Kennedy Nzechukwu and Carlos Ulberg threw caution to the wind in their matchup at UFC 259, and the light heavyweights were rewarded handsomely for their efforts.
Nzechkwu and Ulberg received “Fight of the Night” honors and $50,000 apiece for their preliminary clash at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, which proved to be a slugfest from the opening bell. After an opening stanza in which Ulberg had his opponent reeling early, Nzechukwu took control in Round 2, ultimately dropping his adversary with a right hook and sealing his win with standing-to-ground punches at the 3:19 mark of the period.
Elsewhere, Kai Kara France survived some serious adversity to earn a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” check in a preliminary flyweight triumph against Rogerio Bontorin. Bontorin spent most of the opening stanza attached to his foe’s back, but Kara France turned the tide at the end of the frame, scoring a technical knockout behind three right hands 4:55 into Round 1.
Finally, Dana White’s Contender Series alum Uros Medic overwhelmed Aalon Cruz in their lightweight clash to garner the card’s other $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus. Medic hurt his opponent with a left hook and flying knee on the feet before unleashing a barrage of punches on a scrambling Cruz before the contest was finally halted 1:40 into the first round.
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