As of UFC Vegas 58, Rafael Fiziev has arrived.
If you weren’t sold on the Kazakh lightweight, who trains out of Tiger Muay Thai in Thailand, beforehand, a fifth round finish of former champ Rafael dos Anjos may just change your mind. Fiziev not only finished his first-ever UFC main event, however — he also picked up his fifth straight post-fight bonus in the process.
Fiziev earned one of two Performance of the Night bonuses awarded at UFC Vegas 58 on Saturday. The second went to heavyweight Chase Sherman, who picked up a much-needed win over Jared Vanderaa in the third round of their main-card scrap.
With four straight losses coming into the bout, “The Vanilla Gorilla” was in the hot seat. A TKO later, and the former BKFC champ earns himself a bit of breathing room.
Fight of the Night at UFC Vegas 58, meanwhile, went to the lightweight war between Michael Johnson and Jamie Mullarkey. The fight had been an early favorite to win Fight of the Night honors, and resulted in a split decision win for Mullarkey. That’s the third Fight of the Night honor for Johnson, though that may be of little solace given he was on the wrong end of the decision, after getting back in the win column against Alan Patrick in his last fight.
As for Mullarkey, he picks up his third career post-fight bonus in the UFC, and the win.
All four fighters will pocket an extra $50,000 for their efforts at the Apex on Saturday.