Following last night’s UFC Fight Night 87 event in Rotterdam, Holland, the recipients of the evening’s $50,000 bonus awards were announced.
There was no ‘Fight Of The night’ bonus on this occasion, so four ‘Performance Of The Night’ bonuses were dished out instead.
Earning the first performance bonus was main event star Alistair Overeem who certainly earned the extra cash with an impressive jumping front kick to the face followed by a punch sending Andrei Arlovski crashing to the canvas early in the second round, with ground and pound strikes sealing the TKO victory.
Another Dutch fighter, Stefan Struve also scooped up a ‘Performance Of The Night’ award on home soil after swiftly slaying Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva in the co-main event. Struve caught Silva with a right hook as his opponent came charging towards him at the opening bell, then dropped him with a knee to the midsection and finished up with elbows to the side his head, with the TKO stoppage coming just 15 seconds into the fight.
Gunnar Nelson was in fine form against Albert Tumenov last night, earning a ‘Performance Of The Night’ bonus along the way thanks to a mixture of crisp striking and slick grappling skills, culminating with a second round rear-naked choke submission.
Germaine Re Randamie revelled in the support of the Dutch fans en-route to a first round TKO victory against newcomer Anna Elmose, working her way back to her feet after an early takedown, then turning up the heat with some excellent knees to the midsection from the thai clinch that folded up her opponent, with a single punch also landing for good measure before the referee’s stoppage.