The small cage led to big finishes at UFC on ESPN+ 32. And that, combined with the lack of a barnburner fight, meant there were four $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonuses handed out after the event.
Just one of the four, Darren Stewart, had ever previously won a postfight bonus. The rest were first-timers. The full list:
- Gavin Tucker (11-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) earned his first career postfight bonus for his impressive third-round submission over Justin Jaynes in their undercard featherweight bout.
- Andrew Sanchez (12-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) knocked out Wellington Turman at the 4:14 mark of the opening round of their middleweight undercard fight with a hellacious right hand, followed by two more on the ground.
- Kevin Holland (18-5 MMA, 5-2 UFC) used a huge right hook which dislodged Joaquin Buckley’s mouthpiece and put an end to their undercard middleweight bout in the third round.
- Stewart (11-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC) used a tight guillotine choke finish of Maki Pitolo in their middleweight main card bout earned Stewart his third career postfight bonus.
UFC on ESPN+32 took place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card streamed on ESPN+.