Gaethje, known as “The Highlight”, accomplished an extraordinary knockout against Dustin Poirier via a head kick during their headlining rematch at UFC 291. This victory not only secured him the title of second “BMF” champion but also earned him another Performance of the Night accolade. This marks the 12th occasion in Gaethje’s twelve UFC appearances that he has been awarded the $50,000 bonus.
In contrast to usual practice, there was no Fight of the Night declared at the Saturday event held in Salt Lake City, which resulted in four Performance of the Night bonuses being given instead. The other beneficiaries of these accolades were main card contenders Derrick Lewis, Bobby Green, and Kevin Holland.
Lewis ended his worst career streak of three consecutive losses with a thrilling first-round knockout against Marcos Rogerio de Lima, initiated by a flying knee at the beginning of the fight. This victory gave Lewis the unique title of the most knockouts in UFC history with 14, surpassing welterweight powerhouse Matt Brown.
Both Green and Holland also earned significant victories, with Green forcing Tony Ferguson into submission with only six seconds left in their bout, marking Ferguson’s sixth consecutive defeat, and Holland surprising submission expert Michael Chiesa by compelling Chiesa to submit to an arm-triangle in the first round.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UFC 291 Post-Fight Bonuses
Who were the winners of the Performance of the Night awards at UFC 291?
The Performance of the Night awards at UFC 291 went to Justin Gaethje, Derrick Lewis, Bobby Green, and Kevin Holland.
How many fight night bonuses has Justin Gaethje won after UFC 291?
After UFC 291, Justin Gaethje has won a total of twelve fight night bonuses.
Who became the sole owner of the UFC’s all-time knockout record at UFC 291?
Derrick Lewis became the sole owner of the UFC’s all-time knockout record at UFC 291, with a total of 14 knockouts.
Who submitted Tony Ferguson at UFC 291?
Tony Ferguson was submitted by Bobby Green at UFC 291.
Which fighter ended a losing streak at UFC 291?
Derrick Lewis ended a career-worst three-fight losing streak at UFC 291 with a victory over Marcos Rogerio de Lima.