UFC Fight Night 81: Live Results, Play-by-Play and Fight Card Highlights

Craig Amos@@CAABRMMAFeatured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2016

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 16:  (L-R) Opponents TJ Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz face off during the UFC weigh-in at the Wang Theatre on January 16, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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UFC Fight Night 81 is now in the books.

Dominick Cruz completed his improbable comeback by defeating T.J. Dillashaw in a hotly contested five-round battle to recapture the bantamweight title. Though tonight marked just the second time since 2011 Cruz has competed, he put on a vintage performance to reclaim his spot atop the 135-pound division.

Eddie Alvarez upset Anthony Pettis in the evening's co-main event, edging out a decision on the strength of takedown and clinch-work. 

Check out the quick results below for a summary of UFC Fight Night 81.

Main Card on Fox Sports 1 

  • Dominick Cruz def. T.J. Dillashaw, split-decision (48-47, 46-49, 49-46)
  • Eddie Alvarez def. Anthony Pettis, split-decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Travis Browne def. Matt Mitrione, TKO (Round 3, 4:09)
  • Francisco Trinaldo def. Ross Pearson, unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Prelims on Fox Sports 1 

  • Patrick Cote def. Ben Saunders, TKO (Round 2, 1:14)
  • Ed Herman def. Tim Boetsch, TKO (Round 2, 1:39)
  • Chris Wade def. Mehdi Baghdad, submission (Round 1, 4:30)
  • Luke Sanders def. Maximo Blanco, submission (Round 1, 3:38)

Prelims on UFC Fight Pass 

  • Paul Felder def. Daron Cruickshank, submission (Round 3, 3:56)
  • Ilir Latifi def. Sean O’Connell, knockout (Round 1, 0:30)
  • Charles Rosa def. Kyle Bochniak, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Rob Font def. Joey Gomez, TKO (Round 2, 4:13)
  • Francimar Barroso def. Elvis Mutapcic, unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Scroll down to read Bleacher Report's full play-by-play coverage of the event.