Ronaldo Souza and Chris Weidman will be going home with a little extra cash in their pocket for their back-and-forth war on Saturday night.
The two middleweight contenders engaged in what was one of the best fights of this year in the co-main event of UFC 230, which took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The fight ended via third-round technical knockout in favor of ‘Jacare’, but both men will be taking $50,000 each, as they were awarded Fight of the Night awards.
The news was announced by UFC president Dana White at the post-fight press conference.
Additionally, two other $50,000 bonuses were awarded. Middleweights Israel Adesanya and Jared Cannonier earned Performance of the Night awards.
Adesanya scored an impressive first-round finish over top contender Derrick Brunson in the opening bout of the main card. With the win, the 29-year-old fighter moved to 15-0 as a professional fighter and 4-0 in the UFC. Adesanya has earned three Performance of the Night awards in his four UFC bouts.
Cannonier, who was making his middleweight debut, defeated former WSOF champ David Branch via second-round technical knockout. Cannonier, 34, is now 11–4 as a professional fighter with his win at UFC 230. He also snapped a two-fight skid.