Fight of the Night: Sean O'Malley vs Petr Yan
Hanging with former champion Petr Yan from start to finish, Sean O'Malley laid to rest once and for all the doubt that he should be in high-level bantamweight bouts. Yan and most of the capacity crowd of Etihad Arena seemed to disagree with the split-decision victory awarded to "The Suga Show," but one thing that was undeniable: It was arguably the most entertaining 15 minutes of the event, setting the table perfectly for the main and co-main championship bouts.
Performance of the Night: Islam Makhachev
Islam Makhachev would never try to convince you that his fights are easy, but he continued to make it look easy as he cruised to becoming the 12th undisputed lightweight champion over Charles Oliveira.
Looking crisp both on the feet and on the mat, Makhachev tied the longest active UFC finish streak (5) with a bit of poetic justice, submitting the all-time submission leader for the victory. Following a post-fight faceoff, it appears the new champion will defend his new belt in Perth, Australia in February, where he'll attempt to keep featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski from becoming the latest two-division UFC champ.
Performance of the Night: Belal Muhammad
With the energy of seemingly the entire Etihad Arena at his back, Belal Muhammad put on perhaps the best performance of his career, taking out Sean Brady on the feet with an avalanche of unanswered strikes.
In handing Brady his first professional defeat, Belal Muhammad's nine-fight unbeaten streak (8 wins, 1 no contest) is currently the second longest such streak in the welterweight division (Leon Edwards, 11). It continues his increasingly bulletproof case that he's near the front of the line for a welterweight title shot.
This story first published at UFC.com.