Neither of the two highly anticipated title fights at UFC 220 were considered for ‘Fight of the Night’ honors after the organization’s first pay-per-view of 2018.
Fight of the Night
The $50k bonus for ‘Fight of the Night’ went to both Calvin Kattar and Shane Burgos for their back-and-forth battle on the main card. Kattar picked up a TKO victory after connecting with a series of devastating punches to end the fight 32 seconds in the third round. The stoppage was the first for “The Boston Finisher” since 2010 and proved to be incredibly pleasing for the fans in Madison Square Garden.
Kattar improves to 2-0 in the UFC and 18-2 overall after handing Shane Burgos (10-1) his first-ever defeat.
Performances of the Night
In the co-main event, Daniel Cormier showed that “there are levels” to mixed martial arts and survived an early onslaught before eventually forcing a referee stoppage in the second round. Cormier secured the crucifix position and rained down a relentless barrage of punches to end the fight. The win also snapped the five-fight winning streak of Volkan Oezdemir, who had earned a title shot after an impressive 2017 campaign in the UFC.
Earlier in the night, Abdul Razak Alhassan returned to his first-round finishing ways with a crushing uppercut that ended the rematch with Sabah Homasi 3:47 into the contest. The final blow was a serious statement from “Judo Thunder” who reclaims some significant momentum after the unfortunate stoppage when the two fighters met last month at UFC 218.