The UFC awarded four post-fight bonuses after Saturday’s card, two of which were for what most predicted would be Fight of the Night.
After UFC 286, four fighters took home an additional $50,000 for their performance in London. Check out the winners below.
Performance of the Night: Jake Hadley
March 18, 2023; London, United Kingdom; Jake Hadley (Red Gloves) fights Malcolm Gordon (not pictured) during UFC 286 at The O2 Arena. Mandatory credit: Per Huljestam-USA TODAY Sports
Jake Hadley def. Malcolm Gordon via TKO (punches) – 1:01 of round 1
[autotag]Jake Hadley[/autotag] (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) needed a big performance in his UFC debut to stave off defeat. He came away with flying colors with a 61-second TKO of Malcolm Gordon (14-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC), who started with two shots to the body. Gordon missed the weight, to boot, so Hadley received 30 percent of the check on top of his own salary and bonus.
Performance of the Night: Gunnar Nelson
March 18, 2023; London, United Kingdom; Gunnar Nelson (Red Gloves) prepares to fight Brian Barberena (not pictured) during UFC 286 at The O2 Arena. Mandatory credit: Per Huljestam-USA TODAY Sports
Gunnar Nelson def. Bryan Barberena via submission (armbar) – 4:51 of round 1
Jiu-Jitsu Standout One Year After Returning With Decisive Win After 30 Months Off [autotag]gunnar nelson[/autotag] (19-5-1 MMA, 10-5 UFC) earned his first submission win in more than four years when he finished Brian Barberena (18-10 MMA, 9-8 UFC) with a rear-naked choke in the first round. Tapped out. ,
Fight of the Night: Justin Gaethje vs. Rafael Fizzi
Justin Gaethje def. rafael fiziv
Justin Gaethje def. Rafael Fiziev via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
[autotag]Justin Gaethje[/autotag] (24-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and [autotag]rafael fiziv[/autotag] (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) was the Fight of the Night winner on paper before fight week even started. They lived up to the hype. After opening two rounds back and forth, Gaethje had a bit more in the tank in the third and took more damage. He wound up with the pair scoring 29–28, but settled for a 28–28 draw on a third card from a judge who gave the first two rounds to Fiziv, but 10–8 to Gaethje in the last. Gaethje now has 11 post-fight bonuses in 11 UFC fights; Physiyev has six of his eight bouts in the company.