Anthony Johnson not only redeemed himself following a July defeat against Kevin Burns during Saturday’s live finale for the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter, he also received a $25,000 “Fight Night” bonus from the UFC by winning the “Knockout of the Night” award.
Johnson earned the bonus following a stunning high kick delivered to Burns’ head that sent him to the mat. The talented welterweight prospect credited the improved effectiveness of his kicks to his recent work with Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le.
Additional $25,000 bonuses were awarded to Dave Kaplan, Junie Browning, and Krzysztof Soszynski.
Kaplan and Browning claimed the “Fight of the Night” bonus in response to their strong performances during the opening bout of Spike TV’s live telecast. The fight ended with Browning submitting his fellow TUF castmate with an armbar at 2:32 of round 2.
Soszynski received the “Submission of the Night” bonus in recognition of his second round tapout of Gracie Tampa product Shane Primm during the show’s non-televised undercard. The former professional wrestler ended the fight by forcing Primm to tap to a Kimura.