See Fights and Performances That Won UFC Bonuses in 2022 [Updated Weekly]

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What fights have won UFC bonuses in 2022? The answer depends on when you view this document. This is because since the UFC updated its post fight bonus structure in 2014, they have handed performance of the night bonuses to at least 4 fighters in every event.

How much is the UFC bonus? The value of the UFC bonus is $50,000 but there have been exceptions.

What are the criteria for winning UFC bonuses? The extra $50,000 is reserved for a select few. The loose rule surrounding it is that 2 of the fighters must have been involved in an exciting fight to win the Fight of the Night Bonus. The other two fighters must have gotten exciting finishes either by submission or knockout. On nights when there are no exciting fights, Dana White gives bonuses to two extra fighters who got impressive finishes. There are some exceptions like the London event where Dana decides to give UFC bonuses to every fighter that got a finish.

UFC Post Fight Bonuses in 2022

Here is a list of all UFC bonuses in 2022 according to the official UFC website.

UFC Bonuses For Fight Night: Blaydes vs Daukaus

March 26, 2022 | Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio
Performance of the Night: Curtis Blaydes
Performance of the Night: Chris Gutierrez
Fight of the Night: Matt Brown and Bryan Barberena

UFC London Bonuses

March 19, 2022 | O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom

Paddy Pimblett and Molly Mccann celebrate before winning UFC bonuses

UFC London holds the record for the most UFC bonuses awarded to fighters in an event.
Performance of the Night: Muhammad Mokaev
“Uncle Dana; 50 Gs!” beckoned Muhammad Mokaev after opening the UFC London card—and his UFC career—with a beautiful 58 second guillotine choke, set up by a perfectly timed knee to the chin of his opponent Cody Durden. It was the second-fastest submission in the history of the flyweight division.

Both men had been jawing at each other during fight week, and it was Manchester’s Mokaev—perhaps the most decorated amateur fighter in the UFC—who backed up his words. At 21, he dreams of being the youngest UFC champion, and with a few more performances like he had tonight, he might have a chance.

Performance of the Night: Paul Craig
It was a story arc that almost perfectly mirrored Paul Craig’s fight in the very same building four years earlier vs Magomed Ankalaev. After taking a severe beating for three rounds, Craig pulled out a last-second submission when his opponent dared to go to the ground with him.

Fast forward to 2022, and it was Nikita Krylov seemingly having his way with the Scotsman, landing absolute sledgehammers on Craig’s head while he lay flat on his back in the Octagon. Commentator Paul Felder remarked that Craig even looked like he might be out. But as Krylov went to the ground to finish his attack, that was where “Bearjew” seemed to be lying in wait as he executed a brilliant triangle choke from his back. Truly another bonus-worthy effort if ever there was one.

Performance of the Night: Ilia Topuria
Five inches shorter, seven inches less in reach advantage and down on all the scorecards heading into the second round weren’t enough factors to deter Spain’s Ilia Topuria from upsetting English favorite Jai Herbert in front of the stunned O2 crowd.

A clean right hand just over a minute into the second round sent Herbert to the canvas and sent Topuria to the microphone where he wasted no time in calling out another hometown favorite, Paddy Pimblett, with whom he has been beefing with of late. Judging by the reaction of the crowd, he’s not the only one who would welcome that fight.

Performance of the Night: Makwan Amirkhani
Makwan Amirkhani got back to doing what he does best: winning by anaconda choke. Needing only 57 seconds vs England favorite Mike Grundy, “Mr. Finland” earned his third anaconda choke submission in UFC competition and his third in three wins. Only lightweight champion Charles Oliveira has as many. It was also the rare UFC bout that featured no punches landed.

“If you give me your head I will take it home,” Amirkhani would say backstage. “I feel unstoppable.”

Performance of the Night: Sergei Pavlovich
Sergei Pavlovich returned after almost three years away and earned a first-round stoppage of Shamil Abdurakhimov. Pavlovich spent the early part of the fight feelings things out before cracking his foe with a right hand. After Abdurakhimov recovered, Pavlovich uncorked another right hand and swarmed his opponent earning a stoppage with less than a minute left.

