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UFC 239 bonuses: Jorge Masvidal’s record-setting KO comes with a $50,000 bonus

Jorge Masvidal UFC 239 victory

The Ultimate Fighting Championship was back on its home turf in Las Vegas this week for its cornerstone event of the year and the fighters delivered.

In particular, Jorge Masvidal delivered in a big way. He laid out formerly undefeated Ben Askren in a record-setting five seconds. 

Masvidal immediately began sprinting across the cage. As he did, Askren changed levels, looking for a takedown, but Masvidal launched a flying knee that connected to Askren’s temple, putting him out cold. Masvidal followed with two brutal punches to the face of his unconscious foe before the referee could stop the fight.

The five-second knockout not only earned Masvidal a likely shot at the UFC welterweight title, but an additional $50,000 for being awarded one of four Performance of the Night honors.

Not to be outdone, other than by the speed of the finish, UFC champ-champ Amanda Nunes defended her bantamweight belt by taking out former champion Holly Holm in the first round of their UFC 239 co-main event. Nunes landed a head kick and punches that floored Holm and kept the 135-pound belt around her waist.

Jan Blachowicz kept his name in the running for a light heavyweight title shot by giving former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold a rude welcome to the 205-pound division.

Blachowicz knocked Rockhold out early in the second round to earn his $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.

Song Yadon was the only undercard fighter to earn a bonus at UFC 239, knockout out Alejandro Perez little more than two minutes into their preliminary bout.

TRENDING > Jorge Masvidal’s blistering flying knee knockout ends Ben Askren’s undefeated record at UFC 239

UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos Performance of the Night Bonuses

  • Amanda Nunes
  • Jorge Masvidal
  • Jan Blachowicz
  • Song Yadong

UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos Gate and Attendance

  • Gate – $6,063,707.11
  • Attendance – 18,358

Jon Jones escapes a winged Thiago Santos by the narrowest of margins at UFC 239

Jon Jones head kicks Thiago Santos at UFC 239

Jon Jones escaped a game, if injured, Thiago Santos at UFC 239 on Saturday in Las Vegas, keeping the light heavyweight strap around his waist, if only by the slimmest of margins.

Santos opened with a strong first round, effectively attacking Jones’ lead leg with low kicks to the calf muscle. Jones returned fire on most of those, but Santos was a little busier and started to land punch combinations later in the frame. 

Momentum quickly shifted to Jones’ favor in the second round. Santos started strong, again attacking Jones’ lead leg with kicks, but seemed to hurt his right knee as he did so. After that, Jones was attacking, while Santos favored his right leg, frequently holding it back, and not using it to attack the way he did in round one. 

Round three was another good one for Jones. Santos continued to favor his right knee as Jones took advantage and attacked it at will. 

As Santos favored the knee, Jones pressed forward a little more assertively, and landed a short elbow that briefly dropped Santos to a knee. Jones didn’t rush the fight, however, and continued attacking Santos’ right leg.

The fourth frame was much of the same. Santos kept attacking, doing what he could, but more and more obviously favored his right knee. As he did so, Jones continued to attack with oblique and inside kicks effectively continuing to sap Santos’ power.

Santos’ right leg continued to buckle throughout the final frame, but he wouldn’t back down. He fought through whatever injury he had, and threw everything he could at the champion. Jones continued to play it safe and assault the injured leg, chipping away as the clock wore down.

When the fight was over and the judges’ scorecards were read, everyone was holding his breath. The first announced score had the fight 48-47 in Santos’ favor, but the other two judges scored it for Jones by the same margin, handing him a narrow split-decision victory. 

TRENDING > Amanda Nunes stops Holly Holm early in UFC 239 co-main event

“Oh my goodness. Boy was he tough,” Jones said after the fight. “Hey guys, I am so sorry. Thiago, we all know, his best chance of winning this fight was the knockout. I played it safe and played it smart bringing this home for my team and for my family.”

Though he may have played it safe, Jones held his head high, despite holding his left leg off the ground as he need assistance to leave the cageside area.

“I’m proud of myself actually. I stood and traded with a guy that has been kickboxing way longer than me,” said Jones, who still credited Santos for a strong performance.

“He did a really good job. He exploited a hole in my game and that’s something that won’t be there next time.”

Depending upon the extent of his injuries, Jones will now head to the sidelines to heal from a very difficult fight before determining his next move. He hopes to fight again late in the year before resuming a busy schedule in 2020, but even a narrow victory keeps his record intact as the widely regarded greatest fighter of all time.

UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos Post-Fight Press Conference

UFC 239 press conference - Jon Jones

The big winners from the UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos fight card will take questions from the media following Saturday’s event from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Hear what the athletes had to say about their wins and find out who took home the coveted bonuses.

TRENDING > UFC 239 Live Results: Jones vs. Santos (Results & Fight Stats)

Jorge Masvidal details record 5-second knockout of Ben Askren at UFC 239 (video)

Jorge Masvidal over Ben Askren KO at UFC 239

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Jorge Masvidal has no love lost for Ben Askren. The two have been going back and forth on social media and in interviews leading up to their UFC 239 bout on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Masvidal took care of business, however, scoring a record-setting five-second knockout of Askren. 

TRENDING > Dana White on Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Nate Diaz confrontation in arena at UFC 239 (video)

At the UFC 239 post-fight press conference, Masvidal detailed his performance, and put his victory over Askren into perspective when it comes to the top fights of his career.

