On Saturday evening, May 21, a spectacular event took place at the UFC Apex in which six of the 11 fights ended in a draw.
UFC decision-makers had to take a long time to pay the bonus for this event. Two promotions of the night bonus were also given in the promotion. In which a couple of fighters were given an additional $ 50,000 for their completion.
The welterweight co-host event between # 14 ranked Santiago Ponzinibbio and Michel Pereira, who wants to be ahead in the rankings, met expectations and then something. With perhaps less flash than usual, Pereira, however, showed considerable heart and solid chin, going from foot to foot with Ponzinibbio in three rounds.
Michele Pereira and Santiago Ponzinibbio have promised to be one of the most interesting fights on paper on Saturday. Not only did the fighting improve in each round, but the final round turned into a full-blown fight, with some fans in the UFC Apex emphasizing the action between Pereira (28-11 MMA, 6-2 UFC). Happy ) And Ponzinibbio (28-6 MMA, 10-5 UFC). When all this is said and done.
The first round started with a touch of gloves. Only 38 seconds into the fight, and Ponzinibbio accidentally planted in Pereira's eye, he was stopped. Pereira landed a cracking overhand on the right. Ponzinibbio took the offensive line and continued to move forward but lost most of his blows. Pereira missed a wild strike but a low-leg kick. Ponzinibu lowered one jaw and then missed the left one. At the end of the first round, the two fighters made a right-handed deal.
Pereira made a good combination to start the second round. Ponzinibbio continued the operation but struggled to land. Pereira fired a large shot at the body, followed by a powerful kick. Pereira was significantly more accurate with his punches. In the middle of the second round, both fighters started bleeding from their noses. Ponzinibbio took a double leg down with 17 seconds left in the round.
Pereira started the final round aggressively by crossing the cage. Pereira dropped a large right hand and a knee, but Ponzinibbio survived. Ponzinibbio landed with his left hand but kicked his leg. With less than two minutes left, the two fighters began to swing wildly. Both slapped and kicked the body. With less than a minute left, Ponzinibbio landed a big hook on the left. Pereira returned with strength. The last 30 seconds were all action as the two fighters traded punches in an attempt to win a very close fight.
When it ended, the judges were divided, with two judges scoring 30-27 and 29-28 for Pereira, while the third official won 29-28 for Ponzinibbio.
The two men take home a $ 50,000 bonus for Fight of the Night. This award is the third bonus for Pereira and the sixth for Ponzinibbio.
See the results of UFC Vegas 55 below.
UFC Vegas 55Main Card
Ketlen Vieira def. Holly Holm by split decision (48-47 x2, 47-48)
Michel Pereira def. Santiago Ponzinibbio by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Chidi Njokuani def. Dusko Todorovic by knockout (elbow) at 4:48 of Round 1
Tabatha Ricci def. Polyana Viana by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Junyong Park def. Eryk Anders by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Joseph Holmes def. Alen Amedovski by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:04 of Round 1
Jailton Almeida def. Parker Porter by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:35 of Round 1
Uros Medic def. Omar Morales by TKO (punch) at 3:05 of Round 2
Jonathan Martinez def. Vince Morales by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Chase Hooper def. Felipe Colares by TKO (punches) at 3:00 of Round 3
Sam Hughes def. Elise Reed by TKO at 3:52 (elbows) of Round 3