Chad Mendes and Juliana Peña were among the recipients of the UFC’s traditional post-fight bonuses yesterday, earning a cool $50,000 bonus for their performances at UFC Fight Night 63.
All four received the title of “Performance of the Night,” with no “Fight of the Night” named.
It was the second straight post-fight honor for Mendes, who dispatched fellow featherweight contender Ricardo Lamas in a dominant one round TKO at yesterday’s event. Mendes, pictured above manhandling Lamas en route to victory, scored “Fight of the Night” in his five round decision loss to titlist José Aldo at UFC 179 last November. Mendes also won a “Knockout of the Night” bonus in 2013 with a TKO of Clay Guida.
On the other hand, the honor marked the first such bonus for women’s bantamweight Peña, who also scored a dominant first round TKO victory in her bout yesterday. In what was her first fight in almost 18 months (due to a horrific knee injury), the former TUF champion Peña improved to 2-0 in UFC with her stoppage of Milana Dudieva — and ran her MMA record to 6-2 overall.
Dustin Poirier also won “Performance of the Night” in his TKO win over Diego Ferreira — the first bout on the UFC Fight Night main card. This marks the lightweight Poirier’s fourth post-fight honor.
The final winner of “Performance of the Night” was Timothy Johnson, who scored a TKO victory over Shamil Abdurakhimov in a heavyweight affair among the event’s preliminary bouts. This was Johnson’s first post-fight bonus.