UFC Vegas 38 Bonuses: Four Fighters Earn Performance of the Night

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UFC Vegas 38 was heavy on the finishes Saturday, and it showed come bonus time.

Rather than hand out the traditional Fight of the Night and two Performance of the Night bonuses, promotion officials opted to forgo the former, and awarded four Performance bonuses instead.

Those went to Alejandro Perez, Douglas Silva de Andrade, Jamie Mullarkey, and Casey O’Neill — all of whom fought on the event’s preliminary card.

Perez opened up the action Saturday, taking on 43-year old Johnny Eduardo. After some early adversity, Perez locked up a submission — a scarfhold armlock (announced as an armbar/straight armbar on the broadcast).

Silva de Andrade was up next — or more accurately, one fight later — against Gaetano Pirrello. The Brazilian scored a crushing first-round knockout to add to his highlight reel, and flipped off the cage repeatedly in celebration.

Jamie Mullarkey found himself in quite a battle with Devonte Smith on Saturday, but some good work to the body led to a finishing sequence along the cage in which the Australian battered Smith senseless. After dropping his first two fights in the promotion, Mullarkey has now won two straight.

Finally, “King” Casey O’Neill maintained her perfect record at UFC Vegas 38. That’s thanks to a TKO finish of Antonina “El Pantera” Shevchenko that improved O’Neill’s record to 8-0. O’Neill has now won three straight in the UFC women’s flyweight division after joining the promotion this past February.

All four bonus-winning fighters will pocket an extra $50,000 for their efforts, on top of their normal fight purse/win bonus.