UFC Vegas 15 Bonuses: Anthony Smith Among Four Performance Bonus Winners

Anthony Smith, UFC Vegas 15
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 28: Anthony Smith reacts after submitting Devin Clark in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night at UFC APEX on November 28, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Anthony Smith got a much needed win on Saturday — and earned an extra $50,000 in bonus money for his efforts.

Smith was one of four Performance of the Night bonus recipients following UFC Vegas 15. “Lionheart” and opponent Devin Clark, originally the co-main event, were bumped up to the top of the card after Curtis Blaydes tested positive for COVID-19.

He made the most of things, locking up a triangle from the bottom on Clark in the opening round of their light heavyweight bout. That forced the tap, and got Smith back in the win column after back-to-back losses earlier this year.

The sixth-ranked light heavyweight was clearly elated after the fight.

The other Performance bonuses at UFC Vegas 15 went to Su Mudaerji, Nate Maness, and Miguel Baeza. Baeza locked up a submission of his own in the co-main event, using an arm-triangle to put Takashi Sato away.

Maness was also rewarded for a submission, with a rear-naked choke the key to victory in his fight against Luke Sanders. Mudaerji, meanwhile, knocked out Canadian Malcolm Gordon at flyweight — the only one of the four bonus-winning finishes not to happen via submission.

No Fight of the Night bonus was awarded at UFC Vegas 15. All four fighters will pick up an extra $50,000 for their efforts.