With only one professional loss and twelve first-round knockouts, the heavyweight is steadily gaining ground on the division’s elite.

Performance of the Night: Molly McCann
With her spinning back elbow knockout of Luana Carolina, Molly McCann became just the fourth UFC fighter to earn that distinction (she joins Ricardo Ramos, Dong Hyun “Stun Gun” Kim, and Jiri Prochazka).

Wielding visible emotion from the start with the apparent entirety of O2 Arena behind her, there was a feeling from the first punch landed that McCann wasn’t going back to Liverpool without a win.

“I’ve got them Irish/Scouse lungs in me, so I’m ready to punch all night,” she would say after the win, but she only needed a shade over two rounds to set up the early frontrunner for best KO of 2022.

Performance of the Night: Paddy Pimblett
With perhaps the biggest pop of any fighter on the UFC London card, Liverpool’s Paddy Pimblett made his walk to the Octagon with the weight of massive expectations and he delivered on every one of them with his first-round submission of Kazula Vargas. It’s impossible at this point to ignore that a star is very much in the making.

“It’s the beginning, the middle, and the end that you get from him,” said commentator Michael Bisping as Pimblett made his way back to the locker room through a sea of adoration and high-fives. “He hypes the fight like nobody else. The walkouts are incredible. The fights deliver excitement, and then afterward on the microphone as well. He really is the complete package.”

Performance of the Night: Arnold Allen
There’s no denying the heart and the ability that Dan Hooker has to take punch, but he met the wrong opponent for his return to featherweight as he encountered a buzzsaw named Arnold Allen.

“These boys woke up and chose violence,” shouted UFC announcer John Gooden as both men swung for the fences from the opening bell. It was Arnold, however, that controlled the speed and the output. Unable to escape the barrage, the referee stepped in to stop the onslaught before the first frame was finished. Capping a nine-fight win streak, Allen is now an undeniable problem at 145 lbs. He called out Calvin Kattar as a possible next opponent in his post-fight interview.

Performance of the Night: Tom Aspinall
After a night that featured finish after finish, it was difficult to imagine what either man in the main event could do to top it, but Tom Aspinall rose to the challenge. With the added pressure of fighting in front of UFC fans for the first time in his career—at home no less—the rising heavyweight phenom set to work battering Alexander Volkov with his speed before landing him on his back and submitting him with a straight arm lock less than four minutes into the fight.

Knocking on the door of someone in the top five of the UFC rankings, the pride of Manchester called out Tai Tuivasa, noting that it wasn’t only Aussie’s who enjoyed celebrating with a beer after a win, as Aspinall himself proceeded to do with fans as he left the Octagon.

UFC Bonuses For Fight Night: Santos vs Ankalaev

March 12, 2022 | UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada

Performance of the Night: Cody Brundage
There aren’t many comebacks like the one we saw from Cody Brundage at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Ankalaev. Usually comeback wins involve a fighter rallying from being dropped or nearly submitted, not many comebacks happen after taking nearly 50 unanswered strikes.

That’s what Brundage was able to do against Dalch Lungiambula. Brundage was getting battered along the fence, hoping that Lungiambula would either get tired or make a mistake. Lungiambula threw a flurry of punches then went in for a shot and Brundage saw his shot. He pulled the guillotine and was able to finish the fight.

It tied for the fourth-biggest statistical comeback finish in UFC middleweight history. What a way to get your first career UFC win.

Performance of the Night: Azamat Murzakanov
Azamat Murzakanov’s UFC debut wasn’t perfect, but the undefeated Russian was able to weather the storm brought on by light heavyweight prospect Tafon Tchukwi and make a splash at the start of the third round.

Murzakanov executed a beautiful flying knee that dropped Tchukwi instantly to the canvas. There weren’t any other strikes needed and just like that, Murzakanov moved to 11-0 and is on the right track to finding footing in the division.

