After a rather lackluster main card was delivered to the fans in the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, it comes as little surprise that the entirety of the evening’s fight night bonuses were handed out almost exclusively to fighters on who competed in the prelims. Matt Riddle, Ryan Jimmo, Bryan Caraway, and Mitch Gagnon now find themselves $65k richer.
Matt Riddle, who made good on his promise to put on a show in his welterweight bout against Chris Clements, takes home the “Submission of The Night” bonus for locking in a standing arm triangle choke on the Canadian, tripping him and taking him to the mat. Staying true to his new moniker, “Deep Waters” forced the tap at 2:02 of the third round.
Ryan Jimmo made a massive statement in his UFC light heavyweight debut against Anthony Perosh. Not much can be said about the Canadian’s performance other than it was literally a one-punch knockout. Jimmo opened the bout with a huge overhand right that absolutely bodied the Aussie in seven seconds, tying the record for fastest UFC knockout.
Bantamweights Bryan Caraway and Mitch Gagnon went to war in their bout, which played out over the course 2.5 rounds. The first round saw the Team Shredder product go full-clip at the TUF veteran, dominating for much of the round. “Kid Lightning” came back in the second, able to score takedowns and beat up on Gagnon for the majority of the second frame. It was in the third where the Canadian had little to nothing left in the gas tank, but continued to attack. Caraway was able to secure a rear-naked choke and end the fight at 1:39 of the third stanza. The valiant efforts of both men saw them richly rewarded for their efforts.