UFC 268: Gaethje, Chandler, More Earn Bonus Prize Money from Usman vs. Covington Card

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVNovember 7, 2021

Michael Chandler, right, lands a punch against Justin Gaethje during a lightweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 268, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin)
AP Photo/Corey Sipkin

Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler earned Fight of the Night honors to lead the performance bonuses given for Saturday's UFC 268 pay-per-view.

Chris Barnett, Bobby Green, Alex Pereira and Marlon Vera received Performance of the Night bonuses for their respective victories. Each prize comes with an additional $50,000 on top of the fighter's purse.

Gaethje and Chandler opened the main card with arguably the best three-round fight of the year. The power-punchers bludgeoned each other for 15 straight minutes, with Chandler putting together one of the gutsiest performances in recent memory in the losing effort.

β€œI knew exactly what that was going to be,” Gaethje said after the fight. "He is a warrior. We are living in the wrong times. Let me tell you, me and him should have been fighting to the death in the Coliseum. That’s what should have happened.”

Vera dropped Frankie Edgar with a front kick late in the third round of their fight to earn his second straight victory. Edgar, meanwhile, has now lost four of his past five fights.

Barnett, Green and Pereira each excelled on a stellar undercard at Madison Square Garden. Barnett handed Gian Villante his fourth straight loss inside the Octagon, getting a second-round TKO after a spinning wheel kick and flurry of punches. Green dominated Al Iaquinta in a one-round romp that ended with punches, while Pereira's second-round victory over Andreas Michailidis came via TKO.