Sunday, May 26, 2013

UFC 160 BONUSES: $50K Bonus Payouts for Junior Dos Santos, Mark Hunt, Glover Teixeira and TJ Grant - 5/25/13

UPDATE: Here are the Complete UFC 160 Salaries

The UFC awarded a total of $200,000 in bonus money to 4 fighters for performances at UFC 160: Velasquez vs Bigfoot 2, held Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event was headlined by UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez in a rematch with Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva.

After every UFC event, Zuffa officials pay out bonuses to fighters based on exceptional performances. These bonus payouts are made in addition to the contracted salaries or fighter purses of the honored athletes.

The awards for Fight of the Night went to heavyweight co-main eventers Junior "Cigano" Dos Santos and Mark "Super Samoan" Hunt. The two big men threw heat at each other for almost three full rounds, before Dos Santos was finally able to put down Hunt for good with a spectacular spinning wheel kick. Dos Santos followed up the out-of-character kick with a thunderous punch on the ground that ended Hunt's night with less than a minute to go in the fight.

According to UFC President Dana White, Junior Dos Santos was also originally going to win the Knockout of the Night award, but it was instead awarded to T.J. Grant on the advice of former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, who was in attendance as a guest of his close personal friend White. Grant used a barrage of punches and knees to take out former lightweight title contender Gray Maynard in the first round. With this victory, Grant has earned himself a title fight with UFC Lightweight Champion Ben Henderson.

Submission of the Night was awarded to Glover Teixeira for his first-round guillotine choke tapout victory over fellow top light heavyweight prospect James Te Huna. With this victory, Teixeira is now 4-0 in the UFC and has increased his overall winning streak to a staggering 19 straight fights.

All 4 fighters banked bonus paychecks, each taking home an extra $50,000 on top of their UFC 160 salaries, enriching their respective UFC 160 fighter purses.

VIDEO: UFC 160 Full Fight Highlights for Main Card Fights

Official UFC 160 Awards

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Junior Dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt



UPDATE: Here are the Complete UFC 160 Salaries