George Roop, Miguel Torres, Donald Cerrone and Jamie Varner each pocketed an additional $10,000 in “fight-night” bonuses for their performances at Thursday’s WEC 51 event.
LAS VEGAS – After a beautiful mounted triangle and then armbar victory over Matt Brown, it seemed that Chris Lytle was well on his way to his sixth straight fight-night bonus. Unfortunately for him, Brock Lesnar came back after nearly being finished by Carwin in the first round of their Heavyweight champion unification bout, to … Read more
Lauzon and Stout both took home “Fight of the Night” honors, while Miller used a slick inverted triangle to kimura combination to submit Dan Lauzon earning him the “Submission of the Night” bonus and Paul Daley landed a devastating left hook to lock up his ”Knockout of the Night” award.
Joe Lauzon fought his way back from a devastating knee injury three months ahead of schedule prior to stepping into the Octagon tonight against Sam Stout. Early on it looked like Lauzon would have his way with Stout, getting an easy takedown, working to mount, then almost securing a kimura as Stout looked to roll out of danger.
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.”
17,428 people showed up at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas for “UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort.” It was a sold out show and the live gate brought in $2.4 million.
The fight night bonuses were $65,000 for each fighter. The awards went to the following:
- Fight of the Night – Ricky Story vs. Brian Foster
- Knockout of the Night – Vitor Belfort for his first round knockout of Rich Franklin
- Submission of the Night – Ricky Story for his second round arm-triangle of Brian Foster
“UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira” took place Sat., Aug. 29, 2009 at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Ore. It was the UFC’s first event in Oregon and the crowd had to be pleased with what they saw. Without a doubt, the main event fight between legends Randy Couture and Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira stole the show and absolutely deserve “Fight of the Night” honors if not “Fight of the Year.”
Dana White reported at the UFC 102 post-fight press conference, that tonight’s event did not sell out the Rose Garden, with a paid attendance of 16,088, but those numbers do rank in the top five for the state of Oregon. White also reported a live gate of $1.92 million.
As is the custom, the fighters who perform the best are rewarded within the UFC. At UFC 98 four fighters were awarded a bonus of $60,000 each. Receiving the award for “FIGHT OF THE NIGHT” were Matt Hughes and Matt Serra for their back and forth bad blood battle that went the distance. Although Hughes won, both fighters received $60,000 each.
“KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT” of course went to Lyoto Machida for his devastating knockout of Rashad Evans. In the preliminary fights, Krzysztof Soszynski also had a highlight reel knockout of Andre Gusmao, but due to the magnitude of the fight, the impressive domination, and complete putting to sleep of Evans, Machida got the $60,000 reward.
“SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT” went to Brock Larson for his arm triangle choke of Mike Pyle. There were two other submission victories on the card; a guillotine choke by Yoshiyuki Yoshida and a guillotine choke by Tim Hague, but Larson got the nod for a cool sixty grand.
According to UFC President Dana White at Saturday night’s post-fight press conference, 21,451 people brought in a live gate of $4.9 million to the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, to watch “UFC 97: Redemption.”
The UFC gave out their largest bonuses ever with $70,000 per fighter.
Sam Stout defeated Matt Wiman by unanimous decision in a fight that earned them $70,000 each for “Fight of the Night”. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s first round KO of Chuck Liddell earned him “Knockout of the Night” and Krzysztof Soszynski’s first round kimura win over Brian Stann earned him “Submisson of the Night.”
Following UFC 97, Dana White confirmed his friend, Chuck Liddell, would “be with him forever” as part of the UFC, but it was his last time in the Octagon. “You will never see him on that canvas again” said the UFC President.
Main event fighters Diego Sanchez and Joe Stevenson, along with Paulo Thiago and Demian Maia each earned $40,000 bonuses for their performances at “UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson.” The bonuses were announced by the UFC at the post-fight press conference.
The $40,000 payouts were down from January’s UFC 94 $65,000 bonuses, but are consistent with what the UFC paid out during their last trip to the UK for UFC 93.
In the night’s main event, Diego Sanchez’s first fight at lightweight turned into a slug fest with Joe Stevenson for the entire 15 minute fight. Sanchez mixed his strikes well as Stevenson stalked him throughout the match.