No. 4-ranked middleweight Luke Rockhold came into tonight’s (Sat., April 18, 2015) UFC on FOX 15 main event from Newark, New Jersey, looking to make a statement. He did that in emphatic fashion, submitting “The Dragon” after an absolutely dominant round-and-a-half where the former Strikeforce champion was never in any semblance of true danger.
For his jaw-dropping victory, UFC President Dana White announced that Rockhold not surprisingly earned the first of the event’s two $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonuses. More importantly, he put himself in prime position for the next shot at the winner of May 23’s UFC 187 co-main event between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort.
The second “Performance of the Night” bonus went to surging featherweight Max Holloway, who made top-ranked contender Cub Swanson look a bit foolish with his varied arsenal of strikes, dropping the Californian in the third to lock on a vicious guillotine choke for the tap.
“Fight of the Night” went to the back-and-forth light heavyweight slugfest between Gian Villante and Corey Anderson, a fight that Villante won by battering The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 winner with an endless barrage of low kicks before finishing him with a huge overhand right and a swarm of follow-up punches.
UFC on FOX 15 had an announced attendance of 13,306 fans for a $1.2 million live gate.
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