As usual, the UFC awarded bonuses at the end of the night to several of the fighters who competed in UFC 152 on Saturday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. This event’s bonuses totaled an extra $65,000 per fighter awarded.
The preliminary bout between T.J. Grant and Evan Dunham, which was aired on FX, earned the “Fight of the Night” bonus for both men. Grant won the fight by decision after three rounds of fast-paced, back-and-forth action that saw both fighters battered and bloodied by the end.
Cub Swanson pocketed the “Knockout of the Night” bonus for the crushing body shot-overhand right combo he used to drop Charles Oliveira in the first round of their fight. The fight ended after an unusual delayed reaction as Oliveira staggered back, then dropped a second later as his system short-circuited.
Finally, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones took home the “Submission of the Night” bonus for his Americana shoulder lock – also known as a bent armbar or figure four submission – on challenger Vitor Belfort. Grappling specialist Vinny Magalhaes also staked a strong climb on the bonus with his slick second-round rolling armbar on Igor Pokrajac, but the higher stakes and pressure of the title fight ensured that Jones pocketed the cash.
In an interesting piece of trivia, both the “Submission of the Night” and “Knockout of the Night” bonuses went to fighters from Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts – a camp that has been the subject of some fan criticism of late for not finishing fights after Carlos Condit and Clay Guida both went to decisions in their last fights.