Cerrone earned two UFC
150 bonuses on Saturday night, taking home $120,000 for his
“Knockout of the Night”- and “Fight of the Night”-winning
performance against Melvin
Guillard, who pocketed an extra $60,000 in defeat.
Bermudez also earned $60,000 for “Submission of the Night”
after finishing Tommy
Hayden on the undercard.
UFC 150 took place at Pepsi Center in Denver and saw Benson
Henderson retain his lightweight title in a rematch with former
divisional king Frankie
Edgar in the evening’s main event.
Cerrone wasted no time in trying to take the fight to his former
teammate, but Guillard was the fighter who drew first blood,
dropping “Cowboy” with a stiff counter left hook. “The Young
Assassin” aggressively pursued the finish, but Cerrone was able to
survive and circle away, only partially regaining his senses before
launching a lead-leg head kick that glanced off Guillard’s skull
and put the Blackzilian on ice skates. Cerrone quickly finished his
wounded man, flooring Guillard with a snapping right cross that
halted the fight just 76 seconds into round one.
Bermudez may have supplemented his income on Saturday night, but
only after he survived a brief scare midway through the opening
frame. The “TUF 14” finalist was floored by a perfectly timed knee
to the mug while shooting for a takedown. Though Hayden tried to
capitalize by taking Bermudez’s back, the powerful wrestler escaped
the position and locked up a standing guillotine choke after
regaining his vertical base, forcing “Wild Card” to tap out with
just 17 seconds remaining in the first frame.