UFC on ESPN 21 bonuses: Grant Dawson leads pack of four $50K winners
With six finishes in 10 fights, the UFC brass had loads of options to get from for its put up-battle bonus winners at UFC on ESPN 21.
In reality, as an alternative of going with a “Fight of the Night” and two “Efficiency of the Night” awards, the UFC as an alternative went with four particular person finishes for $50,000 every on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Select a contemplate on the four “Efficiency of the Night” winners below.
Grant Dawson (17-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) used to be one second away from a decision decide over Leonardo Santos (18-4-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) – however of course, with MMA judging, a fighter seldom knows. With Santos on his encourage after a unhurried takedown, Dawson postured up and dropped a upright hammerfist on Santos’ chin. The Brazilian used to be scared, and a second fist place him out chilly. A pair extra were icing on the cake – including one that sent Santos’ mouthpiece flying with stunning one second left within the battle. The knockout tied the most up-to-date construct in UFC historical past and saved Dawson unbeaten within the UFC.
Max Griffin (17-8 MMA, 5-6 UFC) wanted lower than half a round to purchase out Song Kenan (16-6 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in a devastating manner. Griffin won for the second straight time with a upright hand that wobbled Kenan, then a 1-2 that place him on the canvas. A remaining punch landed to the encourage of the head, however the referee already used to be on the manner in to dwell the battle.
Bruno Silva (11-5-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) feeble his wrestling to control J.P. Buys (9-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a standout wrestler himself, at occasions within the first round. Then he went encourage to the smartly within the second. After he knocked Buys down, Buys somersaulted encourage to his toes. But Silva stayed relentless with the punches with Buys on his knees in opposition to the fence. Buys told the referee he used to be surviving with out concern and managed to rep encourage to his toes, and it regarded admire he used to be recovered – except Silva drilled him again and knocked him down, and that used to be ample.
Adrian Yanez (13-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will were biding his time in opposition to Gustavo Lopez (12-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC), however he saved his very best for the final round. No longer long into the frame, Yanez and Lopez had a short alternate. And whereas Lopez used to be throwing a huge looping upright hand, Yanez threw a upright of his contain – other than it used to be shorter, sooner and additional mighty. Yanez landed on the button, and Lopez fell backward. Yanez took a contemplate, then walked the quite a bit of manner for a one-punch walkoff KO. The Dana White’s Contender Sequence graduate bought his second UFC knockout in two fights stunning 27 seconds into the third round.