Magomedsharipov and Bochniak earned the “Fight of the Night,” while Aubin-Mercier and Gruetzemacher each won “Performance of the Night” honors.
UFC President Dana White announced the winners at the post-fight news conference, which MMAjunkie attended.
Aubin-Mercier (11-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) needed just 53 seconds to take out Evan Dunham (18-7-1 MMA, 11-7-1 UFC) in their lightweight fight on the preliminary card. Dunham started quickly with solid strikes, but not long after Aubin-Mercier landed a big knee, and another put Dunham on the mat after a few punches. It was the first knockout win of Aubin-Mercier’s career. (Check out the fight’s best photos here.)
Gruetzemacher (14-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) lit up veteran lightweight Joe Lauzon (27-15 MMA, 14-12 UFC) for 10 minutes, nearly closing both his eyes. And before the third round, Lauzon’s corner waved the fight off before a doctor could. (Check out the fight’s best photos here.)
Despite being the card’s biggest underdog, Bochniak (8-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) stood right in front of Magomedsharipov (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) to trade punches for 15 minutes. He lost a unanimous decision, but made plenty of fans in the process for the featherweight slugfest.
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