UFC Fight Night 45 Fighter Bonuses: Cowboy Tops $50,000 Bonus Winners

July 17, 2014
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04-Donald-Cerrone-UFC-FN27_475x268UFC president Dana White said that it was a “tough night to pick bonuses,” following Wednesday night’s UFC Fight Night 45 in Atlantic City, N.J., but UFC officials managed the task.

Of the night’s 11 bouts, only two went to decision. Every fight on the main card was a finish, leaving UFC officials many options from which to select the $50,000 bonus winners.

At the end of the night, main card fighters won all of the bonuses.

The first Performance of the Night bonus was a no-brainer, as main eventer Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone laid out Jim Miller with a head kick KO. Not only did Cerrone win a bonus, he positioned himself well to earn another top contender in his quest to eventually get a title shot.

The other Performance bonus went to Lucas Martins, who fought a back-and-forth battle with Alex White before finishing with a TKO stoppage midway through the third round.

Many had expected John Lineker and Alptekin Ozkilic to put on an exciting fight going into Wednesday night, and they didn’t disappoint, taking home the Fight of the Night honors.

Lineker eventually came out on top with a TKO stoppage, but it took him until there were just 9 ticks left on the clock in the final round, adding to the drama of a fight that saw both men laying it all on the line trying to secure the victory.

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  • InTheColosseumTonight

    I think the UFC really needs a sucessful title run out of Cerrone. He has all of the right stuff on paper and finally appears to be taking his training seriously. He has a personality that is very easily likeable by americans, He is a good looking and charismatic guy and his fights are always entertaining, even when he gets his butt kicked. This sport could really use the next chuck lidell, and at this point cowboy is the most likely candidate to fill that role, but you gotta have the gold to sell ppvs. I hope Cerrone keeps taking this stuff seriously, because he could do alot of good for MMA right now.

    • put me in the sauna coach

      wouldn’t mind watching him and Nate fight again. Awesome fight

  • shakejunt

    i feel like leslie smith deserved it more than martins, but i’m sure she’s being taken care of. aljo too, that kid has a very high ceiling.