UFC 167 Fighter Bonuses: St-Pierre vs. Hendricks Main Event Earns Fight of the Night Honors

November 17, 2013
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Georges St-Pierre vs Johny HendricksWhile the controversy surrounding Georges St-Pierre’s controversial split-decision victory over Johny Hendricks and subsequent plans for a “leave of absence” overshadowed nearly everything else at UFC 167 on Saturday night in Las Vegas, the UFC still found their wits about them to issue the usual post-fight awards that net the winners each a $50,000 bonus.

Regardless of what side of the fence you landed on in regard to scoring the main event, it would be difficult not to award the Fight of the Night bonuses to St-Pierre and Hendricks. The two battled back and forth for five rounds, St-Pierre emerging the worse for the wear, and immediately went to the hospital to be assessed following the fight.

UFC officials saw it the same way and did issue the UFC 167 headliners the Fight of the Night.

Tyron Woodley’s stunning first-round finish of The Ultimate Fighter 1 alum and perennial welterweight contender Josh Koscheck scored him the Knockout of the Night bonus.

Donald Cerrone, whose bout with Evan Dunham headlined the preliminary bouts on Fox Sports 1, scored the Submission of the Night award with his second-round triangle choke that forced Dunham to tap out.

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  • So robbed.

    • Hendricks fan.

      So wrong. Stick to the corrupt sport that is boxing. Damage don’t mean shit. If damage won fights, BJ Penn beat GSP the first time. If you don’t know what I’m talking about. Go watch WWE.

      • shakejunt

        hendricks dropped him multiple times. the problem isn’t how they score damage, it’s the lack of 10-8 rounds in a 10-9 system.

  • Dragon Kid

    What a BS decision. GSP looked like he got beat up while Hendricks looked like he’d gone for a run. Hendricks knew he had won and so did his corner!

    • Maddawgmar

      I’ve seen worse decisions. Hell Hendricks got the crap beat out of him by Condit and won the decision. He won based on control and takedowns. We can never tell what the judges will score on. I don’t agree with the decision, but I’m not all that angry about it either.

      • Lucas Freire

        That’s the problem. We gotta have some stable terms on what points more and what not.
        Gustafsson played GSPesque on this fight and didn’t got the decision, Condit dished out all the pain on the fight against Hendricks and didn’t got it.
        I guess it’s up to heads and tails or something like it

      • Dragon Kid

        Condit/Hendricks was a close fight and could’ve gone either way. But this was a title fight with more at stake and it was obvious to everyone, all to most media outlets and dana white that Hendricks won the fight fair and square. St-Pierre didn’t do enough to win the fight very convincingly.

    • MajorTalbot

      why dont you go check the first round again i clearly saw Hendricks tapout, too bad mr.referee didn’t saw.

      • Dragon Kid

        Oh I saw the tap out the first time but that was just a glitch compared to the final outcome after Hendricks outstruck & out wrestled the champ. Hendricks was robbed big time!

  • teekay

    this is not good for GSP’s health…that belt might come back to hurt him in the future…fight after fight being brutalised…from Jake Shields to a truck like J.Hendricks….this is been going on for a while now..dont get me wrong he is nice guy..i like him, thts why i think he needs to step back for his own well being…

  • KevStinx

    GSP sets a new UFC record with that performance which I believe was dominated by Hendricks.

    GSP scored 2 rounds at very most.
    Surprised GSP did not get put away after being knocked around.

    GSP is taking his title home with him and Hendricks is left robbed with his pants down.

    What does Hendricks do now? Sit and wait to fight Condit or Lawler? what a load of s***!!!!!

    Hendricks won the fight, but Tony Weeks had a bet on GSP.

    I think that other judge fella asleep on the job, typical.

    Shows that you have to literally finish the champion to take the title otherwise consider the result a loss.

    • Maddawgmar

      That has been the thing for decades in combat sports. You have to “beat” the champ to take the title. Which I think is stupid beyond belief, if you win the fight you win the fight, whether it’s close or not.