DALLAS – Johny Hendricks, Robbie Lawler, Ovince St. Preux and Dennis Bermudez each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s UFC 171 event.
Hendricks and Lawler earned the “Fight of the Night,” while St. Preux and Bermudez each won “Performance of the Night” honors.
UFC President Dana White announced the winners at the night’s post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie attended.
UFC 171 took place at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Hendricks (16-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) and Lawler (22-10 MMA, 7-4 UFC) went back and forth with Hendricks owning the first two rounds and Lawler owning the third and fourth. But it was a late takedown in the fifth that seemed to seal the deal for Hendricks and got him the UFC’s vacant welterweight title just four months after he thought he had won the belt against Georges St-Pierre.
St. Preux (15-5 MMA, 3-0 UFC) stopped Nikita Krylov (16-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) quickly into the first round with the rare Von Flue choke. He spoiled Krylov’s move to light heavyweight in a hurry, putting him to sleep less than 90 seconds into the fight. Krylov held on to a guillotine choke, but that only seemed to help St. Preux locked up the rare choke until Krylov was unconscious.
Bermudez (13-3 MMA, 6-1 UFC) dominated Jimy Hettes (11-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and finished him with a knee to the head for a third-round TKO. Bermudez won his sixth straight fight and put himself officially into contention in the featherweight division.