Looking Back: UFC 175 and TUF 19 Finale’s Best Performances

Rob FontUFC 175 and The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale were live this past weekend on Saturday and Sunday, with a combined 22-fights. It was an excellent weekend of combat, and these were the best performers, each netting an extra $50,000… Ronda Rousey earns Performance of the Night honors for her 16-second domination and knockout of Alexis Davis in the co-main event at UFC 175. Rousey successfully defended her title, scoring the second T/KO stoppage of her professional mixed martial arts career, as well as the fastest finish of her career. It was an incredibly impressive outing by Rousey, who keeps looking better and better. Rob Font earns Performance of the Night for his first round knockout of veteran George Roop on the FOX Sports 1 portion of the UFC 175 preliminary card, and Font could not have asked for a more impressive debut inside the Octagon. He won over many fans with his performance, and we look forward to seeing him compete again, likely against another top 15 bantamweight. Adriano Martins earns Performance of the Night for his first round knockout of promotional newcomer Juan Manuel Puig on the FOX Sports 1 portion of The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale preliminary card. It was a solid outing by the Brazilian, who suffered a knockout of his own via a Donald Cerrone head-kick in his last outing, and it was a great way for him to bounce back into the win column. The finish over Puig also marked the tenth time Martins has put an opponent away within the first round of action. Leandro Issa earns Performance of the Night for his third round, come-from-behind armbar submission victory over China’s Jumabieke Tuerxun. After being down two rounds on the judges’ scorecards and being deducted a point by referee Mario Yamasaki for a very blatant fence grab, the Brazilian knew he had to finish the fight. He immediately took Tuerxun down in the beginning of the third frame, and within minutes had attempted multiple submissions, then finally found success with the armbar. Tuerxun first tried to fight it off, then saw no way out and was forced to tap, giving Issa his first win in the UFC’s bantamweight division. Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida earn Fight of the Night for the fantastic 25 minutes of battle they put up in the main event for UFC 175 last Saturday night. The defending champion took the first three rounds, but the Brazilan came back strong in the fourth and notched the round. However, it was Weidman again in the fifth frame who got the better of the fight, ultimately taking home a unanimous 49-46 decision on all three judges’ scorecards. Leandro Issa and Jumabieke Tuerxun earn Fight of the Night for putting up a terrific bout in the UFC’s bantamweight division on the FOX Sports 1 portion of the preliminary card of Sunday night’s Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale. Both 135-pounders were both coming off losses and could have faced contract termination with a defeat, but nobody will be getting fired here, as they both came through for the fans. It was a back-and-forth affair that more than deserved a bonus. Issa netted a cool $100,000 on the night with his double bonus.

Written by Gabe Killian

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