Brandon Moreno has championship gold and a little something extra for his bank account.
The newly crowned flyweight champion received a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” check for his third-round submission of Deiveson Figueiredo in the UFC 263 co-main event at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., on Saturday night. Moreno landed a takedown in Round 3, transitioned to his opponent’s back and locked in a rear-naked choke at the 2:26 mark of the period.
Elsewhere, Paul Craig collected the evening’s other $50,000 “Performance of the Night” award with a first-round stoppage of Jamahal Hill in a featured light heavyweight affair. The Scot initially secured an armbar that badly dislocated his foe’s limb before officially getting the stoppage thanks to landing a barrage of punches and elbows from his back while Hill was trapped in a triangle at the 1:59 mark of Round 1.
Finally, Brad Riddell and Drew Dober garnered “Fight of the Night” honors and $50,000 apiece for their spirited preliminary lightweight scrap. While Dober hurt Riddell early with a left hand, the City Kickboxing representative regained his bearings and took control down the stretch behind a powerful right hand to earn a unanimous decision triumph.