UFC Oklahoma City: Kevin Lee Awarded Bonus Despite Controversial Finish

UFC Oklahoma City winner Kevin Lee
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UFC Oklahoma City took place Sunday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK. Continuing the theme of the weekend, it was a wild and wacky night of fights. Dominick Reyes made a huge debut, bodily functions reared their ugly head, a couple of former champs were sent packing, and the main event ended in major controversy.

Four Performance of the Night bonuses were handed out following the event. Those picking up an extra $50,000 were Dominick Reyes, Tim Boetsch, Jeremy Kimball, and somewhat surprisingly, Kevin Lee.

Reyes, for his part, made a huge debut at UFC Fight Night 112: Chiesa vs. Lee. The light heavyweight absolutely crushed opponent Joachim Christensen in just under thirty seconds. The first punch of the sequence let off a crack that could be heard throughout the arena. Follow-up shots put the fight to bed quickly.

Tim Boetsch stopped Johny Hendricks in the second round to pick up his bonus check. Hendricks, who missed weight for the bout, was in the fight early, but things went South quickly in round two, with Boetsch setting up the finish with a head kick followed by a barrage of uppercuts.

In early action, Jeremy Kimball stopped Josh Stansbury in all of about ninety seconds to earn his own $50,000 payday.

The real puzzler among the bonus winners was headliner Kevin Lee. His rear-naked choke over Michael Chiesa came with a lot of stigma attached, as referee Mario Yamasaki waved off the fight without Chiesa having tapped or gone unconscious. When Lee released the hold, Chiesa immediately stated he had not tapped. UFC President Dana White later tore into Yamasaki on social media.

No Fight of the Night was awarded at the event. Instead, the promotion opted to recognize the four individual efforts.