UFC Vegas 45 Bonuses & Highlights: Blistering Battle of the Night
The UFC Vegas 45 bonuses were given out to several deserving fighters at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday. It was certainly not an easy decision for the officials, who had 10 bouts with finishing and a brilliant decisive bout to choose from.
UFC Vegas 45 fight of the night: Amanda Lemos versus Angela Hill
A pair of straw weights eager to prepare for a big climb up the ladder in 2022 were engaged in a gritty, filthy 3-round affair when Amanda Lemos nodded the split decision on Angela Hill.
Lemos first gained the upper hand and stunned Hill with a front kick in the face. Hill recovered well and secured the top position mid-lap. When they got back on their feet, they traded strikes, and Hill connected with a strong right hand to level things up a bit. The pressure on Hill continued on lap two, increasing the volume and wearing Lemos, but by lap three Lemos went blow by blow. It resulted in a beautiful and fast-paced, impressive performance with some tough cages in between. In the end, the judges gave Lemos the win, as Hills’ unlucky split continues.
UFC Vegas 45 performance of the night: Cub Swanson
In a clash of seasoned featherweights, Cub Swanson looked as sharp as ever against Darren Elkins. Swanson came out confident and fluent, hands by his side, and his sharp attack began early. With precise and quick strokes, Swanson injured Elkins and left Elkins no chance to recover. When Elkins stumbled, Swanson finished with a spin, and that was enough to deserve the break in the middle of the opening picture.
UFC Vegas 45 performance of the night: Melissa Gatto
Melissa Gatto made a flyweight statement, keeping her unbroken record intact while defeating Sijara Eubanks in the third round.
After a tough first lap, Gatto was able to turn Eubanks around on the ground in the second lap and gain some momentum in the fight. In the third round, Gatto hit Eubanks’ body with a solid front kick, crumpling up her opponent and essentially ending the fight.
UFC Vegas 45 full results: Derrick Lewis vs. Chris Daukaus