UFC 120 Bonuses: Four Fighters Bank $60K

By Brian Knapp Oct 16, 2010
Before his encounter with Carlos Condit, Dan Hardy had never before been knocked out. In MMA, such streaks are notoriously fleeting.

Condit parked Hardy with a left hook and follow-up ground strike, as he banked a $60,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus in the UFC 120 “Bisping vs. Akiyama” co-main event on Saturday at the O2 Arena in London. The 26-year-old Condit clipped Hardy with a crackling left hook that sent him to the mat in a semi-conscious state and finished off the Team Rough House standout soon after. The end came 4:27 into round one.

Based at Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts, Condit now owns 25 finishes among his 26 career victories. The former World Extreme Cagefighting welterweight champion will carry a three-fight winning streak into his next Octagon appearance.

Meanwhile, British prospect Paul Sass capitalized in his promotional debut, as he earned a $60,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus following his triangle choke-induced tapout against Mark Holst in their preliminary lightweight battle. Holst waved the white flag 4:45 into the first round, as the 22-year-old Sass remained perfect in 11 professional outings.

Finally, “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 3 winner Michael Bisping and Yoshihiro Akiyama pocketed matching $60,000 “Fight of the Night” bonuses after their middleweight headliner ended in a unanimous decision for the Brit. Bisping, who carried 30-27 scores from all three cage-side judges, has won all 16 of his fights on British soil.

Updated at 11:15 p.m. ET to correct the bonus amounts.
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