Saturday night’s UFC 155 main event didn’t necessarily go as planned with Cain Velasquez dominating champion Junior dos Santos over the five full rounds their fight was allotted, but there was another fight that delivered, as expected.
That fight would be the co-main event between Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon, which delivered the Fight of the Night as part of the UFC 155 post-fight awards that earned the bonus winners $65,000 each.
Anyone that watched the full event would have a difficult time arguing that Miller’s relentless pace, and Lauzon’s stunning resolve, provided anything less than the UFC 155 Fight of the Night.
Miller opened a massive cut on Lauzon’s face, but couldn’t do anything to his heart. It made for an amazing back-and-forth battle, Miller largely dominating, but Lauzon never giving in.
Todd Duffee had been out of the UFC for the past couple of years after having a falling out with the company brass, but finally earned a shot back in the Octagon at UFC 155 and took full advantage.
Duffee originally made his way to the UFC by knocking people out, and picked it right back up in his return, knocking Phil De Fries out little more than two minutes into the opening round of their fight, securing the Knockout of the Night honors.
Duffee did his damage as part of the early preliminary bouts that streamed on Facebook, and John Moraga followed suit, opening the show with the Submission of the Night.
It took Moraga into the third and final round, but once he found the modified standing guillotine choke, he locked it in and didn’t let go until Chris Cariaso gave up. Moraga secured the $65,000 bonus check and also his place in the UFC’s flyweight division with back-to-back wins over other impressive 125-pounders.