Performance of the Night: Khalil Rountree Jr.
After a strong first round against Karl Roberson, Khalil Rountree would put away Roberson in the opening moments of the second round via TKO. To start the second round, Rountree immediately put pressure on Roberson. Once Rountree sensed he had Robeson hurt, the Las Vegas native would unleash another barrage of heavy strikes that would eventually drop Roberson to the canvas.

As Roberson attempted to get back to his feet, Rountree would land a powerful body kick that would force Roberson to cover up. Referee Herb Dean would call a stop to the contest 25 seconds into the round.

Performance of the Night: Song Yadong
For his first co-main event inside the Octagon, Song Yadong would rise to the occasion, delivering a first-round knockout against UFC veteran, Marlon Moraes. The spotlight and attention seemed to have little effect on Song, as he looked more than confident against the veteran.

It only took Song two minutes to finish the job in Las Vegas. If he is to have another impressive performance against a ranked opponent, Song could easily find himself challenging for a world title next.

UFC 272: Covington vs Masvidal

March 5, 2022 | T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada

Fight of the Night: Colby Covington vs Jorge Masvidal
While the bad blood between Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal may not be settled after tonight, Colby Covington was the one to walk away with his hand raised.

In the opening moments of the first round, Masvidal attempted to land his patent flying knee, but Covington would stay clear and respond with a few shots of his own. Covington was relentless with his pressure and takedown attempts, eventually getting Masvidal down to the canvas for a brief moment. Masvidal started the second round much stronger, landing clean kicks. In the midst of a clinching battle, Covington would land a low knee that would bring the fight to a brief holt.

Entering the championship rounds, Covington’s gas tank and conditioning were proving to be too much. Covington’s strikes were finding their home, but with 90 seconds left in the round, Masvidal would land a flush right that would send Covington to his knee for a brief moment. Masvidal wasn’t able to capitalize on the opening due to fatigue, as Covington was able to quickly shake off the cobwebs to get back in the fight.

In the final round, Covington continued with his pressure and would eventually get Masvidal back to the mat. Masvidal would get back to his feet briefly but would have no answer for Covington’s wrestling. In the final seconds, Covington was able to land some ground and pound strikes before the bout came to an end. Covington and Masvidal would stand to their feet and continue the trash talk, even after the fight concluded. All three judges would give the win to Covington, putting a brief end to one of the most heated rivalries the Octagon has seen.

Performance of the Night: Kevin Holland
“Big Mouth” backed up the talk in his UFC welterweight debut. Kevin Holland and Alex Oliveira went back and forth in a highly competitive first round but it was all Holland off the jump in the second. A perfect connection put Oliveira down on the canvas and Holland turned up the heat raining a combination of punches and elbows that ended the fight.

It was a great introduction to the welterweight division for Holland and only exciting things are on the horizon for one of UFC’s most entertaining fighters. With many exciting fights in his future, expect Holland to win more UFC bonuses.

Performance of the Night: Maryna Moroz
Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal weren’t the only two fighters with some bad blood at UFC 272. Maryna Moroz and Mariya Agapova traded words before they made it to the Octagon, but it was Moroz who backed up the talk. Moroz executed her gameplan of strong grappling mixed with submission attempts en route to a beautiful arm triangle submission win.

The win was Moroz’s first submission win in seven years and helped her regain her footing in the flyweight division.

UFC Bonuses For Fight Night: Dariush vs Makhachev

February 26, 2022 | UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada

Fight of the Night: Ji Yeon Kim vs Priscila Cachoeira
Flyweight fireworks went off inside the UFC APEX at UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs Green. Both Ji Yeon “Firefist” Kim and Priscila “Zombie Girl” Cachoeira lived up to their nicknames, putting on a three-round stand-up showcase.

Each woman had their moments in the fight, with Kim connecting early and often with her crisp combos and counterstrikes. Cachoeira relied on her powerful strikes to hurt Kim and while some of her shots missed the mark, the ones that found a home made a big impact.

