by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
After another exciting event in England on Saturday night, the UFC handed down $40,000 bonuses to several fighters who performed above and beyond on the card.
UFC officials notified MMAWeekly.com of the bonuses shortly after UFC 95 at the O2 Arena.
The “UFC 95 Knockout of the Night” bonus could have gone to several different fighters. The card featured a whopping six bouts ending by way of KO or TKO. In the end, it was debuting Brazilian fighter Paulo Thiago who stunned the crowd with his first round knockout of perennial Top 10 competitor Josh Koscheck.
For his efforts, Thiago goes home with a win that puts him on the map and a $40,000 bonus.
The “UFC 95 Submission of the Night” landed in the pocket of Demian Maia, who upped his UFC record to 5-0 with a triangle choke win over former WEC top dog Chael Sonnen. Maia continues to climb the middleweight ranks while racking up his fifth submission win in the Octagon in as many tries.
Saving the best for last, the “UFC 95 Fight of the Night” went to main event competitors Diego Sanchez and Joe Stevenson who battled back and forth for three rounds while mixing in a few ground scrambles during their bout as well. Both fighters were rewarded with a $40,000 bonus for their efforts.
UFC 95 AWARDS AND BONUSES
(All awards include a $40,000 bonus for each fighter.)
UFC 95 Fight of the Night
– Diego Sanchez and Joe Stevenson
UFC 95 Knockout of the Night
– Paulo Thiago
UFC 95 Submission of the Night
– Demian Maia