Dustin Poirier and Akira Corassani had a heated faceoff and a fun fight. | Jeff Miller/Sherdog.com
Dustin Poirier, Akira Corassani, K.J. Noons and Ryan Jimmo each earned $50,000 in post-fight bonus money for their performances Wednesday night at “The Ultimate Fighter Nations” finale.
Poirier and Corassani were awarded “Fight of the Night” following their hard-fought featherweight affair, while Noons and Jimmo took home “Performance of the Night” bonuses for their respective first-round stoppages of Sam Stout and Sean O’Connell.
The event took place at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City and was headlined by Tim Kennedy’s unanimous decision victory over Michael Bisping in the evening’s featured middleweight attraction.
The Fox Sports 1-broadcast main card also saw Poirier weather some early offense from Corassani to stop the “TUF 14” veteran with hard punch combinations in the second frame, finishing the fight with an uppercut to Corassani’s nose.
Earlier, Noons made quick work of the notoriously durable Stout, flooring the Canadian with a gorgeous counter right hand and then putting him away with a pair of devastating ground strikes just 30 seconds into their fight.
Like Noons, Jimmo also expertly used his right fist to score his stoppage of fellow light heavyweight Sean O’Connell, as “The Big Deal” torched the Octagon debutant with a stiff cross before ending his night with ground-and-pound.