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TUF 17 Bonuses: Cat Zingano-Miesha Tate named Fight of the Night

Miesha-Tate - MMAWEEKLYThere were a handful of options to choose from when it came to picking a Fight of the Night for the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, as the card featured more than one competitive clash including a few capped off by a highlight-reel finish. However, it’s hard to argue against the organization’s ultimate selection for the honor given the epic nature of Cat Zingano’s victory over Miesha Tate.

Zingano stopped Tate with a series of knees after losing the first two frames and nearly being put away herself at one point. Both women exited the effort bloodied but each will at least have an extra $50,000 to help nurse their wounds with based on the bout’s distinction as the best of the bunch.

Knockout of the Night understandably went to Travis Browne for his 71-second smashing of Gabriel Gonzaga. The victory improved his record to 14-1 and was his tenth TKO. He too earned $50,000 for the performance.

Finally, Daniel Pineda came up big in his bout with Justin Lawrence by snapping a two-fight losing streak and likely avoiding release in the process. He also nearly snapped Lawrence’s arm with a Kimura, securing Submission of the Night and $50,000 as a result.


  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Women left it all in the cage. Very good fight. Hopefully this shows more people that women are just as tough and fight just as hard as the guys.

  • MCM says:

    I agree that women fight just has hard, and they deserved the FOTN, but outside of Cat’s knees and her 3rd round GnP, their striking was pretty poor. Neither of them seemed to know how to throw a punch on the feet and neither had much defense (standing or on the ground). Exciting? Yes. High level MMA? Not so much.
    Still I’m glad that women are getting the chance to fight in the UFC, they’re a big part of this sport and deserve the recognition.

    The Travis Brown KO was just NASTY. We see elbows from that position in almost every fight, but I’ve never seen anyone get KO’d from them. If fighters weren’t training before to KO a guy from that postition, you can bet they are now.

  • darth_irritable says:

    The ground work in Faber v Jorgenson was outstanding, but I really enjoyed the Cat crushing the Mouth.

    I have to say, hopefully they give it a little while before they put WMMA on UFC on Fox. It needs to socialize a little more before the mainstream public is exposed to a woman busted open like Silva was by Velasquez. I’d hate to see it stillborn by rushing it to market. The one exception would be Rousey, since I don’t see any Rousey fight lasting that long with the current crop, outside of Cat – and that is only cos of Cat’s strength.

    Cyborg still eats them both for breakfast.

  • Screenplaya says:

    I think Uncle Dana was trying a bitt too hard when he suggested the girl fight was clearly the best of the night. That fight was wicked, but there were a ton of great scraps that night. Giving it to the ladies was obviously a bit of a marketing ploy. Now Dana can go forward saying both women’s matches have been fights of the night.

    Not saying they werent deserving, just saying there were a few others at least as deserving.

    Also, I think Miesha and the fans deserved for that fight to go on a little longer. The stop was a little early.


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