The UFC handed out its traditional post-fight bonuses last night following UFC 186 in Quebec, and a familiar face topped the list.
Demetrious Johnson (pictured above, left), who headlined the event with a successful defense of the UFC 125 lb. title against Kyoji Horiguchi (pictured above, right), earned “Performance of the Night” — his fifth post-fight honor.
Johnson, of Washington state, defeated challenger Kyoji Horiguchi, of Japan, via armbar at 4:59 of round five in the UFC 186 main event, setting a new record for latest finish in the promotion’s history. The man they call “Mighty Mouse” won the inaugural title back in 2012, and remains the promotion’s only flyweight champion.
Johnson pockets an extra $50,000 for the honor. The victory marked Johnson’s sixth straight successful defense of the UFC flyweight title.
The other winner of “Performance of the Night” was Thomas Almeida, who scored a TKO victory over Yves Jabouin in a bantamweight bout on the event’s undercard. Almeida, an undefeated 23 year old from Brazil, has now enjoyed post-fight honors in both of his UFC appearances. The fight served as opener to the UFC 186 pay-per-view.
Finally, the UFC awarded “Fight of the Night” honors to one of the night’s preliminary bouts, which aired on FOX Sports 1 in the hours preceding the PPV main card. That lightweight bout between Chad Laprise and Bryan Barberena was a back-and-forth affair which ended in a unanimous decision victory for Laprise.
The honor marked the first post-fight bonus in the careers of both Laprise and Barberena.
Please go to Dana Becker’s UFC 186 PBP a full play-by-play account of UFC 186.