UFC 177 was undoubtedly one of the weakest PPV cards in the history of the promotion but that did not stop the fighters from producing some spectacular finishes for the Sacramento fans in attendance.
Not only did T.J. Dillashaw become the first fighter to finish two consecutive fights via fifth round head-kick KO, but he also defended his bantamweight title for the first time and also pocketed an extra $50,000 for his efforts. It was a dominant performance from the get-go and saw the champ land a barrage of strikes at every given opportunity before he finally found his opening with less than 3 minutes to go in the contest.
Yancy Medeiros took his main card fight on short notice and ended it with a modified bulldog submission that was likely a first inside the UFC octagon. This technically marks his first UFC win since his last victory over Yves Edwards was overturned after he tested positive for marijuana. It is also his first ever post-fight bonus.
Ramsey Nijem and Carlos Diego Ferreira took home ‘Fight of the Night' honours for their quick and furious battle that saw both fighter give and take in equal measures before the overly excited Nijem suffered yet another come-from-behind knockout loss, this time courtesy of Ferreira, who moves to 2-0 in the octagon.
While she did not win a post-fight bonus, Bethe Correia absolutely dismantled WMMA veteran Shayna Baszler to secure her second victory over a member of the ‘Four Horsewomen.' Following a battle in the clinch, the Brazilian cornered Baszler and floored her with a barrage of strikes to force the TKO stoppage. This marked her third consecutive victory since debuting in the UFC and maintains her unblemished professional record at 9-0.
Performance of the Night: T.J. Dillashaw, Yancy Medeiros
Fight of the Night: Ramsey Nijem vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira