Following last night’s UFC On ESPN 25 the recipients of the evening’s $50,000 bonus awards were announced.
Earning ‘Fight Of The Night’ honors was a highly competitive main card rematch between Marlon Vera and Davey Grant.
Grant had won the first meeting between the two by decision over five years ago and he came out aggressively in the opening round with hard-hitting strikes.
However, Vera was able to take his best shots and then gradually started to make an impact on the feet and on the mat, bloodying up his opponent with some nasty rapid-fire elbows, and then by the final round had more gas left in the tank as he started to control Grant in the grappling department to ensure the unanimous decision victory would go in his favor (29-27, 29-28, 30-26).
Earlier, Matt Brown’s lead calf took a beating in the first round of his fight against Dhiego Lima, but the 40-year-old didn’t let that stop him and in the second round he landed a single right hand out of the blue that knocked his opponent out cold for an impressive ‘Performance Of The Night’ KO finish.
Also earning a performance bonus was Seung Woo Choi, who quickly started to engage in a striking battle against Julian Erosa and his blistering hand speed and power soon paid off as he floored him with a right hand followed by a powerful left that would lead to a TKO finish after just 97 seconds of fighting.