With UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami being the UFC’s return to Brazil and such a big event, with one of the best crowds in company history, UFC president Dana White decided to hand out bonus checks worth $100,000 on Saturday night. Dana ended up saving a little bit of money though, as no “Submission of the Night” bonus was awarded due to no fighter being able to lock up a limb in the home on Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira picked up the “Knockout of the Night” bonus thanks to his thrilling KO victory against Brendan Schaub. “Big Nog” put “The Hybrid” out cold with a quick one-two combination followed by a flurry of strikes that sent the heavyweight prospect crashing face first down to the mat just over three minutes into the first round. The KO win was only Nogueira’s third career stoppage by (T)KO and his first since 2005.
“Fight of the Night” was awarded to lightweights Ross Pearson and Edson Barboza for their back and forth fifteen minute affair that saw Barboza’s hand raised in victory as the judges awarded him the split decision in his home country over the Brit. The more aggressive Pearson couldn’t quite match the power of Barboza, who dropped “The Real Deal” in the second round with a right hand and cut him over the right eye in the third round with a left hook. Pearson also started to develop a hematoma over his left eye thanks to the right hand of “Junior.”
Nogueira’s bonus was the third of his UFC career, with the other two being “Fight of the Night.” Meanwhile, this marked Pearson’s and Barboza’s second “Fight of the Night” check during their time in organization.
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