Dennis Bermudez got a performance bonus to go with his big win. | Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com
Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown carried an enormous amount of hype into their UFC on Fox 12 main event, and the top-10 welterweights were able to deliver.
Lawler and Brown went at it for 25 minutes in the No. 1 contender’s bout at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., and both men earned $50,000 bonuses for the “Fight of the Night.”
After five rounds, “Ruthless” was deemed the victor by the judges sitting cageside, but en route to victory, the American Top Team product absorbed a fair share of punishment. Brown made good use of his fabled elbows, scored a couple takedowns, and wobbled Lawler with a shot to the jaw in the first, proving himself deserving of his nickname, “The Immortal.”
Anthony Johnson endured a full training camp but only required 44 seconds to dismantle Antonio Rogerio Nogueira with a smattering of pinpoint punches. The finish was deemed worthy of a UFC “Performance of the Night” bonus, earning the Blackzilian a cool $50,000.
Dennis Bermudez continued his torrid pace at featherweight, winning his seventh consecutive scrap. “The Menace” was able to finish Clay Guida via submission in the second round and earn a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus for his efforts. Bermudez currently owns the third longest winning streak under the UFC banner, sitting behind only Jon Jones and Chris Weidman.