UFC 126 Bonuses: Silva, Jones, Cerrone, Kelly Bank $75K

By Brian Knapp Feb 5, 2011
Middleweight king Anderson Silva (Pictured) earned a $75,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus after he crumpled Vitor Belfort with an otherworldly front kick in the UFC 126 headliner on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The end came 3:25 into round one, as Silva posted his 14th consecutive win in sensational fashion.

The two men circled one another for nearly two minutes before throwing any meaningful strikes. Belfort fired the first salvos, a pair of leg kicks and a right-left combination. Moments later, he was staring at the lights, the latest victim in Silva’s incredible run of dominance.

Meanwhile, Jon Jones snatched a $75,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus in wake of his guillotine-induced tapout of Ryan Bader. The 23-year-old Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts representative dominated the previously unbeaten Bader, ultimately securing victory with the second-round choke. The win earned Jones a crack at UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128 next month in New Jersey.

Finally, World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Donald Cerrone and Paul Kelly pocketed matching $75,000 “Fight of the Night” bonuses after their two-round lightweight encounter ended with the Brit submitting to a rear-naked choke. Cerrone took the tapout 3:48 into round two, as he made the most of his Octagon debut.

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