The Ultimate Fighting Championship held its first The Ultimate Fighter China Finale on Saturday at the CotaiArena in Macao, China. Immediately following the event, UFC president Dana White announced the post-fight bonuses.
Not surprisingly, Dong Hyun Kim took home one of the two $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses after he stunning knockout victory over John Hathaway in the main event.
Kim rocked Hathaway early in the fight, but the Englishman battled back, only to get dropped like a rock from Kim’s spinning elbow in the third round.
Heavyweight Matt Mitrione, who had a slow start in his fight, finished the opening round with a flurry, sending Shawn Jordan crumpling to the canvas in a heap. The knockout finish earned Mitrione the other Performance of the Night bonus.
Fight of the Night honors went to a back-and-forth battle between Yui Chul Nam and Kazuki Takudome, who headlined the preliminary portion of the fight card.
Nam stormed Takudome in the opening round and looked like he might secure an early finish, but Takudome turned the tables and battle back strong in round two. It came down to the final round, and both men gave their all, but Nam edged ahead and earned a split decision victory, although both were awarded an additional $50,000 for their efforts.
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