Following last night’s UFC Fight Night 135 event the recipients of the evening’s $50,000 bonus awards were announced.
Earning Fight Of The Night honors was a back-and-forth preliminary card battle between Cory Sandhagen and Iuri Alcantara.
The first round saw Sandhagen in deep trouble as Alcantara put him in an armbar and a triangle choke, but after also absorbing some blows he was able to get on top and start landing heavy ground and pound, knocking out his opponent’s mouthpiece in the process.
Then in the second round Sandhagen continued to seize the momentum with strikes putting Alcantara on the mat, before continuing to work until the referee finally waved off the fight for a TKO finish.
The first ‘Performance Of The Night’ bonus was scooped up by main event star Justin Gaethje who demolished James Vick in the first round with a big overhand right just 87 seconds into the bout to get back to winning ways and end his opponent’s winning streak.
Also earning a ‘Performance Of The Night’ award was main card opener Eryk Anders who waited until deep into the third round to finally put Tim Williams away with a big head kick knockout just as he was lifting himself off the mat.