Deiveson Figueiredo won’t have to wait for a bag of cash from Dana White this time around.
Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno received “Fight of the Night” honors and $50,000 apiece for their memorable headlining clash at UFC 256 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Just three weeks after both men appeared at UFC 255, Figueiredo and Moreno battled to a majority draw in a matchup that many are hailing as a “Fight of the Year” contender as well as the best bout in the history of the 125-pound division.
Elsewhere, Kevin Holland pocketed a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” award thanks to an unusual knockout of Ronaldo Souza in a featured middleweight affair. Not long after being taken down by the grappling ace, Holland eventually caught his kneeling opponent with several right hands from his back that had “Jacare” reeling. From there, Holland returned to his feet and sealed his victory with more punches to get the stoppage at the 1:45 mark of Round 1.
Finally, Rafael Fiziev captured the evening’s other $50,000 “Performance of the Night” check on the strength of a first-round knockout of Renato Carneiro in a preliminary lightweight affair. A rapid-fire three-punch combination from Fiziev spelled the end for Carneiro 4:05 into the opening stanza to give the Phuket Top Team representative his third consecutive triumph within the Las Vegas-based promotion.