UFC Fight Night Performance Bonus Awardees Revealed: Derrick Lewis Headlines Group of Four Fighters

Published 02/21/2021, 12:23 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 19: (L-R) Opponents Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis face off during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on February 19, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Derrick Lewis just added another performance bonus to his long list of achievements in the UFC. The heavyweight contender knocked of Curtis Blaydes with a flush uppercut in the second round of their main event fight. In the process, Lewis pulled off the biggest main event upset since Michael Bisping over Luke Rockhold. He was also awarded a performance bonus for the shot.

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However, there are three other fighters that Dana White has awarded bonuses to. Chris Daukaus knocked out heavyweight legend Aleksei Oleinik in the first round of their fight. Tom Aspinall also got a bonus for making former champion Andrei Arlovski tap out in the main card opener. Aiemann Zahabi knocked out Drako Rodriguez to get his bonus.

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Derrick Minner was unable to finish his opponent in Charles Rosa, but had called out for a bonus anyway due to his dominance. That request seems to be unfulfilled. There were other bonus-worthy performances by Casey O’Neill and Julian Erosa.

Derrick Lewis: A bonus machine?

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This was Derrick Lewis‘s fourth performance bonus in the UFC. He had previously gotten them over KO wins of Alexander Volkov, Marcin Tybura, Gabriel Gonzaga, and now, Curtis Blaydes. Lewis has a penchant for spectacular knockouts, as his pure power is very hard to overcome.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 20: (L-R) Derrick Lewis punches Curtis Blaydes in a heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Blaydes did a good job, even winning the first round of their fight. However, one careless takedown attempt meant that he would have his lights closed out by a hellacious strike. This was Lewis’s 12th KO win, the most in UFC history. He is the leader in knockouts for the Heavyweight division.

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While he isn’t hunting to get massive bonuses every time he fights, Lewis is always looking for the finish. One of the main reasons may be the fact he hates to be inside the Octagon for long. However, if Lewis can continue knocking people out like this at age 36, who knows how many more bonuses may lie ahead for him still.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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