– UFC 84 AWARDS NET FIGHTERS $75,000 BONUSES

by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Post fight bonuses were handed out following UFC 84 including “Knockout of the Night” to Wanderlei Silva, “Submission of the Night” to Rousimar Palhares and “Fight of the Night” to Goran Reljic and Wilson Gouveia. Each fighter will receive a bonus check of $75,000 for their efforts.

Wanderlei Silva made short work of Top 10 fighter Keith Jardine. The “Axe Murderer” caught his opponent early on in the fight with his signature aggressive style. He quickly moved to the ground and unloaded a barrage of strikes on Jardine, knocking him completely unconscious to end the fight in less than one minute.

Jardine was subsequently taken to the hospital for a mandatory CAT scan due to being knocked out. No update on his status was available at the time of publication, although his trainer, Greg Jackson, told MMAWeekly.com that Jardine was “okay” and fully alert before being taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

Rousimar Palhares made an impressive debut defeating UFC veteran Ivan Salaverry by armbar in the first round of their match-up. After taking Salaverry’s back for the first half of the fight, Palhares transitioned to the armbar to finish the fight and pick up the win.

Goran Reljic and Wilson Gouveia put on an exciting bout, well deserving of “Fight of the Night” as both dominated at different points in the match-up.

Reljic looked dangerous throwing high kicks throughout the fight, but in the early part of the second round, he got caught with strikes from Gouveia who tried to follow up and finish on the ground.

Reljic survived and ended up catching Gouveia back on the feet, and when he followed up on the ground, he left no doubt that he was going to win the fight, punishing Gouveia until the action was stopped.