UFC Fight Island 2: Fight Night Bonuses
There were no fans in Abu Dhabi for UFC Fight Island 2 on July 18. As a result, there was no gate for the event on Yas Island.
A new champion earned a fight bonus but did not win the “Fight of the Night” bonus.
“Fight of the Night” went to Marc Diakiese v. Rafael Fiziev. The third fight on the main card featured two lightweights who tore the house down. Fiziev would use his entire skillset in order to earn the unanimous decision victory.
Part of the “Performance of the Night” bonus went to Ariane Lipski. The 26-year-old Lipski (13-5) won her second fight in a row following a round one win over Luana Carolina. She would land a strong and vicious-looking kneebar that gave Carolina no choice but to tap out.
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The other “Performance of the Night” bonus went to Deiveson Figueiredo, who once again beat Joseph Benavidez in the main event of the UFC show. This time, however, Figueiredo made weight in order to become the new UFC Flyweight Champion. With three takedowns and multiple shots to the face, Figueiredo was able to submit Benavidez with the rear-naked choke.
The loss was the first one via submission for Benavidez, who is now 0-4 in UFC title fights. Figueiredo has now won four in a row.