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If Jiri Prochazka is next in line for the light heavyweight title, he may have to wait a little bit.
But if that’s the case, he’ll have some time to spend his extra money.
The UFC handed out four $50,000 bonuses after UFC on ESPN 23 on Saturday in Las Vegas – including a double-dip for Prochazka.
Check out the winners below.
Fight of the Night: Jiri Prochazka def. Dominick Reyes
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 01: (L-R) Dominick Reyes punches Jiri Prochazka of the Czech Republic in a light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 01, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
Jiri Prochazka (28-3-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Dominick Reyes (12-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) were in a shootout for most of two rounds in the main event. Prochazka landed a ton and bloodied Reyes up. Somehow, Reyes stayed in the fight and landed a bunch of big shots of his own. But Prochazka walked through them, seemingly with ease. And after a combination backed Reyes to the fence, Prochazka threw a right elbow that glanced off Reyes' head, then a spinning left elbow that put Reyes out cold.
Performance of the Night: Jiri Prochazka
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 01: (L-R) Jiri Prochazka of the Czech Republic kicks Dominick Reyes in a light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 01, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
Prochazka's brutal knockout of Reyes was just his second fight in the UFC. Ahead of the bout, UFC president Dana White said the winner was likely to be next in line for the light heavyweight title. That belt likely will be defended by champ Jan Blachowicz against Glover Teixeira early this fall. And then, in theory, Prochazka would be next in line unless he chooses to stay active. Regardless, he looked every bit a future star against former title challenger Reyes. It was Prochazka's second straight $50,000 bonus.
Performance of the Night: Giga Chikadze
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 01: (R-L) Giga Chikadze of Georgia punches Cub Swanson in a featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 01, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
In the co-main event, Giga Chikadze (13-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC) needed just 63 seconds to take out longtime fighter Cub Swanson (27-12 MMA, 12-8 UFC) in their featherweight bout. Chikadze drilled Swanson with a kick to the liver. It took Swanson just a beat to hit the canvas in pain. Chikadze was unsure if the fight was going to be stopped just from that, so jumped in and landed punches while Swanson covered up. The TKO moved Chikadze to a perfect 6-0 to start his UFC tenure. It was his second straight $50,000 bonus after starting his UFC career with four straight decisions. [vertical-gallery id=607335] [vertical-gallery id=607333]