Post-UFC on FOX 14: And the Bonus Goes to…

WSOF-2UFC on FOX 14 came and went, and the insane Swedish night produced an entirety of 12 bouts, with seven of them ending inside the distance. All three Swedish fighters competing on the card suffered defeats, and a number of underdogs found themselves victorious. After the event concluded, the UFC awarded four $50,000 bonus checks to four fighters for Performance of the Night honors… UFC on FOX 14 in Sweden’s bonus-award winners were… Anthony “Rumble” Johnson earns Performance of the Night honors for his first round TKO over number one ranked Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson in what was the most incredible performance of his professional mixed martial arts career, becoming the first fighter to finish the Swede by strikes. With the impressive victory, “Rumble” became the number one contender at 205-pounds and earned a shot at Jon Jones and his UFC Light Heavyweight title. Even though fight fans were looking forward to a potential Jones vs Gustafsson rematch, I think “Rumble vs Bones” is one scrap everybody is now itching to see. Gegard Mousasi earns Performance of the Night honors for his first round TKO of veteran Dan Henderson. Despite the controversial stoppage, it was an impressive performance by the Armenian, who bounced back into the win column and will now be looking towards a higher ranked opponent for his next outing. Kenny Robertson earns Performance of the Night honors for his first round knockout of promotional newcomer Sultan Aliev. After failing to find much success with his offensive grappling in the early going of the round, Robertson decided to stand and trade with the Dagestani fighter, and the result paid off. When Aliev went for a spinning back-kick, Robertson countered with a beautiful hook that put the Dagestani out cold. He followed up with another punch, but it wasn’t necessary, and with a one-punch knockout, he became 3-0 while simultaneously earning his first UFC win by way of T/KO. Makwan Amirkhani earns Performance of the Night honors for his first round TKO of Andy Oge at only 0:08 seconds into the very first round of action. He initiated the fight with a flying-knee to the body that staggered Ogle, and then followed up with an uppercut that dropped him to the canvas. As he followed up with more punches, the referee stepped in to call off the action, and the Brit was quick to protest the stoppage. A very impressive victory for the promotional newcomer, and fight fans look forth to his next Octagon appearance. Other noteworthy performances: – Sam Sicilia defeated Akira Corassania via one punch knockout in the very first round of action. In what was very likely a “loser goes home” match-up, Sicilia saved his job in impressive fashion. – Nikita Krylov defeated Stanislav Nedkov via guillotine choke submission in the very first round of action, being the first fighter to record a submission all evening. Despite said fact, he was not awarded a bonus. If the UFC were going by its old bonus system, being the only submission of the night would have earned Krylov ‘Submission of the Night’ honors, but unfortunately for him, they don’t recognize lone-submissions or lone-knockouts under the new system.

Written by Gabe Killian

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