UFC 123 Bonuses: B.J. Penn Heads $80,000 Award Winners

November 21, 2010
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B.J. Penn had a tremendous night at UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida in Detroit.

Not only did he get his career back on track, staving off the first three-fight losing streak of his career, but he also earned the Knockout of the Night bonus.

BJ Penn knocking out Matt Hughes at UFC 123

BJ Penn knocking out Matt Hughes at UFC 123

In 21 seconds, Penn’s career did a complete 360-degree turn. He pressed Hughes from the bell, immediately landing a straight right that floored the former UFC welterweight champion. Penn walked away with an $80,000 bonus for his efforts.

Phil Davis earned the Submission of the Night honors, going home with his own $80,000 bonus, and a submission named after him. He finished Tim Boetsch with a one-armed Kimura. UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan said after the fight that he had never seen such a finish in the Octagon before and dubbed it “The Mr. Wonderful,” after Davis’ nickname.

George Sotiropoulos Dan Lauzon UFC 123

George Sotiropoulos and Dan Lauzon at UFC 123

Joe Lauzon stormed the opening fight of the main card, looking like he might be headed for a knockout bonus, but the tide turned in round two. His opponent, George Sotiropoulos, secured a Kimura midway through the second stanza for the win. Both fighters, however, went home with bonus money for earning Fight of the Night.

  • sagiguere

    BJ’s career did a complete 360º turn, really? wouldn’t that put him in the same spot as where he started? who proofs this stuff? Dumb ass!

    • Bonation

      I gotta say I thought no one would notice this…
      Lets see where this 360 degree turn takes BJ Penn…
      I hope its more of a 180 degree turn that will put him back in the LW and WW title picture soon. funny comment.