UFC Fight Night Sioux Falls Bonuses: Ferguson, Vannata Garner $50K Apiece for Wild Battle

By Tristen Critchfield Jul 13, 2016

Tony Ferguson and underdog newcomer Landon Vannata stole the show at UFC Fight Night Sioux Falls.

The two lightweights received $50,000 “Fight of the Night” bonuses for their co-main event encounter on Wednesday night, which included a “Round of the Year” candidate in the opening stanza. While Vannata appeared to stun Ferguson during a few exchanges, “El Cucuy” survived and submitted his short-notice foe with a brabo choke at the 2:22 mark of round two.

Meanwhile, John Lineker was spectacular in the evening’s headliner, earning a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus for his first-round knockout of Michael McDonald. “Hands of Stone” rocked his foe early and remained on the offensive, eventually trapping McDonald near the fence and sealing the victory with a left hook and follow-up ground strike 2:43 into round one.

Finally, Louis Smolka continued to establish himself as one of the most exciting fighters in the flyweight division, earning a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” for his technical knockout victory over Ben Nguyen. After a back-and-forth opening round saw both fighters have their moments in grappling exchanges, Smolka took over in round two, battering his foe with ground-and-pound to earn a stoppage 4:41 into the period.

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