UFC 199 was one of those events where there were more deserving bonus recipients than the promotion had money allotted.
On an evening of with plenty of memorable action, Michael Bisping, Dan Henderson, Marco Polo Reyes and Dong Hyun Kim ultimately received well-deserved $50,000 paychecks.
Bisping received a “Performance of the Night” award for his first-round knockout of Luke Rockhold in the evening’s main event. “The Count” initially dropped his foe with a counter left hand and floored him again with a left hook as Rockhold attempted to return to his feet. Follow-up punches put an end to the contest at the 3:36 mark, giving the Englishman middleweight gold.
Elsewhere, Henderson earned the evening’s other “Performance of the Night” bonus by authoring his own feel-good moment. The heavy-handed veteran showed off some new skills against Hector Lombard in a featured middleweight bout, as he rallied to finish his opponent with a head kick and backward elbow to win via KO 1:27 into round two.
Finally, Reyes and Kim garnered “Fight of the Night” honors and $50,000 apiece for their spirited lightweight brawl in the evening’s opening bout. While both men appeared to be on the verge of a finish on multiple occasions, it was Reyes who struck the decisive blows, finishing his opponent with a pair of right hands for a knockout victory at the 1:52 mark of round three. Both Reyes and Kim were transported to the hospital for precautionary purposes following their fight.