UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz

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UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz
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The poster for UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateJanuary 17, 2016 (2016-01-17)
VenueTD Garden
CityBoston, Massachusetts
Total gate$1,300,000[1]
Event chronology
UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader

UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz (also known as UFC Fight Night 81) was a mixed martial arts event held on January 17, 2016, at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.[2]


A UFC Bantamweight Championship bout between defending champion T.J. Dillashaw and former WEC and UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz headlined this event.[2]

Beneil Dariush was expected to face Mairbek Taisumov at this event. However, on December 3, Dariush was forced to pull out of the bout due to injury. He was replaced by Chris Wade.[3] In turn, Taisumov was pulled from the fight during the week leading to the event due to alleged visa issues and was replaced by promotional newcomer Mehdi Baghdad.[4]

Dennis Bermudez was expected to face Maximo Blanco at this event. However, on December 5, Bermudez pulled out of the bout due to a staph infection in his shin.[5] On January 4, it was announced that he was replaced by promotional newcomer Luke Sanders.[6]

Patrick Williams was expected to face Rob Font at this event. However, Williams was forced to pull out due to injury in late December and was replaced by promotional newcomer Joey Gomez.[7]

Jimy Hettes was expected to face Charles Rosa. However, on January 10, only 8 days before the event, Hettes pulled out due to injury.[8] He was very briefly replaced by promotional newcomer Augusto Mendes.[9] Just two days later, Mendes was removed from the fight and was replaced by fellow newcomer Kyle Bochniak.[10]

Promotional newcomer Abdul-Kerim Edilov was expected to face Francimar Barroso at the event. However, Edilov pulled out of the fight in the days leading up to the event citing a knee injury and was replaced by fellow newcomer Elvis Mutapčić.[11][9]


Main Card (Fox Sports 1)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Bantamweight Dominick Cruz def. T.J. Dillashaw (c) Decision (split) (48–47, 46–49, 49–46) 5 5:00 [a]
Lightweight Eddie Alvarez def. Anthony Pettis Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Travis Browne def. Matt Mitrione TKO (punches) 3 4:09
Lightweight Francisco Trinaldo def. Ross Pearson Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Welterweight Patrick Côté def. Ben Saunders TKO (punches) 2 1:14
Light Heavyweight Ed Herman def. Tim Boetsch TKO (knee and punches) 2 1:39
Lightweight Chris Wade def. Mehdi Baghdad Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 4:30
Featherweight Luke Sanders def. Maximo Blanco Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 3:38
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Lightweight Paul Felder def. Daron Cruickshank Submission (rear-naked choke) 3 3:56
Light Heavyweight Ilir Latifi def. Sean O'Connell KO (punches) 1 0:30
Featherweight Charles Rosa def. Kyle Bochniak Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Rob Font def. Joey Gomez TKO (punches) 2 4:13
Light Heavyweight Francimar Barroso def. Elvis Mutapčić Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[13]

  • Fight of the Night: Dominick Cruz vs. T.J. Dillashaw
  • Performance of the Night: Ed Herman and Luke Sanders

Reported payouts[edit]

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money or "locker room" bonuses often given by the UFC and also do not include the UFC's traditional "fight night" bonuses.[14]

  • Dominick Cruz: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus) def. T.J. Dillashaw: $70,000
  • Eddie Alvarez: $100,000 (no win bonus) def. Anthony Pettis: $80,000
  • Travis Browne: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus) def. Matt Mitrione: $36,000
  • Francisco Trinaldo: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus) def. Ross Pearson: $48,000
  • Patrick Côté: $86,000 (includes $43,000 win bonus) def. Ben Saunders: $18,000
  • Ed Herman: $94,000 (includes $47,000 win bonus) def. Tim Boetsch: $52,000
  • Chris Wade: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Mehdi Baghdad: $12,000
  • Luke Sanders: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Maximo Blanco: $25,000
  • Paul Felder: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus) def. Daron Cruickshank: $20,000
  • Ilir Latifi: $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus) def. Sean O'Connell: $18,000
  • Charles Rosa: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Kyle Bochniak $10,000
  • Rob Font: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Joey Gomez: $10,000
  • Francimar Barroso: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Elvis Mutapcic: $18,000

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2016-01-18). "UFC Fight Night 81 draws reported 12,022 fans for $1.3 million gate". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  2. ^ a b Matt Juul (2015-09-10). "Huge UFC title fight coming to Boston". boston.com. Retrieved 2015-09-10.
  3. ^ Mark La Monica (2015-12-03). "Islip's Chris Wade books fight vs. Mairbek Taisumov at UFC Fight Night 81 in Boston". newsday.com. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  4. ^ Staff (2016-01-11). "Visa issues force Taisumov off UFC Fight Night 81, Medhi Baghdad in vs. Chris Wade". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  5. ^ Hunter A. Homistek (2015-12-06). "Dennis Bermudez suffers staph infection, out of January UFC Fight Night 81 bout". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  6. ^ Staff (2016-01-04). "Luke Sanders steps in to fight Maximo Blanco; UFC Fight Night 81 lineup shuffled". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  7. ^ Staff (2015-12-31). "Newcomer Joey Gomez gets fill-in duties at UFC Fight Night 81 in Boston". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  8. ^ José Youngs (2016-01-10). "Jimy Hettes out of UFC Fight Night 81 bout against Charles Rosa in Boston". themmacorner.com. Retrieved 2016-01-10.
  9. ^ a b Staff (2016-01-11). "Augusto Mendes, Elvis Mutapcic make debuts on short notice at UFC Fight Night 81". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  10. ^ Staff (2016-01-14). "Newcomer Kyle Bochniak a late addition to Sunday's UFC Fight Night 81 lineup". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  11. ^ Karim Zidan (2016-01-11). "Torn meniscus forces Russian prospect off UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  12. ^ "UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2015-09-12.
  13. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-01-18). "UFC Fight Night Bonuses: Cruz, Dillashaw, Herman, Sanders pocket $50K checks". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  14. ^ Staff (2016-02-05). "UFC Fight Night 81 salaries: Browne ($120K), Cruz ($110K) earn top payouts". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-02-05.