by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com (Reporting by Damon Martin)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship made its big splash in Boston with UFC 118. The promotion continued to pay back the fighters that it felt performed well, handing out $60,000 post-fight bonuses on Saturday night.
Joe Lauzon, who fought on the Spike televised preliminary fight card, used a commanding performance over his former “Ultimate Fighter” teammate, Gabe Ruediger, to earn one of those bonuses.
He showed Ruediger no mercy, taking him down and brutalizing him with punches to soften him up. Lauzon then picked him up and slammed him back down to the mat only to finish him off with an arm bar worth $60,000.
Nate Diaz, saying he wants to float back and forth taking the best fights he can get at both welterweight and lightweight, had a spectacular fight with crowd favorite Marcus Davis at UFC 118. The two punished each other with powerful punches over the course of three rounds before Diaz finally wrestled Davis to the mat and finished him off with a choke that put Davis completely out.
Getting to that choke, the heart and efforts of both men was enough to earn them the Fight of the Night bonus.
There were no knockouts at UFC 118, so the final tally was $180,000 in post-fight bonuses in Beantown.