UFC 121 “fight-night” bonuses: Velasquez, Roberts, Sanchez and Thiago each earn $70,000

Cain Velasquez, Daniel Roberts, Diego Sanchez and Paulo Thaigo each earned $70k “Fight Night” bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s “UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez” event.

Watch tonight’s UFC 121 press conference LIVE on ProMMAnow.com at 1:15 a.m. ET

The “UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez” post-fight press conference takes place late tonight immediately following UFC 121 and will broadcast in a LIVE video stream in our UFC ROOM.

ProMMAnow.com UFC 121 staff picks

As we do with every major card, the ProMMAnow.com staff weighs-in with their thoughts on each of the “UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez” main card bouts (and one Spike TV prelim bout as a bonus).

Diego Sanchez returns to Team Jackson with a warm heart

After about a three year absence, like the prodigal son returning home, current UFC welterweight Diego Sanchez has confirmed he will be returning to the camp that helped turn him into a household name, Jackson’s MMA.

Diego Sanchez shows off the “YES! Cartwheel” *VIDEO*

UFC welterweight Diego Sanchez is famous for a few reasons. One of those reasons is because he won season one of “The Ultimate Fighter” (that’s right – it wasn’t just Forrest!). Another reason is because he landed Ali Sonoma. Another reason is he would draw energy from the universe through lighting and storms. Another reason … Read more

“Fight-night” bonuses: Grant, Johnson, Belcher and Gouveia, each earn $65k for their performances at “UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez”

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Alan Belcher, Wilson Gouveia, T.J. Grant and DaMarques Johnson each earned $65 fight-night bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s “UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez” event.

Belcher and Gouveia both took home “Fight of the Night” honors, while Johnson cashed in on his fight ending triangle choke earning him the “Submission of the Night” bonus and T.J. Grant swung his way to the”Knockout of the Night” award.

Despite being on the under card, Belcher used the inspiration from his many family and friends in attendance to stand in the pocket and deliver an action packed performance versus Wilson Gouveia. Belcher came out on top with the TKO stoppage in the first round, earning himself a cool $65k bonus for his part in the night’s “Fight of the Night.”

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“UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez” scores 13,896 attendees for “over $1.5 million gate

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – “UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez” was the second visit for the UFC to the state of Tennessee and the first visit by the organization to the city of Memphis, with a reported 13,896 fans packed into the FedExForum. UFC president Dana White reported the attendance numbers at the event’s post-fight press conference … Read more

UFC 107 recap: B.J. Penn dominates Diego Sanchez, Frank Mir puts Kongo to sleep

Photo: Sherdog - Diego "Nightmare" Sanchez looked like something from a nightmare when B.J. Penn got through with him.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Never lacking in self confidence, Diego Sanchez was hoping for a passing of the guard coming into his title shot with UFC Lightweight Champion B.J. Penn. The chants of “YES!” were there, as were the mean mugs, but all of the scary faces in the world could not save Sanchez from the brutal, lopsided beating that he received from Penn.

Penn used his superior boxing skills and hand speed to consistently punish the very game Sanchez throughout the five championship rounds of the bout. When Penn wasn’t landing big shots and counter left hooks, he was easily defending “Nightmare’s” best attempts of getting the fight to the ground.

It appeared early on, that the fight might not even make it out of the first round. As Sanchez looked to get his range, Penn stepped in and dropped Sanchez with a right hand. Penn was looking for the finish, unleashing a barrage of punches as the referee watched closely.

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“UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez” results & play-by-play commentary

ProMMA.info is on the scene for “UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez” at the FedEX Forum in Memphis, Tenn. Headlining tonight’s event is UFC lightweight champion B.J. “The Prodigy” Penn defending his title against number one contender Diego “The Nightmare” Sanchez.

Other bouts on the card include former heavyweight champion Frank Mir taking on dangerous striker Cheick Kongo, and lightweight prospect Kenny Florian will battle the ever tenacious Clay Guida. Also, welterweights Jon Fitch and Mike Pierce will tangle, as well as Paul Buentello and Stefan Struve in a heavyweight showdown..

Quick Results:

•T.J. Grant def. Kevin Burns by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (4:57)
•Damarques Johnson def. Edgar Garcia by submission (triangle choke) Rd1 1 (4:03)
•Rousimar Palhares def. Lucio Linhares by submission (heel hook) Rd 2 (3:21)
•Johny Hendricks def. Ricardo Funch by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)
•Matt Wiman def. Shane Nelson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
•Alan Belcher def. Wilson Gouveia by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (3:03)
•Stefan Struve def. Paul Buentello by majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
•Kenny Florian def. Clay Guida by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 2 (2:19)
•Jon Fitch def. Mike Pierce by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
•Frank Mir def. Cheick Kongo by submission (guillotine) Rd 1 (1:12)
•B.J. Penn def. Diego Sanchez by TKO (doctor stoppage-cut) Rd 5 (2:37)

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