“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 13 finale took place on Saturday night at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, crowning the latest TUF winner.
UFC president Dana White wasted no time taking to Twitter shortly after the final bout to announce the night’s post-fight award winners.
Tony Ferguson, following a season of the reality series that found him on the skids with most of his housemates, won the welterweight final. The Team Lesnar fighter did so in impressive fashion, knocking out Team dos Santos’ Ramsey Nejim, also earning the TUF 13 “Knockout of the Night” award. That tacked a $40,000 bonus on to the six-figure contract he won.
Ferguson wasn’t the only TUF fighter to win a bonus, so did Kyle Kingsbury, who competed on Season 8 of the reality series. Kingsbury had a back-and-forth battle with former Brazilian boxer Fabio Maldonado. Kingsbury tried to bury Maldonado with knees, while Maldonado used his boxing prowess to work the body and make a mess of Kingsbury’s left eye.
Kingsbury walked away with the unanimous decision victory, but both fighters scored and extra $40,000 for their “Fight of the Night” performance.
It wasn’t difficult to zero in on the “Submission of the Night” winner… there was only one tapout in the 11 bouts. Reuben Duran opened the night with an impressive overall performance against Francisco Rivera before subbing him with a rear naked choke midway through round three.
The UFC handed out a total of $160,000 in disclosed post-fight bonuses.