Marquez and Sam Alvey gave
the ABC audience an entertaining brawl on Saturday, and the
middleweights are now $50,000 richer for their efforts.
Marquez and Alvey shared “Fight of the Night” honors for their
featured clash at
UFC on ABC 2 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Both combatants were
swinging for the fences from the outset, but once Marquez hurt his
adversary with a right hand and follow-up barrage, he was able to
eventually render Alvey unconscious with a modified rear-naked
choke at the 2:07 mark of Round 2.
Elsewhere, rising strawweight contender Mackenzie
Dern garnered a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” check for a
submission victory over the returning Nina Nunes.
After punching her way into the clinch, Dern took Nunes down,
passed to mount and framed an arm bar. Nunes defended as long as
she could until Dern broke her grip, extended the arm and elicited
the tapout 4:48 into the opening stanza.
Finally, former KSW champion Mateusz
Gamrot earned the card’s other $50,000 “Performance of the
Night” bonus by virtue of a knockout victory against Scott
Holtzman in a preliminary lightweight bout. Gamrot set the
stage for his victory by dropping Holtzman to a knee with a one-two
combination and from there, a series of right hands on the ground
sealed his victory 1:22 into Round 2.