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UFC 160: Bermudez Not Looking For “FOTN”

Kelsey Mowatt

Max Holloway

Things have been going just fine in the MMA career of Dennis Bermudez as of late, as since the featherweight was tapped out by Diego Brandao in the TUF 14 Finale, he’s gone on to win three straight. In his last bout, not only did Bermudez earn a split decision win over Matt Grice, but the pair earned “Fight of the Night” honors as well. Nothing wrong with that right?

While receiving a nice bonus check and some well deserved credit is always nice, Bermudez also correctly noted to MMA Radio, that typically earning “FOTN” means you didn’t dominate the opposition.

“Directly after the fight, I was talking to my corners and my coach, and they said, ‘Fight (of the) Night’ bonuses are great and all, but it means you got a lumped up a little bit. And a lot of times, you see guys like Jon Jones and Anderson Silva. Those guys aren’t getting ‘Fight of the Night.’ They’re getting ‘Submission of the Night’ and ‘Knockout of the Night.’ So I’m trying to get more on those levels of performances.”

True, and in his recent “FOTN” with Grice (which is an early “Fight of the Year” candidate), Bermudez got dropped hard in the opening round and barely emerged with the win. In other words, being involved in all-out wars may endear you to fans and land you some extra cash, but it’s a dicey way to put together a title run. Plus, as Bermudez noted, you can also secure additional funds by scoring awe inspiring stoppage wins.

In Holloway, Bermudez will take on a featherweight who has also won three straight fights. Most recently Holloway earned a split decision win over Leonard Garcia at  UFC 155. Should be a good fight; possibly “FOTN”…

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