Saturday night’s UFC 282 will be unforgettable for a number of reasons. Aside from the controversy, however, fans who tuned in to the event were treated to a number of outstanding finishes. The UFC 282 payouts saw the organization get in the holiday mood, dishing out $550,000 in bonuses. Check out who picked up a little extra cash for the holidays. Hint: Paddy Pimblett wasn’t one of them.
Performance of the Night – Raul Rosas Jr., Billy Quarantillo, Chris Curtis, Ilio Topuria, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Santiago Ponzinibbio, Cameron Saaiman, Edmen Shahbazyan, and TJ Brown
UFC 282 was a short card with just 12 fights, but that didn’t make the night any less exciting. All but two of the contests were finished early, four by submission, and six by knockout. Nine of the finishers were awarded $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses with their UFC 282 payouts for delivering spectacular outings.
Two POTN bonuses worth pointing out are those of Raul Rosas Jr. and Cameron Saaiman who stepped into the UFC Octagon at an event for the first time. Both were participants in this season’s Dana White’s Contender Series and earned the opportunity to fight on Saturday as part of the roster. Saaiman got the evening kicked off with a TKO finish in the final minute of the three-round bout with Steven Koslow. Six contests later, Rosas made history as the youngest athlete to compete on a UFC card, taking on Jay Perrin. Rosas was dominant, collecting the first-round submission by rear naked choked.
Fight of the Night – Darren Till vs Dricus Du Plessis
One of the last agreeable conclusions of the evening, the main card fight between Darren till and Dricus Du Plessis was an outstanding battle. Du Plessis had control of Till against the cage for much of the first round. In fact, he was in so much control that he nearly was awarded a TKO stoppage then and there with Till unable to do anything but to cover up.
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Looking to secure a finish, however, Du Plessis gave up his advantageous position, giving Till new life. Nicknamed “The Gorilla”, Till went full beast mode, hammering Du Plessis through the remainder of the round. The contest would go nearly seven more minutes into the third round with both athletes giving it all they had. In the end, Du Plessis got the finish, a submission by rear naked choke. For their spectacular showing, Till and Du Plessis each took home an extra $50,000 with their UFC 282 payouts for the Fight of the Night bonus.
UFC 282 Payouts – Venum Sponsorship Bonuses (based on number of fights in the UFC)
*Per the UFC Promotional Guidelines
- $4,000 (1-3 fights): Cameron Saaiman (debut), Steve Koslow (debut), Eric Silva (debut), Raul Rosas Jr. (debut), Jay Perrin (3)
- $4,500 (4-5 fights): Chris Curtis (5), Ilia Topuria (5), Dricus Du Plessis (4), Paddy Pimblett (4)
- $6,000 (6-10 fights): TJ Brown (6), Billy Quarantillo (7), Alexander Hernandez (10), Joaquin Buckley (9), Edmen Shahbazyan (8), Dalcha Lungiambula (7), Chris Daukas (7), Bryce Mitchell (7)
- $11,000 (11-15 fights): Jairzinho Rozenstruik (11), Darren Till (12), Jared Gordon (12)
- $16,000 (16-20 fights): Santiago Ponzinibbio (16), Alex Morono (17)
- $21,000 (21+ fights): N/A
- $32,000 (Title Challenger): Jan Blachowicz, Magomed Ankalaev
UFC 282 Results
- The judges scored this vacant title fight between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev as a split draw after five rounds.
- Paddy Pimblett defeated Jared Gordon by unanimous decision.
- Santiago Ponzinibbio TKO’d Alex Morono by strikes at 2:29 in Round 3.
- Dricus Du Plessis submitted Darren Till by rear naked choke at 2:43 in Round 3.
- Ilia Topuria submitted Bryce Mitchell by arm triangle at 3:10 in Round 2.
- Raul Rosas Jr. submitted Jay Perrin by rear naked choke at 2:44 in Round 1.
- Jairzinho Rozenstruik KO’d Chris Daukas 23 seconds into Round 1.
- Edmen Shahbazyan TKO’d Dalcha Lungiambula by strikes at 4:41 in Round 2.
- Chris Curtis KO’d Joaquin Buckley at 2:49 in Round 2.
Early Preliminary Card
- Billy Quarantillo TKO’d Alexander Hernandez by strikes at 4:30 in Round 2.
- TJ Brown submitted Erik Silva at 3:41 in Round 3 by head and arm triangle.
- Cameron Saaiman TKO’d Steven Koslow by strikes at 4:13 in Round 3.