UFC Vegas 34 Bonuses: Bahamondes Among Four Performance of the Night Winners

Roosevelt Roberts and Ignacio Bahamondes, UFC Vegas 34
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 21: (L-R) Roosevelt Roberts punches Ignacio Bahamondes of Chile in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 21, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

The second Ignacio Bahamondes landed a spinning back kick flush to the face of Roosevelt Roberts at UFC Vegas 34, his Performance of the Night bonus was secured.

In a finish that will be among the contenders for Knockout of the Year in 2021, the Chilean prospect secured the perfect ending to a fight he was already dominating. Picking up his first win inside the octagon in the process.

With his promotional debut, Bahamondes (12-4) had impressed in a losing effort against John Makdessi. Saturday night, he dazzled, firing numerous flashy spinning attacks before ending the fight in the final round.

Bahamondes was far from the only Performance of the Night bonus winner on the UFC Vegas 34 card. Three other fighters picked up $50,000 for their individual efforts. No Fight of the Night was awarded.

Another fighter securing their first UFC win was among Saturday’s bonus winners. Josiane Nunes had expected to make her promotional debut earlier this year, only for Zarah Fairn to badly miss weight, leading to the fight’s cancellation. Nunes made up for that Saturday, debuting against “Bad News Barbie” Bea Malecki, and knocking out the towering Swede towards the end of the opening round.

William Knight was also rewarded, for his knockout of Fabio Cherant, an impressive display of power. And Alexandre Pantoja, who kicked off the main card against Brandon Royval, collected for a second round rear-naked choke — which may have earned him a title shot as well.