UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader
|UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader|
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||January 30, 2016|
|City||Newark, New Jersey|
A welterweight bout between former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Tarec Saffiedine and Jake Ellenberger was originally booked as the main event of UFC Fight Night: Saffiedine vs. Lim on January 4, 2014 and later as part of UFC 172 on April 26, 2014. However, the bout was cancelled both times due to Ellenberger having a hamstring injury  and Saffiedine pulling out due to an undisclosed injury, respectively. The fight was later rescheduled for this event.
Andrew Holbrook was expected to face Sage Northcutt in a lightweight bout at this event. However, on January 22, Holbrook was pulled out of the fight due to injury and was replaced by Bryan Barberena. The bout took place at welterweight.
On March 11, it was announced that Felipe Olivieri was notified of a potential anti-doping policy violation due to a positive test for methyltestosterone stemming from an out-of-competition sample in Brazil, before the event. Oliveiri stated he never used any illegal substance, and will ask for the B-sample to be tested.
|Main Card (Fox)|
|Light Heavyweight||Anthony Johnson||def.||Ryan Bader||KO (punches)||1||1:26|
|Heavyweight||Ben Rothwell||def.||Josh Barnett||Submission (guillotine choke)||2||3:48|
|Bantamweight||Jimmie Rivera||def.||Iuri Alcântara||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Bryan Barberena||def.||Sage Northcutt||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||2||3:06|
|Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)|
|Welterweight||Tarec Saffiedine||def.||Jake Ellenberger||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Carlos Diego Ferreira||def.||Olivier Aubin-Mercier||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Middleweight||Rafael Natal||def.||Kevin Casey||TKO (punches)||3||3:37|
|Flyweight||Wilson Reis||def.||Dustin Ortiz||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Alexander Yakovlev||def.||George Sullivan||KO (punch)||1||3:59|
|Featherweight||Alex Caceres||def.||Masio Fullen||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)|
|Welterweight||Randy Brown||def.||Matt Dwyer||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Featherweight||Damon Jackson||vs.||Levan Makashvili||Draw (majority) (29–27, 28–28, 28–28)||3||5:00||[a]|
|Lightweight||Tony Martin||def.||Felipe Olivieri||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||3||3:02|
- Makashvili was deducted one point in round 3 due to an illegal knee and eye poke.
The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:
- Fight of the Night: Jimmie Rivera vs. Iuri Alcântara
- Performance of the Night: Anthony Johnson and Ben Rothwell
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- Dave Doyle (2013-11-30). "Jake Ellenberger reveals hamstring injury forced him out of UFC Fight Night 34". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
- Staff (2014-03-28). "With Saffiedine injured, Ellenberger vs. Lawler booked for UFC 173". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
- Marc Raimondi (2015-11-04). "Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine added to UFC on FOX 18". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
- Staff (2015-12-23). "UFC on FOX 18 gets two new bouts, one injury replacement". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-12-23.
- Staff (2016-01-22). "Andrew Holbrook out, Bryan Barberena meets Sage Northcutt at UFC on FOX 18". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-22.
- Guilherme Cruz (2016-03-11). "Felipe Olivieri flagged for potential USADA anti-doping violation". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
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