Carlos Diego Ferreira earned a bonus for his finish at UFC 177.
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It wasn’t the main event everyone expected, but that didn’t stop
Dillashaw from putting on a show.
The bantamweight champion pocketed a $50,000 “Performance of the
Night” bonus for his victory over Joe Soto in the
177 main event at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif., on
Saturday night. Soto went toe-to-toe with the Team Alpha Male
product for four entertaining rounds, but Dillashaw finally put the
Bellator veteran away with a right head kick and straight left 2:20
into round five. Soto took the bout on one day’s notice when
Barao fainted during his weight cut on Friday.
Diego Ferreira and Ramsey
Nijem each earned a $50,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus for
their lightweight scrap. While Nijem was able to take his foe down
and land some ground-and-pound in the opening frame, a counter
right hook from Ferreira in the second floored “The Ultimate
Fighter 13” finalist. A flurry of follow-up blows sealed the win
for Ferreira 1:53 into the period.
Medeiros captured the evening’s other $50,000 performance
award, as he tapped out short-notice adversary Damon
Jackson with a reverse bulldog choke 1:54 into the second round
of their lightweight clash. The Hawaiian trapped Jackson along the
fence, locked in a guillotine and then transitioned to the
fight-ending maneuver when “The Leech” attempted to escape.