Oliveira came into his fight against Will Brooks as a +200 underdog but the former featherweight made an impressive return to the 155-pound division, taking Brooks down early before transitioning to the back and securing a rear-naked choke at 2:30 of the first round. The Performance of the Night is Oliveira’s seventh one if you count his three Submission of the Night bonuses, and his 10th overall post-fight bonus in the UFC.
Gillespie also made quick work of his opponent, knocking out Andrew Holbrook 21 seconds into the first round. The four-time NCAA D-1 All-American and former national champion was a heavy favorite coming into the card but most expected him to use his wrestling to grind out a win. Instead, Gillespie showcased his new striking arsenal, blasting Holbrook with a left hook before following him to the ground and putting in the coffin nails with authority. This is Gillespie’s first Performance of the Night bonus.
Additionally, Charles Rosa is starting to make a name for himself as an action fighter, earning his third Fight of the Night award in five UFC appearances for his losing effort against Shane Burgos on the Fox Sports 1 prelims. Burgos and Rosa engaged in a back-and-forth affair with Rosa proving to be a tough out for the -255 favorite Burgos until the third round when Burgos hurt Rosa and then poured on punches, forcing the referee to wave it off. Rosa wasn’t pleased with the stoppage but perhaps he can find some solace in the additional $50,000 he takes home.