Post-UFC Fight Night 88: And the Bonus Goes to…

stephens1This past Sunday certainly was “Funday” with UFC Fight Night 88 delivering an evening of exciting action. 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 Bookmakerss. UFC Fight Night 88’s Post-Fight Bonus-Award winners were… Jeremy Stephens and Renan Barao earn Fight of the Night honors for their three round battle in the co-main event of the evening that saw Stephens get the better of the former UFC Bantamweight Champion Barao for the better of three rounds of action to pick up a unanimous decision victory on the judges’ scorecards. After dropping the first round, Stephens managed to get the better of the Brazilian for the second and third to earn the unanimous night in this entertaining co-headliner. Noteworthy fight(s): – Lorenz Larkin defeated Jorge Masvidal via split decision following three fun, back and forth rounds of action. – Paul Felder defeated Josh Burkman via unanimous decision in a fight many felt Burkman edged. It was a back and forth entertaining three rounds of action that ultimately saw Felder with his hand raised and his winning streak extended to two. – Adam Milstead defeated Chris De La Rocha via second round TKO to pick up his first UFC victory and remain undefeated as a pro. Cody Garbrandt earns Performance of the Night for his brutal first round knockout of fellow undefeated prospect Thomas Almeida. “No Love” put an end to the Brazilian’s hype with a vicious finish just a couple of minutes into the opening stanza, earning the biggest victory of his professional mixed martial arts career in highlight reel fashion. Jake Collier earns Performance of the Night for his come-from-behind second round TKO of promotional newcomer Alberto Uda. After surviving a broken nose and being hurt in the first round, he came back and turned it on to earn a stoppage in the second. It was an impressive outing by Collier and undoubtedly the best of his Octagon career. Noteworthy Performance(s): – Erik Koch defeated Shane Campbell via second round rear naked choke in his return to the Octagon following a two-year absense. It was an impressive, highlight reel victory for Koch and a picture-perfect way for him to make his return to the cage. He did a beautiful job of setting up the choke and earned a great finish over a tough opponent.

Written by Gabe Killian

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