No one can overlook Amanda Nunes now.
“The Lioness” earned a well-deserved $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus for her shellacking of returning ex-champion Ronda Rousey in the UFC 207 main event on Friday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. A series of clean left and right hands from had Rousey out on her feet in a hurry, bringing an end to the contest just 48 seconds into the first round.
Meanwhile, Cody Garbrandt and Dominick Cruz received “Fight of the Night” honors and $50,000 apiece for their enthralling bantamweight title bout in the evening’s co-headliner. Ultimately it was Garbrandt who solved the Cruz riddle, flooring “The Dominator” twice in the fourth stanza and landing hard shots throughout the contest en route to a unanimous decision triumph.
Finally, Alex Garcia earned the evening’s other $50,000 “Performance of the Night” award for his wicked first-round knockout of Mike Pyle in a preliminary welterweight affair. An overhand right from “The Dominican Nightmare” landed flush on Pyle’s jaw, knocking him unconscious and sending his head bouncing off the canvas 3:34 into the opening stanza.