At UFC Vegas 78, the top two bouts were more strategic battles rather than all-out brawls. During the event on Saturday in Las Vegas, four fighters were awarded “Performance of the Night” bonuses, each receiving $50,000. These fighters were Da’mon Blackshear, Marcus McGhee, Iasmin Lucindo, and Khalil Rountree Jr. Contrarily, no “Fight of the Night” honors were given out.
The event unfolded at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas and was broadcast live on ESPN+.
Here’s a look at the accomplishments that earned these bonus-winners their extra pay:
- Da’mon Blackshear secured his place in octagon history as the third fighter to ever end a fight with a Twister submission, making Jose Johnson submit in the preliminary bout’s first round.
- In the first round of the preliminary headline fight, Marcus McGhee stunned JP Buys with a solid punch.
- Iasmin Lucindo achieved victory over Polyana Viana by using an arm-triangle choke in the second round of their main card fight.
- Khalil Rountree Jr. managed to land a straight left hand on Chris Daukaus, leading to a TKO win within the first three minutes of their featured main card bout’s opening round.
The main event of UFC Vegas 78 featured a welterweight battle between former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos and Vicente Luque. Following 25 minutes of a grappling-centered contest, Luque was declared the winner by unanimous decision.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Strategic Victories
What were the bonuses awarded at UFC Vegas 78?
The promotion awarded four “Performance of the Night” bonuses worth $50,000 each to Da’mon Blackshear, Marcus McGhee, Iasmin Lucindo, and Khalil Rountree Jr. No “Fight of the Night” honors were given out.
How did the bonus winners secure their awards?
Blackshear earned his bonus by finishing his opponent with a rare Twister submission. McGhee stunned his opponent with a punch in the first round. Lucindo tapped out her opponent with an arm-triangle choke in the second round, and Rountree Jr. achieved victory with a TKO from a well-placed left hand.
What was the main event of UFC Vegas 78?
The main event featured a welterweight fight between former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos and Vicente Luque. After 25 minutes of grappling-focused action, Luque won by unanimous decision.
Where did UFC Vegas 78 take place?
The event occurred at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas and was aired live on ESPN+.
Were there any notable awards for the best fight of the night?
No, there were no “Fight of the Night” honors awarded for this event. The focus was on exceptional individual performances rather than the best overall fight.