Erick Silva made quick work of Takanori Sato. | Gleidson Venga/Sherdog.com
Four men took home an extra $50,000 for their efforts Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 36, including middleweight headliners Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi, who shared “Fight of the Night” honors.
Brazilian prospects Erick Silva and Charles Oliveira secured the UFC’s first “Performance of the Night” bonuses, which were recently instituted to replace the longstanding “Knockout of the Night” and “Submission of the Night” awards.
Machida proved to be a step too fast for “The Dreamcatcher” in their pivotal 185-pound showdown from Arena Jaragua Jaragua do Sul, Brazil, continually catching Mousasi with kicks to the legs, body and head en route to earning a five-round unanimous decision victory.
Silva made quick work of fellow welterweight Takenori Sato, hurting the Japanese talent with a body kick before polishing him off with a series of hard punches while defending a desperation single-leg takedown.
Oliveira had a tougher time in his featherweight clash with Andy Ogle, who proved to be a game test for the lanky Brazilian despite Oliveira taking his back for most of round one. Nevertheless, Oliveira finally found his finish in the third frame, catching the Brit in a fight-ending triangle choke.