Post-UFC 207: And the Bonus Goes to…

Cody GarbrandtThe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was in Las Vegas, NV last Friday night (December 30, 2016) with UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey. It was a less than stellar night of action that saw only three of 10 bouts end inside the distance. After the event concluded, the UFC awarded $50,000 to two fighters for ‘Performance of the Night’ and two fighters for ‘Fight of the Night’. The lines to wager on these props were available at Several Bookmakers. The post-fight bonus winners were… Cody Garbrandt and Dominick Cruz earn Fight of the Night honors for their five-round battle in the co-main event of the evening. It was a closely-contested bout, but Garbrandt seemed to be one step ahead of Cruz, ultimately getting the better of him for the majority of 25 minutes of action to pick up a unanimous-decision win on the judges’ scorecards, remaining undefeated at 11-0 and becoming the new UFC bantamweight champion. For his next outing, Garbrandt plans to give Cruz a rematch, but a meeting with former teammate TJ Dillashaw is also a possible option. Dillashaw was victorious with a unanimous-decision victory over John Lineker in the preceding bout on the Pay-Per-View card. Noteworthy fight(s): – None. Amanda Nunes earns Performance of the Night for her first-round TKO of former UFC bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey and successfully made her first title defense. Rousey did not get a chance to get anything going, as Nunes’ punches overwhelmed her from the opening bell until the bout was halted at only 48 seconds into the stanza. Alex Garcia earns Performance of the Night for his first-round knockout of veteran Mike Pyle, earning his most impressive victory inside the Octagon. It was the picture-perfect way for the Dominican to bounce back into the win column following his TKO defeat to Sean Strickland. Noteworthy Performance(s): – Niko Price defeated Brandon Thatch via first-round armbar-triangle choke submission, handing the Colorado-based fighter his fourth consecutive defeat inside the Octagon. It was a very impressive promotional debut for the undefeated Price, who looks to make a run in the UFC’s welterweight division.

Written by Gabe Killian

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