UFC Lightweight Champ Benson Henderson, Joe Duarte Bag $10,000 in Zuffa Twitter Bonuses
Zuffa officials Friday released the results of the company’s
quarterly Twitter competition, announcing that
lightweight champion Benson
talent Joe Duarte
each bagged $10,000 for their social networking efforts.
Both Henderson and Duarte received $5,000 awards for finishing near
the top of the “most followers” and “greatest percentage of growth”
categories. Other winners in the first group include longtime UFC
middleweight champion Anderson
Silva and nemesis Chael
Sonnen. Meanwhile, joining “Smooth” and Duarte in collecting
bonuses for producing the greatest percentage of growth are former
UFC lightweight champion Frankie
Edgar and onetime Strikeforce heavyweight ruler Alistair
Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Ronda
Rousey also bagged $5,000 for making the “most creative” list,
as did Jason
Miller, Dan Hardy and
Zuffa began awarding its fighters for their Twitter participation
last year, dividing all UFC and Strikeforce talent into four
divisions based on their number of followers at the start of each
quarter. UFC President Dana White, who boasts over 2 million
followers on his official feed, has embraced the social media
platform as a promotional tool and frequently uses the medium to
converse with fans.
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