Brett Johns cashed in big in his return to the octagon at UFC Raleigh. Johns and newcomer Tony Gravely took home Fight of the Night honors at the event.
On a night on which the UFC was arguably overshadowed by Bellator and Cris Cyborg’s return to action, there were still some solid fights put on inside the octagon. UFC Raleigh boasted a heavyweight main event, and as they often do, the big men delivered. Curtis Blaydes and Junior Dos Santos lasted less than two rounds, with the end result being a TKO win for ‘Razor’ Blaydes over the former heavyweight champ.
That performance, however, was not enough to earn Blaydes a Performance of the Night bonus.
💰 Two finishes that deserve 50K! pic.twitter.com/xgE9sS8kxJ
— UFC (@ufc) January 26, 2020
Instead, the UFC Raleigh performance bonuses went to newcomer Herbert Burns, for a crushing knee that ended the night of Nate Landwehr. Alex Perez meanwhile picked up the other Performance award, for a submission of fellow flyweight Jordan Espinosa.
Fight of the Night honors at UFC Raleigh, meanwhile, went to another newcomer, Tony Gravely, and Brett Johns. Johns was making his return to action after over a year away. Gravely, a CES MMA champ, was making his debut in the UFC’s bantamweight division.
The pair battled it out for nearly a full three rounds, with Johns earning a third-round submission.
All four fighters will take home an extra $50,000 dollars for their efforts in Raleigh.