UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir
|UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir|
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir.
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||February 22, 2015|
|City||Porto Alegre, Brazil|
A light heavyweight bout between Rashad Evans and Glover Teixeira was expected to serve as the event headliner. However, on January 7, Teixeira was forced out of the bout as his knee, injured in his last fight, was slow to heal and he was unable to resume the proper training to prepare for the fight in that time frame. Evans is expected to be rebooked at a different event with possibly a new opponent.
A welterweight bout between Wendell Oliveira and TJ Waldburger, slated for the televised preliminary portion of the event, was cancelled on the day of the weigh-ins, after Waldburger passed out while cutting weight. Both fighters were paid their show money.
According to Nielsen, the main card broadcast on Fox Sports 1 drew an average 1.21 million US viewers, 35% higher than the network's average Fight Night. The prelims drew 831,000. Viewership peaked at 1.392 million during the Saenz vs Alcântara fight.
The event saw a record 10 of 11 underdogs win, following the first bout. This cost online gambling site Bovada nearly $1 million, including a $48,291 payout on a $1 parlay. Bovada sportsbook manager Kevin Bradley said this would make it hard to have a profitable 2015 in the combat sport market.
|Main Card (Fox Sports 1)|
|Heavyweight||Frank Mir||def.||Antônio Silva||KO (punch and elbows)||1||1:40|
|Lightweight||Michael Johnson||def.||Edson Barboza||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Middleweight||Sam Alvey||def.||Cezar Ferreira||KO (punches)||1||3:34|
|Lightweight||Adriano Martins||def.||Rustam Khabilov||Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Bantamweight||Frankie Saenz||def.||Iuri Alcântara||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Santiago Ponzinibbio||def.||Sean Strickland||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)|
|Women's Bantamweight||Marion Reneau||def.||Jéssica Andrade||Submission (triangle choke)||1||1:54|
|Welterweight||Matt Dwyer||def.||William Macário||KO (superman punch)||1||3:14|
|Featherweight||Mike De La Torre||def.||Tiago Trator||KO (punches)||1||2:59|
|Bantamweight||Douglas Silva de Andrade||def.||Cody Gibson||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)|
|Lightweight||Ivan Jorge||def.||Josh Shockley||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:
- Fight of the Night: None awarded
- Performance of the Night: Frank Mir, Sam Alvey, Marion Reneau and Matt Dwyer
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- Mookie Alexander (2014-12-18). "Glover Teixeira vs. Rashad Evans verbally agreed to headline UFC Fight Night in Porto Alegre, Brazil". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-12-18.
- Ariel Helwani (2015-01-07). "Frank Mir vs. Antonio Silva moved to Feb. 22 following Glover Teixeira knee injury". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-01-07.
- Dave Doyle (2015-02-21). "T.J. Waldburger faints during weight cut; Sunday fight with Wendell Oliveira canceled". mmafighting.com.
- Thomas Gerbasi (2015-02-21). "Waldburger-Oliveira Scrapped from Sunday Event". ufc.com.
- "Ratings Report: UFC Fight Night 61 main card draws 1.2 million, prelims 813k", by Jason Floyd, MMAReport.com
- Steven Marrocco (2015-02-22). "UFC Fight Night 61 results: Frank Mir concludes night of upsets, KOs Antonio Silva". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-02-22.
- "UFC costs sportsbook nearly $1M", by Darren Rovell, ESPN.com
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- Staff (2015-02-22). "UFC Fight Night 61 bonuses: Frank Mir leads quartet of 'Performance of the Night' winners". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-02-22.
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