Tai Tuivasa Earns $50,000 Bonus for Jaw Dropping Flying Knee KO in UFC Debut

Tai Tuivasa made quite an impression in his UFC debut as the undefeated heavyweight prospect earned a jaw-dropping knockout with a flying knee to finish Rashad Coulter on the prelims at UFC Fight Night from Sydney, Australia.

Tuivasa has yet to see the second round in his professional career and his win over Coulter also earned him a $50,000 bonus for ‘Performance of the Night’.

He’s joined by Nik Lentz, who earned a $50,000 ‘Performance of the Night’ award for his second round guillotine choke submission to put away former teammate Will Brooks on Saturday night.

The ‘Fight of the Night’ went to the absolute war waged by Frank Camacho and Damien Brown on the FS1 prelims.

Camacho actually missed weight for the fight, which should make him ineligible for a post fight bonus and that means Brown would pocket the entire $100,000 for the ‘Fight of the Night’ award despite losing a split decision.

UFC officials also announced that 10,021 fans attended the latest card held in Sydney, Austrlaia with the event actually running longer than any card in the history of the promotion with more than three hours of fight time spent inside the Octagon.

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Volkan Oezdemir Arrested for Aggravated Battery in Florida

UFC light heavyweight contender Volkan Oezdemir was arrested on Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on a charge of aggravated battery.

No further details were available outside of the arrest record from the Broward County Sheriff’s Department in Florida including Oezdemir’s mugshot along with information that he’s being held on $10,000 bond.

Under Florida law, aggravated battery is listed as a second degree felony.

Oezdemir’s timing for the arrest couldn’t come at a worse time for the Swiss fighter as he was expected to face light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in early 2018 with the title on the line.

Oezdemir burst onto the scene in 2017 with three straight wins including knockouts over Jimi Manuwa and Misha Cirkunov to put him within striking distance of the title.

There have been rumors that Cormier and Oezdemir could potentially meet at UFC 220 in January at a card scheduled for Boston, but it’s impossible to know right now if this arrest will affect that potential matchup.

The UFC has not issued a statement yet regarding Oezdemir’s arrest.

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Cat Zingano Returns Against Ketlen Vieira at UFC 222 in Las Vegas

Cat Zingano has finally booked her return fight in the UFC.

The former title contender has been out of action since UFC 200 but Zingano has now booked her next fight against undefeated Brazilian Ketlen Vieira.

Sources close to the matchup confirmed to MMAWeekly that the fighters have agreed to meet at UFC 222, which takes place on March 3 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. MMABrasil initially reported the matchup on Saturday.Ketlen Vieira UFC 215 fight highlights

Zingano has been out of action for well over a year while dealing with nagging injuries that also prevented her from accepting a bout against current women’s featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino earlier this year.

Now it appears Zingano is back to 100-percent but she’ll have a tough task ahead of her when she returns as Vieira has been unstoppable since joining the UFC roster.

Most recently, Vieira dispatched of former title contender Sara McMann by submission to move her record to a perfect 9-0.

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