UFC 201 Bonuses: Main event title win also brings Tyron Woodley “Performance of the Night” award

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Four fighters picked up an extra $50K from the UFC on Saturday night, with Tyron Woodley, Jake Ellenberger, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, and Rose Namajunas each earning fight night bonuses at UFC 201.

Woodley picked up one of two “Performance of the Night” bonuses in a stunning KO win over Robbie Lawler in the night’s main event. The challenger took the UFC Welterweight Championship by force, cracking Lawler with a devastating overhand right and finishing him off with a series of strikes on the ground.

Ellenberger’s victory came in similar fashion, though he had a bit more work to do in order to put Matt Brown away. Ellenberger caught Brown early off a big right hand, but was getting backed up a bit after Brown recovered. Then he connected on a kick to the liver that sent Brown crumbling down to the mat. Further follow up strikes put the fight away this time around, and it earned him the other “Performance of the Night” award.

Finally, “Fight of the Night” honors went to Kowalkiewicz and Namajunas for a very good and competitive co-main event fight. Kowalkiewicz’s Muay Thai game was the difference in the fight, and she took a decision win to likely earn a shot at her fellow Polish competitor, UFC Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

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