Check out our breakdown of the post-fight bonuses from UFC 219: Miocic vs. Ngannou in Boston, Massachusetts
The TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts was home to a solid night of fights, with five (T)KOs, no submissions and six decisions, including a split-decision.
Tonight’s card was a treat for fans of striking. Three of the five fights on the main card ended in knockouts and God only knows how the main event made it all the way to 25 minutes after the amount of bombs landed in the first round. Let’s all just pretend Villante vs. Barroso didn’t happen.
The prelims were a bit more hit-and-miss, but got off to a great start when Islam Makhachev absolutely wrecked Gleison Tibau with a huge left hand just a minute into the fight. We had a run of decisions after that, but the fights all had their moments.
Both champions retained their belts against powerhouse punchers. Cormier won primarily by out-striking the striker, showing Oezdemir that not only was he the more well rounded fighter, but he was better than Volkan at his own game, demonstrating just how great DC really is. The main event saw Stipe Miocic survive a hellacious onslaught in the first minutes of round 1, then completely control the massive Francis Ngannou for the next 20+ minutes en-route to a dominant decision victory.
Performances of the Night: Daniel Cormier and Abdul Razak Alhassan
Daniel Cormier demolished Volkan Oezdemir. He stood in front of him for four-and-a-half minutes and out-struck the striker. He brawled with the brawler and showed he had just as much power as the powerhouse. In any other era, we’d be talking about Cormier as the most complete, greatest fighter in his division, maybe in the entire UFC, but the shadow of Jon Jones still looms large. Even in victory, DC referenced his “greatest rival” in his post fight speech. Hopefully the extra $50,000 bonus he received helps with that.
Abdul Razak Alhassan landed an absolutely ridiculous uppercut on Sabah Homasi. If Homasi was wearing shoes he would have been knocked clean out of them. The finish had some minor controversy around it due to the odd decision to stand both fighters up not long after Homasi managed to take Alhassan down. Nevertheless, Hassan deserves the extra 50 Gs coming his way for a perfectly timed and placed knockout punch.
Fight of the Night: Calvin Kattar vs. Shane Burgos
Calvin Kattar and Shane Burgos put on a kickboxing clinic tonight, with both men throwing and landing combinations for a frenetic 10 minutes of combat. The action swung back-and-forth throughout the fight, with Kattar arguably edging the first round, but Burgos finishing strong to take the second. The momentum was with Burgos as the third round started, but Calvin interrupted a Burgos combination with a body kick and stunned him with a huge right hand into an uppercut. Kattar would land a shot, Burgos would go to sleep and wake up on the way down, and the cycle would repeat for what seemed like an eternity, but could only have been 30 seconds.
Kattar chased the stumbling and falling Burgos to the ground and landed some good shots. Burgos was still conscious, but his defense could hardly be called intelligent. The referee stepped in right as Burgos was staggering to his feet, eating shots all the while. Shane complained, but his protests were undermined by his inability to stop himself from falling against the cage like a drunken monkey. Both men walked out $50K richer for putting on a barnburner of a bout.