UFC 231 Bonuses: You’d Better Believe Blessed Made Bank

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Max Holloway proved to be blessed yet again with a big win, and two post-fight bonuses at UFC 231.

Max Holloway was the man of the hour at UFC 231. Anchoring the main event against the previously undefeated Brian Ortega, Holloway was on fire from the get-go, and got better as the fight progressed. While there was plenty of action in the Scotiabank Arena on Saturday, it’s hard to argue that Holloway wasn’t deserving of at least one bonus. In the end, he was awarded two.

Holloway’s main event thriller with Brian Ortega stole the show, proving once again that the Hawaiian is the best in the business at 145lbs. In fact, there’s a growing case to be made for Holloway as the greatest featherweight of all time — and despite UFC President Dana White favoring him for the lightweight ranks, Holloway did not close the door on Saturday when it came to continuing on at 145. “A king’s gotta defend his throne. If he leaves his throne, another king can come,” he said when Joe Rogan asked him whether he’d leave the weight class.

For his efforts, Holloway not only picked up a Performance of the Night Bonus, but the Fight of the Night as well, alongside Ortega of course.

Thiago Santos, meanwhile, who put on a war against Jimi Manuwa, picked up the other Performance of the Night award. After a rock ’em, sock ’em first round that saw both fighters wobbled, Santos sealed the deal in the second, earning his third straight win, and second since moving to light heavyweight.

All three fighters in this case will earn $50,000 per bonus, giving Holloway an extra $100,000 to take home for Christmas. That should make the ‘mini-blessed’ a very happy boy.