UFC 133 Bonuses: Belfort, Evans, Ortiz Pocket $70,000 Apiece

By Mike Whitman Aug 6, 2011
Three men took home post-fight bonuses following UFC 133, as Vitor Belfort, Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz each netted an extra $70,000 for their efforts on Saturday night.

Belfort (Pictured; file photo) walked away from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia with “Knockout of the Night” honors, while Evans and Ortiz shared “Fight of the Night” for their exciting light heavyweight rematch.

As none of the evening’s 11 bouts ended with a tap out, no “Submission of the Night” bonus was issued.

UFC President Dana White announced during the event’s post-fight press conference that welterweight Brian Ebersole would also receive an extra $70,000 for his first-round stoppage of scantily clad opponent Dennis Hallman -- in White’s words, “for getting those horrifying shorts off of TV as soon as possible.”

The 34-year-old “Phenom” Belfort turned out the lights of Yoshihiro Akiyama in the first round, clipping the judoka with a straight left hand before finishing the job with a flurry of punches. Though “Sexyama” attempted to recover, Belfort’s offense was relentless, rendering the Japanese star unconscious just 1:54 into their middleweight bout.

Evans dominated his second encounter with Ortiz, landing sharp combinations and slamming the former champion to the mat in the first frame. The second stanza would bring more of the same, as “Suga” grounded Ortiz and worked diligently from side control. Though “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” escaped the position to his knees, it would prove to be his undoing, as Evans crumpled Ortiz with a knee to the body and finished the fight with punches shortly thereafter.

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