The Ultimate Fighter 14 winner packs a lot of power at 125 pounds and opponent Darrell Montague got a taste of it first hand before the opening round had expired. Dodson popped him a number of times in their short-but-sweet tilt, ending Montague’s evening with a nice combo. The victory improved Dodson’s UFC record to 4-1 and was his third knockout in the Octagon. It was a good night for Ultimate Fighter champions, as TUF 13’s Ferguson also picked up an extra $60,000 based on his effort in the infamous eight-sided cage. Ferguson’s award came as the result of a slick Brabo Choke less than two minutes into his match-up with Mike Rio. In addition to being an impressive finish, the win also came in Ferguson’s first fight since losing in May 2012. Forget “Fight of the Night” – these two turned in what could easily earn “Fight of the Year” honors. Their war was waged for fifteen action-packed minutes and saw each man dropped at some point in the showdown. Melendez came out at the end with a decision nod, but everyone in the arena and tuning it at home were truly winners based on the brutal but beautiful brawl between the two talented 155ers. More than 17,000 people were fortunate enough to take in what many have labeled as the best show of 2013. It may not have been the biggest crowd in UFC history but it was at least the largest number of folks in attendance at one of the organization’s American events this year. The UFC struck gold by producing a card laced with talent in nearly every division. The show had an epic title-fight, a bout between two highly-touted females, and star-studded scraps from top to bottom.
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produced an event fans will be talking about for months to come. Not only was the action intense in general, but there were a number of highlight reel finishes and a fight for the ages. In fact, things were so spectacular the UFC 166 UFC decided to tack an extra $10,000 on top of their regular rate of $50,000 for performance-based bonuses. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)