Heading into the third frame it was anyone’s fight, and as they approached the mid-way of the round it seemed like Kim had things under control. That’s when Cachoeira hit her third maybe fourth wind and started throwing elbow after elbow after elbow, busting Kim open and ending the final round in an intense flurry.

The judges saw the spectacular fight as a Unanimous Decision for Cachoeira, giving her three wins in her last four UFC bouts.

Performance of the Night: Wellington Turman
Just a few weeks after his bout with Rodolfo Viera was canceled, Wellington Turman made the most of his opportunity to face Misha Cirkunov at UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs Green. The Brazilian middleweight bounced back from a tough first round in which he absorbed a handful of ground and pound strikes with a stunning armbar win in the second round. Turman threw up the armbar in what felt like an instant, forcing Cirkuno to tap immediately. It was a big win and a definite step in the right direction for Turman.

Performance of the Night: Arman Tsarukyan
Islam Makhachev wasn’t the only ranked lightweight to get a dominant TKO victory at UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs Green. Arman Tsarukyan dominated Joel Álvarez from start to finish, utilizing his grappling to hold the Spaniard to the canvas and drop devastating elbows on his opponent. One of which caused a terrible gash on Álvarez’s nose that made it difficult for Álvarez to see. It also marked the beginning of the end for Álvarez, as Tsarukyan went directly back to the gameplan in the second round.

Tsarukyan pressured Álvarez right off the bat, was able to get him briefly into a crucifix position, and then pour on shots that the referee couldn’t ignore. It was a picture-perfect performance and proved that Tsarukyan is more than a prospect, he’s a contender.

UFC Bonuses For Fight Night: Walker vs Hill

February 19, 2022 | UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada

Performance of the Night: Jamahal Hill
Sweet dreams, indeed. Jamahal Hill followed up his ultra-impressive KO win over Jimmy Crute with a walk-off KO win over Johnny Walker. Hill showed that he was more than ready for the bright lights by handing some big kicks early from Walker before connecting with a perfect straight right that made Walker’s body go stiff as a board. Hill followed up with a devastating strike and put the lights out on Walker.

It was a perfect showcase for one of the rising stars in the light heavyweight division. Big things are coming for Hill in 2022.

Performance of the Night: Kyle Daukaus
After a frustrating couple of months, Kyle Daukaus was charged up and ready to make a statement. He did just that by submitting Jamie Pickett with a D’Arce choke in the final second of the first round. Receiving a bonus was the cherry on top and definitely helped make up for lost time.

Daukaus told Paul Felder in the Octagon after the win that he wants to be known as ‘The D’Arce Knight’ going forward and he’s certainly a fighter that people should have their eyes on going forward.

Performance of the Night: David Onama
David Onama made his UFC debut on short notice up a weight class against Mason Jones. It was a very hard-fought and close bout but the performance proved that Onama deserved to be in the big show. With his stunning comeback KO win over Gabriel Benitez at UFC Fight Night: Walker vs Hill, it’s clear that Onama is the real deal and is one of the hottest prospects in the featherweight division.

Performance of the Night: Stephanie Egger
Back-to-back finishes have put Stephanie Egger on the map as a real player in the women’s bantamweight division. At UFC Fight Night: Walker vs Hill she was able to put away Jessica-Rose Clark just two minutes into the second round with an impressive Armbar. She transitioned through the scramble and proved that she’s not a fighter that her future opponents will want to get mixed up with on the canvas.

UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2

February 12, 2022 | Toyota Center in Houston, Texas

Fight of the Night: Douglas Silva de Andrade vs Sergey Morozov
“This is a great fight,” exclaimed announcer Daniel Cormier midway through the second round of the bout between Douglas Silva De Andrade vs Sergey Morozov, and truer words have never been spoken. Houston fans not in their seats, and the home audience not yet in front of their televisions missed a wild back-and-forth brawl that might have ended ten or more times before it did when de Andrade sunk in the rear-naked choke and Morozov—who wouldn’t tap—went unconscious with his eyes open.

