Uriah Hall||def.||Antônio Carlos Júnior||Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Light Heavyweight||Misha Cirkunov||def.||Jimmy Crute||Submission (peruvian necktie)||1||3:38|
|Preliminary Card (ESPN+)|
|Heavyweight||Augusto Sakai||def.||Marcin Tybura||KO (punches)||1||0:59|
|Bantamweight||Miles Johns||def.||Cole Smith||Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Bantamweight||Hunter Azure||def.||Brad Katona||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Featherweight||Chas Skelly||def.||Jordan Griffin||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Bantamweight||Louis Smolka||def.||Ryan MacDonald||TKO (punches)||1||4:43|
|Lightweight||Austin Hubbard||def.||Kyle Prepolec||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
- An accidental eye poke rendered Duffee unable to continue.
The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.
- Fight of the Night: Tristan Connelly vs. Michel Pereira (Michel Pereira was ineligible to receive any bonus money due to missing weight, therefore Tristan Connelly received a $100,000 bonus.)
- Performance of the Night: Justin Gaethje and Misha Cirkunov
- Fernando Quiles Jr (2019-09-15). "UFC Vancouver Bonuses, Live Gate & Attendance Revealed". mmanews.com. Retrieved 2019-09-15.
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- Dave Doyle (2019-09-11). "Andrew Sanchez vs. Marvin Vettori pulled from UFC on ESPN+ 16 due to illness". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
- Farah Hannoun (2019-09-12). "Andrew Sanchez: Eye infection forced me off UFC Vancouver; Marvin Vettori fight rebooked". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
- Guilherme Cruz (2019-09-07). "Sergey Khandozhko out of UFC Vancouver fight with Michel Pereira". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-09-08.
- Nolan King (2019-09-10). "Michel Pereira draws hometown newcomer Tristan Connelly at UFC Vancouver". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-09-10.
- Newswire (2019-09-13). "UFC Vancouver weigh-in results: Michel Pereira fails to make weight, but fight against Tristan Connelly still on". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-09-14.
- "UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Gaethje". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2019-09-14.