UFC Fight Night 52 Fighter Bonuses: Mark Hunt’s KO of Roy Nelson Bags Him a $50,000 Bonus

September 20, 2014
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Mark HuntThe Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the performance-based fighters bonuses for UFC Fight Night 52: Hunt vs. Nelson following Saturday’s event in Japan.  Mark Hunt, Kyung Ho Kang, Michinori Tanaka, and Johnny Case were awarded $50,000 bonus checks for their performances at the famed Saitama Super Arena.

Preliminary card fighters Kyung Ho Kang and Michinori Tanaka earned the Fight of the Night bonus.  The two engaged in a back-and-forth battle that ended with Kang winning via split decision.

Mark Hunt earned a Performance of the Night bonus for his second-round, one-punch knockout of Roy Nelson in the main event.  After a competitive opening round, Hunt found his timing and caught Nelson with a well-placed uppercut that left “Big Country” face first on the canvas.  It was only the second time Nelson has been knocked out in his 10-year mixed martial arts career.

Johnny Case earned the second Performance of the Night award for his second-round submission of Kazuki Tokudome in preliminary action.  It was one of two submission finishes on the 12-fight card.

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  • Sir_Roy

    Hunt has serious power in those hands. With improved take down defense, I would not “not” watch a fight between him and Cain. Just saying.

    • greaterworks

      His cardio will be the biggest factor against Cain, no matter how many takedowns he can stuff. He did well against Roy, but he looked gassed. If he can focus on significantly improving his cardio and takedown defense, then I would see a legit contender in him. Having said that, I’m a fan of Mark Hunt.

      • Sir_Roy

        I agree. Even with improved cardio (which he would definitely need), should the fight go beyond the 3 round mark, which it shouldn’t if Hunt can stuff the takedowns and keep the fight off the cage (admittedly big “if”), then Hunt’s in for a long night and is pretty much finished.

        If Hunt can stave off the ground and pound for a round or three … I see Cain going night night.

        • greaterworks

          Heck, if Cain gets hunt gassed out, he may even be the one who scores the eventual KO. Like what JDS did.