The UFC on FOX 15 fight card brought with it a slew of entertaining bouts, breathtaking finishes, and enthralling performances to end the night of regulated violence in fine form in New Jersey. Given that there were a fair amount of impressive showings on the card, several of those fighters warranted performance bonuses for their efforts.
In the main event of the evening, Luke Rockhold announced himself as the next title challenger in the middleweight division with a dominant showing against former UFC champion Lyoto Machida. He became just the third man to even stop the Brazilian in the cage and did so within two rounds. He displayed a well-rounded game and superior grappling acumen en route to the submission finish.
The second performance of the night was awarded to Max Holloway, who dominated his veteran adversary, Cub Swanson, en route to a third round submission win. He left Swanson bewildered with his superior striking, footwork and strategy and looked as though he was ultimately the more polished athlete of the two.
Corey Andeson and Gian Villante were awarded ‘Fight of the Night' honours for their preliminary card bout that ended with a surprise TKO victory for Villante. The contest was a back-and-forth affair and a fun fight overall.
Performance bonuses: Luke Rockhold, Max Holloway
Fight of the Night: Corey Anderson vs. Gian Villante