The second upkick knockout in UFC history was a shoo-in for a bonus at UFC Tampa.
Price knocked out James Vick with an upward shot in the first round of their main card fight at Amalie Arena on ESPN+. It was his sixth UFC finish in the past three years, according to the promotion, and his third such performance bonus.
Vera now has won five straight and earned three performance bonuses. But as he said after his win, he’s not in the business of calling his shots.
The $50,000 “Fight of the Night” honor went to the night’s co-main event between veteran Cub Swanson and Kron Gracie. In a back-and-forth battle, Swanson punished Gracie with body shots. But the jiu-jitsu standout proved quite durable, and what started as a technical fight devolved into a slugfest in close quarters.
Swanson nonetheless secured a shutout on judges’ scorecards. The win snapped a career-endangering losing streak of four fights. It was his 11th performance bonus under the Zuffa umbrella.
Gracie suffered the first loss of his professional MMA career.