UFC 148 Bonuses: Tito Ortiz, Forrest Griffin, Anderson Silva Bank $75,000 Each
Three men took home an extra $75,000 on Saturday night, as Tito Ortiz
and middleweight king Anderson
were each awarded post-fight bonuses at UFC
Ortiz and Griffin walked away with “Fight of the Night” for their
light heavyweight affair, while Silva earned “Knockout of the
Night” for his second-round stoppage of Chael Sonnen
at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. As no fights ended by
submission, a “Submission of the Night” bonus was not
Ortiz could not snag a victory in his farewell fight, but the
newest addition to the UFC Hall of Fame did manage to bank a few
extra bucks in his three-round slugfest with the original “Ultimate
Fighter” winner. Though the 37-year-old dug deep to drop Griffin in
both of the final two rounds, his foe recovered each time and
fought gamely until the final bell, taking a unanimous decision
over the fighter formerly known as “The Huntington Beach Bad
All went according to plan for Sonnen in round one, as the
Oregonian immediately charged Silva and planted him on the canvas.
Sonnen managed to pass to half-guard and then mount, but he was
unable to find the finish as the champion held on tightly to end
the frame. Sonnen again came out aggressively in round two,
pressing the champion against the cage before whiffing on a
spinning backfist that caused him to topple to the canvas, where
Silva landed a hard knee to the American's chest. Though Sonnen
would escape to his feet, Silva put him back on the floor quickly,
dropping him with a short right hand and finishing the job with
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