LAS VEGAS - Lightweight Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone and featherweight Bart Palaszewski made a statements in their respective fights.
Palaszewski claimed victory with a devastating knockout against Tyson Griffin in his featherweight and organizational debut.
Palaszewski badly hurt Griffin with a punch and never allowed Griffin an opportunity to recover.
With his back against the Octagon cage, Griffin attempted to protect himself and fight on, but Palaszewski unleashed an incredible flurry of punches that sealed the deal.
With the victory, Palaszewski put the featherweight division on notice that there's a new contender in the division.
"It was an emotional fight for me," Palaszewski told the UFC post-fight. "It took 10 years to get here and it was a long road. Now that I'm here, I'm here to stay. My strength hasn't gone down, but my speed has gone up. I saw him stumble and I saw my opportunity, so I took a deep breath and went after him."
Following up Palaszewski's impressive performance was Donald Cerrone, who extended his perfect streak in the Octagon.
Leading into the bout, Cerrone claimed that Siver's striking was overrated and on fight night he backed up the talk.
On multiple occasions, Cerrone rocked Siver on the feet and proved his superiority.
Cerrone sent Siver stumbling to the canvas and quickly took his back, where he locked on the fight ending rear naked choke.
Four consecutive victories have Cerrone on the brink of championship gold.
"There were a couple of things I should have done differently, but I'll work on it," Cerrone told the UFC post-fight. "I want to fight one more time this year...bring it on. I don't want to wait."