With UFC 209 in the books, the UFC handed out the ‘Fight Of The Night’ and two ‘Performance of the Night’ bonuses.
The Fight of the Night honours went to the co-main event bout between David Teymur and Lando Vannata in a back-and-forth fun fight.
The consistency of his offence was the key for Teymur’s unanimous decision win, especially in rounds two and three that really slowed Vannata down as the former Ultimate Fighter competitor picked up the win on the biggest stage in his career.
Afterwards, Teymur asked the UFC to award him a $50,000 bonus while stating that he didn’t just join the promotion to put on exciting fights — he eventually wants the title.
The two performance bonuses went to two incredible comeback stories.
Darren Elkins earned the first bonus with one of the best comebacks in UFC history when he stopped Mirsad Bektic. Bektic had his way with Elkins during the first two rounds, opening up a huge cut over the right eye of Elkins, but in the third round, Elkins stayed with it and hurt Bektic against the cage – then landed a head kick that ended the fight.
Just like Elkins, Iuri Alcantara was being dominated by his opponent, Luke Sanders. The first round was dominant for the American, as was the start of the second but out of nowhere, Alcantara was able to latch on to Sanders’ leg and forced him to tap to a kneebar for a big comeback.
UFC 209: Woodley vs. Thompson 2 was held on March 4, 2017, at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada