Post-UFC on FOX 21: And the Bonus Goes to…

lauzon-millerThe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to Vancouver, B.C., Canada for UFC on FOX 21: Maia vs Condit and delivered a solid night of scraps that saw 50 percent of them 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 5Dimes Sportsbooks. UFC 195’s Post-Fight Bonus-Award winners were… Paige VanZant earns Performance of the Night (formerly, Knockout of the Night) The Dancing with the Stars runner-up dropped the first round to Bec Rawlings but came out strong in the second, knocking her out with a beautiful head-kick and punches to follow. It was the picture perfect way for VanZant to return to the win column after nearly nine months away from the cage, which followd a fifth round submission loss to Rose Namajunas back in December of 2015. Adding an incredible highlight to her reel, VanZant looks forward to getting back in the cage to make it two in a row for herself inside the Octagon, and fight fans alike anticipate her return. Noteworthy T/KO(s): – Sam Alvey defeated Kevin Casey via second round TKO to make it two straight for himself inside the Octagon, and following his victory, he challenged any middleweight or light heavyweight for a bout on the UFC 204 fight card in Manchester this October. His team-mate and mentor Dan Henderson will be headlining the event, in a title fight rematch against UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping. – Felipe Silva defeated Shane Campbell via first round TKO to remain undefeated in his UFC debut. – Chad Laprise returned to the win column with a first round TKO of Thibault Gouti, handing the Frenchman his third straight defeat and very likely sending him to the unemployment line. Demian Maia earns Performance of the Night (formerly, Submission of the Night) The former UFC middleweight title challenger made quick work of former UFC interim-welterweight champion Carlos Condit, scoring an early single leg takedown, transitioning to his back and sinking in a rear naked choke for the tapout victory; one of his most impressive inside the Octagon. He will now wait for his shot at the UFC welterweight title, as there is no denying that he is next in line. He will take on the winner of the rumored Tyron Woodley vs Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson title fight, unless the UFC changes their mind and decides to give him the title shot next and make “Wonderboy” wait. I could also foresee a scenario where Georges St. Pierre returns to fight Woodley, leaving Maia and Thompson fighting to take on the winner of that potential title fight. Noteworthy Submission(s): – Anthony “Showtime” Pettis” defeated Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira via third round guillotine choke submission in what was surely the runner up for the evening’s ‘Fight of the Night’ honors. Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon earn Fight of the Night honors for their three round war to kick off the main card for UFC on FOX 20 in Vancouver. They have now engaged in six entertaining rounds of action that have resulted in two ‘Fight of the Night’ bonuses, not to mention a ‘Fight of the Year’ for their first bout. After three back and forth entertaining rounds, the judges’ at Octagon-side gave Miller the fight via split decision. It was a razor thin call that most felt should have gone to Lauzon due to ending rounds in top control, but two of the three cage-side judges felt Miller’s effectiveness on the feet and his shutting down of Lauzon’s offense off his back warranted him the nod. Noteworthy fight(s): – The aforementioned Pettis vs Oliveira bout. – Alessio Di Chirico defeated Garreth McLellan via split decision after three back and forth rounds of entertaining action.

Written by Gabe Killian

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