Thales Leites took home two bonuses for his undercard win. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Thales Leites and Tim Boetsch went to war at UFC 183 “Silva vs. Diaz,” and as a result, Leites received an extra $100,000 for his efforts. Thiago Alves received the other $50,000 bonus on Saturday.
Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White announced the awards at the pay-per-view’s post-fight press conference. The event took place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and was headlined by Anderson Silva against Nick Diaz.
The “Fight of the Night” title was given to Boetsch and Leites, after both men took their turns pummeling each other. There were multiple times when “The Barbarian” looked like he was going to finish the Brazilian, but in the end the 33-year-old used the arm-triangle choke to secure a second $50,000 bonus and his eighth straight win.
Alves finished Jordan Mein via technical knockout en route to a “Performance of the Night” bonus. Meins was taking the fight to “Pitbull” on the feet and almost finished the bout, but in the end Alves persevered and landed a vicious knee to the body that ultimately earned a stoppage from referee Herb Dean.