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Dana White pays UFC fighter unique bonus after opponent fired for using illegal Mike Tyson move on debut

Dana White pays UFC fighter unique bonus after opponent fired for using illegal Mike Tyson move on debut

Dana White immediately cut Igor Severino following his UFC bout with Andre Lima.

Dana White immediately released a UFC fighter following his disqualification last weekend and handed his opponent a unique bonus in the process.

At UFC Vegas 89, Rose Namajunas outpointed Amanda Ribas in their women's flyweight main-event showdown.

Elsewhere on the card, the likes of Edmen Shahbazyan, Youssef Zalal and Julian Erosa earned big wins.

And in the prelims, Andre Lima beat Igor Severino following a bizarre moment in the second round.

Severino, who was making his UFC debut, inexplicably BIT Lima - reminiscent of Mike Tyson's infamous clash with Evander Holyfield.

MMA referee Chris Tognoni called off the flyweight bout as a result of Severino's moment of madness.

White wasted no time in cutting the Brazilian fighter from the roster and rewarded Lima with a one-of-a-kind bonus.

“Those were two up-and-coming undefeated fighters,” the UFC boss wrote to Kevin Iole via a text message. “If you get frustrated and want out of the fight, there are plenty of ways to do it, but the worst thing u can do is bite your opponent.

"Now, you get cut and lose the biggest opportunity of your life. Not to mention, he’s going to have real problems with the [Nevada State Athletic Commission].”

Lima tattooed the bite mark on his arm, which saw him land a cool $50,000 'Bite of the Night' bonus from White, who said: "I was going to give him 25k. Now I'm giving him 50. This is AWESOME."

After the fight, Lima, who was also making his UFC bow, shared his experience of getting bitten by his opponent.

"I mean we were exchanging really well, and at that point, he tried to take me down," he said during the post-fight press conference.

"I went down, but I got back up, and as I was getting up I yelled because I felt pain, a very sharp pain, and I really thought that the fence had gotten into me. I thought that’s what happened.

"I started yelling, 'Ouch, ouch, ouch', and they started looking at me. I don’t know what’s happening, but I really thought it was the fence because there was absolutely no way that he would bite me, especially because the fight was going back and forth.

"It was good for me, and it had a lot of potential for Fight of the Night. But yeah, that’s why I started yelling, because I felt the pain, and then I realised he bit me, and that’s when I said, 'He bit me'."

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Topics: Dana White, UFC, Mike Tyson