The UFC was in a giving mood after Saturday’s show.
In addition to a Fight of the Night award, four Performance of the Night bonuses were also handed out at UFC Vegas 31 for a total of six bonus checks, which is two more than usual. Billy Quarantillo and Gabriel Benitez earned an extra $50,000 each for the Fight of the Night, while Miesha Tate, Mateusz Gamrot, Rodolfo Vieira, and Rodrigo Nascimento also received a five-figure bonus for finishing their fights.
Quarantillo put Benitez away in the third round of the main card opener, but not before the two featherweights fought a frantic fight that saw both score knockdowns. In the end, it was Quarantillo getting the win, his fourth in five UFC appearances.
Tate arguably stole the show in her return from retirement after a near five-year break from competition. The former UFC bantamweight champion looked like she hadn’t missed a beat as she flawlessly mixed her striking with her wrestling before finishing Marion Reneau with strikes in the third and sending Reneau into retirement.
Gamrot and Vieira won bonuses for their submission wins of Jeremy Stephens and Dustin Stoltzfus, respectively, while Nascimento opened up the UFC Vegas 31 prelims with a stunning comeback TKO of Alan Baudot.