by Damon Martin, MMAWeekly.com
With 17,428 fans in attendance, UFC 103 saw some of the most exciting finishes with several fighters putting on top notch performances worthy of the customary post fight bonuses.
This time around the UFC awarded fighters $65,000 each for a tremendous card in the promotion’s second show in Dallas, that also yielded a $2.4 million dollar live gate.
Returning to the Octagon for the first time since 2005, Vitor Belfort the most of his opportunity by blasting former middleweight champion, Rich Franklin, with a devastating KO which earned the Brazilian an additional $65,000 for “Knockout of the Night.”
Following a disappointing loss in his first UFC fight, Ricky “The Horror” Story definitely showed determination to make his second appearance a memorable one. A first round war with opponent, Brian Foster, followed up by another tough round in the 2nd earned both he and Foster “Fight of the Night” bonuses. Story capped that off by submitting Foster with an incredible head and arm triangle choke, while still sitting in his opponent’s guard.
That move earned Story another $65,000 for “Submission of the Night”, making him the biggest bonus winner of the night racking up $130,000 for his efforts.