UFC Moscow Bonuses: One Fighter Earns Fight of the Night, Three Performance Bonuses Awarded

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Petr Yan shared Fight of the Night honors with South Korea’s Jin Soo Son at UFC Moscow, but with Son ineligible to win any bonus money, three fighters picked up Performance bonuses.

UFC Moscow is in the books, and while there were probably a few more decisions on the card than some fans would have liked, the event had its fair share of action. The twelve fight card had seven fights go the distance, but given one was a war between Petr Yan and newcomer Jin Soo Son, there was room for a little slack. That entertaining, back-and-forth battle earned Fight of the Night.

However, since newcomer Jin Soo Son, who took the fight on short notice, missed weight for the fight, he was not eligible to win a bonus. As a result, only Yan earned the extra paycheck. And the UFC also opted to hand out an extra Performance of the Night bonus.

On that side of things, Aleksei Oleinik picked up a Performance bonus for his rear-naked choke submission of Mark Hunt in the main event. With Fabricio Werdum on a two-year vacation from the UFC, there’s little question that Oleinik has the most feared ground game in the heavyweight division. Known for pulling off improbable Ezekiel chokes time and time again, this time he managed to rock the hard-hitting Hunt, then take him down and take the back. From there, the rear-naked choke was perfunctory.

Also picking up a Performance of the Night award at UFC Moscow was Jan Blachowicz, who upset the return of Nikita Krylov to the promotion. Krylov had left a hot prospect, spending his time outside the UFC doing nothing but winning, under the Fight Nights Global banner. His return was a big deal in a thin division, but instead it was Blachowicz cementing himself a real threat at 205lbs. He forced the tap from Krylov with a D’Arce choke from side mount.

Picking up the third and final Performance of the Night award was Magomed Ankalaev, who floored former ONE Championship contender Marcin Pracnio with a head kick, then sealed the deal with punches.