Four men took home an extra $50,000 at Chicago’s United Center on
Saturday night, as Ryan Bader,
Johnson and John Dodson
all earned post-fight bonuses at
UFC on Fox 6.
Bader snatched “Submission of the Night” with his 50-second finish
Matyushenko, while Pettis’ stoppage of Donald
Cerrone earned the former WEC titlist “Knockout of the Night”
honors. Johnson and Dodson shared “Fight of the Night” for their
five-round flyweight title main event.
Johnson retained his belt in that competitive contest, earning
scores of 48-47 (twice) and 49-46 from the cageside judges. Though
“Mighty Mouse” had to pick himself up off the canvas twice in round
two thanks to Dodson’s heavy left hand, the champion nevertheless
poured it on when it mattered most, winning the championship rounds
to secure the victory.
Pettis (Pictured, file photo) looked one step ahead of Cerrone from
the get-go in their lightweight confrontation, hurting the “Cowboy”
to the body before landing a springboard knee off the cage
reminiscent of his famous “showtime kick.” The Roufusport rep ended
the bout shortly thereafter, catching Cerrone with a nasty liver
kick that caused him to double over and left him exposed to flurry
of fight-ending ground-and-pound.
Earlier in the evening, Bader wasted no time in taking out the
well-traveled “Janitor,” catching Matyushenko with a blunt left
hook that put the ex-IFL king on the mat. “Darth” immediately
pounced and grabbed a front headlock, applying an arm-in guillotine
choke to earn the fastest submission victory in the history of the
UFC light heavyweight division.