Story, Belfort Earn $65,000 Bonuses

By Sherdog.com Staff Sep 20, 2009
Ricky Story’s evening had a happy ending, as the welterweight earned $130,000 in “fight of the night” and “submission” bonuses for his second-round arm-triangle choke over Brian Foster at UFC 103 in Dallas.

Story, in his second UFC appearance, traded freely with Foster until he found a single-leg takedown and the choke within Foster’s guard in the second stanza.

UFC 103 drew a $2.4 million gate and 17,428 attendees to the American Airlines Center, according to the promotion.

Vitor Belfort also took home an extra $65,000 for his first-round technical knockout of Rich Franklin in the 195-pound catch-weight main event.

The 32-year-old Brazilian started cautiously, but soon found his opening with a left hook that clipped the former middleweight champion and sent him forward to the canvas. A turtled Franklin couldn’t fend off the incoming barrage to both sides of his head, signaling referee Yves Lavigne to step in at 3:02 of the first round.

The bout was Belfort’s first with the promotion since February 2005 and puts him on the fast track to a title bout against middleweight king Anderson Silva.
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