At UFC 255, flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo successfully defended his title by choking challenger Alex Perez in under two minutes. However, the cake lacked $50,000 in icing. UFC president Dana White awards four $50,000 performance bonuses at each event, generally to both fighters for the Fight of the Night, and two more for the event's best finishes.
The Fight of the Night at UFC 255 went not to either the main or co-main title fights, but rather went to the very first fight on the card - Sasha Palatnikov vs. Louis Cosce. And performance bonuses went to Antonina Shevchenko for her TKO of Ariane Lipski and Joaquin Buckley for his KO of Jordan Wright. It was odd that Figgy Smalls didn't earn one, and, White, after consideration, agreed.
White met with the fighter and his manager Wallid Ismail, conceded that he had made a mistake, and passed over the 50k, in person, in cash.
“I f***ed up,” said a grinning White. “I made a mistake.”