Three of four UFC bonuses go to prelim fighters

Nasrat Haqparast, Matt Schnell, Antonina Shevchenko and Lucie Pudilova each received $50,000 bonuses after Saturday’s “UFC on ESPN 5” event in Newark, N.J.

Haqparast and Schnell each were awarded “Performance of the Night,” while Shevchenko vs. Pudilova achieved “Fight of the Night”.

Shevchenko (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Pudilova (8-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC) displayed tremendous toughness and cashed an extra check for their efforts.

Haqparast (11-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) defeated Joaquim Silva (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) via a vicious Round 2 knockout. After Haqparast connected with a violent overhand left that floored Silva, the German fighter finished his Brazilian opponent with punches on the ground and walking away as the only main card fighter to score a bonus.

Schnell (14-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) picked up his first post-fight bonus Saturday in Newark. Schnell took out opponent Jordan Espinosa (14-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in swift fashion. Just 83 seconds into their preliminary clash, Schnell submitted Espinosa with triangle choke, netting an extra check in the process.

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