Demetrious Johnson closed out UFC 186 in style. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Demetrious Johnson’s tradition of excellence made him $50,000 richer on Saturday night.
“Mighty Mouse” earned a “Performance of the Night” bonus for his lopsided victory over Japanese standout Kyoji Horiguchi in the UFC 186 headliner at Bell Centre in Montreal. Johnson dominated the fight throughout with his wrestling and grappling before ending with a flourish, as he tapped Horiguchi with an armbar 4:59 into the fifth frame – the latest submission in UFC history.
Meanwhile, Chad Laprise and Bryan Barberena received $50,000 “Fight of the Night” paychecks for their entertaining lightweight scrap. Laprise set the tone early, rocking his foe with hard shots to the head and body in the opening frame. Barberena offered some quality offense of his own in the second stanza, but Laprise did enough in round three to earn a unanimous nod from the cageside judges.
Finally, unbeaten Brazilian prospect Thomas Almeida demolished Yves Jabouin to capture the evening’s other $50,000 “Performance of the Night” award in a featured bantamweight contest. Almeida rocked his foe with a left hook late in the first round and put Jabouin away with a barrage of hooks, uppercuts and body punches near the fence to earn the finish 4:18 into the period.