B.J. Penn had a tremendous night at UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida in Detroit.
Not only did he get his career back on track, staving off the first three-fight losing streak of his career, but he also earned the Knockout of the Night bonus.
In 21 seconds, Penn’s career did a complete 360-degree turn. He pressed Hughes from the bell, immediately landing a straight right that floored the former UFC welterweight champion. Penn walked away with an $80,000 bonus for his efforts.
Phil Davis earned the Submission of the Night honors, going home with his own $80,000 bonus, and a submission named after him. He finished Tim Boetsch with a one-armed Kimura. UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan said after the fight that he had never seen such a finish in the Octagon before and dubbed it “The Mr. Wonderful,” after Davis’ nickname.
Joe Lauzon stormed the opening fight of the main card, looking like he might be headed for a knockout bonus, but the tide turned in round two. His opponent, George Sotiropoulos, secured a Kimura midway through the second stanza for the win. Both fighters, however, went home with bonus money for earning Fight of the Night.