Rafael dos Anjos earned some extra money with his new UFC title. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
UFC 185 produced a plethora of finishes, leading Ultimate Fighting Championship officials to award four $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonuses.
Rafael dos Anjos, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Ross Pearson and Beneil Dariush received extra cash for their performances at American Airlines Center in Dallas. No “Fight of the Night” bonus was handed out.
Dos Anjos dominated former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis over the course of 25 minutes, taking down “Showtime” multiple times and getting the better of Pettis in their striking exchanges. The unanimous decision win not only garnered a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” award, but a shiny UFC championship belt to wear around his waist.
Jedrzejczyk earned a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” award for her second-round knockout of Carla Esparza. The 27-year-old remains undefeated to start her professional career and becomes the promotion’s first European-based champion.
Pearson took home a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” award for his finish of Sam Stout during Saturday’s prelims on FX. With the win, “The Real Deal” successfully bounced back from a technical knockout loss against Al Iaquinta in November. This is Pearson’s third time receiving some form of UFC post-fight bonus.
Dariush was the lone fighter on the card to finish his opponent by submission and was given a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” for his efforts. The Kings MMA product managed to sink in a rear-naked choke on Daron Cruickshank in the second frame, handing “The Detroit Superstar” his third submission loss.