Nzechkwu and Ulberg received “Fight of the Night” honors and
$50,000 apiece for their preliminary clash at the UFC Apex in Las
Vegas, which proved to be a slugfest from the opening bell. After
an opening stanza in which Ulberg had his opponent reeling early,
Nzechukwu took control in Round 2, ultimately dropping his
adversary with a right hook and sealing his win with
standing-to-ground punches at the 3:19 mark of the period.
Elsewhere, Kai Kara
France survived some serious adversity to earn a $50,000
“Performance of the Night” check in a preliminary flyweight triumph
Bontorin. Bontorin spent most of the opening stanza attached to
his foe’s back, but Kara France turned the tide at the end of the
frame, scoring a technical knockout behind three right hands 4:55
into Round 1.
Finally, Dana White’s Contender Series alum Uros Medic
overwhelmed Aalon Cruz
in their lightweight clash to garner the card’s other $50,000
“Performance of the Night” bonus. Medic hurt his opponent with a
left hook and flying knee on the feet before unleashing a barrage
of punches on a scrambling Cruz before the contest was finally
halted 1:40 into the first round.