Four fighters took home $50,00 performance bonuses after UFC Vegas 17, including headliner Stephen Thompson.
Thompson picked up his seventh UFC performance bonus with a shutout over Geoff Neal in the main event of Saturday’s fight card at UFC APEX. The two-time title challenger turned in a vintage performance to make a successful return from an injury layoff from two broken hands.
Finishers captured the remainder of disclosed bonuses handed out on fight night. Three bouts before the main event, Rob Font returned from his own layoff courtesy of a torn ACL with a highlight-reel knockout of one-time title challenger Marlon Moraes. Font recovered quickly from a takedown and caught Moraes with a hard jab that set up a finish in the opening frame.
Heavyweight Marcin Tybura also took home $50,000 for a turnaround win against Greg Hardy. The veteran handed the former NFLer his first stoppage loss in the second round with a flurry of ground and pound that reversed a tough opening frame where Hardy looked better than ever.
The final bonus when to flyweight Jimmy Flick, whose bout with Cody Durden was delayed two weeks due to a case of pink eye from Durden. Flick made the most of his time and pulled off a highlight-reel submission with a flying triangle in the first round.