Check out our breakdown of the post-fight bonuses from UFC 209 in Las Vegas, Nevada. We tell you who won, who didn’t, and why.
The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, was home to a mixed bag of fights, with four (T)KOs, two submissions and five decisions, including two split decisions and a majority decision. Here’s our breakdown of the bonus-winning performances.
Performances of the Night: Iuri Alcantara and Darren Elkins
Iuri Alcantara had to overcome a first round so one-sided that the fight was almost stopped. It sounds strange to say, but he may have been saved by Luke Sanders throwing an illegal knee. Referee Marc Goddard immediately called the foul and even took a point for the first-time offense, meaning we may well have had a 9-8 round in the first.
The second looked like it was going to be more of the same, with Sanders dropping Alcantara. This time, Iuri grabbed a leg and rolled through for a beautiful kneebar, drawing the instant tap from Sanders and earning Alcantara $50,000 in bonus money.
Darren Elkins came into tonight’s event as the biggest underdog on the card. At +500 on many books, the oddsmakers gave Elkins almost no chance, I predicted the tough-as-nails veteran would pull it out, though, and, pull it out he did.
After a brutal first round that saw Elkins beat from pillar to post, Bektic opened the second round with a kick straight to Elkins’ moneymaker. That was a mistake. Elkins proceeded to stuff Bektic over and over, before chaining several submission attempts together. As Bektic scrambled to escape, Darren landed a huge head kick and punch to the stumbling Mirsad and put him out. Elkins picks up the win and a $50,000 bonus check.
Fight of the Night: David Teymur vs. Lando Vannata
Lando Vannata came into this fight with a significant amount of hype after his razor close fight with Tony Ferguson and his first round KO of John Makdessi, but David Teymur apparently didn’t get the memo. Vannata showed flashes of brilliance, but he seemed to struggle to keep his performance up over the course of the fight. Teymur, on the other hand, managed to keep the pressure on, landing consistently with body shots as well as head shots, earning the well deserved decision and a $50,000 bonus.