The UFC awarded a total of $260,000 in bonus money to 3 fighters for performances at UFC 142: ALDO VS MENDES, held Saturday, January 14, 2012, at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
After every UFC event, Zuffa officials pay out bonuses to fighters based on exceptional performances. These bonuses are paid in addition to the contracted salary or fighter purse of each honored athlete.
UFC RIO aka UFC 142: ALDO VS MENDES was held Saturday, January 14, 2012, at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In the main event, UFC Featherweight Champion Jose "Scarface" Aldo successfully defended his 145-pound UFC title for the third time. Aldo had previously defended the title twice in the WEC before moving over to the UFC with the rebranded title. Aldo's first two UFC title defenses resulted in decision victories, a contrast to his days in the WEC when he rattled off 6 straight knockouts. In a return to form, with just one second left in the first round, Aldo knocked out previously undefeated Chad "Money" Mendes. Aldo landed a perfectly timed knee to Mendes' face that dropped the Alpha Male fighter dead in his tracks.