There were a handful of options to choose from when it came to picking a Fight of the Night for the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, as the card featured more than one competitive clash including a few capped off by a highlight-reel finish. However, it’s hard to argue against the organization’s ultimate selection for the honor given the epic nature of Cat Zingano’s victory over Miesha Tate.
Zingano stopped Tate with a series of knees after losing the first two frames and nearly being put away herself at one point. Both women exited the effort bloodied but each will at least have an extra $50,000 to help nurse their wounds with based on the bout’s distinction as the best of the bunch.
Knockout of the Night understandably went to Travis Browne for his 71-second smashing of Gabriel Gonzaga. The victory improved his record to 14-1 and was his tenth TKO. He too earned $50,000 for the performance.
Finally, Daniel Pineda came up big in his bout with Justin Lawrence by snapping a two-fight losing streak and likely avoiding release in the process. He also nearly snapped Lawrence’s arm with a Kimura, securing Submission of the Night and $50,000 as a result.
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