The UFC returned to Germany for the first time since UFC 122 in 2010, and brought with it a fantastic fight card that featured impressive debuts, quick stoppages and outstanding battles. Considering many of the competitors on the card deserved recognition for their achievements, the UFC offered four performance bonuses instead of the traditional format.
In the main event of the evening, Gegard Mousasi produced a fantastic performance to finish a tough Mark Munoz in less than four minutes of cage time. After being taken down early in the fight, Mousasi reversed the position and proceeded to dominate Munoz on the ground before he managed to sink in a rear-naked-choke. The Armenian native has now earned two post-event bonuses in three octagon outings.
The co-main event featured another middleweight match-up between C.B. Dollaway and Francis Carmont. While the contest was a considerably slow paced one, Dolloway had several high points in the fight, including a first round knockdown against the Tristar gym product.
Niklas Backstrom kicked off the Berlin main card with a superb upset victory over touted opponent Tom Niinimaki. The Swede was surprisingly impressive in his UFC debut, as he withstood early pressure from Niinimaki before he found space to score a vicious knee to the face, which opened up an opportunity to slap on a slick no-hook rear-naked-choke. Apart from simply being a crowd-pleasing victory, the fact that Backstrom was a late replacement for Thiago Tavares makes the win all the more admirable.
The fourth performance bonus was awarded to Magnus Cedenblad, who had been away from the cage since last August. The Swedish native picked up an second round submission victory against touted opponent Krzysztof Jotko, which puts him on a two-fight winning streak.
Performance of the Night: Magnus Cedenblad, Niklas Backstrom, C.B. Dollaway, Gegard Mousasi