Arman Tsarukyan will have another $50,000 to console himself.
The 25-year-old lightweight prospect came up short at UFC Vegas 57, losing a unanimous decision to Mateusz Gamrot in the main event. Afterwards, Tsarukyan was visibly upset and he expressed his frustration with the verdict in his post-fight interview, but he has no reason to be disappointed as he and Gamrot put together an entertaining five-round fight. to win the night’s Fight of the Night award. .
This is the second fight of the night for both fighters, who both also have a pair of Performance of the Night bonuses to their name.
The winners of Saturday night’s performance were Shavkat Rakhmonov, Josh Parisian and Thiago Moises, all of whom scored finishes on the main card. Typically, only two Performance of the Night awards are given, although the UFC has been looser with this tradition lately.
Rakhmonov made a major statement in the co-main event, going 16-0 as a pro — all by knockout or submission — with a second-round guillotine choke victory over perennial contender Neil Magny.
Parisien outlasted Alan Baudot in a fun heavyweight contest to earn a second-round TKO, while Thiago Moises made short work of Christos Giagos, using a rear naked choke to clinch a first-round submission victory round.