The Brazilian de Andrade was mostly on the receiving end of the melee in the first frame, not only losing the round on all three judge’s scorecards but even receiving an 8 from one judge.

“It’s only over when it’s over, and it wasn’t over,” he said.

Fired up and reborn in the second round, he repaid the favor to a game Morozov in a performance that made the Toyota Center sound like it was at capacity in only the third fight of the evening.

“I love you Houston,” he exclaimed upon winning, before beseeching Dana White for one of the UFC bonuses he had to know was coming his way.

Performance of the Night: Tai Tuivasa
As dangerous as Tai Tuivasa is, it felt almost unthinkable that he would KO Derrick Lewis in front of his raucous hometown Houston crowd, particularly after eating some of Lewis’ trademark strikes for a round and half, and yet that’s precisely what the Australian did.

Jumping from No. 12 to No. 3 in the process, Tuivasa now has the second-longest active UFC win streak in the heavyweight division with his 5th consecutive win (the champ, Francis Ngannou, has 6), and became only the 24th fighter in UFC history with a streak of five or more consecutive finishes.

Despite it being Lewis’ house, Tuivasa has endeared himself to fans worldwide, even those in Houston, who was more than happy to share his trademark shoeys along their way back to the locker room and beyond to celebrate his new status in the heavyweight elite.

Performance of the Night: Jared Cannonier
There was a moment in the final seconds of the first round when Jared Cannonier every so lightly started to make the gesture to tap out from Derek Brunson’s tight choke. Perhaps realizing he only needed to hang on for a few more seconds, he resisted. It was the right choice.

Armed with the knowledge he came within a whisper of losing a potential title shot, Cannonier exploded in the second round, hurting Brunson (who had looked fantastic) and putting him on the retreat before finishing the veteran in a flurry of elbows and strikes that simultaneously prompted the referee to step in and Brunson’s corner to throw in the towel. In the post-fight presser, UFC president Dana White agreed that Cannonier’s efforts warranted the next shot at champion Israel Adesanya.

UFC Bonuses For Fight Night: Hermansson vs Strickland

February 5, 2022 | UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada

Performance of the Night: Chidi Njokuani
The long road to the UFC paid off for Chidi Njokuani when he knocked out Marc-Andre Barriault in just 16 seconds. It was a massive statement for Njokuani and proved that although it took him a while to get to the big show, he absolutely belongs.

Performance of the Night: Shavkat Rakhmonov
More eyes need to be on Shavkat Rakhmonov. At 15-0 with a 100% finish rate, he truly is one of the top prospects in the welterweight division. His spinning hook kick KO over Carlston Harris is just proof that he is going to be contending at the top of the division sooner rather than later.

Fight of the Night: Julian Erosa vs Steven Peterson
Julian Erosa added $100k to his wallet at UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs Strickland when he faced Steven Peterson in an epic featherweight bout. Peterson missed weight so he was ineligible for a bonus when he missed weight. Erosa proved once again that he is in the mix when he faced Peterson at UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs Strickland. Erosa demonstrated his well-rounded skills in an exciting back-and-forth match-up featuring plenty of spinning attacks, scrambles, and big moments.

Erosa will look to add another bonus to his resume the next time that he makes the walk to the Octagon in 2022.

UFC 270: Ngannou vs Gane

January 22, 2022 | Honda Center in Anaheim, California

Fight of the Night: Brandon Moreno vs Deiveson Figueiredo 3
Before the fight had even reached the final round, the growing chorus both inside the Honda Center and on social media was near-unanimous: give us a fourth fight. And when an emotional Deiveson Figueiredo got his hand raised at the end, it’s what he wanted too. He even offered for the fight to be in Mexico.

