Dustin Ortiz, Joseph Morales, Humberto Bandenay, and Niko Price were each awarded $50,000 in “Performance of the Night” bonuses for their exemplary showings at UFC Fight Night 114 Saturday in Mexico City. No “Fight of the Night” award was given.
Ortiz made quick work of fellow flyweight Hector Sandoval with a 15-second knockout on the night’s FS1 televised preliminary card. Sandoval landed first but Ortiz countered with a combo and a right to the temple that put Sandoval down. Ortiz finished him off with hammerfists before the ref was forced to intervene. Ortiz is currently ranked No. 12 in the division and has now finished seven of his 17 wins via knockout.
On the night’s early prelims on Fight Pass, Morales took out fellow flyweight Roberto Sanchez with a rear-naked choke submission. It was Morales who found himself on his back early, but as he made his way back to his feet he eventually knocked Sanchez to the canvas with a right where he was able to set up the fight-ending choke. The fight marked Morales’s UFC debut and he improves his unbeaten streak to nine.
Bandenay was the biggest underdog on the card as the promotional newcomer took a featherweight fight with Martin Bravo on just two weeks notice. Bandenay landed a perfectly timed knee on Bravo for the knockout just 26-seconds into the first round of their main card bout. Bandenay has now won his last six fights in a row.
Also in main card action, Price handed fellow welterweight Alan Jouban his second loss in a row with a first-round TKO. Price countered a low kick with a right hand that stunned Jouban. He then landed a kick as Jouban went down and finished him off with a flurry of punches. With the win, Price extends his unbeaten streak to 11.