UFC 224 PPV event went down (Sat., May 12, 2018) from inside Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as the main headliner put on a wild show where Amanda Nunes put a bloody stop to Raquel Pennington via fifth-round TKO to retain her title. The Fight of the Night went to the co-headliners Kelvin Gastelum and Jacare Souza. In a hard-fought battle, Gastelum picks up a split decision victory over veteran middleweight Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.
In the opener of the main event, former lightweight champion Vitor Belfort was knocked out by Lyoto Machida in the second round of their middleweight bout. The kick was reminiscent of Anderson Silva’s UFC 126 knockout of Belfort. Machida earns Performance of the Night for his efforts.
Another Performance of the Night bonus went to Alexey Oleynik, who pulled off Ezekiel choke finish over Brazilian Junior Albini and made a record in the UFC history.
Following fighters took home an extra $50,000 for putting a great show at UFC 224:
Fight of the Night: Kelvin Gastelum vs. Jacare Souza
Performance of the Night: Lyoto Machida
Performance of the Night: Aleksei Oliynyk
Fighters Reebok payouts are as follow:
Amanda Nunes: $40,000 def. Raquel Pennington: $30,000
Kelvin Gastelum: $10,000 def. Ronaldo Souza: $10,000
Mackenzie Dern: $3,500 def. Amanda Cooper: $5,000
John Lineker: $10,000 def. Brian Kelleher: $5,000
Vitor Belfort: $20,000 def. Lyoto Machida: $20,000
Cezar Ferreira: $10,000 def. Karl Roberson: $3,500
Aleksei Oleinik: $5,000 def. Junior Albini: $3,500
Davi Ramos: $3,500 def. Nick Hein: $5,000
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos: $5,000 def. Sean Strickland: $5,000
Warlley Alves: $5,000 def. Sultan Aliev: $3,500
Jack Hermansson: $5,000 def. Thales Leites: $15,000
Ramazan Emeev: $3,500 def. Alberto Mina: $5,000
Markus Perez: $3,500 def. James Bochnovic: $3,500