There was a bevvy of fighters worthy of earning post-fight award bonuses at UFC on Versus 4 on Sunday night in Pittsburgh, but there were also that select few that stood head and shoulders above the rest.
The most stunning, of course, was the Knockout of the Night. The bonus almost went to Pat Barry… until his opponent, Cheick Kongo, turned the tables, knocking Barry out in the night’s main event.
The fight will go down as one of the most miraculous comebacks in mixed martial arts history. Barry knocked Kongo down not once, but twice, appearing milliseconds away from a sure victory. Kongo somehow managed to stay conscious, get back up on wobbly legs, and then crack Barry on the jaw, laying him out cold.
Kongo walks away with a piece of UFC history, as well as a bonus check for $50,000.
And how could a card featuring Joe Lauzon not see a bonus go his way? Winning post-fight bonuses has become not so much a specialty for Lauzon, but a foregone conclusion.
Lauzon nearly knocked Curt Warburton out on Versus, but instead finished the fight with a Kimura that nearly took the Brit’s arm off. The Submission of the Night award was Lauzon’s eight post-fight bonus in 10 fights.
The Fight of the Night was awarded to an exciting preliminary bout between Charles Oliveira and Nik Lentz. The two fought back and forth, trying to take the other out, before Oliveira submitted Lentz in the second round.
There was an outstanding element of controversy to the Oliveira vs. Lentz fight. Oliveira put on an outstanding performance against Lentz, but rocked him with an illegal knee shortly before submitting him. The referee didn’t register the illegal knee and awarded the finish to Oliveira.
Lauzon, Oliveira, and Lentz were each awarded a $50,000 bonus for their performances, the same as Kongo, for a total of $200,000 in announced post-fight bonuses.
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