Per custom, four fighters who competed on tonight’s UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida fight card were awarded superlative bonuses for best knockout, submission and overall fight. This evening’s bonuses came in the amount of $80,000 (courtesy Matt Hughes, who can be seen in Dana White’s video blog convincing the UFC president to up the amount from $75,000).
Former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight Champion BJ “The Prodigy” Penn was awarded the “Knockout of the Night” award for his 21 second dismantling of UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes. Penn dropped Hughes with a heavy right hand and finished the job with ground strikes. With the win, “The Prodigy” takes the rubber match and makes it 2-1 against Hughes.
Up-and-comer Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis was given the “Submission of the Night” bonus for scoring a win against Tim Boetsch via modified kimura. Davis dominated Boetsch, especially in the grappling department, and eventually forced a halt to the bout by trapping Boetsch’s arm behind his back and cranking away. UFC commentator Joe Rogan dubbed the move the “Mr. Wonderful.”
“Fight of the Night” was earned by lightweight scrappers Joe Lauzon and George Sotiropoulos, who fought an exciting battle for the better part of two rounds. Lauzon came out strong and had Sotiropoulos, the odds-on favorite, on his heels for the majority of the first round. Sotiropoulos began stealing the momentum from a withering Lauzon in the second round and eventually sealed the deal by sinking a kimura that forced Lauzon to tap out.
In other press conference news, it was announced that Sotiropoulos will get his wish and will appear on the upcoming UFC 127 fight card, which will go down in his native country of Australia. Sotiropoulos will be taking on Dennis Siver on the main card at that event.