Dana White: Luke Rockhold broke his jaw at UFC 239 and should retire from fighting (video)

Former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold made his light heavyweight debut on Saturday at UFC 239 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and suffered a vicious knockout loss to Jan Błachowicz. During the event’s post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White revealed that Rockhold suffered a broken jaw in the loss. White also stated that he thinks Rockhold should retire from fighting.

TRENDING > Dana White on Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Nate Diaz confrontation in arena at UFC 239 (video)

Dana White on Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Nate Diaz confrontation in arena at UFC 239 (video)

Khabib Nurmagomedov - Nate Diaz

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UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Nate Diaz were in the audience at UFC 239 on Saturday in Las Vegas and the situation quickly devolved into a confrontation.

TRENDING > UFC presser face-offs: Khabib vs Poirier, Cormier vs Miocic, Holloway vs Edgar, Whittaker vs Adesanya

UFC president Dana White, at the UFC 239 post-fight press conference, confirmed the confrontation, but insisted that it did not go beyond verbal before staff was able to move them away from each other.

Amanda Nunes details Holly Holm knockout at UFC 239 (video)

Amanda Nunes UFC 239 post-fight with belts

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Amanda Nunes talks about her victory and and walks through the UFC 239 bout where she defended her belt against Holly Holm.

TRENDING > Jorge Masvidal details record 5-second knockout of Ben Askren at UFC 239 (video)

Nunes entered the bout as the UFC’s only female two-division champion. Three men have achieved the same feat. None of them, however, have done what Nunes did on Saturday night. 

With her victory over Holly Holm, Nunes became the UFC’s only dual-division champion to have successfully defended the lighter weight class belt. 

Jon Jones details what went wrong at UFC 239 (video)

Jon Jones UFC 239 post-fight with belt

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Jon Jones is widely regarded as the greatest fighter of all time. He flirted with a loss at UFC 239 though, winning a split-decision victory in his defense of the belt against Thiago Santos in the headliner.

Jones fought a tactical striking battle with Santos, a man that has vastly more experience than him in the striking arts. Santos has been a Muay Thai expert much longer than Jones. 

TRENDING > Amanda Nunes stops Holly Holm early in UFC 239 co-main event

At UFC 239, Jones went into a bit of a defensive mode, playing it safe with Santos, believing he was winning every round. It was nearly his downfall to fight that way, as Jones himself explained what went wrong with that strategy.

Joe Rogan reflects on the biggest UFC 239 winners (video)

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UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan reflects on UFC 239 and says who he thinks were the biggest winners from the fight card.

TRENDING > Dana White: Luke Rockhold broke his jaw at UFC 239 and should retire from fighting (video)

UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday and featured two world title fights with both champions retaining their belts. Hear who Rogan believes will be a future star for the fight promotion.

UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos weigh-in results: Championship doubleheader is set!

UFC 239 weigh-in results - Jon Jones

Jon Jones and Thiago Santos wasted no time making their UFC 239 headlining bout official.

Within the first 15 minutes of Friday’s UFC 239 official early morning weigh-in Santos stepped on the scale at 204.5 pounds, while Jones weighed 205 pounds.

Jones, having returned from a 15-month suspension to recapture the UFC light heavyweight title he’s never lost, will make the second defense of that belt when he steps in the UFC 239 main event on Saturday. Santos will be hoping to shock the world and upset the man most consider the greatest fighter of all time.

The UFC’s first female champ-champ, Amanda Nunes, will put her bantamweight belt on the line against Holly Holm. Nunes weighed 135 pounds on the scale after disrobing. Holm stepped on the scale about half an hour later, but was well below the championship cut-off, weighing 133.5 pounds for her attempt to regain the belt she once took from Ronda Rousey.

One of the most highly anticipated bouts on the card, a pivotal welterweight showdown between undefeated former ONE Championship and Bellator titleholder Ben Askren and longtime contender Jorge Masvidal, is also official after both fighters easily made weight for their bout.

TRENDING > UFC 239 Embedded: Jones vs. Santos, Nunes vs. Holm (video series)

UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos Weigh-in Results

Main Card (10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV)

  • Jon Jones (205) vs. Thiago Santos (204.5)
  • Amanda Nunes (135) vs. Holly Holm (133.5)
  • Jorge Masvidal (170.5) vs. Ben Askren (171)
  • Jan Błachowicz (205.5) vs. Luke Rockhold (204.5)
  • Diego Sanchez (169) vs. Michael Chiesa (170.5)

Prelims (8 p.m. ET on ESPN)

  • Gilbert Melendez (145.5) vs. Arnold Allen (145.5)
  • Marlon Vera (136) vs. Nohelin Hernandez (136)
  • Claudia Gadelha (115) vs. Randa Markos (116)
  • Alejandro Perez (135.5) vs. Song Yadong (135.5)

Early Prelims (6:15 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass)

  • Edmen Shahbazyan (185) vs. Jack Marshman (185)
  • Ismail Naurdiev (171) vs. Chance Rencountre (170.5)
  • Julia Avila (135) vs. Pannie Kinziad (135)

UFC 239 full early weigh-in video: Jones vs. Santos, Nunes vs. Holm, more

(First fighter on the scale at 11:00 mark)

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Tune in to MMAWeekly.com on Saturday, July 6, for full UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos live results from Las Vegas. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones puts his belt on the line opposite Thiago Santos in the UFC 239 headliner, while Amanda Nunes puts her bantamweight belt up against Holly Holm in the night’s co-main event.