UFC 286 Bonuses: Gaethje vs. Fiziev Earns Fight of the Night, 2 Others Take Home $50,000
MORE VIOLENCE 😳 #UFC286 pic.twitter.com/KIonr3sByJ— UFC (@ufc) March 18, 2023
The Ultimate Fighting Championship awarded four fighters performance bonuses on the UFC 286 pay-per-view card.
Gunnar Nelson received an extra $50,000 for the impressive armbar submission he locked in on the main card. "Gunni" was able to submit Bryan Barberena in under a round as he forced "Bam Bam" to tap at the 4:51 mark. Additionally, Jake Hadley received the same monetary bonus for his impressive stoppage of Malcolm Gordon on the prelims.
In no surprise, fight of the night went to Justin Gaethje and Rafael Fiziev. The two lightweights delivered an instant classic with a back-and-forth brawl that eventually was claimed by Gaethje as the former UFC lightweight interim champion came on late with damaging punches that closed the eye of Fiziev. Both fan-favorite fighters have become regulars at winning performance bonuses.
UFC 286 Bonuses:Jake Hadley - $50,000
Gunnar Nelson - $50,000
Justin Gaethje - $50,000
Rafael Fiziev - $50,000