While UFC 183 flew under the radar, it turned out to be an entertaining night of fights and culminated in one of the oddest main events in recent memory. Overall, it was an enthralling affair, and one that saw several fighters deepen their pockets with solid wins.
Thales Leites pocketed $100,000 in bonus money when he won both ‘Fight of the Night' and a performance bonus for his slick arm triangle choke of Tim Boetsch. It was an impressive win given that he was close to being finished in the end of the opening round of the fight.
Thiago Alves and Jordan Mein took part in an exhilarating main card opener on Saturday night - one that was undoubtedly one of the most exciting fights of the night. Mein controlled the bout early on and wobbled Alves on several occasion but had the tides turned violently when Alves landed a liver shot, running knee, and finished off with a ferocious flurry that forced a referee stoppage.
While he did not win a bonus for his efforts, Derek Brunson looked fantastic in his preliminary match-up against Ed Herman, where he bull rushed his opponent in the opening seconds of the fight and forced a referee stoppage following a barrage of unanswered strikes to the head. It was a quick finish, and an exciting one for the fans in attendance.
Performance of the Night: Thales Leites, Thiago Alves
Fight of the Night: Thales Leites vs. Tim Boetsch