UFC on ESPN 1 Bonuses: Luque, Barberena Earn ‘Fight of the Night’ for Wild Slugfest

By Tristen Critchfield Feb 17, 2019

There may have been several more bouts remaining when Vicente Luque and Bryan Barberena concluded their wild welterweight duel, but it was clear that one post-fight award was already secured.

Luque and Barberena received “Fight of the Night” honors and $50,000 apiece for their featured clash at UFC on ESPN 1 in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, and when all is said and done, it may be a contender for “Fight of the Year” as well. The combatants traded punches liberally, combining to land a whopping 332 significant strikes before Luque ended the contest with knees and punches at the 4:54 mark of the third round.

Elsewhere, Kron Gracie garnered a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” award for his first-round submission of Alex Caceres in a featured featherweight tilt. Gracie didn’t wait long to get Caceres down, move to his foe’s back and sink in a rear-naked choke, forcing a tapout 2:06 into the period.

Finally, Luke Sanders captured the evening’s other $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus for his TKO stoppage of former bantamweight king Renan Barao in a preliminary contest. The former Resurrection Fighting Alliance champion floored his foe with a left hand and sealed the victory with powerful ground-and-pound 1:01 into the second stanza.


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