At each and every event the UFC hands out $50,000 to four lucky bonus winners. They are usually two for ‘Fight of the Night’ and two for ‘Performance of the Night’.
UFC 178: Dishin’ Out the Dolla
Well we have decided to give out our own bonuses. We may not dish out every one, but we will tell you if we don’t agree with what the UFC has decided on.
This is the first edition of ‘Dishin’ Out the Dolla’.
MMASucka’s Fight of the Night: Donald Cerrone vs. Eddie Alvarez
It seemed like the UFC felt bad for the way Tim Kennedy lost his fight because the bout between Cerrone and Alvarez was much more worthy of the $50k bonus for Fight of the Night than the Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero bout.
First off let’s talk about the bout the UFC picked between Kennedy and Romero. The first round was all Romero, while the second round Kennedy held his own and actually had Romero out on his feet up against the cage as the bell sounded. In between rounds it took Romero’s corner a ridiculously long time to get out of the Octagon — they even forgot to take the chair when they finally did decide to leave. Referee “Big” John McCarthy yelled at the corner and Romero himself, but in my opinion he should have been disqualified for that dirty little tactic.
Yes, this was the fight that the UFC decided should get $50,000 for Fight of the Night. I however, don’t think that a fighter that blatantly cheated the system should be awarded for his performance.
Bring on MMASucka’s pick for the bonus.
“Cowboy” Cerrone welcomed Alvarez to the UFC and he proved that the Octagon is a step up in competition from everything that the Blackzilian had faced in the past. The Jackson’s-Winkeljohn fighter got off to a slow start, which Alvarez took advantage of. He picked him apart at will and won the first stanza. However in rounds two and three, Cerrone battered Alvarez’s leg to the point of no return. Late in the third round, a brutal set of leg kicks dropped Alvarez and instead of forcing the action back to the feet, Cerrone decided to drop down into his guard and lay down some more punishment in the form of punches and elbows.
This bout went all three rounds and it was as exciting as a fight could be. I wouldn’t be surprised if these two beasts were awarded a locker room bonus which the public was not aware of.
UFC 178 on paper was called the fight card of the year, but a lot of the time that doesn’t stack up — UFC 178 did.