In recent weeks, the UFC has opened up their pocketbook and awarded numerous post-fight bonuses, beyond the usual Fight of the Night and two Performance of the Nights.
At UFC 275 and UFC Austin, every fighter with a finish took home an extra $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, a trend that had begun back in March at UFC London. While UFC Vegas 57 didn’t see a clean sweep for bonuses, it did see an extra Performance of the Night awarded.
Ultimately, the promotion opted to single out Josh Parisian, Thiago Moises, and Shavkat Ralkmonov for their efforts. Heavyweight Parisian had to overcome some early adversity against Alan Baudot, but key takedowns in the second round eventually led to him getting mount, and unleashing ground n’ pound for the TKO win.
Parisian improved to 2-2 in the UFC with the victory.
In the co-main event, Shavkat Rakhmonov improved his perfect record to 16-0 with a guillotine choke submission of Neil Magny. Following the win, Rakhmonov called out former welterweight title challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.
Thiago Moises was also rewarded for his efforts at UFC Vegas 57, after submitting Christos Giagos with a rear-naked choke. The Brazilian snapped a two-fight losing streak in the process.
Fight of the Night at UFC Vegas 57 was awarded to the main event, which saw Mateusz Gamrot narrowly edge out Arman Tsarukyan. “Gamer” won the fight with 48-47 scores from all three judges.