Deiveson Figueiredo was feeling a little left out when bonuses were announced at the conclusion of UFC 255.
In a video intially posted as an Instagram story by Figueiredo’s manager, Wallid Ismael, and later shared via Twitter, the reigning flyweight champion can be seen receiving a bag of cash from UFC president Dana White.
“I f—-ed up,” a smiling White says in the video. “I made a mistake.”
Figueiredo made his first 125-pound title defense with a submission of Alex Perez 1:57 into Round 1 of the UFC 255 headliner last weekend. Despite that impressive showing, the Brazilian was initially passed over for a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus in favor of Joaquin Buckley and Antonina Shevchenko.
“I’m the kind of champion who says what I’m going to do and then do it,” Figueiredo said at the UFC 255 post-fight press conference. “And I don’t get the bonus of the night? I said, ‘Hey, Dana, if you really like me, and I fight here, you need to give me the bonus of the night for sure.’ Because I deserve it. I performed. I bring back the excitement for the flyweight [division].”
All seems to be well now, however, and Figueiredo has already agreed to help save the UFC 256 main event by stepping in to defend the flwyeight crown against Brandon Moreno on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas. That 21-day turnaround is the quickest ever by a UFC champion.