UFC 129 Bonuses: Aldo, Hominick, Machida, Garza Bank $129,000

By Mike Whitman Apr 30, 2011
Four fighters walked away from Rogers Centre in Toronto on Saturday night with $129,000 apiece in post-fight bonus money, as Lyoto Machida took home “Knockout of the Night,” while Pablo Garza was awarded “Submission of the Night.” Meanwhile, Jose Aldo (Pictured; file photo) and Mark Hominick earned “Fight of the Night” honors for their thrilling featherweight title affair in front of a reported 55,724 fans at UFC 129.

Garza put on a show in the very first bout of the evening, as “The Scarecrow” fought through opponent Yves Jabouin’s strikes in the early going and pulled off a slick flying triangle. After a brief struggle, Jabouin had no choice but to tap to the choke at 4:31 of the first frame.

In a jaw-dropping turn of events, Machida duplicated training partner Anderson Silva’s knockout of Vitor Belfort by felling Randy Couture with a beautiful front kick to the face. The “Dragon” dictated the bout from start to finish, using superior speed and striking ability to keep Couture off balance before unleashing a “Karate Kid”-esque jumping front kick that relieved Couture of both his consciousness and a tooth at 1:05 of the second round.

Saturday night’s co-main event showcased the heart and toughness of both Aldo and Hominick. Though the Brazilian dominated the fight early, Hominick refused to give and inch, fighting tooth-and-nail for the five-round duration. The champion faded as the fight came to a close, and the Canadian capitalized in the final frame, putting Aldo on his back and pounding away. It was too little too late, however, as Aldo took home the unanimous decision in retaining his title.

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