UFC 206 Bonuses: Swanson, Choi, Holloway, Vannata Receive $50K Awards

By Tristen Critchfield Dec 10, 2016


Normal bonus payouts can’t quantify what Cub Swanson and Doo Ho Choi did at UFC 206 on Saturday night.

Nonetheless, Swanson and Choi earned a well deserved “Fight of the Night” and $50,000 apiece for their unforgettable slugfest in a featured featherweight contest. The two men went toe-to-toe during a wild 15 minutes that will likely end up on most 2016 “Fight of the Year” lists. Both Swanson and Choi appeared to be on the verge of a finish at various points, but ultimately it was the WEC veteran who put his stamp on the contest down the stretch to win a unanimous verdict.

Elsewhere, Max Holloway captured a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” check for his third-round technical knockout of Anthony Pettis in the evening’s main event. After a slow start, “Blessed began to find a rhythm, and a body kick followed by a series of punches to the body and the head of Pettis gave the Hawaiian the interim featherweight crown via TKO 4:50 into round three.

Finally, Lando Vannata received the evening’s other $50,000 “Performance of the Night” award for his spectacular knockout victory against John Makdessi at lightweight. “Groovy” connected with a spinning wheel kick to the chin — shades of Edson Barboza’s KO of Terry Etim at UFC 142 — that left Makdessi stiff on his back 1:40 into the opening stanza to give the Jackson-Wink MMA product his first Octagon triumph.

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