Check out our breakdown of the post-fight bonuses from UFC on FOX 24: Johnson vs. Reis in Kansas City, Missouri. We tell you who won, who didn’t, and why.
The Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri was home to a pretty good night of fights, with three (T)KOs, three submissions, and seven decisions, including two split decisions. We also saw Demetrious Johnson tie Anderson Silva’s record for the most title defenses in UFC history. Here’s our breakdown of the bonus-winning performances.
Performances of the Night: Robert Whittaker and Demetrious Johnson
Robert Whittaker came into tonight’s fight with Jacare as a 2-1 underdog, then immediately set about proving everyone wrong. The Australian has always had a wicked boxing game; some of the most technically sound and dynamic pugilism in mixed martial arts, but facing Souza, who as well as being one of the best grapplers to ever compete in MMA, is also bigger, stronger, and has much more experience than Whittaker, there was a question about whether or not Whittaker’s skillset would be enough.
The answer was yes.
Mighty Mouse received the other performance of the night bonus in Kansas City, and what more is there to say about Demetrious Johnson that hasn’t been said a hundred times before? He’s the most well-rounded fighter in the sport, maybe of all time. He tops the pound for pound best list, and any time someone seems to have him in trouble he adjusts immediately and slaps them for daring to think they could beat him. He’s done it again tonight, and along with tying Anderson Silva’s record for title defenses, picked up a $50,000 bonus for armbarring Wilson Reis in the third round.
Fight of the Night: Louis Smolka vs. Tim Elliott
Tim Elliott was the last man to fight the aforementioned Mighty Mouse, and for one round, it looked like he might just be able to beat him. Unfortunately, he forgot that it is not actually possible for a man weighing 125 lbs to defeat Demetrious Johnson. Louis Smolka on the other hand? That’s a different story, and it’s a story Tim Elliott told with all the skill and aesthetics of a viking skald.
The bout was something of a grappling clinic for much of its length, and Elliott showed the same skills that caused the flyweight champion issues in their bout; wicked transitions, creative scrambles and harder to hold onto than Jormungandr itself, Elliott made life hell for Smolka on the mat en route to a $50K bonus winning victory.