UFC on ABC 1 bonuses: Of course Max Holloway earned an extra $50K
The first UFC event of 2021 is on the books, making it the first list of winners of the bonus after the fight.
According to UFC on ABC 1, four bonuses were given. And sometimes the awards are given as four "Performance of the Night" honors, this time there were two "POTN" and one "Fight of the Night".
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To achieve the latter was the one-sided convincing main event between Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar. "Performance of the Night" went to two killer finishes by Alessio Di Chirico and Li Jingliang.
Each fighter made $ 50,000 for their efforts.
UFC on ABC 1 took place at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. The main card was broadcast on ABC and ESPN + after the preliminary on ESPN +.
Here's a closer look at the evening's bonus winners:
"Battle of the Night": Max Holloway def. Calvin Kattar
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 17: (RL) Max Holloway kicks Calvin Kattar in a featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 17, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari / Zuffa LLC)
Typically, "Battle of the Night" indicates a fight that was a barn burner, a fight back and forth until either a worthy competitor fell or the last horn sounded. The score cards in Holloway's fight 50-43, 50-43, 50-42 show you that this wasn't the case here. But really, is anyone going to argue that Kattar didn't make an additional $ 50,000? Kattar took whatever Holloway could hand out, stood on his feet, and held out to the last horn. Think of it as fighting money. This was Holloway's ninth career post show bonus and Kattar's fourth.
"Performance of the Night": Alessio Di Chirico
There is no doubt that Di Chirico came into this fight and needed a win after losing three in a row. But who knew exactly how big his statement would be? Di Chirico faced an opponent who had gone viral with his KOs in Joaquin Buckley. However, Di Chirico landed the first knockout of 2021 which could be considered if we return to the Knockout of the Year in December and end the fight with a nasty headbutt in the opening round. Not only did that bring the middleweight back to the profit column, it also earned him his second career UFC bonus.
"Performance of the Night": Li Jingliang
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 17: (LR) Li Jingliang of China beats Santiago Ponzinibbio of Argentina welterweight during the UFC Fight Night event at the Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 17, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari / Zuffa LLC)
Santiago Ponzinibbio sniffed his right hand and that turned out to be a big mistake. Jingliang was elusive throughout Saturday's main welterweight division, and it seemed a matter of time before he landed a brutal counterattack. And it happened before the round was over when the Chinese competitor followed the slip up with a nasty left-footed shot that ended the fight at 4:25 a.m. That gave Jingliang four wins in his last five and also his sixth bonus in eight UFC bouts. [vertical gallery ID = 580622] [vertical gallery ID = 580620]
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