The traditional post-fight bonuses were revealed at the UFC 184 post-fight press conference, and it’s no surprise to see Ronda Rousey on top of the list.
The UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Rousey extended her undefeated MMA record to 11-0 at UFC 184 with a 14 second submission victory over Cat Zingano, who was hailed as her greatest-ever challenge before the bout.
Rousey, fighting before her hometown crowd in Los Angeles for the first time in her UFC career, was awarded “Performance of the Night” honors for the dominant victory — the quickest finish ever in UFC championship history.
The other three honorees also received “Performance of the Night,” as no bout was named “Fight of the Night.”
Welterweight Jake Ellenberger ended what had been a tepid affair with Josh Koscheck with an unusual choke — transitioning from a modified guillotine to a north-south choke to get the finish. Ellenberger, who had lost his three previous bouts, improved his record to 30-9 with the much-needed win.
Also at welter, Tim Means put on a Muay Thai striking clinic against Dhiego Lima, stopping the Brazilian in the first round. Means improves to 23-6-1 as a pro.
Finally, Tony Ferguson scored an impressive win against the lightweight division’s “iron man,” Gleison Tibau. Tibau, appearing in his 25th UFC bout, hadn’t suffered a submission loss in about seven years. But Ferguson was able to snare a rear naked choke after shaking the veteran with striking combinations in a spectacular first round. Ferguson, now 18-3 as a professional, has now won five straight and appears headed to a top ten ranking.
Each recipient earns a $50,000 bonus.
For a full play-by-play account of UFC 184, see the UFC 184 Results & PBP.