Holly Holm (10-0) and Ronda Rousey (12-1) were awarded $50,000 each for their “fight of the night” performances in the UFC 193 main event this past Saturday night in Melbourne, Australia. Rousey was defending her UFC women’s bantamweight championship for a seventh time, and the odds heavily favored the Olympic medalist. However, former boxing champion Holly Holm had other plans and picked Rousey apart on the feet during the first round. Rousey pursued aggressively but continuously ran into a straight left that wore the champion down. In round two Holly continued to counterstrike effectively and eventually caught Rousey off guard with a head kick that knocked her unconscious. Holm became the first woman in history to defeat the one previously thought unbeatable and walked away with the 135-pound women’s title.
Holm was awarded another $50,000 for a “performance of the night” bonus, and deservedly so. Hardly anyone was giving Holm a chance against Rousey because she’d been so dominant over her previous competition. And Holm, frankly, had looked good in her past UFC fights, but nothing spectacular. But once she got an opponent who would rush her like a bull, it played right into her counter striking game and we saw what happened. For the shock factor alone, Holm deserved the performance bonus.
Kyle Noke (22-7-1) was awarded the second $50,000 “performance of the night” bonus at UFC 193. The 35-year-old Australian dropped German submission ace Peter Sobotta (15-5-1) with a front kick to the body, then followed up with punches to get the TKO win at just 2:01 of the very first round. Still not listed on the UFC’s official welterweight rankings, Noke improves his UFC record to 6-3 and moves one step closer to breaking into the top 15.