Jake Ellenberger collected an extra $50,000 for his performance at UFC 184. | File photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
A violent UFC 184 card featured a number of worthy bonus recipients, but perhaps no one was more deserving than reigning bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey.
Rousey pocketed a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” award for her first-round submission of Cat Zingano in the evening’s main event at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday night. The Olympic judoka capitalized on an ill-advised flying knee and clinch attempt by her opponent, as “Rowdy” deftly scrambled and secured a straight armbar 14 seconds into the 135-pound clash.
While no “Fight of the Night” bonus was handed out following UFC 184, Rousey was one of four fighters to receive a performance bonus.
Jake Ellenberger took home a $50,000 paycheck for submitting Josh Koscheck with a north-south choke in a featured welterweight matchup. “The Juggernaut” gradually softened Koscheck with punches before cinching a modified guillotine. From there, Ellenberger transitioned to the north-south choke to force the tap 4:20 into the second period.
Meanwhile, “The Ultimate Fighter 13” alum Tony Ferguson earned a $50,000 bonus for his first-round rear-naked choke submission of hulking lightweight Gleison Tibau. “El Cucuy” rocked Tibau with a right hand early before battering the Brazilian with ground-and-pound to set up the fight-ending maneuver 2:37 into the initial stanza.
Finally, Tim Means garnered $50,000 for his first-round stoppage of “TUF 19” finalist Dhiego Lima in a preliminary welterweight scrap. “The Dirty Bird” battered his opponent with punches, knees and elbows en route to a TKO triumph 2:17 into round one.