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UFC on ESPN 41 bonuses: Nate Landwehr, David Onama cash 'Fight of the Night' award with insane war

The fights and performances that warranted an extra $50,000 at Saturday's event in San Diego, Calif.

Fight of the Night: Nate Landwehr vs. David Onama

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Pechanga Arena in San Diego was on its feet at the final bell of Nate Landwehr vs. David Onama, giving a roaring standing ovation upon realizing they had just witnessed an instant classic and possible frontrunner for 2022 "Fight of the Year honors." Before reading the scorecards, announcer Joe Martinez uncharacteristically compelled the crowd to stand up and give a second deafening ovation, which they eagerly supplied.

The scorecards, including one 28-28 tie, tipped in favor of Landwehr this evening, but it's still shocking the fight went the full 15 minutes. Wild, weird, and violent, both men had their moments, flush with showboating, barroom-style brawling and the pure will of survival makes this sport such an unpredictable joy.

Performance of the Night: Marlon Vera

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Marlon "Chito" Vera remains one of the deepest, most dangerous threats at 135 pounds, and his main event knockout victory over former champion Dominick Cruz perfectly embodied why.

Despite being down on the scorecards heading into the fourth round, the Ecuadorian dug deep and stayed patient until he could find a home for his trademark kicks, the same kicks that have stymied nearly every opponent he's faced in the division.

The stunning low-kick knockout that brought the raucous crowd to its feet earned Vera the most bantamweight finishes in UFC/WEC combined history. He's tied for second overall in bantamweight victories (12, the same as champion Aljamain Sterling), and he's still only 29 years of age.

Performance Of The Night: Tyson Nam

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After a frustrating string of cancelled fights and a loss, Tyson Nam came roaring back with a stellar first-round knockout win over Ode Osbourne that sealed his first octagon victory since 2019. Timing some jumps he saw from his opponent, Nam capitalized with some veteran timing of his own, dropping Osbourne before the clock hit three minutes.

"When I seen him do it, I said 'OK, he's going to do it again.' And when he did it again, I had a sudden surge," he explained, pointing to his bicep, "to whip this thing again."

 "I'm back," he added. "I know this feeling from before."

This story first published at UFC.com.