UFC FN 27: Abel Trujillo to Receive Win Bonus Despite No Contest Ruling
By FCF Staff
Abel Trujillo’s UFC Fight Night 27 bout with Roger Bowling may have ended in controversy and a no contest ruling, but the lightweight is reportedly going to collect his win bonus any ways.
Speaking at the post-fight, press conference, UFC President Dana White announced that he plans to pay Trujillo’s win money, due to the fact he believes the lightweight “should’ve won that fight.”
The entertaining scrap was brought to a halt in round two, after Trujillo landed two knees and a follow up punch to Bowling as he was down. The referee intervened and claimed the second knee had landed to Bowling’s head, which is an illegal strike. After doctors examined Bowling, they determined he could not continue and the fight was declared a no contest.
White, however, believes the knees landed to Bowling’s chest and shoulder, and therefore the strikes were not illegal. As a result, Trujillo will receive his entire purse.
If the no-contest ruling stands, Trujillo’s record will sit at 10-5 and 1 NC, and Bowling’s will be 11-4 and 1 NC.
Trujillo was coming off a unanimous decision loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in May, and Bowling was looking to recover from a KO defeat versus Anthony Njokuani in April.