With no truly standout fights on Saturday’s UFC 200 card, the organization instead awarded four separate “Performance of the Night” awards to Amanda Nunes, Cain Velasquez, Joe Lauzon, and Gegard Mousasi. Each of the four fighters pulled off exciting and entertaining finishes on the card, earning each of them $50,000 for their efforts.
Nunes’ was most meaningful, as she beat up Miesha Tate in the night’s main event before scoring a rear naked choke victory in the first round. She was her typically aggressive self, and she hurt Tate badly, breaking her nose and bloodying up her face, before getting it to the ground and scoring the submission win.
Velasquez had a return to form to open up the pay-per-view broadcast, beating up Travis Browne in a thoroughly one-sided fight. He scored a stoppage with just three seconds left in the opening round after hurting Browne badly, and got his first win since October of 2013.
Joe Lauzon and Gegard Mousasi were both extremely impressive on the UFC Fight Pass prelims. Lauzon, who has won more bonuses than any other fighter in UFC history, added another to his collection when he beat the hell out of Diego Sanchez up against the cage. He had him hurt badly early, and never let up on the attack as he continued to land combination after combination until the referee stepped in. As for Mousasi, he scored one of the most impressive knockouts seen in quite some time, timing an uppercut perfectly as Thiago Santos tried to get up from the ground. It was a great highlight, and a worthy bonus-winning finish.
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