The Ultimate Fighting Championship handed out $75,000 bonuses for in-Octagon performances following UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem on Friday night. Three fighters took home the bonus checks: Nate Diaz, Donald Cerrone, and Johny Hendricks.
Fight of the Night honors went to the co-main event fighters. Nate Diaz and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone didn’t touch gloves before the fight. It was a grudge match and Cerrone charged across the cage at the opening bell. Diaz took over the fight with his precision punching and boxing ability. He landed his jab at will and put together combinations throughout the fight. In the end, it went the distance with Diaz winning by unanimous decision.
The Knockout of the Night award went to Johny Hendricks. He put away previously No.2 ranked welterweight Jon Fitch in just 12 seconds. Hendricks landed a straight left hand that knocked Fitch down. His body went stiff and Hendricks finished up with another well-placed left hand forcing the referee to stop the fight.
There were no submissions on the UFC 141 fight card, so no Submission of the Night bonus was awarded.
Total bonus money handed out following UFC 141 was $225,000.