UFC 252 Performance Awards: Daniel Pineda, Virna Jandiroba Win $50,000

Four lesser-known fighters cashed in big at UFC 252.

UFC President Dana White awarded four $50,000 awards on Saturday, August 15. The card's opening bout, Kai Kamaka III vs. Tony Kelley, earned Fight of the Night honors. The two featherweights engaged in a wild firefight for three hard rounds.

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Grappling expert Virna Jandiroba was awarded one of two Performance of the Night honors for her surgical first-round submission win over Felice Herring on the ESPN prelims. The other Performance of the Night award went to returning veteran Daniel Pineda, who finished off Herbert Burns with crucifix elbows at the end of round two.

Other potential contenders for an award tonight were Chris Daukaus, who earned a vicious TKO of Parker Porter, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, who stopped Junios dos Santos, and Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier.

UFC 252 took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, August 15. UFC heavyweight champion Miocic defeated Cormier via unanimous decision to cap off their trilogy. Keep up with Fightful for all your fight night and post-fight coverage.

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