UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz
|UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz|
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||January 17, 2016|
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. 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.
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. On January 4, it was announced that he was replaced by promotional newcomer Luke Sanders.
Jimy Hettes was expected to face Charles Rosa. However, on January 10, only 8 days before the event, Hettes pulled out due to injury. He was very briefly replaced by promotional newcomer Augusto Mendes. Just two days later, Mendes was removed from the fight and was replaced by fellow newcomer Kyle Bochniak.
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.
|Main Card (Fox Sports 1)|
|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|
- For the UFC Bantamweight Championship.
The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:
- Fight of the Night: Dominick Cruz vs. T.J. Dillashaw
- Performance of the Night: Ed Herman and Luke Sanders
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.
- 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
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