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UFC 160 Fighter Bonuses: Mike Tyson Makes the Call for Knockout of the Night

Posted on by MMAWeekly.com Staff

Mike Tyson and Ryan BennettThe UFC handed out it’s typical post-fight awards and bonuses following Saturday night’s UFC 160 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, dishing out $50,000 to each of the award winners.

The Fight of the Night went to Junior dos Santos and Mark Hunt, two fighters that everyone expected to throw the kitchen sink at each other, gunning for the knockout. Both men did as expected, but it was dos Santos, late in the third round, who landed a spinning heel kick to knock Hunt out and capture the win.

The victory netted dos Santos an opportunity to try and re-capture UFC gold. UFC president Dana White confirmed that he will next face heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.

The victory nearly earned dos Santos a second post-fight bonus as well.

“The Knockout of the Night was gonna be Junior dos Santos,” said White at the post-fight press conference. “It was gonna be… Mike Tyson vetoed that. He said it should be TJ Grant.”

And with that, Grant was awarded the UFC 160 Knockout of the Night by the one of the greatest knockout artists of all time.

Grant, who knocked Gray Maynard out in the first round of their bout, like dos Santos, also earned a title shot with his victory. He’ll be next up for UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson.

Glover Teixeira earned the UFC 160 Submission of the Night with his first-round guillotine finish of James Te Huna. The victory marked Teixeira’s 19th consecutive win and cemented his place among the top contenders in the UFC light heavyweight division.

The UFC handed out $200,000 in UFC 160 fighter bonuses on Saturday night.

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  • Redskinrey

    What a kick ass card

    • Jay Nokay

      I enjoyed this one.

  • Ste

    Tyson Vetoed it?? That’s insane, that’s ridiculous!!

    • Punch Out

      Tyson is the man.

  • james j

    Nobody argues with Tyson.

    • shakejunt

      he’s not wrong either. jds’ kick was ridiculous and one for the highlight reel, but i think it was expected of him to put mark out. i had grant winning, but i don’t think anybody expected it 2 minutes in.

  • superfan

    Let the lower paid guy get the bonus. I’m ok with that

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    • Ste

      Let the guy with the most impressive knockout get the knockout bonus. Regardless of his wages.

      • Ian Price

        TJ Grant had the more impressive KO. It’s almost impossible to KO Maynard, especially 1 minute into a fight. JDS did it after 3 grueling rounds, and mark was tired as hell. And Frankie Edgar got Maynard in round 4 I think, after Maynard spent most of his bullets trying to finish a beat-up Frankie. So he was tired. But nobody can say that Gray was tired in round 1 this weekend. That’s why it won. Also, JDS was a favorite and TJ was an underdog.

  • tyrone

    They need to let big country have a shot at cain. Ufc is protecting cain by giving him rematches against people he destroyed. Jds should get shot after big country

    • shakejunt

      let me guess, they were “protecting” jds when cain got his rematch too?

      anyway, werdum is next in line should he beat nog, he already left roy a mess.

    • evp9

      It was his first title defense. How does that qualify as protecting him? Who should have he fought instead? Bigfoot knocked out the number one contender. He was next in line.

    • Baller31

      Yeah…I guess they’re giving him rematches against people who knocked his ass out in the first round too…..is that protecting him??

  • Ian Price

    Werdum, JDS and Roy have all proven to be the top 3. I think JDS should be next in line, and Werdum can’t fight Roy because he just beat him 2 years ago…. Or maybe they should fight.

  • eric

    Honestly, I know Iron Mike is pretty old, but would love to see him have one time fight deal inside the Octagon!

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