UFC Fight Night 64 in Krakow, Poland saw four fighters earn post-fight bonuses — including the two combatants in the main event.
As is UFC tradition, each recipient will receive a $50,000 bonus.
First, heavyweights Gabriel “Napão” Gonzaga and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipović were awarded “Fight of the Night” honors for their efforts in the headliner.
It was the third post-fight bonus for Gonzaga; as the Brazilian jiu-jitsu artist had won “Fight of the Night” honors back in 2007 for his challenge of the UFC Heavyweight Championship against Randy Couture. Strangely, he had never earned a “Submission of the Night” bonus, but did win “Knockout of the Night” earlier the same year — for his knockout win over Cro Cop himself, in a title eliminator bout. Gonzaga, who was stopped by Cro Cop by TKO in yesterday’s rematch, fell to a 16-10 record in MMA with the loss.
For Cro Cop, the post-fight honor was the second of his UFC career. In an odd parallel to Gonzaga, the legendary striker had never received the honor of “Knockout of the Night” in the UFC — but did receive “Submission of the Night” in a 2010 win over Pat Barry. The Croatian improved his MMA record to 31-11-2 (with one no-contest) with yesterday’s win.
The other two recipients earned “Performance of the Night” honors — the first post-fight bonuses of their careers.
The previously unheralded Maryna Moroz, who was making her UFC debut, received the honor for her first round submission victory over Joanne Calderwood. Calderwood, a -900 favorite, was ranked among the world’s top fighters at 115 lbs. Moroz is now 6-0 in her young MMA career.
The last of the four awards went to welterweight Leon Edwards, who scored a first round knockout over Seth Baczynski in his second UFC bout. Edwards in now 1-1 in the UFC and 9-2 overall.