After a crazy UFC 201 card which saw two split decisions, five (T)KOs and a majority draw, we have a rundown of which fighters earned those coveted $50,000 bonus checks.
Fight of the Night: Rose Namajunas vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Namajunas started strong, and found a home for her right hand several times throughout the fight, but as the bout progressed, Kowalkiewicz--the polished Polish striker--landed several hard knees to the body which paid dividends as the fight drew to a close and earned her a split decision victory.
After the bout, Joe Rogan wasted no time in doing some matchmaking in the cage, setting up a bout between the undefeated Kowalkiewicz, and reigning champ and fellow Pole, Joanna Jędrzejczyk. A battle between two of the division's deadliest strikers seems to be on the cards, and it's sure to bring fireworks.
It was a great night for one of the nicest guys in MMA; Jake Ellenberger. Once touted as a future champion, the Juggernaut had found it difficult to fully display his undeniable skills, earning just one win in his six fights preceding tonight's bout. That all changed when he dropped Matt Brown twice in the first round; first with a beautiful combination to the head, and then with a brutal liver kick followed up by a barrage of ground and pound.
Ellenberger grabbed a $50,000 bonus for his TKO victory over the #9 ranked welterweight, and leaves Georgia both richer and with a little more job security following his huge upset win.
Speaking of upsets, Tyron Woodley finally got his shot at the champ and he grabbed it with both hands. Then he let it go to land a brutal right hand on Robbie Lawler's face. "Ruthless" is known for his ability to recover, but Woodley refused to give him that chance and threw a flurry of huge blows to a stunned Lawler, removing the consciousness from his body until Dan Miragliotta stepped in.
Woodley earned 12 lbs of gold to wear around his waist, and $50,000 to stuff in his pockets with his performance, and the new champ called Nick Diaz out at the post-fight press conference on his quest to add even more zeroes to his bank account.