Controversy or not, Kevin Lee is going to be $50,000 richer.
Immediately following the conclusion of UFC Fight Night 112 on Sunday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced its slate of fight night bonuses. This time around, there was no “Fight of the Night” mantle awarded, but four fighters did walk away with $50K performance bonuses nonetheless.
Aforementioned main eventer Kevin Lee, as well as Tim Boetsch, Dominick Reyes and Jeremy Kimball all took home $50,000 performance rewards.
Lee took on fellow lightweight standout Michael Chiesa in the evening's main event. Late in the first round, “The Motown Phenom” secured a rear-naked choke for the biggest win of his career at 4:37 of Round 1. Unfortunately, it appeared that referee Mario Yamasaki had halted the bout prematurely, as Chiesa had neither tapped nor lost responsiveness, immediately calling for a rematch following his defeat on account of Yamasaki's questionable refereeing.
The 36-year-old Boetsch upset former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks in the evening's co-headliner, capitalizing on his overweight opponent, knocking him out with a salvo of second-round uppercuts just 46 seconds into the frame.
Reyes and Kimball both took home quick KO's at 205 pounds: in the night's curtain jerker, Kimball clobbered Josh Stansbury with, among other punches, an unusual yet damaging standing hammerfist, while Reyes, now 7-0, recorded his fourth career knockout in under 60 seconds, dropping Denmark's Joachim Christensen twice and finishing off his handiwork in a mere 29 seconds.