Tai Tuivasa needed to put in just 67 seconds of work to pad his bank account by an extra $75,000.
The Australian received a “Performance of the Night” bonus at UFC 264 for his first round knockout of Greg Hardy in a featured heavyweight affair. After a couple Hardy right hands put Tuivasa on wobbly legs, he responded with a massive left hook that dropped the ex-NFL star. A few follow-up punches on the canvas sealed Tuivasa’s victory.
Elsewhere, Sean O'Malley and Kris Moutinho captured “Fight of the Night” honors and $75,000 apiece for their main card bantamweight scrap. While O’Malley was largely masterful in a dominant third-round TKO victory, Moutinho undoubtedly raised his profile with a game performance on short notice before the fight was halted.
Finally, Dricus Du Plessis garnered the evening’s other $75,000 “Performance of the Night” check by virtue of a second-round knockout of Trevin Giles in a preliminary middleweight encounter. The former KSW champ floored Giles with a right hand to the chin and finished the contest with ground-and-pound at the 1:41 mark of Round 2.
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