UFC 142 Rio Fighter Bonuses; Barboza the Runaway Winner

January 15, 2012
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Edson Barboza Jr.

Edson Barboza Jr.

The UFC’s return to Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night was chalk full of stunning finishes and tremendous battles, so whittling down the UFC 142 Rio: Aldo vs. Mendes post-fight award winners couldn’t have been easy.

The one award that no one doubted was Knockout of the Night.

Edson Barboza, Jr. landed a knockout kick that had UFC broadcasters Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg, as well as the Twitterverse proclaiming that they’d never seen such a thing in mixed martial arts.

After a back-and-forth battle that edged into the third round, Barboza launching a spinning heel kick that connected flush on opponent Terry Etim, sending him down and out.

Barboza was the runaway winner of the $65,000 bonus for the knockout, but he wasn’t done there. He and Etim also scored the Fight of the Night bonuses for their efforts, sending Barboza home a very happy man indeed with an extra $130,000 in his pocket.

There were three submissions to choose from on Saturday night, but there was no denying Rousimar Palhares. He once again attacked the legs, wrapping up the limbs of Mike Massenzio and locking on a fight-finishing heel hook that also scored him the $65,000 Submission of the Night.

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  • That kick was brutal

  • AmericanSpetsnaz

    The only fight I missed and it was KO of the night and fight of the night…Damnit.

  • Just heard that Barboza’s kick came in at #9 on ESPN’s Top 10 plays of the day. Wonder what they ranked above it. Probably some spectacular stuff like women’s soccer and maybe a guy hitting a ball really far with a stick.

    Those clowns at ESPN are clueless.

  • MikeMc1983

    Probably the Chris Paul 3 pointer from about 40ft out. Or a few plays from the ending drives from the 49ers, and saints game.

  • Scotty B

    They need to make Barboza vs. Diaz happen

  • Matt Magick

    Barboza/Diaz, man that would be epic, what a strikefest that would be, couldn’t agree more with you on that!