“Thank you so much, Brandon Moreno,” Figueiredo said as he cradled his championship hardware, adding “Today is my day.”Over the course of 25 full minutes, it was a veritable game of inches, with the momentum seesawing between both men in the same manner that made their first meeting an instant classic. If the fight had lasted thirty seconds longer, who knows? But when the final horn sounded, it was the Brazilian who had done just enough extra work to reclaim his flyweight belt.

Performance of the Night: Said Nurmagomedov
There’s an old saying in combat sports that you don’t get paid for overtime and Said Nurmagomedov seems to understand that as well as anyone. Before it seemed his opponent Cody Stamann even knew what was happening, the Russian locked in the choke and then rolled to get the submission. At 47 seconds, it was the third-fastest submission in the history of the 135-lb ranks. In the densely talent-packed bantamweight division, Nurmagomedov made many sit up and take notice with his fourth win in five UFC fights.

“Wow,” said TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter on Twitter following the win. “Said Nurmagomedov just ran through Cody Stamann, which is incredibly difficult to do.”

Performance of the Night: Vanessa Demopoulos
After surviving a right hand that would have sent most folks into the shadow realm, Vanessa Demopoulos, in her own words “woke up” on the mat in the early prelims and had the calm presence of mind to work Silvana Gomez Juarez into a beautifully executed armbar.

So happy was Demopoulos to get her first UFC victory that she did some impressive splits and jumped into the arms of Joe Rogan as he interviewed the jubilant strawweight.

“I don’t have enough fingers and toes to tell you how awesome it feels,” she would say backstage. “These are the things that I’ve dreamed of. These are the things that I spoke into existence.”

UFC Bonuses For Fight Night: Kattar vs Chikadze

January 15, 2022 | UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada

Fight of the Night: Calvin Kattar vs Giga Chikadze
The first main event of 2022 delivered on almost all its promises as Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze stood toe-to-toe for all 25 minutes in an absolute war.

Kattar got into Chikadze’s face early and switched his stances to mitigate the opportunity for Chikadze to fire off a body kick flush. Chikadze adjusted accordingly, and he started to counter well moving backward. However, after Chikadze slipped on a kick, Kattar pounced and maintained control for the rest of the round. With the pressure working, Kattar wore Chikadze down some more over the next few rounds.

In the second and third rounds, Kattar switched to an elbow-heavy attack and sliced nasty cuts up on Chikadze’s face. He also stayed in perpetual forward motion, but when Chikadze had some space, he fired off heavy shots with his feet and hands. When Kattar shot for takedowns, the Georgian fended them off well. Although Chikadze had his moment of success, the story of the fight was Kattar. He pushed the pace all fight, showed off his slick boxing, mixed in grappling, and punished Chikadze with elbows. His best shot came late – a spinning counter elbow that Chikadze somehow ate without so much as flinching. As the fight wound down, Kattar finally dropped Chikadze and finished the fight with furious ground-and-pound.

The judges gave Kattar the unanimous nod (50-45, 50-45, 50-44), a heck of a bounce-back win after a year away from the action.

Performance of the Night: Jake Collier
Jake Collier delivered one of his better performances as a heavyweight with a first-round submission of Chase Sherman. Right away, Collier showed off his hand speed to deliver the better shots early.

Sherman fired a kick, but Collier caught it and pushed Sherman to the canvas. From there, he poured on heavy ground-and-pound before taking Sherman’s back and securing a rear-naked choke. The victory was Collier’s first submission win in the UFC.

Performance of the Night: Viacheslav Borshchev
There’s simply no better way to make your UFC debut than getting an emphatic finish and walking away with an extra $50k in your pockets, and that’s exactly what Viacheslav Borshchev did inside the UFC APEX with his first-round TKO over Dakota Bush.

Bush’s strategy for unraveling the decorated kickboxer was set into motion pretty quickly, as he tagged the newcomer and took him down, but Borshchev remained calm and got the fight back to the feet, backing Bush against the cage before dropping him with a left hook to the liver, finishing the fight with a flurry of punches.

A bold statement for the Russian fighting out of Team Alpha Male, who shows promise to make waves in a stacked lightweight division.