UFC on Fox 26 Bonuses: Marquez, Stewart, Taleb, Di Chirico Receive $50K Awards

By Tristen Critchfield Dec 16, 2017
Julian Marquez, Darren Stewart, Nordine Taleb and Alessio Di Chirico were $50,000 bonus recipients at UFC on Fox 26 in Winnipeg on Saturday night.

Marquez and Stewart garnered “Fight of the Night” honors for their physical middleweight clash. Both Marquez and Stewart were more than willing to slug it out in close quarters during the preliminary contest, but Stewart appeared to fade after landing multiple takedowns in the opening stanza. Marquez took advantage in round two, as he trapped Stewart in a guillotine choke following a weak shot and secured the tapout at the 2:42 mark.

Elsewhere, Taleb earned a “Performance of the Night” check for his quick finish of Danny Roberts at welterweight. A kick to the face from Taleb sent Roberts stumbling into the fence, and the Tristar Gym representative sent his foe to the canvas with a straight right hand. A few more follow-up punches sealed the victory just 59 seconds into the bout.

Finally, Di Chirico received the evening’s other “Peformance of the Night” award for a knockout of Oluwale Bamgbose in a preliminary middleweight tilt. After a largely forgettable seven minutes, Di Chirico rendered his opponent unconscious with a knee to the temple from the Thai clinch 2:14 into round two. After absorbing the blow, Bamgbose crashed face first to the canvas.


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