Post-UFC 211: And the Bonus Goes to...
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was in Dallas, TX for the fifth time in promotional history last SAturday (May 13, 2017) with UFC 211: Miocic vs. Dos Santos II. It was a solid night of scraps that saw six of 12 bouts end by finish, with one fight being resulted in a No-Contest and five seeing the judges’ scorecards for a decision. 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 Sportsbook.
The post-fight bonus winners were...
Stipe Miocic earns Performance of the Night for his first-round knockout of Junior Dos Santos, tying the record for most consecutive title defenses in UFC heavyweight history. In his next Octagon outing, he will be looking to make history by breaking that record. It has been three straight knockout wins for the Ohio-based Croatian, and fight fans are highly anticipating his next title defense, which may or may not come in his native Cleveland, though it is not yet on the UFC’s calendar.
Jason Knight earns Performance of the Night for his third-round TKO of Chas Skelly, making it four straight wins inside the Octagon and a second consecutive finish. “Mississippi Mean” is starting to make some noise in the UFC’s 145-pound division, and fight fans are looking forward to his next outing inside the Octagon. Knight has requested three more bouts this year -- one in July, September and December. I’d say it’s a safe bet that we will see him during International Fight Week in Las Vegas or on the UFC 214 card in Anaheim, CA.
- James Vick defeated Polo Reyes via first-round TKO.
- Gadzimurad Antigulov defeated Joaquim Christensen via first-round rear-naked choke submission.
Chase Sherman and Rashad Coulter earn Fight of the Night honors for their back-and-forth war on the evening’s preliminary card. Early on, it was mostly Sherman, as his leg kicks were doing some real damage to Coulter. When it seemed Coulter was out of the fight, he got back in and started hurting Sherman. It became a real battle until one of the men fell to the canvas in defeat. Definitely an entertaining scrap and a well-earned $50,000 for both heavyweight fighters. Sherman snapped a two-fight losing skid with the victory while Coulter suffered his first official MMA loss in what was a short-notice UFC debut.
- Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier fought to a controversial No-Contest, as Alvarez landed illegal knees and Poirier was unable to continue. The bout was a very entertaining, back-and-forth affair up until that point.