The UFC’s first Las Vegas event of 2021 is in the books, and as is the case no matter where in the world the promotion may be, four fighters walked away with an extra $50,000 after putting in impressive work.
The UFC went with a “Fight of the Night” award and two “Performance of the Night” awards after UFC Fight Night 184. Earning $50,000 apiece for their efforts were Beneil Dariush and Diego Ferreira, who took “Fight of the Night,” as well as Alexander Volkov and Cory Sandhagen, who each won “Performance of the Night” awards.
UFC Fight Night 184 took place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The event streamed on ESPN+.
Without further ado, a closer look at each of the evening’s award winners:
‘Performance of the Night’: Alexander Volkov
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 06: (R-L) Alexander Volkov of Russia punches Alistair Overeem of the Netherlands in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
In case there was any doubt, now there can be no denying: Volkov (33-8 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is on the short list of top contenders for the UFC heavyweight title. The former Bellator champion earned the most impressive victory of his UFC stint on Saturday night when he picked apart Alistair Overeem, who entered the fight the winner of four out of his past five fights, in Saturday night’s main event. That’s two straight wins for Volkov. And in earning “Performance of the Night,” he now his three post-fight awards in his UFC career.
‘Performance of the Night’: Cory Sandhagen
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 06: Cory Sandhagen lands a flying knee to knock out Frankie Edgar in their bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
For the second time in as many fights, Sandhagen (14-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC) finished a major name as he continues climbing the bantamweight ranks. Last time, it was Marlon Moraes. This time, he needed just 28 seconds to knock former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar cold with a vicious flying knee. That’s certainly good for “Performance of the Night.” Like Volkov, this marked the third post-fight bonus of Sandhagen’s UFC career.
‘Fight of the Night’: Beneil Dariush vs. Diego Ferreira
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 06: (L-R) Beneil Dariush of Iran kicks Diego Ferreira of Brazil in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
The lightweight main-card rematch between Dariush and Ferreira was one circled by those in the know as a fight which could steal the show. And that the two competitor did. In just a superlative display of all-around MMA, the duo shined both in the standup and on the mat. After 15 minutes of excellent action, Dariush had just a little more to offer, and he sealed his second win over Ferreira, this time via split decision. Both take home well-earned $50K bonuses. Dariush earned his fifth career post-fight bonus, while Ferreira took home his fourth. [vertical-gallery id=586684] [vertical-gallery id=586682]