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UFC Mexico City bonuses: Carla Esparza and Alexa Grasso earn Fight of the Night, Peterson rewarded for backfist KO

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Carla Esparza and Alexa Grasso
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In the co-main event spot, Carla Esparza and Alexa Grasso ended up stealing the show.

The two strawweight contenders battled each other on the feet and on the ground for three rounds and though it was Esparza who pulled out a close majority decision win, both women earned an extra $50,000 at UFC Mexico City on Saturday for putting on the evening’s Fight of the Night.

Also receiving bonuses were featherweight Steven Peterson, who will find himself on plenty of Knockout of the Year lists in a few months after blasting Martin Bravo with a scary spinning backfist, and Paul Craig, who scored the fastest finish of his UFC career by submitting Vinicius Moreira in round one.

This marks Craig’s fourth Performance of the Night bonus in eight UFC appearances. Esparza and Peterson now have two fight night bonuses on their resume, while Grasso collects her first.

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