Both competitors dished it out as good as they could give it, but Lazzez (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) weathered Alhassan’s strongest flurries at the outset and then found his pace, slowly turning the fight into his favor before winning a unanimous decision.
The entertaining display in Abu Dhabi was enough to earn the bout “Fight of the Night.” But there’s a twist. Alhassan missed weight Tuesday, coming in at 174 pounds for a scheduled welterweight fight. And that meant only Lazzez will take home an extra $50,000 from the fight.
Alhassan’s mistake opened the way for three “Performance of the Night” awards, and as it turned out, there were plenty of those to go around.
Earning $50,000 for “POTN”:
- Lerone Murphy (9-0-1 MMA, 1-0-1 UFC), who stayed unbeaten with a first-round upset TKO of Ricardo Ramos in a featherweight fight.
- Highly touted Khamzat Chimaev (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who lived up to the hype with his second-round finish of John Phillips as a short-notice replacement at middleweight.
- Modestas Bukauskas (11-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who stopped Andreas Michailidis after the first round with a TKO in their undercard bout.
UFC on ESPN 13 was held at Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. It aired on ESPN and streamed on ESPN+.
Original article: https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/07/ufc-on-espn-13-fight-island-bonuses-abdul-razak-alhassan-mounir-lazzez/