A colorful cast of characters picked up bonuses at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale, with Violent Bob Ross leading the way.
Friday night was a good night for a trio of fighters with some of the best nicknames in mixed martial arts. Violent Bob Ross (Luis Pena), Bruce Leeroy (Alex Caceres), and The Last Stylebender (Israel Adesanya) all picked up bonuses at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale. They helped contribute to a night with a handful of bonus-worthy options, as Roxanne Modafferi and Gerald Meerschaert were also in the running.
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Pena (5-0) maintained his perfect record as a professional after being forced off TUF 27 due to injury. The debut of the charismatic lightweight was hotly anticipated, and it did not disappoint. Facing Richie Smullen, a fellow competitor from the Ultimate Fighter house forced off the show for health reasons, Pena lit his opponent up on the feet, and on the ground, sunk in a rear-naked choke for the win.
Israel Adesanya’s turn in the main event, meanwhile, saw the kickboxing star improve to 3-0 in the UFC. Adesanya faced his toughest test to date in Brad Tavares — and passed with flying colors. Improving to 14-0 overall the middleweight picked apart the Hawaiian on the feet, and showed superb takedown defense for a fighter known as a stand-up master.
Fight of the Night honors, meanwhile, went to Alex Caceres and Martin Bravo. Their hotly contested affair went back and forth for the full three rounds, with ‘Bruce Leeroy’ getting the win in the end.
All four bonus-winning fighters will receive $50,000 for their efforts.