The first pay-per-view event of 2015 for the UFC seems to have live up to the hype. Four fighter’s that helped to make the fight card a success got a little extra cash in their check for their efforts. The Performance of the Night bonus winners were: Paul Felder and Shawn Jordan. The Fight of the Night bonus went to Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier. Each of the fighters received $50,000.

Fight of the Night: Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier

This was the fight that made the event what it was. Their heated rivalry existed before they were even in the same weight class and it was well documented along the way. The UFC’s known for having the best fighters in the world and this fight was certainly a showcase of their top talent.

It’s not uncommon for a fight with a lot of hype behind it to fall short when the athletes finally step into the cage. Prior to the fight, former UFC fighter Chael Sonnen gave his prediction that it would be, “…this is not going to be a close fight” If his prediction had come true it may have been somewhat entertaining, but not quite what the promotional materials were selling.

What actually happened was exactly what the promotion was selling. Daniel Cormier was able to come out and use his tools to hurt the Jon Jones early on in the fight. Jones once again proved to the world that he is the champion, not by circumstance when he responded to Cormier in the third, fourth and fifth rounds. Jones beat Cormier by using his own tools against him. Jones was able to pressure him against the cage and take him down in the same way that Cormier once did to Jones’s training partner Frank Mir.

Both men put on a great fight and were awarded generously for their efforts with the Fight of the Night honors.

Performance of the Night: Shawn Jordan

When Shawn Jordan is booked for a fight, it’s almost guaranteed that someone is getting knocked out. Typically the way it goes for one of his fights is either he gets knocked out, or he wins by knock out.At UFC 182, Shawn Jordan once again delivered.

His opponent, Jared Cannonier came out looking great. Good movement and was beginning to take the momentum of the fight. Heavyweight fights can change quickly, and this one was no different. At 2:57 of the first round, Jordan connected on Cannonier and dropped him.

Jordan’s perseverance and delivery of a great knock out helped him to earn his $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus.

Performance of the Night: Paul Felder

Just two years ago Paul Felder only had three professional fights and was signing with Cage Fury Fighting Championships. At UFC 182, he was main eventing the preliminary fight card and facing Danny Castillo. Things change quickly in this sport and Felder is a prime example.

At 29 years old, and making only his second appearance in the UFC it was difficult to predict how he would fair against Castillo. In his UFC debut he won a split decision over Jason Saggo, but prior to joining the organization he was known for his ability to knock opponents out.

At UFC 182 he reminded the entire lightweight division of what he is capable of and elevated his stock by knocking out Danny Castillo with a vicious spinning back fist at 2:09 of round two. The knock out was highlight reel worthy and there have already been whispers of knock out of the year candidacy.

Paul Felder stepped up his to the task and performed in a big way earning him his $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus.

About The Author

Michael Davis
Director, Business Development/Senior Staff Writer

Michael Davis is a seasoned professional in the world of finance. In recent years, he has worked for Fortune 500 companies and consulted at one of the largest hedge funds in the world. After working closely with a mixed martial arts management company, he realized he could apply his skills to the sport he loved. The culmination of his professional experience and passion for MMA have led him to his role as Senior Staff Writer and Director of Business Development at The MMA Corner.