Following last night’s UFC On ESPN+ 2 event in Brazil the recipients of the evening’s $50,000 bonus awards were announced.
On this occasion there was no ‘Fight Of The Night’ award, with UFC officials instead opting to dish out four ‘Performance Of The Night’ bonuses instead.
Headliner Marlon Moraes claimed one after his first round finish against Raphael Assuncao, avenging his previous decision loss to the fighter by first flooring him with two overhand rights, then landing ground and pound before rolling into mount with a guillotine submission to for the tapout.
Co-main event star Jose Aldo also scooped up a bonus award after he came out aggressively in the second round of his fight with Renato Moicano, initially hurting him with a left hook and then making things even more miserable for his wobble foe with an onslaught of hooks, body shots and even a knee to the head, until the referee decided enough was enough and waved the fight off for a TKO stoppage.
Charles Oliveira’s record of having the most submissions in UFC history expanded last night, but he had to survive being poked in the eye twice by David Teymur and being floored before he turned the tables on his opponent with effective offense and pressure. That paid dividends in the second round when he hurt Teymur with a stepping elbow, then an uppercut tha forced him to turn his back while he teed off with more punches, before opting to bring him to the mat wrapped up in an anaconda choke for the submission finish.
Finally, Johnny Walker also earned a performance bonus after his ultra quick finish against Justin Ledet, partially landing a hook kick in the opening exchange, then following it up immediately with a spinning backfist that dropped his opponent, then a few ground and pound strikes to seal the TKO victory after just 15 seconds of fighting.