Josh Koscheck made out like a bandit.
Koscheck banked $140,000 in post-fight bonuses after he submitted Anthony Johnson with a second-round rear-naked choke in the co-main event at UFC 106 “Ortiz vs. Griffin 2” on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The event drew 10,529 fans for a $3 million gate.
Koscheck, the polarizing 31-year-old American Kickboxing Academy standout, earned two $70,000 performance bonuses -- one for “Submission of the Night,” the other for “Fight of the Night.” Johnson, who submitted for the second time in his career, banked a $70,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus for his troubles. The talented Georgian -- who was docked a point for an illegal knee in the first round and survived a pair of eye pokes from Koscheck in the second -- held his own standing but looked overmatched when Koscheck brought him to the ground.
Meanwhile, Pride Fighting Championships veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira turned his UFC debut into a profitable venture.
The twin brother of heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, he pocketed a $70,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus after he blasted through the highly regarded Luis Arthur Cane with a series of brutal left hooks. Nogueira needed only 1:56 to dispatch Cane, an American Top Team-based Brazilian who had never before been finished.