UFC Charlotte Bonus: Matt Brown Is Still Roaring
The post-fight performance bonus is from UFC Charlotte, which took place on Saturday, featuring heavyweights Jairzinho Rosenstruik and Zelton Almeida. The fights took place in front of record-setting sell-out crowds.
UFC Charlotte sets fight night attendance record
UFC Charlotte: Jorginho vs. Almeida attracted a crowd of 18,712, according to UFC officials, who said it was the largest United States draw in UFC Fight Night history. The gate to the sold-out crowd was $2.09 million.
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It was an outstanding night of finishes led by UFC Charlotte Main Event winner Zelton Almeida.
Performance of the Night: Zelton Almeida
Almeida made his way into the octagon through Dana White’s Contender Series. He added Rosenstruik to his hit list, making him his fifth victim in five UFC fights in just under four minutes. Almeida finished the bout with a rear-naked choke submission.
Performance of the Night: Ian Machado Gary
Ian Machado Gary made a big move in the UFC welterweight division with a blistering first-round finish to Daniel Rodriguez in Charlotte. His three-minute TKO stoppage moved Gary to 5–0 in the Octagon and 12–0 overall, establishing him as a legitimate threat in the 170-pound division.
Performance of the Night: Carlos Ulberg
New Zealand’s Carlos Ulberg finished his third straight fight via knockout with a lead hook that sent Ihor Putieria to the floor just two minutes into their fight. He upped his record to 8-1 with the win and scored one of four $50,000 UFC Charlotte post-fight bonuses.
Performance of the Night: Matt Brown
Matt Brown may indeed be immortal. At the age of 42, the 30-time UFC veteran looks to resume his 16th career knockout victory. It took just over four minutes for Brown to land a right hand that brought fellow veteran Court McGee down and out.