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.