UFC 301: Pereira, Borralho, Ruffy, Costa Earn $50K Bonuses

Michel Pereira seems right at home fighting at 185 pounds. Oh, and how he shines there!

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This Brazilian dynamo pocketed a cool $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus. Why? He dazzled fans by quickly dispatching Ihor Potieria with a slick guillotine choke. Picture this: just 54 seconds had ticked by in their middleweight showdown at UFC 301. The venue? The vibrant Farmasi Arena in Rio de Janeiro. Imagine the roar of the crowd!

Just a fight before Pereira’s spectacle, Caio Borralho was making his own waves. He nabbed a $50,000 bonus too. His method? A knockout that’ll replay in highlight reels for a while. Paul Craig was on the receiving end this time. Borralho’s strategy was clear: keep it standing. And boy, did it pay off. Round 2 saw Craig wobble from hooks before a straight left sent him to dreamland, all at the 2:10 mark.

Switching gears, let’s talk about Mauricio Ruffy. This lightweight prospect burst onto the scene in his Octagon debut. Jamie Mullarkey was his opponent, but not for long. Ruffy’s flying knee was just the beginning. He followed up with relentless ground-and-pound, sealing the deal 4:42 into Round 1. Another $50,000 “Performance of the Night” check? You bet.

Lastly, Alessandro Costa claimed the final $50,000 bonus of the evening. His target? Kevin Borjas in a preliminary flyweight bout. Costa’s strategy was brutal efficiency: chop down the legs, then pounce with a flurry of punches. The result? A stoppage just 1:35 into the first round. Talk about making a statement.

So, there you have it. A night of thrilling finishes and hefty bonuses. MMA at its finest, folks.

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