UFC Fight Night 63 Fighter Bonuses: Chad Mendes and Julianna Pena Among Bonus Winners

April 4, 2015
Comments off

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., for UFC Fight Night 63: Mendes vs. Lamas. Facing stiff competition from college basketball’s Final Four later in the day, the UFC Fight Night 63 fighters instead made a rare early start, but that didn’t stifle their competitive fires, as several impressive performances earned post-fight bonuses.

There was no Fight of the Night bonus, but the UFC did issued four Performance bonuses.

Chad-Mendes-UFConFox9-Postpresser-750Chad Mendes lived up to his status as a heavy favorite, steamrolling Ricardo Lamas in the main event. Mendes finished the fight in the flurry of strikes just 2:45 into the first round. The impressive finish scored Mendes one of the four $50,000 bonuses.

It was a big return for Julianna Pena after sitting on the sidelines for more than a year due to injury. She not only showed no ring rust, she relentlessly pummeled Milana Dudieva en route to a first-round, bonus-worthy finish.

SEE ALSO > UFC Fight Night 63 Full Live Results

Dustin Poirier opened the main card with a first-round finish of Carlos Ferreira and Timothy Johnson also scored a first-round TKO in beating Shamil Abdurahimov on the prelims. Both winners were awarded Performance of the Night bonuses.

Follow MMAWeekly.com on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

  • Sir_Roy

    Man … Mendes may not have a long reach, but he hits like a piston. The dude’s a walking spring loaded core. Lamas looked sharp up until getting tagged though. Had caught Mendes with a few good shots.

    • shakejunt

      his gnp looked sharp. like anderson pinpoint sharp.