Valentina Shevchenko, Thiago Santos, Anthony Smith and Iuri Alcantara all received post-fight bonuses for their work at UFC Fight Night 125 in Belem, Brazil on Saturday night.
Shevchenko announced herself as a top women’s flyweight contender and earned a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus in the process in a lopsided beatdown of Priscila Cachoeira in the evening’s co-main event. “Bullet” dominated all aspects of the contest en route to securing a rear-naked choke at the 4:25 mark of round two.
Santos and Smith captured “Fight of the Night” honors and $50,000 apiece for their wild middleweight slugfest. While Smith had his moments, particularly in an entertaining opening stanza, it was Santos who put his stamp on the fight. The Brazilian landed a pair of knockdowns, including a kick to the body in the second frame that sent his opponent to the canvas and set up the finish at the 1:03 mark of the period.
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Elsewhere, Iuri Alcantara collected a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” award for his quick technical knockout victory over Joe Soto in a preliminary bantamweight affair. A front kick to the body had Soto in retreat mode, and the Brazilian swarmed with punches and elbows to bring the contest to a close 66 seconds into round one.