Before his encounter with Carlos
Condit, Dan Hardy had
never before been knocked out. In MMA, such streaks are notoriously
Condit parked Hardy with a left hook and follow-up ground strike,
as he banked a $60,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus in the
UFC 120 “Bisping vs. Akiyama” co-main event on Saturday at the
O2 Arena in London. The 26-year-old Condit clipped Hardy with a
crackling left hook that sent him to the mat in a semi-conscious
state and finished off the Team Rough House standout soon after.
The end came 4:27 into round one.
Based at Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts, Condit now owns 25 finishes
among his 26 career victories. The former World Extreme
Cagefighting welterweight champion will carry a three-fight winning
streak into his next Octagon appearance.
Meanwhile, British prospect Paul Sass
capitalized in his promotional debut, as he earned a $60,000
“Submission of the Night” bonus following his triangle
choke-induced tapout against Mark Holst in
their preliminary lightweight battle. Holst waved the white flag
4:45 into the first round, as the 22-year-old Sass remained perfect
in 11 professional outings.
Finally, “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 3 winner Michael
Bisping and Yoshihiro
Akiyama pocketed matching $60,000 “Fight of the Night” bonuses
after their middleweight headliner ended in a unanimous decision
for the Brit. Bisping, who carried 30-27 scores from all three
cage-side judges, has won all 16 of his fights on British soil.
Updated at 11:15 p.m. ET to correct the bonus amounts.