Khabib Nurmagomedov’s second championship defense was made a little sweeter by his second $50,000 fight night bonus.
The reigning lightweight king successfully defended his title in a unification bout with interim champion Dustin Poirier on Saturday in Abu Dhabi, defeating Poirier by third-round submission in the main event of UFC 242.
It was a vintage performance by Nurmagomedov, now 28-0, who out-wrestled Poirier for the majority of their contest before finishing with a rear-naked choke.
Cashing bonus checks for the first time are welterweight Muslim Salikhov and debuting lightweight Ottman Azaitar. Salikhov punched out veteran Nordine Taleb inside of a round and Azaitar later topped that with a violent first-round KO of Teemu Packalen.
The evening’s fourth Performance of the Night bonus went to Belal Muhammad for his third-round rear-naked choke submission of Takashi Sato. It is Muhammad’s first bonus since earning a Fight of the Night award in a losing effort to Jouban in his UFC debut back in July 2016.
There was no Fight of the Night award given out at UFC 242.