The Ultimate Fighter: Live Finale took place live at The Pearl At The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada. After an excellent night of fights, the fight night bonuses are in, with each fighter taking home 40k each. The clear winner of the night seems to be Justin Lawrence, who brings home not one, but two bonuses with him.
“Knockout of the Night” bonuses were awarded to Martin Kampmann and Justin Lawrence for their respective victories. Kampmann secured his bonus via a come-from-behind KO of Jake Ellenberge by way of knees from the Thai plum, after being brutalized and having his nose smashed in the opening frame.
Justin Lawrence, who used his arsenal of strikes to frustrate John Cofer throughout the bout, also won “Knockout of the Night” with a vicious high kick KO at 19 seconds of the third round. Lawrence cashed in on both a “Knockout of the Night” bonus and a “Fight of the Night” bonus.
While Charles Oliveira offered some serious competition for “Submission of the Night,” it seemed almost elementary to give Mike Chiesa the bonus check. After a rough start, Chiesa managed to lock-in a rear-naked choke, putting the Al Iaquinta to sleep at 2:47 of the opening stanza.