The Ultimate Fighting Champion returned to Rio de Janeiro on Saturday for UFC Fight Night 62: Maia vs. LaFlare at the Maracanazinho Gymnasium for a card headlined by welterweights Demian Maia and Ryan LaFlare.
After the fights, the UFC awarded its usual $50,000 post-fight bonuses, and it wasn’t an easy decision who should receive them on a fight card that featured nine finishes. Gilbert Burns, Godofredo ‘Pepey’ Castro, Kevin Souza and Fredy Serrano ultimately earned the bonus money.
“The performance bonuses were tough tonight,” said UFC president Dana White during the event’s post-fight press conference. “It was a very, very tough decision.”
The undefeated Burns (10-0) was well on his way to his first career defeat against Alex Oliveira (10-2) through the first two rounds. He was behind on the scorecards, but pulled off a come-from-behind arm bar finish late in the final round to remain unbeaten.
‘Pepey’ (12-3) entered the octagon as an underdog against Andre Fili (14-3) in their main card featherweight bout. A flying triangle choke was all he needed to pull the upset and earn a performance bonus.
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Souza (16-3) extended his winning streak to ten consecutive fights with a first-round knockout of Japan’s Katsunori Kikuno (23-7-2). Souza landed a straight right hand as Kikuno tried to get the fight to the ground, rendering Kiduno unconscious before his back hit the canvas.
Serrano (2-0) kicked off the fight card with a third-round knockout of Bentley Syler. It was a closely contested fight until Serrano landed a perfectly timed uppercut in the final frame that ended it.
White said that Erick Silva (18-5, 1 NC) and Amanda Nunes (10-4) would also received a ‘check’ for their performances.
“Amanda Nunes and Erik Silva both had amazing (finishes), said the UFC president. “It was tough to pick these, but I will take care of you guys too. You will get a check.”