Junior dos Santos eased to victory over Blagoy Ivanov in the main event of UFC Boise on Saturday night, picking apart the promotional newcomer en route to a unanimous decision win.
Speaking after the fight, dos Santos, who was returning from a year on the sidelines due to USADA ban, called for a trilogy fight with recently dethroned heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic.
'I'm not sure, but a rematch with Miocic would be very welcome,' dos Santos replied when asked whom he'd like to fight next.
Dos Santos picked Ivanov apart over five rounds inside CenturyLink Arena on Saturday
The Brazilian fought the fight at his range, leaving his smaller Bulgarian opponent with little or nothing to do but attempt counter as he closed the distance. Southpaw Ivanov landed a crisp left hand in the third but chased the fight for the majority of the 25 minutes.
Both men exploded into action in the final round, but Ivanov failed to do anything meaningful as he marched the former champion down and looked for a killer blow.
In the co-main event, 'Super' Sage Northcutt overcame early adversity before claiming a second round knockout win over Zak Ottow.
Northcutt was dropped in the opening exchanges of the first round when he ate a crisp right hand. Ottow controlled the majority of the round, but Northcutt managed to regain top position just before the round ended and had some success in top position.
Dos Santos eased to victory over Ivanov in the main event of UFC Boise on Saturday night
He is now targeting rematch with recently dethroned heavyweight Stipe Miocic
The Brazilian left his Bulgarian opponent chasing the fight for the majority of the 25 minutes
After conceding another takedown in the second, Northcutt got back to his feet and rocked Ottow with a sharp left. He followed his to the ground and after a series of transitions he blasted Ottow out with hammer-fists.
Rick Glenn's split decision win over Dennis Bermudez was just one of a few controversial judges decision in Boise on Saturday night. Glenn did some great work from his back in the dying embers of the fight, cutting Bermudez open with elbows, but conceded six takedowns over the last two rounds.
Fans booed as the decision was read aloud in the venue, but Glenn still thanked the fans in attendance for their support during the contest.
Justin Scoggins' loss to newcomer Said Nurmagomedov was another decision that was disputed, as well as the two judges' decisions to score a round to Darren Elkins despite his one-handed decision loss at the hands of Alex Volkanovsk.
Niko Price found an unorthodox finish to his welterweight clash with Randy Brown when he stopped his fellow welterweight with hammer-fists from his back in the second round.
Sage Northcutt overcame early adversity to claim second round knockout win over Zak Ottow
Northcutt blasted Ottow out with hammer-fists and enjoyed some success in top position
After conceding a takedown to Brown in the second, Price rolled underneath to look for a leg lock. As he isolated a leg from the bottom, he found a perfect pivot point for Brown's head and proceeded to land hammer-fists until he rendered him unconscious.
'I can take these guys out from anywhere,' said Price following the bizarre knockout.
Chad 'Money' Mendes returns to action with a bang after serving his USADA suspension with a first round knockout over ranked featherweight, Myles Jury.
Mendes blasted Jury with a left hand at the midway point and followed up the damaging blow with a series of grounded shots that eventually saw the fight stopped.
'I'm back, baby!' roared the Team Alpha Male proponent he celebrated a successful return to action.
Rick Glenn's split decision win over Dennis Bermudez was one of a few controversial decisions
Fans booed as the judges' decision was read aloud in the venue after the fight
Former bantamweight title contender Cat Zingano showed improvements on the back of her addition of Ronda Rousey's judo coach, Justin Flores, as she took down Marion Reneau at ease on route to a unanimous decision win.
Despite Reneau's stellar jiu jitsu game, Zingano was able to take her to ground and control her from top position over the three rounds. In the first round alone, the former title challenger took down Reneau on four occasions.
Earlier in the night,
Australian Alexander Volkanovski scored the biggest win of his career
over No 10-ranked featherweight, Darren Elkins. Volkanovski dropped the
famously durable Team Alpha Male proponent on several occasions
throughout the first round. The Aussie increased his win streak to 15
with the one-sided victory.