UFC middleweight contender Derek Brunson was not comfortable about being handed over for a “Efficiency of the Night time” bonus at UFC Vegas 5.
In the principle occasion of the night, Brunson pulled off a shocking upset as he was capable of defeat highly-touted prospect Edmen Shahbazyan through third-round TKO. Brunson was a +300 betting underdog heading into the battle and never many gave him an opportunity to win. Regardless of the percentages being stacked in opposition to him, Brunson dominated Shahbazyan together with his wrestling and ground-and-pound to choose up one among his most spectacular wins but.
Following the occasion, the UFC handed out its customary $50,000 bonuses for “Battle of the Night time” and “Efficiency of the Night time.” Profitable FOTN had been Bobby Inexperienced and Lando Vannata for his or her action-packed rematch. For POTN, the UFC gave the bonuses to Vicente Luque for his second-round KO over Randy Brown and to Jennifer Maia for her first-round submission over Joanne Calderwood. Brunson, nonetheless, was snubbed.
As spectacular as Luque and Maia had been, Brunson was a large underdog and he needed to defeat an undefeated fighter in Shahbazyan who many had been touting as a possible future UFC middleweight champion. Following the announcement that Brunson didn’t get a bonus, he took to social media to share his ideas. Right here’s what Burnson wrote on his Twitter.
No POTN BONUS . Any individual massive mad 😬😬😬
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) August 2, 2020
No POTN BONUS. Any individual massive mad
It appears as if Brunson is taking a shot at UFC president Dana White, who, together with matchmakers Mick Maynard and Sean Shelby, decide who wins the bonus awards. It’s no secret that the UFC is extremely excessive on Shahbazyan and that he has a connection to Ronda Rousey, the UFC Corridor of Famer who’s his supervisor. The UFC arrange this battle with Brunson for Shahbazyan to win. Brunson defeating him is large for his profession, however for the UFC, it was higher for the corporate if Shahbazyan gained as an alternative.
Finally, it comes all the way down to the very fact the UFC usually solely palms out 4 bonus awards, and since Inexperienced vs. Vannata locked up FOTN, somebody out of Luque, Maia, and Brunson was going to get snubbed for POTN. Maia’s win over Calderwood was for certain bonus worthy since she defeated the No. 1 contender at 125lbs, and what Luque did to Brown was spectacular as properly. However Brunson’s win was arguably extra dominant and him getting handed over for a bonus seems like there’s something else occurring as he advised himself.
Do you suppose Derek Brunson ought to have gotten a 50okay bonus for POTN?