Paulo Costa and Yoel Romero left it all in the octagon at UFC 241, and earned Fight of the Night for their efforts.
In terms of big-event feel, UFC 241 certainly had it. The final big U.S. show of the summer had the heavyweight title, the return of Nate Diaz, and the long-anticipated Costa vs. Romero bout. A little bit of everything. There was no way it could all live up to the hype, though, right?
For once, however, a card did live up to all the hype. Romero vs. Costa was a barn-burner, earning Fight of the Night honors. The return of Nate Diaz, versus former lightweight champ Anthony Pettis, was a masterful showing that saw Diaz walking out with a decisive win after three years away from the sport. Miocic vs. Cormier 2, meanwhile, not only outlasted the pair’s first fight. It outshone it as well, with both fighters having big moments and chances to finish, until Stipe Miocic finally did finish Daniel Cormier in the fourth round.
The TKO was enough to earn Miocic a Performance of the Night award. Though he’s no doubt more concerned with having his belt back, and once again being the baddest man on the planet.
The final Performance of the Night award went to the Death Sear. That would be newcomer Khama Worthy, who finished Devonte Smith within a round in their featured preliminary fight.