Calls for a 100% bonus rate for finishers at UFC Vegas 59 were almost immediate, but only one bonus bonus was paid out in the end.
Saturday’s UFC Apex Fight Night card greatly exceeded expectations; for only the second time in modern UFC history, every fight has been won. From bell to bell, the judge is completely unnecessary unless you count a tap that was called to validate the opening game of the night.
The last time a UFC card had a 100 percent completion rate was in 2014, when Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold topped the UFC Fight Night 55. About eight years later, Bisping was in the house as announcer while a returning fighter competed on the card — Sam Alvey, completed by Michal Oleksiejczuk.
Oleksiejczyk did not receive the bonus on Saturday. Instead, Geoff Neal, Mohammed Usman and Bryan Battle took home three “performance of the night” bonuses.
The fight was effortless, with Takashi Sato’s header KO knocking the Japanese fighter instantly unconscious. Neal also had a big night in a very different fight: Vicente Luke just refused to leave until a string of uppercuts in the third round. As for Usman, a short hook put the lights out for Zac Pauga in the final bout of the heavyweight. Ultimate Warrior 30.
The fight of the night at UFC Vegas 59 was awarded to the main event between Jamahal Hill and Thiago Santos. Hill had the upper hand on the foot, and Santos backed up when he wrestled in the third quarter to make the game competitive. After that, Hill was out in the fourth round and TKO knocked out the Brazilian.
All five winners at UFC Vegas 59 will receive an additional $50,000.