UFC president Dana White awarded Jose Aldo (pictured), Chad Mendes, Fabio Maldonado and Gilbert Burns each an additional $50,000 for their special performances Saturday night at “UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes II.”
After kicking off the pay-per-view broadcast with four absolute snoozers, Aldo and Mendes made up for it with 25 action-packed minutes. Nearly every round was close, but Aldo ended up pulling out a unanimous decision victory to retain his featherweight title.
They 145-pounders took home “Fight of the Night” honors.
Maldonado rallied, per usual, to post a TKO win over Hans Stringer for one “Performance of the Night” check.
Burns’s slick armbar on Christos Giagos was good enough for the other “Performance of the Night.”
UFC 179 took place inside Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Fight of the Night:
Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes ($50,000/each)
Performances of the Night:
Fabio Maldonado and Gilbert Burns ($50,000/each)