The UFC hosted their first ever event in Saskatoon this Sunday and yielded an entertaining night of fights, even though the show ended in anti-climatic fashion when Brazilian Charles Oliveira bowed out of his main event fight against Max Holloway with an injury. Nevertheless, the card still featured a variety of intriguing match-ups and several touted prospects, many of whom warranted the extra bonus money.
Frankie Perez scored a 54-second victory on the preliminary card and then followed up by abruptly announcing his retirement thereafter. It was a surprising decision, given that the 26-year-old had just earned his first UFC win and in emphatic fashion as well. At least he hangs up his gloves on the heels of a great win.
Felipe Arantes earned an armbar submission that would have made UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey proud, and he did so early in the fight, leaving little doubt that he would be awarded a hefty bonus for his efforts.
Undoubtedly the ‘Fight of the Night,' Cote vs. Burkman satisfied the crowd in attendance and quenched their thirst for violence ahead of the evening's main and co-main events. Cote survived several tough rounds against Josh Burkman before rallying back to become the first person to knock out the veteran fighter.
Performance of the Night: Felipe Arantes, Frankie Perez
Fight of the Night: Patrick Cote vs. Josh Burkman