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UFC 175: Recapping the Fight Night Bonuses

USA Today
Tim McTiernanCorrespondent IJuly 6, 2014

On Saturday night, UFC 175 took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, featuring a middleweight title fight between Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida, a women's bantamweight title fight between Ronda Rousey and Alexis Davis, and more.

The whole card had solid fights from top to bottom, with both title fights being especially memorable even though they had wildly different outcomes.

Check out a recap of who won Fight Night bonuses and pocketed a little extra cash.


Performance of the Night—No. 1: Ronda Rousey

Jul 5, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Ronda Rousey (red gloves) takes down Alexis Davis (blue gloves) during the first round of a bantamweight fight at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

When you win in 16 seconds, you can be pretty sure you're going to get some bonus money.

Rousey scored a 16-second knockout over Alexis Davis in the co-main event to defend her bantamweight title. Rousey easily had the best performance of the night, and now she has the extra money to prove it.


Performance of the Night—No. 2: Rob Font

Jul 5, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; George Roop (rd gloves) fights Rob Font (blue gloves) during a bantamweight fight at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The second Performance of the Night award went to Rob Font, who was making his UFC debut in a bantamweight fight against George Roop.

Font scored a knockout of Roop in just over two minutes when he landed a huge right hand while moving in, which he followed up with a shoulder strike as Roop was already falling.

Not bad for his first UFC fight. He is now 11-1 with four knockouts.


Fight of the Night—Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida

Fight of the Night, unsurprisingly, went to the main event between Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida. The middleweight title was on the line, and Lyoto was looking to become only the third UFC fighter to win a title in two divisions.

The first three rounds went to Weidman, where he outstruck Lyoto and took him down a few times. The fourth round saw Lyoto gain some momentum and rock Weidman at one point for him to win the fourth. The fifth round was a back-and-forth war, which the judges could have scored either way. Lyoto even looked like he might finish Weidman in the last 15 seconds.

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Weidman would win the unanimous decision, and now the two of them have won Fight of the Night.

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