The Ultimate Fighting Championship handed out $70,000 bonuses following UFC 139 for in-Octagon performances at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday night. Dan Henderson, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Wanderlei Silva, Cung Le, Urijah Faber, and Michael McDonald collected the extra cash.
There were two Fight of the Night awards given at UFC 139 to the two main event fighters, Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, for their five-round Fight of the Year candidate performance and the co-main event between Wanderlei Silva and Cung Le.
Henderson had Rua in trouble early, knocking him down twice, but couldn’t put away the Brazilian. A bloodied and battered Rua came back to win the final two rounds. The judges scored Henderson the winner by unanimous decision following the grueling bout.
In the co-main event, Silva came back from adversity early to finish Le late I the second round. Le knocked Silva down with a spinning backfist in the opening moments of the fight. Silva recovered and caught Le with a right hand in the second stanza that knocked him down. Silva followed with a knee from the clinch and finished with punches on the ground.
Urijah Faber received the Submission of the Night bonus for his second-round guillotine choke finish of Brian Bowles. The bout was a No. 1 contender’s match with Faber securing another shot at champion Dominick Cruz.
Knockout of the Night was awarded to Michael McDonald for his 56-second knockout of UFC newcomer Alex Soto.
The UFC awarded a total of $420,000 in bonuses following UFC 139.