Petr Yan and Cory Sandhagen engaged in a high-level championship matchup at UFC 267, and the bantamweights were compensated appropriately for their efforts.
Yan and Sandhagen earned “Fight of the Night” honors and $50,000 apiece for their co-main event bout at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. After five competitive rounds, Yan claimed the interim 135-pound belt with a unanimous decision triumph, setting up a title unification rematch with Aljamain Sterling at a future event.
Elsewhere, Glover Teixeira received a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” check for his dominant win over Jan Blachowicz in the evening’s light heavyweight championship headliner. The 42-year-old Brazilian grounded his opponent in both the first and second rounds before eventually securing a rear-naked choke submission at the 3:02 mark of Round 2 for his sixth consecutive Octagon triumph.
Finally, welterweight prospect Khamzat Chimaev garnered the card’s other $50,000 “Performance of the Night” award by making short work of Jingliang Li in a featured welterweight tilt. Chimaev wasted little time taking his adversary down and from there, he chipped away with ground-and-pound before advancing to back mount to lock in a rear-naked choke that rendered “The Leech” unconscious at the 3:16 mark of Round 1.
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