UFC Vegas 7 surpassed expectations. Zero question, the event was ravaged by bad luck and fighters dropping out ahead of time. Right up to weigh-in, when two fighters fell off the card last-minute. But when it came to fight time, each and every bout delivered. As a result, the UFC Vegas 7 bonuses barely feel adequate — just cut everyone on the card a check.
That’s not going to happen, of course. So instead it was a huge comeback, and a big upset, being rewarded. Plus the main event.
Shana Dobson, who was the biggest underdog on the card heading into UFC Vegas 7, took home one of the Performance of the Night bonuses. She was 1-3 in the UFC to start the night, with a sub-.500 record and on a three-fight skid. Matched up with Mariya Agapova, she used her wrestling, and clearly had the better gas tank. When Agapova had tired herself out in the second, Dobson took advantage, earning a TKO win on the ground.
The other Performance of the Night award went to newcomer Trevin Jones. Jones was lit up by Timur Valiev in the opening round of their catchweight fight (140lbs). A body kick crumpled him, and Valiev just plain opened up on Jones. But he survived, and in the second round, Valiev did not when Jones caught him with a punch, leading to a TKO stoppage.
The main event, meanwhile, was a thrilling back-and-forth battle between Frankie Edgar and Pedro Munhoz. Both men landed multiple right hands. Edgar mixed in his wrestling. Munhoz chewed up Edgar’s lead leg. Ultimately Edgar won a split decision win in his bantamweight debut. The pair were awarded Fight of the Night.
All four bonus-winning fighters will take home an extra $50,000 for their efforts.