The Ultimate Fighting Championship ended the year by handing out $50,000 “Performance of the Night” awards to Stephen Thompson, Rob Font, Marcin Tybura and Jimmy Flick for stellar efforts at UFC Fight Night 183.
Thompson led the way on Saturday night at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, as he used accurate straight punches, a variety of kicks and constant movement to earn a five-round verdict against Geoff Neal in the evening’s main event. It was the first appearance for “Wonderboy” since a triumph against Vicente Luque at UFC 244 in November 2019.
Elsewhere, Font also made an impressive return from a lengthy hiatus with a quick stoppage of former title challenger Marlon Moraes in a featured bantamweight encounter. A crisp jab from Font had Moraes stumbling backward, and he sent his foe to the canvas with an uppercut. From there, a barrage of powerful ground-and-pound brought an end to the bout 3:47 into Round 1.
Tybura survived a difficult opening stanza against Greg Hardy before rallying to put the ex-NFL standout away in the second frame of their heavyweight main card matchup. After absorbing some solid shots from Hardy in Round 1, the Pole grounded his opponent and unloaded with ground-and-pound until referee Dan Miragliotta stepped in to wave off the contest at the 4:31 mark of Round 2.
Finally, Flick garnered the evening’s final performance award thanks to a memorable submission win over Cody Durden at flyweight. Early on, Durden flexed his advantage with a takedown and ground-and-pound and was also getting the better of standup exchanges before Flick was able to execute a flying trangle for the tapout 3:18 into the opening stanza.