Julian Erosa vs. Steven Peterson was singled out early on ahead of UFC Vegas 47 as a possible Fight of the Night candidate. A fight that looked good on paper, with two fighters known for violent, electrifying performances.
It did not disappoint.
Through three rounds in Las Vegas on Saturday night, the duo tore up the octagon, each hurting the other. Spinning attacks, submission attempts, plenty of blood and brutality. All the things that make for a classic mixed martial arts contest. End result: you guessed it, the fight took home Fight of the Night honors.
There was only one problem for Steven “Ocho” Peterson: he’d missed weight for the fight. In addition to forfeiting part of his purse to Erosa, Peterson was also ineligible to win any post-fight bonus money. Instead, his share of the award also goes to Erosa, leaving him sitting pretty with $100,000 on top of his show and win money.
Performance of the Night bonuses at UFC Vegas 47 went to Shavkat Rakhmonov and Chidi Njokuani. Kazakhstan’s Rakhmonov floored opponent Carlston Harris with a head kick on the main card, while Njokuani ended Marc-Andre Barriault’s night in a mere 16 seconds. That blistering knockout win happened to be the Contender Series winner’s debut.