On Saturday night in Las Vegas, you’d be pressed to find a bigger winner away from the Black Jack tables and slot machines than Brendan Allen. From co-headliner underdog to main event winner, he had quite the evening. It got a touch sweeter too when the UFC Vegas 70 payouts and bonuses were announced afterward. He wasn’t the only one celebrating either, as the promotion stepped away from the standard bonus format to award extra prizes.
Performance of the Night: Joe Solecki, Jordan Leavitt, Trevor Peek, Mike Malott, Tatiana Suarez, Brendan Allen
Of the 10 fights that made it to fruition on Saturday, six were finished inside the distance – four by submission, two by knockout. With no contest truly separating itself for a Fight of the Night designation, the UFC instead rewarded the finishers with $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses with their UFC Vegas 70 payouts.
Joe Solecki was the first to secure his bonus by dominating Carl Deaton from start to finish, landing a rear naked choke to take the bout. Two fights later, Jordan Leavitt delivered the first of three first-round victories of the night, getting waived off of Victor Martinez for a TKO win. Closing out the preliminary card, Trevor Peek made a statement with a first-round knockout win in his debut against Erick Gonzalez.
The momentum carried over to the main card where three of the four contests ended early. Making his second appearance inside the Octagon, Mike Malott got to Yohan Lainasse while both fighters were still dry in the final minute of the first round, winning by arm-triangle choke. Tatiana Suarez followed Malott with a submission victory of her own, making her long-awaited return to the sport.
Of course, it was Brendan Allen who took the night as his co-main event was promoted to the headliner with Nikita Krylov unable to fight. He made the most of it against Andre Muniz, securing a Performance of the Night bonus with his UFC Vegas 70 payouts. On Monday, the payoff kept rolling in as he earned a Top 15 ranking as well, landing the 12th spot in the middleweight division.
Fight of the Night: None
It has become increasingly common for the UFC to not award a Fight of the Night, instead electing to distribute additional Performance of the Night bonuses, as was the case with the UFC Vegas 70 payouts.
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— UFC (@ufc) February 26, 2023
UFC Vegas 70 Payouts – Venum Sponsorship Bonuses (based on number of fights in the UFC)
*Per the UFC Promotional Guidelines
- $4,000 (1-3 fights): Mike Malott (2), Yohan Lainesse (3), Erick Gonzalez (3), Trevor Peek (debut), Jasmine Jasudavicius (3), Gabriella Fernandes (debut), Victor Martinez (debut), Carl Deaton (debut), Nurulo Aliev (debut)
- $4,500 (4-5 fights): Charles Johnson (4), Rafael Alves (4)
- $6,000 (6-10 fights): Andre Muniz (6), Augusto Sakai (9), Don’Tale Mayes (6), Tatiana Suarez (6), Montana De La Rosa (10), Jordan Leavitt (6), Ode’ Osbourne (7), Joe Solecki (6)
- $11,000 (11-15 fights): Brendan Allen (11)
- $16,000 (16-20 fights): N/A
- $21,000 (21+ fights): N/A
UFC Vegas 70 Results
- Brendan Allen submitted Andre Muniz by rear naked choke at 4:25 in Round 3
- Augusto Sakai defeated Don’Tale Mayes by unanimous decision
- Tatiana Suarez submitted Montana De La Rosa by guillotine choke at 2:51 in Round 12
- Mike Maloott submitted Yohan Lainasse by arm-triangle choke at 4:15 in Round 1
- Trevor Peek KO’d Erick Gonzalez at 4:59 in Round 1
- Jasmine Jasudavicius defeated Gabriella Fernandez by unanimous decision
- Jordan Leavitt TKO’d Victor Martinez at 2:33 in Round 1
- Ode’ Osbourne defeated Charles Johnson by split decision
- Joe Solecki submitted Carl Deaton by rear naked choke at 4:55 in Round 2
- Nurullo Aliev defeated Rafael Alves by majority decision