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Lightweights steal the show at UFC 124 with bonus-worthy wins

Ultimate Fighter Season 6 winner Mac Danzig was one of three 155-pounders who walked away with an event-bonus at UFC 124. Danzig earned the evening’s “Knockout of the Night” after sending TUF 2 champ Joe Stevenson face-first to the mat with a counter left-hook in the first few minutes of their main card bout. Prior to the defeat, Stevenson had not been knocked out since 1999 against Jens Pulver (at age 17). “Joe Daddy” has now lost two consecutive fights while Danzig is 2-1 in his last three with the lone loss being a controversial submission to Matt Wiman at UFC 115 last June.

Meanwhile, Jim Miller handed rising star Charles Oliveira his first career loss with a rarely-seen Kneebar and split “Submission of the Night” honors, in addition to the attached money, as a result. Miller brought his record to 19-2 with the victory and, while never having been tapped or TKO’d, the New Jersey native has only stumbled against the two men competing in January for the UFC lightweight title (Frank Edgar / Gray Maynard).

As mentioned, Miller was not the only lightweight taking home an extra bit of cash and a “Submission of the Night” distinction. As it turns out, the UFC handed out $50,000 and the joint-title to Mark Bocek for his super-slick Triangle Choke of Dustin Hazelett during the preliminary portion of the event.

“Fight of the Night”, which was selected by fans for the first time in promotional history, was given to the card’s headlining clash between Georges St. Pierre and Josh Koscheck. Each man pocketed $100k and the award, and though the result was ultimately lopsided it’s hard to argue the match-up wasn’t still highly entertaining based on its build and GSP’s excellence of execution.


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