UFC 171 bonuses: Hendricks, Lawler, St. Preux, Bermudez win $50,000

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.

UFC 171 draws reported 19,324 attendance for $2.6 million live gate

DALLAS – Saturday night’s UFC 171 event drew an announced attendance of 19,324 and a live gate of $2.6 million.

UFC President Dana White announced the figures at the night’s post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie attended.

UFC 171 took place at American Airlines Center in Dallas and featured a title fight for the vacant welterweight belt between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler in the pay-per-view headliner. Hendricks won the title with a trio of 48-47 scores and a unanimous decision.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is expected to verify the figures and release an official tally next week.

While the number of “comp” or free tickets was not revealed, the figures represent an average revenue of $134.55 per ticket issued.

The figures are a step up from the promotion’s first event at the venue, UFC 103, which took place in September 2009. That card, headlined by a Vitor Belfort knockout of Rich Franklin, drew 17,428 fans for a $2.4 million gate.