NEWARK, N.J. – Roy Nelson, Pat Healy and Jim Miller each earned $65,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s “UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen” event.
UFC President Dana White announced the winners at the evening’s post-event press conference.
Nelson scored the “Knockout of the Night” award while Healy and Miller were given the “Fight of the Night” bonus. Healy also took home the “Submission of the Night” honors.
UFC 159 took place Saturday night at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
“Big Country” Nelson left little doubt as to who would take home the evening’s “Knockout of the Night” bonus after demolishing Cheick Kongo with a pair of crushing right hands. The fight started slowly as Nelson pushed into the clinch, but when they were separated by the referee, Nelson uncorked a pair of power shots that earned him the win and an extra paycheck.
Lightweights Healy and Miller opened the evening’s pay-per-view card with a clear “Fight of the Night” performance that wowed the New Jersey crowd even with the hometown fighter losing. Miller appeared he might finish the fight in the opening round, but a gritty Healy came back over the final two rounds and looked to be in his way to a decision win before sneaking on to the back and sinking a fight-ending rear-naked joke. The gritty effort was enough to earn both men the evening’s “Fight of the Night” bonus.
Healy also scored a “Submission of the Night” bonus, earning him a total of $130,000.
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(Pictured: Jim Miller)