The featherweight headliner between Max Holloway and Yair Rodriguez won “Fight of the Night” at UFC Vegas 42, but many were calling it a “Fight of the Year” candidate after the fighters let it all hang out over five rounds.
Holloway took home a unanimous decision with scores of 49-46 and 48-47 twice for wearing down Rodriguez as the fight went into deep waters. A late surge from Rodriguez upped the drama and left both fighters with an extra $50,000 in their pockets.
UFC Vegas 42 took place on Saturday at UFC APEX in Las Vegas. The event’s main card aired live on ESPN+.
Although the eight stoppages tied the promotion’s record for finishes in a single event, were two only other disclosed bonuses handed out at UFC Vegas: Khaos Williams and Andrea Lee.
Williams lit up the main card with a third-round knockout of Miguel Baeza, which marked his second straight win and improved his UFC record to 4-1.
Lee, meanwhile, fought on the preliminary card and battered Cynthia Calvillo, whose corner called off the fight at the end of the second round.