Following last night’s UFC Fight Night 149 event in St. Petersburg the recipients of the evening’s $50,000 bonus awards were announced.
Earning ‘Fight Of The Night’ honors was the co-main event encounter between Islam Makhachev and Arman Tsarukyan, which proved to be a hard fought grappling battle from start to finish.
Makhachev is known for his strong wrestling, but the newcomer Tsarukyan gave him a real run for his money in an entertaining back and forth struggle for supremacy that ultimately Makhachev would emerge from victorious via unanimous decision.
Heavyweight fighter Sergei Pavlovich earned one of the two ‘Performance Of The Night’ bonuses after he made short work of Marcelo Golm, initially hurting him with a two-piece combination, then connecting with more punches behind that, leading to a big right hook and a powerful uppercut that sunk the Brazilian to the canvas for a 66 second knockout victory.
Magomed Mustafaev also earned his performance bonus courtesy of a quick KO stoppage in spectacular fashion, putting away Rafael Fiziev with a spinning back kick in the opening fight of the card.