UFC 174

UFC 174: Recapping the Fight Night Bonuses

Jun 14, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Kajan Johnson (red) fights Tae Hyun Bang (blue) during the second round of their Lightweight bout during UFC 174 at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
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Dan HiergesellFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2014

Saturday night was a fairly good outing for the UFC.

The prized flyweight champion remained as dominant as ever, while Canada's own Rory MacDonald forever solidified his spot as one of the welterweight division's next title contenders.

However, lackluster bouts featuring the return of Andrei Arlovski and the one-sided beatdown of light heavyweight knockout artist Rafael Cavalcante made UFC 174 a true up-and-down affair.

That said, somebody had to come out on top.

Here are the Fight Night bonus winners and what they did to earn a little extra green.

 

Fight of the Night: Tae Hyun Bang vs. Kajan Johnson

Jun 14, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; fights Tae Hyun Bang (blue) defeats Kajan Johnson (red) in the third round of their Lightweight bout during UFC 174 at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
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In a prelims bout featuring a dynamic striker vs. power puncher, Tae Hyun Bang secured a third-round knockout over Kajan Johnson that arguably stole the show.

After two rounds of bloody war, a Johnson body kick was returned with a straight right hand to the chin.

The explosive punch caught the Canadian off guard and gave Bang a highlight finish that could launch a productive stay at lightweight.

 

Performance of the Night: Bang

Not much of a surprise here.

With power for days, Bang dismantled Johnson like he fought at one weight class lower.

The knockout was the most definitive and memorable moment from UFC 174, unless you consider Ryan Jimmo's broken arm something you would want to remember.

 

Performance of the Night: Kiichi Kunimoto

Daniel Sarafian stood little chance opposite a well-rounded fighter like Kiichi Kunimoto.

Jun 14, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Daniel Sarafian (red) fights against Kiichi Kunimoto (blue) in their Welterweight bout in UFC 174 at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
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Presented with an opportunity to secure a finish right before the pay-per-view main card spun its unpredictable head, Kunimoto sunk in a beautiful rear-naked choke halfway through Round 1.

The impressive submission victory leaves Kunimoto at 2-0 in the UFC welterweight division.

The 33-year-old will attempt to prolong success as he continues to look for ways to win fights other than the judges' scorecards.

 

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