UFC Fight Night 57 Fighter Bonuses: The Ladies Steal the Show

November 23, 2014
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to Austin, Texas, on Saturday night. UFC Fight Night 57: Edgar vs. Swanson marked the promotion’s first event in the city in four years, and the fighters on the card delivered an event worthy of waiting that long.

The UFC is ushering a new women’s division, the 115-pounders, and two of the ladies not on the current season of The Ultimate Fighter helped to drum up excitement for the strawweights with an intense Fight of the Night performance.

Paige VanZant vs Kailin CurranPaige VanZant and Kailin Curran knocked each other about, nearly for the duration of their three-round fight. It was VanZant, however, that kept it from going the distance, finishing Curran by TKO midway through the third round.

“What a way to kick off my UFC debut, with a bonus,” VanZant said at the post-fight press conference.

Van Zant got the win, but each earned a $50,000 bonus check for their post-fight honors.

SEE ALSO: Check Out Paige VanZant’s Fight Videos

Frankie Edgar took a huge step towards earning another shot at current featherweight champion Jose Aldo by derailing a streaking Cub Swanson. Edgar took Swanson to the mat, where he ground and pounded him throughout the fight before submitting him with a rear-naked choke at the 4:56 mark of the fifth round.

Aside from scoring the latest finish in UFC history, Edgar was also awarded one of two Performance of the Night bonuses, netting him an additional $50,000.

The other Performance bonus went to heavyweight Oleksiy Oliynyk, who scored a 3:21 knockout of Jared Rosholt.

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  • TheCerealKiller

    Didn’t see it and don’t care.

    • Maddawgmar

      Most people didn’t. The two fights you had to pay for on the card are the two that no one really cared about…

  • Ballsdeep

    Thanks for that, now go eat your cereal haha or kill it

  • Augie Janke

    I used to buy EVERY PPV event. I along with a lot of other people stopped watching when Dana started censoring his fighters. I realize that the fighters are your product and you cant have them doing crazy things. BUT for me it was when Dana released Matt Mitrione (who i dont even like) over his comments about the transvestite fighter. I realize Dana got pressure from a certain organization but i always respected Dana for his ability to weather a storm. Funny thing is, Dana is more concerned with people that dont even watch MMA than the actual fans and those that support the sport. There is a long line of Dana cow towing to (again) organizations and people that dont pay his bills. Also fighter pay or lack of (turned me off). I took my 800.00 a year to show my displeasure with Dana’s cow towing. He could actually FINE his fighters for comments instead of releasing them. There a thought!

    • Augie Janke

      If you are wondering how i know a lot of people stopped watching because of these things, i will tell you…i trained for 8yrs with my 2 sons and we competed all over the US and Canada. Plus 2 guys from my gym are in the UFC now.. I know hundreds of people in the sport…they tuned out to because of the same things! I do get the events when the guys that i know from my gym fight…Dana you should listen to the people that pay your bills!!!!