Marlon VeraThe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in London, England last Saturday (March 18, 2017) for UFC Fight Night 107: Anderson vs. Manuwa. It was an interesting night of scraps that saw only four of 11 bouts end inside the distance. After the event concluded, the UFC awarded $50,000 to four fighters for ‘Performance of the Night’ honors. The lines to wager on these props were available at 5Dimes Sportsbook. Jimi Manuwa earns Performance of the Night for his first-round, one-punch, walk-off knockout of The Ultimate Fighter 19 winner Corey Anderson. “Poster Boy” now enjoys a two-fight winning streak inside the Octagon, with both victories coming by way of devastating knockout. Following the win, he asked for a title shot against the winner of the upcoming Daniel Cormier versus Anthony Johnson title bout, and it is not out of the question that he may get his wish. It is also possible that he may get Jon Jones when the former champ returns. Regardless of what his next move is, one thing is certain, fight fans everywhere look forward to seeing this Brit back in action. Gunnar Nelson earns Performance of the Night honors for his second-round guillotine choke submission of Alan Jouban, and “Gunni” now enjoys two straight wins in the UFC, with both wins coming by way of second-round submission. It was a back-and-forth fight until Nelson landed a stiff right hand in the second that wobbled Jouban, at which point Nelson pulled his opponent in for a guillotine choke to earn the tap and victory. Another impressive outing by the SBG-product, who hopes to take on recent UFC welterweight title challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson his next time out. Marlon Vera earns Performance of the Night honors for his third-round, come-from-behind knockout of UFC and WEC veteran Brad “One Punch” Pickett in what was Pickett’s retirement bout in his hometown of London. Vera was down two rounds on the scorecards heading into the third, and he completely silenced the London crowd with that brutal finish. He now enjoys a two-fight winning streak inside the Octagon and hopes to make it three straight during International Fight Week this July. Marc Diakiese earns Performance of the Night honors for his first-round, one-punch knockout of Finland’s Teemu Packalen. It was a very impressive performance by Diakiese, who added a beautiful highlight to his reel and extended his UFC winning streak to three in a row while remaining undefeated as a professional mixed martial artist. Fight fans certainly look forward to seeing this bantamweight back in action, sooner rather than later. Other noteworthy performances: – None.


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