UFC Fight Night 81 Bonuses: Cruz and Dillashaw take rightful “Fight of the Night” award

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Dominick Cruz and T.J. Dillashaw rightfully took home bonuses for the “Fight of the Night” on Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 81 event, with Ed Herman and Luke Sanders scoring the two “Performance of the Night” awards.

The UFC revealed the bonuses at the post-fight press conference, which give each fighter an extra $50,000.

Cruz and Dillashaw fought to a split decision in the night’s main event, with Cruz recapturing the title he never actually lost. It was a close, intriguing, and entertaining fight, and both fighters had their case for several different rounds, leading to scores all over the board.

Herman, who remains one of the UFC’s longest tenured fighters, took out Tim Boetsch in the second round in his first move to light heavyweight. The finish gave him his tenth career win in the UFC. Sanders, meanwhile, scored his first, knocking down Maximo Blanco before submitting him on the prelims.

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