UFC 207 Numbers and Bonuses
Last night’s UFC 207 capped off a year filled with supercards, title changes and upsets for the promotion, and history was made once more in 2016. It was the most attended UFC event held in Las Vegas, with 18,533 spectators filling in the T-Mobile Arena. The event had a gate of $4.75 million.
Fight of the Night honors went to the co-main event, where Cody Garbrandt dethroned Dominick Cruz and became the new UFC bantamweight champion. With so much bad blood in the build-up to this bout, Cruz entered as the favorite. But Garbrandt would not be denied, and the two put on a classic that went the distance. Garbrandt showed off incredible skill and an answer to just about anything the defending champ threw. Not to mention, the two clearly were exchanging words during the bout, even to the point where Garbrandt entertainingly did push-ups while on the ground.
This was just Cruz’s second professional MMA defeat, while Garbrandt increased his undefeated record to 10-0.
The two performance bonuses went to Alex Garcia and UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.
On the Fox Sports 1 preliminary card, Garcia landed a vicious right hand that landed square on Mike Pyle’s jaw, bringing their bout to an end a little less than four minutes in.
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Nunes entered as a +150 underdog, according to ABC News, but odds didn’t matter to her (nor the fact that Ronda Rousey was heavily more promoted for their main event bout). It only took Nunes 48 seconds to defeat Rousey, earning her first title defense and most likely claiming the spot as the new face of women’s division fighters in the UFC. This was Nunes’ fifth straight win, and now three of her last four have been a first-round finish. Both of her other first-round finishes earned Nunes performance honors as well.