UFC 173 was indeed an event for the ages, featuring “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler outpointing “The Juggernaut” Jake Ellenberger, winning by TKO in the third round. It saw legendary Dan Henderson put to sleep by way of rear naked choke in the 3rd round as well, from the newest 205 pound number 1 contender, Daniel Cormier.
But in the end one star shined the brightest.
Team Alpha Male has yielded some of the greatest talents in the sport of MMA today, names like Faber, Benavidez, “Money” Mendes, Danny Castillo all ring bells as far as elite practitioners of mixed martial artists go, however they have yet to produce a UFC champion.
Until last night.
T.J. Dillashaw (10-2) was able to conquer a feat that no one else has been able to amass in nearly a decade, he pulled off the upset as well as the Bantamweight belt from Renan Barao’s (28-2) waist, and in doing so was rewarded heavily.
T.J. outpointed Barao and put him away in the 5th round of their UFC 173 main event tilt. Dillashaw halted a 28 fight winning streak from the brutal brazilian and made those that bet on the 8-1 underdog, a substantial amount of money.
But T.J. won’t leave Vegas without some jang-a-lang in his pocket as well.
The fight was deemed “Fight of the Night” and both warriors walked away with $50,000 bonus checks.
Dillashaw also left the MGM Grand Garden arena with another $50,000 performance of the night check, not to mention the coveted 135 pound division gold around his waist.
Also receiving a performance of the night bonus check was another underdog but at 4-1 odds, Mitch Clarke (11-2). Clarke saw an inch and grabbed a mile in his preliminary bout with Al Iaquinta (9-3-1), putting him to sleep with a sleak D’arce choke in round 2.