A rise to stardom certainly has its financial perks, as Darren Till learned following his first-round finish of Donald Cerrone in the UFC Fight Night 118 main event.
Till received a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus for his work in Gdansk, Poland, on Saturday. The unbeaten Englishman put “Cowboy” on his heels with a two-punch combination, rocked him with a standing elbow and put him away with a flurry of unanswered strikes 4:20 into the opening stanza of the welterweight bout.
Elsewhere, Polish light heavyweight Jan Blachowicz garnered the evening’s other $50,000 “Performance of the Night” award for a submission of Devin Clark in a featured 205-pound affair. After being staggered by an overhand right from Clark in round one, Blachowicz recovered to secure a standing rear-naked choke 3:02 into the second round. It was just the 12th standing rear-naked choke finish in UFC history.
Finally, Brian Kelleher and Damian Stasiak earned “Fight of the Night” honors and $50,000 apiece for their preliminary bantamweight scrap. Stasiak landed the first significant blow of the fight when he connected with a spinning back kick to Kelleher’s midsection in the first round. However, Kelleher asserted himself down the stretch, and he clipped the Pole with an overhand right in the third, dropped him with an overhand left and finished the victory with hammerfists at the 3:39 mark.