Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Forrest Griffin (left) punches Tito Ortiz during a light heavyweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
UFC 148: "Silva vs. Sonnen 2" from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, has officially wrapped, which means it's time for those select fighters who went above and beyond in their respective fights to get a little extra grease for their efforts.
To the tune of $75,000 each.
The promotion dished out its standard post-fight monetary bonuses to four out of the 22 fighters on the card, and it's probably no surprise who's headed home with a second sack of simoleons.
You would be a fool to think Anderson Silva would finish Chael Sonnen via strikes and not get awarded the "Knockout of the Night" bonus for it. "The Spider" used a crazy accurate knee to deal a devastating blow to Sonnen's hopes of ever attaining UFC gold.
The follow up punches were academic. Best in the world.
You would also be a fool to think UFC President Dana White wouldn't award Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin for going back-and-forth for three rounds and 15 minutes in their light heavyweight war of attrition. The judges sided with Griffin, Tito thought he won, and in the end, everyone is $75K richer anyway.
Screw it. Off into the sunset goes "The People's Champ."
Because there was no submission on the entire 11-fight card, no one was awarded "Submission of the Night" honors. Novel concept, huh?
Here are the special fight bonuses for UFC 148:
Submission of the Night -- None
Knockout of the Night -- Anderson Silva
Fight of the Night -- Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin
Again, each fighter received $75,000 extra for their performances in addition to their respective base salaries, which we will pass along as soon as possible.
For complete UFC 148 results and blow-by-blow coverage of all the night's action click here.