UFC Vancouver Bonuses: Promotional newcomer Tristan Connelly banks an extra $100,000

Following Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 16 event at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the winners of the fighter bonuses. Headliner Justin Gaethje, light heavyweight Misha Cirkunov and promotional newcomer Tristan Connelly took home the performance incentives.

Gaethje earned a Performance of the Night bonus for his first-round stoppage of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the featured bout on the fight card. Gaethje landed a right hand that knocked Cerrone down late in the opening frame. Cerrone got back to his feet but was met with uppercuts and another right hand that put him back on the canvas. The referee stepped in after two more punches landed.

Fight of the Night honors went to Connelly and Michel Pereira. Pereira was highly hyped heading into the bout but Connelly derailed the hype train with a unanimous decision win. Pereira missed weight for the bout making him ineligible to receive a bonus resulting in Connelly doubling his bonus checks. The Canadian took home an extra $100,000.

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Cirkunov was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus for his first round submission of Jimmy Crute to kick off the main card. The 32-year old secured a rare Peruvian necktie. It was his ninth career win by submission.

UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Gaethje took place in front of 15,114 spectators at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada generating $1.34 million in gate receipts.

UFC on ESPN+ 16: Donald Cerrone vs. Justin Gaethje recap video

UFC Vancouver Cowboy vs Gaethje recap video

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See the highlights and recap from UFC on ESPN+ 16: Cowboy Cerrone vs. Justin Gaethje. Gaethje defeated Cerrone in the main event of the Saturday, Sept. 14, even in Vancouver, British Columbia.

After defeating Cerrone, Gaethje kicked any thoughts of fighting Conor McGregor to the curb and instead took aim at the UFC lightweight title. He wants the winner of an as yet unscheduled match-up between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.


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Lupita Godinez critical of her winning Combate Americas performance

Though she was able to pick up a unanimous decision victory in her Combate Americas debut on August 23 versus Felisha Magallan, strawweight Lupita Godinez feels she could have done better.

Never one to be satisfied with her performance, Godinez is quick to point out what when wrong in a fight rather than what went right, even in the case of a win.

“I think I didn’t do perfect,” Godinez told MMAWeekly.com. “Always, every time, every fight, I always see the bad things I did. And I did a lot of bad things or things I wanted to do that I didn’t do. I got the win and there’s nothing wrong with that.

“She was a tough cookie. She kept coming no matter how hard I was hitting (her). She also hits hard. I had a lot of fun, and I’m really happy I got to do this, and I want to do it again soon.”

Though she’s always critical of the way she performs in fights, Godinez does see the improvements she’s managed to make in her game since she turned pro in June of 2018.

“I see a lot of changes for sure,” said Godinez. “Not only in my techniques and having more techniques in my tool box and that, but just when I’m fighting I see everything. I’m calmer. I’m relaxed. I know how to manage my nerves better.

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“I keep evolving with my coaches and my team, and we are just getting better, and are putting everything together and what works for us. I’m happy with this.”

Having had the opportunity to step into an international promotion with Combate Americas, Godinez is looking to secure a spot with the company and see what kind of opportunities it can provide her in the near future.

“I feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing right now,” Godinez said. “I’m not rushing things. I’m taking things how it goes. But I do want to be more active. I just want to be busy.

“I am not exactly sure (what’s next). I think my coach is going to talk to Combate and see what’s next. I don’t know what I’m going to sign or know anything right now, but I just know I really like Combate.”

Tyron Woodley wants to win his belt back and challenge Khabib Nurmagomedov (video)

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tyron Woodley

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