MONTREAL – Mac Danzig, Georges St. Pierre and Josh Koscheck each earned record $100k “Fight Night” bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s UFC 124 event, while Mark Bocek and Jim Miller split the $100,000 for “Submission of the Night” honors, each earning $50,000.
Danzig one-punched his way to the night’s “Knockout of the Night” award, Bocek and Miller split the “Submission of the Night” bonus, while St. Pierre and Koscheck each earned “Fight of the Night” honors.
The bonuses were announced at the UFC 124 post-event press conference.
For the first time ever, the “Fight of the Night” winners were determined by an online vote by the fans. UFC president Dana White quickly assured the media that the fans were one-and-done in deciding such awards, after the fans elected to give the main event between St. Pierre and Koscheck, “Fight of the Night” honors, despite it being a very one-sided affair.
St. Pierre let his boxing do the talking after enduring months of trash talk from Josh Koscheck. St. Pierre implemented a stiff jab early, swelling the right eye of Koscheck in the first round. Koscheck had no answer for the straight punches of the champion, and by the time the final round began, the eye was almost completely closed. St. Pierre was awarded a very one-sided unanimous decision victory over Koscheck, who failed to win a single round on any of the scorecards.
Miller and Bocek scored the night’s only submission wins, and both were rewarded as “Submission of the Night” winners, splitting the $100,000.
Miller transitioned from a leg lock to a kneebar, forcing a quick tap from the much hyped and then undefeated Charles Oliveira, while Bocek proved that Hazelett wasn’t the best submission guy in the lightweight division, locking up a fight ending triangle choke against Hazelett in the UFC.com-streamed fight.
Danzig secured “Knockout of the Night” honors with a stunning one-punch KO of Joe Stevenson, as Danzig countered a right hand by Stevenson with a perfectly placed left hook that left his opponent completely unconscious as he fell to the canvas.