Two rookie fighters among the winners


UFC Fight Night 207 was an exciting event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas that saw finishes from the opening bout to the main event.

Nine of the 14 total fights ended early, giving the official judges an easy night in the office. The makers had plenty of options to choose from, but two rookie fighters, who both happen to be veterans of Dana White’s Contender Series, caught their eye when it came time to issue bonuses.

Newcomer to the women’s flyweight division, Karine Silva, pulled off a D’arce choke of Poliana Botelho in the first round with just seconds left in the opening round. It was a neat finish after a solid round of work, and it was a solid enough performance on a finish-packed map to earn another $50,000.

Find out who all earned a bonus for their performance at UFC Fight Night 207 below.

“Performance of the Night”: Karine Silva

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 04: (RL) Karine Silva of Brazil hits Poliana Botelho of Brazil in a flyweight bout during UFC Fight Night at UFC APEX on June 04, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Karine Silva turned heads with her impressive debut on Saturday night. Accustomed to finishing fights in the first round, Silva clinched her 11th first round by tapping out Poliana Botelho with just five seconds left. Silva wins his UFC debut, keeps his 100% finish rate intact and also takes home another $50,000. Not a bad night at the office for the newcomer to the women’s flyweight division.

“Performance of the Night”: Ode Osbourne

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 04: (LR) Ode Osbourne of Jamaica takes on Zarrukh Adashev of Uzbekistan in a flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 04, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Ode Osbourne needed little time to get the job done at UFC Apex, and naturally, his quick finish earned him the Performance of the Night award. Osbourne cut Zarrukh Adashev with a hard, clean punch early in the first round that started the beginning of the end. Just seconds after logging in, the fight was over as Osbourne put the finishing touches on his opponent and claimed victory just over a minute into the fight. Dana White’s Contender Series veteran earns the first bonus of his UFC career while picking up his second straight victory.

“Fight of the Night”: Lucas Almeida vs. Mike Trizano

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 04: (RL) Lucas Almeida of Brazil hits Michael Trizano in a featherweight bout during UFC Fight Night at UFC APEX on June 04, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

The second rookie fighter to earn a bonus on Saturday was Lucas Almeida. Dana White’s Contender Series veteran took on TUF 27 winner Mike Trizano and they both took home an additional $50,000 for the fight of the night. It was a fun back and forth battle that saw the final round, however, the fight won’t reach the judges. Both fighters had success throughout the contest. Trizano wobbled Almeida in round one, but the rookie fighter responded well in round two. An accidental clash of heads made the fight bloody, as a deep cut opened above Trizano’s eye. In the final round, Almeida connected with a punch that knocked Trizano down and the follow-up swarm caused the fight to stop. Only one man raised his hand, but they both win an extra paycheck for their efforts.

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