UFC Fight Night 106 bonus report

Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 106 card from Fortaleza, Brazil, saw four “Performance of the Night” awards handed out. No “Fight of the Night” award was given. The four fighters who earned $50,000 each in fight-night bonuses were Kelvin Gastelum, Edson Barboza, Paulo Borrachinha and Michael Prazeres.

Gastelum stopped former light heavyweight champ Vitor Belfort in the first-round of their middleweight main event. The veteran didn’t go down without a fight though and tagged Gastelum a few times before eating a big left hand that put him down. Gastelum finished Belfort off via TKO at the 3:52 mark of the opening frame and improves to 4-0 at 185-pounds.

After losing the first round to Beneil Dariush, top lightweight contender Barboza was able to rally in round 2 with a perfectly timed flying knee that put Dariush out cold. The win marks Barboza’s eleventh career win by knockout as he picks up his eighth fight-night bonus award inside the UFC octagon.

Borrachinha made a big impression in his UFC debut and improved his undefeated streak to nine with a 77-second TKO finish of fellow middleweight Garreth McLellan. A kick to the body by Borrachinha hurt McLellan early. Borrachinha followed up with a flurry of punches for the stoppage and his eighth career knockout in nine fights.

Prazeres put the lightweight division on notice with his first-round stoppage of veteran Josh Burkman. Prazeres struck fast and hurt Burkman early with punches. Burkman hung tough and survived the initial onslaught, but a takedown from Prazeres set up a north-south choke submission finish at 1:42 of the opening frame. It’s the “Tractor’s” ninth career win via submission.