01 Jan UFC 255 bonuses: Joaquin Buckley cashes in again with impressive knockout
Joaquin Buckley is making a habit of this.
In his first fight since his ridiculous spinning kick knockout that made the middleweight an overnight sensation six weeks ago, “New Mansa” again earned a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus with a KO of Jordan Wright at UFC 255 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Once again, the magic for Buckley came in round two as he walked Wright down and smashed him with a pair of hard punches that stopped the fight 18 seconds into that period.
UFC 255 video: Joaquin Buckley picks up another highlight-reel knockout by stopping Jordan Wright
Buckley has now won four of his last five fights, with all of those wins coming by way of KO/TKO.
The evening’s other Performance of the Night bonus went to Antonina Shevchenko. The flyweight dominated Ariane Lipski on the ground en route to a ground-and-pound TKO finish late in round two. This is the second Fight Night bonus for Shevchenko, who won Fight of the Night at a UFC on ESPN event in August 2019 with a win over Lucie Pudilova.
UFC 255 video: Antonina Shevchenko finishes Ariane Lipski with vicious ground-and-pound attack
The UFC 255 Fight of the Night award went to debuting UFC welterweights Sasha Palatnikov and Louis Cosce. The two cut a frantic pace in the opening round and battled into round three where Palatnikov finished a tiring Cosce with strikes at the 2:27 mark.