Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson put on the “Fight of the Night.” | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
When the dust settled and the smoke cleared inside the Octagon following the main event of UFC 192, it was fairly obvious that UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and challenger Alexander Gustafsson were going to walk away with some extra coin.
Cormier and Gustafsson waged a memorable war to close out a solid night of MMA action at Toyota Center in Houston. Both combatants were battered, bruised and bloodied, but it was Cormier’s resolve that allowed him to dig deep and retain his title via split decision. Even when he was badly rocked by a knee to the face early in the contest, “DC” never succumbed to the pressure of the towering Swede.
Both champion and challenger were awarded “Fight of the Night” honors, the additional $50,000 certainly a catalyst to kickstart the healing process from the beating both men withstood.
The light heavyweights weren’t alone in nabbing some extra cash, though. Welterweight Albert Tumenov snatched a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus for his knockout of Alan Jouban. Tumenov stopped his opponent in the first with a hellacious flurry, capped off with a scorching left hook.
The Russian was joined by Brazilian Adriano Martins, who took home $50,000 when he starched Islam Makhachev in the first with a single punch to the face.