A technical slugfest between Frankie Edgar and Pedro Munhoz might have been close on the scorecards, but it was a shoo-in for a post-fight bonus.
The UFC on ESPN 15 headliner was awarded “Fight of the Night” honors on Saturday at UFC APEX in Las Vegas, with Edgar and Munhoz each receiving $50,000 bonuses for their work.
It was the 11th performance bonus for ex-champ Edgar, who successfully transitioned to the bantamweight division after fighting the bulk of his career at lightweight and featherweight. For Munhoz, it was his fifth bonus.
Other winners for “Performance of the Night” included Shana Dobson, who overcame an early charge from Mariya Agapova to earn a second-round TKO. The fourth $50,000 check went to Trevin Jones, who delivered a comeback of the year candidate with a second-round stoppage of Timur Valiev after nearly getting stopped in the first round of their meeting.
At the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White announced that despite the four official bonuses, every fighter on the card would receive additional pay.
“I’m going to be writing a lot of checks,” he said.