The main card aired live on pay-per-view, while the prelims were seen on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.
For Jon Jones, his triumphant return was easily the highlight of the night when he stopped arch-rival Daniel Cormier in the third round of their light heavyweight title bout. He could get the next title shot if Cormier wins in the main event.
Oezdemir could now be in line for a title shot despite only fighting three times in the UFC. There was no feeling out process here as Oezdemir looked to quickly land punches as Manuwa grabbed an under hook to control the pace.
Fight of the Night went to featherweight bout between Ortega and Moicano which took place on the preliminary fight card. Cormier took the fight to Jones from the start of the opening bell.
Oezdemir, whose lone loss came under the Bellator MMA banner in 2014 against Kelly Anundson, improved to 3-0 inside the Octagon.
Luckily everything went according to plan throughout the week, meaning Manuwa would face his scheduled opponent, rising star Volkan Oezdemir, who in just two fights under the UFC banner earned a top five ranking. People were always doubting me, and each fight I prove them wrong - I really like it.
Depending on how the main event will play out later in the evening, the victor of this bout could find themselves with a title shot opportunity for their next outing.