Khamzat Chimaev set a modern-day UFC record Saturday when he earned his second victory in 10 days, the shortest span between octagon wins since the days of one-night tournaments.
He’s also earned $100,000 more than his fight purses over that time span after notching his second “Performance of the Night” bonus in as many bouts.
Chimaev (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) overwhelmed Rhys McKee in a welterweight fight on the main card of UFC on ESPN 14 at Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The Russian competitor completely shut down his foe before earning the TKO stoppage at 3:09 of the opening round. For that, he took home “POTN” and an extra $50,000.
Previously, Chimaev’s first-round TKO of John Phillips in a middleweight fight at UFC on ESPN 13 also earned him a bonus.
Meanwhile, with 15 fights on the show, the most since UFC 2 in 1994, the company handed out six post-fight bonuses, as opposed to the usual four. The remainder of the “Performance of the Night” winners were:
- Tanner Boser, the Canadian heavyweight who took a second-round KO victory over Raphael Pessoa
- Tom Aspinall, who in his UFC debut stopped Jake Collier via TKO just 45 seconds into their heavyweight fight
- Jesse Ronson, who, with a first-round submission of Nicolas Dalby, earned his very first UFC win after six years away from the promotion
- Paul Craig, who submitted Gadzhimurad Antigulov in the first round of their light heavyweight bout
- Fabricio Werdum, the former UFC heavyweight champion, who had a first-round submission of Alexander Gustafsson and earned his fourth career postfight bonus