UFC Fight Night 54 took place in Halifax, Canada at the Scotiabank Centre.
The UFC Fight Pass portion of the preliminary card started strong with two finishes that lasted a combined time of one minute and 42 seconds. The rest of the preliminary card consisted of some entertaining decisions and a potential “Performance of the Night” winner in Olivier Aubin-Mercier’s reverse triangle victory over Jake Lindsey.
From there, the six fight UFC Fight Night 54 main card also kicked off strong with another submission finish. However, things slowed down from there as we saw four of of the card’s final five fights finish in lackluster decisions. Those decisions included victories for both “TUF: Nations” champions in Chad Laprise and Elias Theodorou and Rafael Assuncao.
However, in the main event of the evening Rory MacDonald brought us back to life, getting his first finish since April of 2012, finishing Tarec Saffiedine via TKO.
Full UFC Fight Night 54 results below:
#2 Rory MacDonald def. #9 Tarec Saffiedine via TKO – Round 3, 1:28
#4 Raphael Assuncao def. #10 Bryan Caraway via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Chad Laprise def. Yosdenis Cedeno via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Elias Theodorou def. Bruno Santos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Nordine Taleb def. Li Jingliang via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Mitch Gagnon def. Roman Salazar via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:06
Daron Cruickshank def. Anthony Njokuani via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Jake Lindsey via submission (triangle) at 3:22 of round three.
Paul Felder def Jason Saggo via split decision (29-28 28-29 29-28).
Chris Kelades def. Patrick Holohan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Albert Tumenov def. Matt Dwyer via TKO (head kicks) – Round 1, 1:03
Pedro Munhoz def. Jerrod Sanders via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, o:39
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