The main event features a five-round bantamweight championship bout between current champ T.J. Dillashaw and former interim UFC champion and former WEC champ Dominick Cruz. Dillashaw is riding a four-fight win streak and will look to defend his belt for the third time on Sunday night. Cruz has not lost since 2008, currently on a 11-fight win streak, and is looking to regain his belt that he never lost in the first place. His belt was stripped due to numerous injuries.
The co-main event features a three-round lightweight bout between two former champions Anthony Pettis and Eddie Alvarez. Pettis, the former UFC and WEC champion, is returning to the Octagon after losing his belt to current champion Rafael Dos Anjos in March. Alvarez, the former Bellator champion, is 1-1 since joining the UFC and is coming off a victory over former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez.
UFC Fight Night 81 has a total of 13 bouts with five on Fight Pass, four on the FS1 preliminary card and four on the main card, also on FS1.
Check out the UFC Fight Night 81 results below:
Main Card (FOX Sports 1, 10:00 p.m.)
Dominick Cruz def. T.J. Dillashaw via split decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)
Eddie Alvarez def. Anthony Pettis via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Travis Browne def. Matt Mitrione via TKO at 4:09 of third round
Francisco Trinaldo def. Ross Pearson via unanimous decision (30-27×2, 29-28)
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1, 8:00 p.m.)
Patrick Côté def. Ben Saunders via TKO at 1:14 of the second round
Ed Herman def. Tim Boetsch via TKO at 1:39 of the second round
Chris Wade def. Mehdi Baghdad via rear naked choke at 4:30 of the first round
Luke Sanders def. Maximo Blanco via rear naked choke at 3:38 of the first round
Early Prelim Card (UFC Fight Pass, 6:00 p.m.)
Paul Felder def. Daron Cruickshank via rear naked choke at 3:56 of third round
Ilir Latifi def. Sean O’Connell via KO at 0:30 of the first round
Charles Rosa def. Kyle Bochniak via unanimous decision (29-28×2, 30-27)
Rob Font def. Joey Gomez via TKO at 4:13 of the second round
Francimar Barroso def. Elvis Mutapcic via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
UFC Fight Night 81 fighters and bout order subject to change.