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Midnight Mania! Junior dos Santos: Mike Tyson owes me $50k

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight straphanger Junior dos Santos is looking to recoup five lost figures from boxing legend Mike Tyson. Per the Brazilian slugger, Tyson’s influence on UFC President Dana White ended up shifting the standard post-fight bonuses around, costing “Cigano” a $50,000 bonus in the process.

Way back at UFC 160 in May 2013, dos Santos scored a tremendous spinning kick knockout over Mark Hunt to punctuate a three-round war. Dos Santos was awarded the “Fight of the Night” bonus for the performance, but according to “JDS,” he was initially supposed to receive the “Knockout of the Night” — since replaced by the more generic and less violent “Performance of the Night” — bonus too!

“When I fought Mark Hunt I had two bonuses of the bight – Best Fight of the Night, and Best Knockout of the Night,” dos Santos explained (via The Sun). “And Mike Tyson was there watching the fight and at the press conference after the fights, Dana White said, ‘Junior Dos Santos has won two bonuses of the night. Best Fight of the Night, and Best Knockout of the Night.’

“But I was asking Mike Tyson and he told me to give the Knockout of the Night to somebody else! “He said, ‘Why give two bonuses to just one guy?’ So he took away from me $50,000. So he owes me $50,000! He deprived me of that.”

Dos Santos also expressed an interest in boxing Tyson, who has returned from retirement to once again operate as an active fighter, currently scheduled vs. Logan Paul in February 2022. “JDS,” meanwhile, has been testing his hand as a pro wrestler, but he’s repeatedly expressed interest in crossing over to the boxing ring.

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