Light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier got things back on track at UFC 220, earning an extra 50K for his efforts.
UFC 220 marked the first show of the UFC’s PPV slate in 2018. The double bill at the top, featuring both heavyweight and light heavyweight title fights, made it one of the more promising cards of late as well. In the end, both champions retained their titles: Daniel Cormier finished off challenger Volkan Oezdemir within two rounds, while Stipe Miocic executed the perfect gameplan to stave off Francis Ngannou.
Fight of the Night honors, however, went to another main card bout: the featherweight scrap between Calvin Kattar and Shane Burgos. That three-round war was a scrappy affair that ended with Kattar earning a TKO victory at 0:32 of the third round.
First up for Performance of the Night honors, meanwhile, was light heavyweight champion Cormier. After the drama-filled vortex that was the fallout from UFC 214, with the drug test failure of Jon Jones, UFC 220 must have seemed like waking from a bad dream for D.C. With his title reinstated, and loss to Jones overturned, Cormier walked into the bout as champion, but once again with an asterisk. However, he made no mistake, bringing the fight to challenger Volkan Oezdemir Saturday night in Boston at the TD Garden. Ultimately, he finished the job in the second, in side control, crucifix style, raining ground and pound on a defenseless Oezdemir.
The other Performance of the Night bonus went to Abdul Razak Alhassan. He made short work of Sabah Homasi in a rematch of their UFC 218 bout.
All four fighters picked up $50,000 for their bonus winning efforts at UFC 220.