Rafael dos Anjos and Paul Felder battled for five hard rounds at UFC Fight Night 182, and their bank accounts will benefit with a little extra cash.
Dos Anjos and Felder received “Fight of the Night” honors and $50,000 apiece for their headlining lightweight scrap at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday. Though Felder was quite game in accepting the bout on extremely short notice, Dos Anjos was able to impose his will through takedowns and grappling to earn a split-decision triumph in what was the Brazilian’s first lightweight bout since 2016.
Meanwhile, Kalinn Williams garnered a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” paycheck for a spectacular first-round KO of Abdul Razak Alhassan in the evening’s welterweight co-main event. Williams countered a low kick from his opponent with a right hand that knocked Alhassan unconscious and sent his head bouncing off the canvas 30 seconds into the opening period, giving him two first-round knockout victories in as many Octagon appearances.
Finally, Sean Strickland captured the card’s other $50,000 “Performance of the Night” award for a technical knockout of Brendan Allen in a featured 195-pound catchweight affair. Strickland’s hands were sharp throughout the contest, particularly when he hurt his foe with a two-punch combination and unloaded with punches against the fence to get the stoppage at the 1:32 mark of Round 2.
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