UFC Vegas 54: Spann, Torres Scoop Up Performance of the Night Bonuses

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UFC Vegas 54 ended connected thing of a sour note, with main lawsuit airy heavyweight Aleksandar Rakic falling owed to wounded — rather virtually — successful his showdown with Jan Blachowicz.

That gave the Polish ex-champ the win, but near him precocious and adust successful presumption of bonus money. Instead, it was different airy heavyweight that cashed successful connected that front.

Ryan Spann had been looking to bounce backmost from a nonaccomplishment to Anthony Smith connected Saturday, and helium did conscionable that successful a large way. Paired up with hard-hitting Moldovan Ion Cutelaba, Spann locked up a guillotine successful the opening circular that had Cutelaba tapping successful a hurry.

The different Performance of the Night bonus astatine UFC Vegas 54 went to Manuel Torres, a 2021 Contender Series alum who came retired swinging against Frank “The Crank” Camacho. Torres stunned Camacho early, snapping his caput back, and moments aboriginal dropped him with different nasty blow. That was capable for Herb Dean to question disconnected the fight, and portion immoderate argued that Dean had made the telephone early, it simply wasn’t going to beryllium Camacho’s night.

Fight of the Night astatine UFC Vegas 54 went to the women’s flyweight pairing of Katlyn Chookagian and Amanda Ribas. Normally a strawweight, Ribas was returning to the 125 lb part for the archetypal clip since 2018, looking to leap the enactment with a triumph implicit “Blonde Fighter,” who of precocious has been a high-level gatekeeper.

Ribas’ plans were each for naught: Chookagian proved game, and coiled up earning the divided determination win.

All 4 bonus-winning fighters astatine UFC Vegas 54 volition pouch an other $50,000 connected apical of their amusement and triumph money.