Lions eat first and after tonight, Jimi Manuwa will be eating well.
Manuwa showed out Saturday night, knocking out sixth-ranked light heavyweight contender Corey Anderson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 107 in London. The finish came courtesy of a devastating left hook at 3:05 of the first round and earned Manuwa a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
In the co-main event, Gunnar Nelson nabbed his own Performance of the Night bonus for rocking and then submitting Alan Jouban with a guillotine choke 46 seconds into the second round. It’s Nelson’s second POTN bonus in a row after earning one for submitting Albert Tumenov at UFC Fight Night 87 last May.
In lieu of a Fight of the Night, the UFC opted to award two more Performance bonuses, one to Marlon Vera and the other to Marc Diakiese. Vera knocked out Brad Pickett with a head kick and punches at 3:50 of the third round after losing the first two rounds on two of the judges scorecards. Diakiese turned in a Knockout of the Year worthy performance, stopping Teemu Packalen 30 seconds into the first round.
All winners are taking home an extra $50,000 for their performances.