They don’t call him $50k for nothing… Dan Ige takes home UFC Performance of the Night bonus for stunning 22-second KO of Gavin Tucker
- Dan Ige bounced back from a July 2020 loss to Calvin Kattar with a stunning win
- The 29-year-old lived up to his ‘$50k’ nickname with a Performance of the Night
- He called out ‘Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung and could face South Korean next
Dan ‘$50k’ Ige lived up to his nickname with an incredible 22-second knockout victory against Gavin Tucker at UFC Vegas 21.
UFC hands out a $50k bonus for the Performance of the Night, which Ige secured after a devastating one-punch finish in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The top 10-ranked featherweight contender set up for an exchange in the middle of the ring with Canadian opponent Tucker, but felled him with a strong right hand to fulfil his pre-fight promise of receiving the bonus.
Hawaiian-born featherweight Dan Ige knocked out Canadian Gavin Tucker in just 22 seconds
Ige, appropriately nicknamed ‘$50k’, won that amount for his Performance of the Night bonus
As Tucker collapsed, the referee quickly stepped in and Ige backed off to avoid any follow-up punches.
The bout only took place after his initial opponent Ryan Hall was injured in the build-up to the fight and was replaced by Tucker.
Ige told MMA Fighting: ‘It was a little bit unfortunate because I was the guy, I wanted to be the guy to step up, fight him and shut his game down.
Ige could fight ‘Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung next up and called him out after the victory
‘Unfortunately, he got injured and he sent me a message when it happened and it was just an unfortunate event. That’s the sport we’re in. We can’t control everything in our lives and our training.
The 29-year-old Ige had gone on a six-fight winning streak before a unanimous decision loss to Calvin Kattar in July 2020, but got himself back on track with this convincing victory.
Up next the Hawaii-born fighter – who is now 15-3 in MMA and 7-2 in UFC – could face ‘Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung, whom he called out after his win.