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Diego Brandao, John Dodson exit TUF 14 Finale with bonuses in hand

Last night marked the fulfillment of two dreams after Ultimate Fighter 14 contestants Diego Brandao and John Dodson picked up opening round wins to become the first featherweight/bantamweight TUF champions in UFC history. As it turns out, the evening will also likely go down in their memories as the moment they started paying a lot more attention to money management.

In addition to walking away from the Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale with personalized crystal trophies, Brandao and Dodson exited the arena with a significant increase in pay courtesy of the card’s event-specific bonuses.

Brandao was awarded “Submission of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” for his immensely entertaining dance with Dennis Bermudez with each being worth $40,000. Bermudez, who also received $40,000 for his role in the bout, nearly put Brandao away in the final stages of the fight’s first frame before Brandao procured a tight Armbar to force the tap (and possibly snap).

Meanwhile, Dodson’s unique laugh won’t be going anywhere anytime soon after the outspoken 135er received $40k for his strike-based stoppage of T.J. Dillashaw, a finish named “Knockout of the Night” even though many felt Dillashaw still had a little left to give and things were ended prematurely.