In what turned out to be a controversial night, a few fighters captured bonuses for their efforts Saturday night. Fabricio Werdum, Roy Nelson, Dustin Poirier and Stephen Thompson each pocketed $65,000 for the nightly bonus.
Werdum and Nelson engaged in a war. Werdum was the clear winner, landing powerful knees that would've stopped 99 out of 100 fighters, but obviously Nelson isn't a normal fighter.
The slimmed down version of Nelson displayed a ton of heart and perseverance even in the face of defeat. Though Werdum outclassed him in a stand up battle, Nelson marched forward until the final bell. However, marching forward can't win the fight if you get out-struck.
Poirier put on a fantastic showing against Max Holloway en route to a submission victory. Holloway seemed to find his range and used his frame to keep Poirier at a reasonable range. Poirier eventually found a way to get inside and get Holloway to the ground where he dominated.
Poirier rolled Holloway into a mounted triangle where he grabbed Hollaway's arm and ended his night. Poirier continues to add to his title shot resume with solid victories. It'll be interesting to see who he fights next.
To round out the bonuses, Thompson ended Dan Stittgen's night early in a match of UFC novices. Known for his kickboxing, Thompson used a classic combination ending with a vicious head kick to send Stittgen into an early nap. Thompson's kickboxing is stellar; I guess Stittgen didn't get the memo.