UFC 124 Bonuses: 3 Fighters Earn $100K; 2 Others Pocket $50K

By Brian Knapp Dec 11, 2010
The two men who headlined UFC 124 can thank the fans for their fattened bank accounts.

Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and challenger Josh Koscheck each pocketed $100,000 “Fight of the Night” bonuses following their five-round duel at UFC 124 “St. Pierre vs. Koscheck 2” on Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal. For the first time in history, fans were allowed to vote for “Fight of the Night” on UFC.com.

St. Pierre won a lopsided unanimous decision from Koscheck in their rematch, winning all five rounds on all three scorecards. The 29-year-old Quebec native battered Koscheck with a relentless volley of jabs, all but shuttering the American Kickboxing Academy product’s right eye.

Meanwhile, “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 6 winner Mac Danzig banked a $100,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus after he flattened Joe Stevenson with a short counter left hook in the first round. The blow left Stevenson face down on the mat, and Danzig polished him off with a couple of hammerfists. Stevenson had not been knocked out in more than a decade; former UFC lightweight king Jens Pulver did the honors in June 1999, two weeks before Stevenson’s 17th birthday.

Finally, AMA Fight Club standout Jim Miller and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Mark Bocek split the $100,000 prize for “Submission of the Night.” Miller coaxed a tapout from the previously unbeaten Charles Oliveira with a first-round kneebar; Bocek finished Dustin Hazelett with an opening-round triangle choke.
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