It was individual performances being recognized when the dust cleared following Saturday’s UFC Vegas 63, and leading the way was Ultimate Fighter alum Tresean Gore.
The middleweight turned heads with his guillotine choke finish of Josh Fremd on the main card — particularly Fremd’s head, with the choke being almost half neck-crank, and particularly violent. Fremd would go out in the end, with Gore picking up the technical submission win.
Ahead of the fight, Gore had spoken of his mother’s battle with diabetes, including having a leg amputated. Emotional at times, he clearly came into Saturday night extremely motivated.
Also picking up some extra cash at UFC Vegas 63 was Roman Dolidze, who tore up Phil Hawe’s knee prior to knocking out his wounded opponent. Part of the featured prelim of the Las Vegas-based card, Dolidze improved to three straight wins, and earned his second consecutive knockout finish.
Steve Garcia, meanwhile, cashed in for his knockout of Chase Hooper, also on the preliminary card. Finally, Christian Rodriguez was rewarded for his card opener with newcomer Josh Weems. Rodriguez locked up an anaconda choke on Weems in the opening round to claim victory over an opponent who had missed weight for the fight.
All four Performance of the Night bonus winners will come away from UFC Vegas 63 with an extra $50,000 for their efforts.