Erosa and Steven Peterson were an easy choice for the best fight of the night. But because Peterson missed weight, coming in at 149 pounds for the non-title featherweight fight, the UFC elected to give Erosa both $50,000 bonuses for an extra $100,000 in disclosed pay on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Erosa’s gutsy performance earned him a split decision in a fight that saw bloody swings of momentum as both fighters threw caution to the wind. The bout opened the ESPN+ main card at UFC APEX.
Quick finishers captured the remaining two bonuses handed out for “Performance of the Night.” Shavkat Rakhmonov earned an extra $50,000 for his first-round knockout over Carlston Harris to up his unbeaten streak to 15 fights. And veteran Chidi Njokuani picked up $50,000 for his 16-second knockout of Marc-Andre Barriault on the preliminary card.
UFC Vegas 47 bonuses:
Fight of the Night: Julian Erosa and Steven Peterson (Erosa received Peterson’s bonus due to weight miss)
Performance of the Night: Shavkat Rakhmonov, Chidi Njokuani