- Davey Grant had one of the knockout games of the summer when he ended his UFC 251 opponent Martin Day in the third round of his fight on Saturday.
- Grant and Day were the first to fight on Fight Island, a four-week and two-week residence on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, to help the UFC hold international events during the pandemic.
- Even though Grant won, it wasn’t easy when he was discharged from the hospital hours later with a broken jaw and nose.
- “It’s all I wanted,” said Grant, who received a $ 50,000 performance bonus.
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FIGHT ISLAND – Davey Grant was one of the first two athletes to compete at UFC 251 on Saturday and fought so well that he received a $ 50,000 bonus from the UFC.
Grant defeated Martin Day with a knockout on the left hook that was so terrible that his opponent remained motionless on the canvas in the middle of the third and final round.
Grant and Day fought the first game on Fight Island, a quarantine area on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, specifically designed to help UFC hold international events during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
But despite the early end, Grant didn’t have it easy as he had to deal with a lot of serious facial injuries, he said.
Grant posted on Twitter about five hours after the fight, long before the main event at UFC 251 started on the Flash forum, and said on Twitter that he had been taken to the hospital.
“I just got back from the hospital,” he said. “Jaws are broken in two places and a broken nose too!”
Nevertheless, he thanked UFC, President Dana White and matchmaker Sean Selby.
“It’s all I wanted,” said Grant. “And I am so grateful to have had this opportunity. Respect for Martin Day – a true warrior.”
– Davey Grant (@ DaveyGrantMMA), July 12, 2020
Through the fence of the octagon at the end of Grant’s fight, White could be heard shouting, “Davey … good job today. Congratulations.”
Grant told White at the time that he felt he was injured and that a $ 50,000 bonus would be life-changing.
“We’ll find out,” said White.
Hours later, insiders learned from official UFC announcements that Grant was one of the four UFC 251 athletes to be rewarded with the bonus.
Other athletes who won the bonus were Jiri Prochazka, who, like Grant, knocked out on the highlight role, and Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas, who produced the “Fight of the Night,” which Namajunas concluded on a split decision.
With UFC 251, the “Fight Island” festival continues with shows on Wednesday, July 15, Saturday, July 18 and Saturday, July 25.
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