UFC 234 bonuses: Israel Adesanya, Anderson Silva collect extra $50,000
Adesanya and Silva earned the “Fight of the Night,” while De La Rosa and Smith each won “Performance of the Night” honors.
UFC officials announced the winners following the event, which MMAjunkie attended.
Adesanya (16-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) beat Silva (34-9 MMA, 17-5 UFC) in a unanimous decision in the middleweight main event. The fight was elevated to headliner status after middleweight champ Robert Whittaker was pulled Saturday afternoon in need of emergency hernia surgery. Adesanya stayed unbeaten with a pair of 30-27 scores and a 29-28.
De La Rosa (10-4 MMA, 3-0 UFC) won for the third straight time in the UFC by submitting Nadia Kassem (5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) with a second-round armbar. The loss was the first of Kassem’s career.
Smith (9-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) took out Dong Hyun Ma (16-9-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) with a nasty first-round TKO in their lightweight fight on the prelims.
UFC 234 took place Saturday at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.