The UFC handed out four $50,000 put up-fight bonuses after its return to paunchy arenas Saturday.
UFC 261 took arrangement Saturday at VyStar Veterans Memorial Enviornment in Jacksonville, Fla. The major card aired on pay-per-scrutinize following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+. It used to be the promotion’s first match in entrance of fans since the originate of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The card featured three title fights on the live of the bill, and all five fights on the major card ended in finishes – alongside side a substandard broken leg suffered by primitive middleweight champion Chris Weidman.
Compare out the put up-fight bonus winners underneath.
Usman (19-1 MMA, 14-0 UFC) fought one of his biggest opponents, Jorge Masvidal (35-15 MMA, 12-8 UFC), in the major match. The two fought in July 2020 when Masvidal took a title fight on six days’ peek, and Usman defended his welterweight belt with a unanimous resolution. Nonetheless in the rematch, he left no query when he drilled Masvidal with a appropriate hand that had him out ahead of he hit the canvas. He grew to alter into perfect the 2d fighter to knock out Masvidal in 50 fights, and first to cease him since 2009.
Namajunas (10-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC) used to be the underdog to ladies’s strawweight champion Zhang Weili (21-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC), but she reclaimed the 115-pound title when she took out Weili with a first-round head kick. Even supposing Weili protested the stoppage, she stumbled when she got attend up and it looked sure Namajunas’ fetch used to be the ultimate call.
In the 2d fight of the night time, Jeffrey Molina (9-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Qileng Aori (18-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC) went for 15 minutes. Molina landed higher than 200 entire strikes in the fight and took dwelling a unanimous resolution for his first care for in the promotion. He hoped for a bonus, and he got one.
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