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.
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