UFC 144 Fighter Bonuses from Japan

February 26, 2012
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UFC 144 Japan PosterThe Ultimate Fighting Championship handed out $65,000 bonuses for in-Octagon performances at UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan on Saturday.

Anthony Pettis, Vaughan Lee, Benson Henderson, and Frankie Edgar took home the extra income.

Fight of the Night honors went to the main event fighters, Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson.  They fought a back-and-forth battle for five rounds.  Henderson used his kicks and takedown defense to garner a unanimous decision victory and capture the UFC lightweight championship.

The Knockout of the Night award went to lightweight contender Anthony Pettis for his 54-second highlight reel knockout of Joe Lauzon to kick off the pay-per-view portion of the UFC 144 fight card.  Pettis faked low and went high, landing a high kick flush on the jaw of Lauzon.  Lauzon crashed to the canvas and the fight was over.

The Submission of the Night bonus was awarded to Englishman Vaughan Lee.  Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto was a hero of Lee’s heading into their UFC 144 match-up.  Lee came back from some early adversity to submit Yamamoto with an arm bar in the closing minute of the first round.

A total of $260,000 in bonus money was awarded following UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson.


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  • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

    I wonder if those crafty guys at the UFC put Henderson and Pettis both on this card on purpose, thinking that if they won it would set up a nice rematch…If so it couldnt have gone any better for them. Not sure if Pettis has earned that shot but with their history and how he came out of WEC with the belt they could make a case for it.

    • MikeMc1983

      You might be on to something there. I actually think that bendo and pettis could have been matched up with any outcome other than a pettis loss bendo win.
      It doesn’t make a ton of sense, but pettis vs. Edgar would be a fun fight to watch. I’m not much a fan of the little guys but that fight would be interesting.

  • matty

    Dana has already told me Showtime vs Henderson is going to happen next. He doesn’t feel Edgar did enough to warrant a rematch he hopes Edgar moves down to 145 to fight Aldo in brazil on the same card as silva vs sonnen. I hope it all works out that way. Keep in mind that is not official that is just what Dana has in mind.

    • smill0313

      In the other article, it quotes Dana as saying he thought Edgar won 3-2 but then tells you that pettis gets the next shot because Edgar didn’t do enough for a rematch?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501891998 josehernandez

    I really enjoyed Anthony’s knockout, but I thin Tim Boetsch deserved this $65,000 bonus for his knowckout over Okami. Also, I want to see Henderson vs Pettis rematch (which I predicted it would happen, just go to UFC.com and see my comment on the article they wrote about Anthony), but I think Pettis should face Maynard or Miller in order to earn the title shot. Bring Gilbert to fight Henderson!!!!!

  • elbow_crush

    Anyone that has a recent loss to Clay Guida doesn’t quite deserve a title shot yet. Yes Pettis looks good, but common he lost to Clay Guida.

  • http://www.facebook.com/josiah.moreno josiahmoreno

    Remember, it was Bendo tgat earned a shot against Edgar because he beat Guida, the same gate keeper that Pettis lost to. A solid win over Stephens and spectacular KO against Lauzon gets him my vote for next on the list. Miller can fight Diaz, winner gets a crack at the champ…whoever it may be.