UFC 247 bonuses awarded to preliminary fighters; event draws record gate

Jeff Cain
MMA Weekly

Following Saturday's UFC 247: Jones vs. Reyes pay-per-view event in Houston, Texas, the fight promotion announced the recipients of the performance-based fighter bonuses. Trevin Giles, James Krause, Khaos Williams, and Mario Bautista were awarded the $50,000 incentives.

Fight of the Night honors went to the middleweight match between Krause and Giles. The fight headlined the preliminary fight card with Giles narrowly defeating Krause by split decision.

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Krause threatened to end the fight early with rear-naked choke in the opening round, but Giles defended the submission attempt. Giles nearly stopped Krause in the second frame with vicious ground and pound. In the final round, both fighters connected with combinations but nearly could get the finish.

Willimas earned a Performance of the Night bonus for his quick knockout of Alex Morono in a welterweight contest. Williams ended the fight in just 27 seconds. The octagon newcomer came out aggressive and hurt Morono almost immediately. He relentlessly unloaded strike after strike until one connected clean enough to put Morono out.

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Bautista took home a Performance of the Night award for his second-round finish of Miles Johns. The two kept a frantic pace with back-and forth exchanges. Early in the second round, Bautista jump in with a flying knee that landed and sent Johns crashing to the canvas. Bautista followed Jones to the ground and finished with a series of strikes.

UFC 247 took place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas with 17,401 spectators in attendance. The fight promotion reported $3,549,418.00 in gate receipts setting the all-time Toyota Center revenue record.

The fight card featured 12 bouts including two title fights. Seven fights went the distance and five ended in knockouts or technical knockouts. Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones retained his title in the fight card's main event defeating challenger Dominick Reyes in a controversial unanimous decision. In the co-main event, women's flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko put in a dominating performance against Katlyn Chookagian.

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