NEWARK, N.J. – After a night of eye-poking and gruesome broken digits, the UFC awarded two men $65,000 and one $130,000 for their work in Octagon at the post-fight press conference for UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen.
The “Knockout of the Night” was earned, to no surprise, by Roy “Big Country” Nelson for his knockout of Cheick Kongo. After two minutes of action, Nelson closed the distance and unleashed a huge overhand right to the side of Kongo’s head that planted him on his seat. One more punch on the ground would turn out the lights of the Frenchman to give “Big Country” the big knockout win. Nelson has now racked up four “Knockout of the Night” bonuses and five overall.
Pat Healy, appearing again in the UFC after more than six years, made the most of his return and earned 130k for his night’s work. He and Jim Miller were awarded “Fight of the Night” bonuses for an exciting back-and-forth battle where Healy, after nearly being finished in the first round, rallied back to render Miller unconscious with a beautiful rear-naked choke. The submission earned Healy “Submission of the Night”, giving him two for the night and concluded an impressive re-emergence into the UFC lightweight division. Miller has now been the recipient of six total UFC bonuses, with three of them being for “Fight of the Night”.
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