UFC 262 bonuses: New champ Charles Oliveira tops $75,000 winners

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The UFC upped the ante on its post-fight bonuses for UFC 262 on Saturday.

Instead of the typical $50,000 extra checks, UFC president Dana White decided to go with $75,000 bonuses after a suggestion from co-main event fighter Tony Ferguson. And while Ferguson wasn’t on the receiving end of one of those checks, four other fighters have him to thank for their extra skrilla.

Check out the $75,000 winners after Saturday’s event at Toyota Center in Houston.

Performance of the Night: Charles Oliveira

After more than a decade in the UFC, Charles Oliveira (31-8 MMA, 19-8 UFC) finally became a champion with a stunning TKO win over former Bellator champ Michael Chandler (22-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) quickly into the second round of their main event. Oliveira had some good moments in the first round with submission attempts against Chandler, but Chandler exploded out and had the Brazilian on the ropes in the opening frame and seemed to nearly finish him. But out of nowhere in the second, Oliveira drilled Chandler with a left, then pounced on him for continued punishment until he got the finish 19 seconds into the round to take the lightweight title vacated by Khabib Nurmagomedov earlier this year. [listicle id=610424] [vertical-gallery id=611063]

Performance of the Night: Christos Giagos

Christos Giagos (19-8 MMA, 5-4 UFC) opened the card with a lights-out perforamnce – literally. Giagos choked Sean Soriano (14-7 MMA, 0-4 UFC) to sleep in the second round of their curtain jerker with a comeback in a fight that seemed to be going Soriano's way with relative ease in the striking department. [vertical-gallery id=610954]

Fight of the Night: Edson Barboza def. Shane Burgos

Edson Barboza (22-9 MMA, 16-9 UFC) and Shane Burgos (13-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) opened up the main card with a featherweight banger. They traded back and forth in the first two rounds. Barboza's kicks landed with such authority that his right shin was bleeding in a big way. In the third, though, Barboza landed a pair of punches that seemed very normal – until Burgos had a delayed reaction of several seconds, then fell backward out cold. [vertical-gallery id=610717]

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