Following Saturday’s UFC Vegas 62 event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, the fight promotion announced the recipients of the performance-based bonuses. Dusko Todorovic, Jordan Wright, Jonathan Martinez and Tatsuro Taira cashed the additional checks for $50,000.
Fight of the Night: Jordan Wright vs. Dusko Todorovic
Jordan Wright and Dusko Todorovic battled it out for a Fight of the Night performance despite the fight only lasting until the second round. Wright initiated the clinch early and got a takedown. From there, Wright spent most of the round in Todorovic’s guard, but kept busy enough to win the round on all three judges’ scorecards.
In the second round, however, Wright looked exhausted. Todorovic turned the tide, unleashing a flurry of strikes, with the majority hitting the mark. Todorovic took the fight to the mat and started to land on the floor and beat until the referee intervened to stop the fight. For the back-and-forth nature of this fight, he clearly deserved FOTN honors.
Performance of the night: Jonathan Martinez
Bantamweight Jonathan Martinez served as the spoiler for Cub Swanson’s 135-pound debut. As usual, Martinez kicked for the duration of the fight, changing up and down to always keep the UFC Hall of Fame guessing. Near the end of the first, Martinez landed a vicious knee that dropped Swanson to the mat. Managing to get back to his feet, Swanson lasted until the bell despite being visibly damaged.
In the second, an inside low kick from Martinez crippled Swanson’s front leg. A few more kicks sent Swanson back to the mat. Jumping on him and landing a few ground strikes, the referee was forced to step in and stop the fight. Martinez extends his winning streak to four, including three already in 2022.
Performance of the night: Tatsuro Taira
Tatsuro Taira, 22, picked up his second UFC victory, taking his perfect record to 12-0 on Saturday night. The Japanese prospect showed how well-rounded his skills are for being so young, upstanding and trading on the feet and dominating in the grappling department.
In the second round, Taira dragged UFC Fight Night opponent: Grasso vs. Araújo CJ Vergara to the mat and did well to advance positions and attack submissions. Towards the end of the round, Taira locked an armbar as Vergara tried to get back to his feet, forcing the tap.
Alexa Grasso defeats Viviane Araújo in UFC Vegas 62 main event