Rafael dos Anjos (pictured), Jordan Mein, Thales Leites and Ben Saunders each earned an additional $50,000 for their special performances Saturday at “UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Dos Anjos.”
For the second time in as many events – on the same day, mind you – the UFC chucked the “Fight of the Night” bonus out the window. Instead, the promotion opted to hand out four “Performance of the Night” winners.
As expected, dos Anjos’ upset special over Benson Henderson in tonight’s main event was more than enough to score the Brazilian an extra $50,000. Mein, who managed to block his father’s legal troubles, earned an extra check for TKO’ing Mike Pyle in the opening round of their scrap.
Leites knocked out Francis Carmont to pocket his bonus check, while Saunders returned to the octagon in spectacular fashion by finishing Chris Heatherly with a seldom seen omoplata.
UFC Fight Night 49 took place inside BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Performance of the Night:
Rafael dos Anjos, Jordan Mein, Thales Leites and Ben Saunders ($50,000/each)