Sergio Pettis and Matt Hobar put on the “Fight of the Night.” | Photo: Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com
Anthony Pettis, Josh Samman, Sergio Pettis and Matt Hobar earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at UFC 181 on Saturday.
The elder Pettis took home a “Performance of the Night” bonuses for his guillotine choke submission of Gilbert Melendez. “Showtime” shook off 15 months away from the Octagon in the second round, rocking “El Nino” with crisp shots before sinking in a guillotine choke and forcing the tapout.
Earlier in the evening, Samman earned “Performance of the Night” honors for a head kick knockout of Eddie Gordon. Up until the finish, most of Samman’s offense had been neutralized by the wrestling of “Truck.” But, after making his way back to his feet, Samman timed the kick perfectly, putting Gordon out cold on the mat.
Pettis and Hobar shared “Fight of the Night” honors for their preliminary bout on UFC Fight Pass. After being dropped by a punch from Hobar in the opening round of their bantamweight duel, Pettis stormed back over the course of the next two rounds to earn the unanimous decision victory.