UFC 221 bonuses: Much-hyped newcomer among night's $50,000 winners

Israel Adesanya, Jussier Formiga, Jake Matthews and Li Jingliang each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at Saturday’s UFC 221 event.

Adesanya and Formiga earned “Performance of the Night” awards, and Matthews and Jingliang took home “Fight of the Night” honors.

UFC officials announced the winners following UFC 221, which took place at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Newcomer Adesanya (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) kept his record unblemished in his UFC debut, showing glimpses of his incredible striking pedigree in a second-round TKO win over Rob Wilkinson. Afterward, the brash man known as “The Last Stylebender” made even more waves with an epic post-fight interview.

Formiga (21-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) has long been considered a top flyweight based on his elite grappling skills, but it was a stunning spinning backfist that actually felled opponent Ben Nguyen. The Brazilian then jumped on the back and choked Nguyen out cold in the third round to collect a victory and $50,000 bonus.

Young welterweights Matthews (12-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and Jingliang (14-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) went toe-to-toe on the night’s main card, slugging it out on the feet throughout the 15-minute affair. Matthews nearly finished the fight early with a nasty guillotine before Jingliang raked his opponent’s face, sticking a finger in the eye along the way, before pulling his head free. Matthews kept his focus after the infraction, and they two continued to slug it out until “The Celtic Kid” took home a decision win.

For more on UFC 221, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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