The Ultimate Fighting Championship released the performance-based fighter bonuses following UFC Fight Night 53: Nelson vs. Story in Stockholm on Saturday. Dennis Siver, Charles Rosa, Max Holloway and Mike Wilkinson earned the $50,000 bonus checks.
Fight of the Night honors went to UFC newcomer Charles Rosa and Dennis Siver for their three-round preliminary card bout. Rosa accepted the fight on five days notice after the Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation ruled Taylor Lapilus an unsuitable opponent for Siver on Sept. 30. He logged an impressive performance against no. 11-ranked Siver. The fight was filled with high level technical grappling with sweeps, reversals and submission attempts. Siver won by unanimous decision, but Rosa showed he belongs in the UFC.
Featherweight Max Holloway was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus for his first round knockout of Akira Corassani in the c0-main event. The Hawaiian dropped Corassani with a straight right hand midway through the opening round. Corassani got back to his feet, but Holloway kept the pressure on and knocked Corassani down with another right hand. He then finished with a series of punches on the ground.
Mike Wilkinson earned a Performance of the Night bonus for his knockout of Niklas Backstrom that kicked off the main card. Backstrom was a heavy favorite and came out aggressive. He pressed the pace and was landing shots when the end came. He delivered a front kick to the face of Wilkinson, but Wilkinson planted his feet and fired back with a right hand that knocked Backstrom down. He jumped on his downed opponent and rendered him unconscious with a flurry of punches.