Jonathan Goulet, Kuniyoshi Hironaka, Jason MacDonald, and Demian Maia earned $75,000 bonuses for their efforts at UFC 83 on Saturday in Montreal, Canada. The bonuses for “Knockout of the Night”, “Submission of the Night”, and “Fight of the Night” were announced during the post-event press conference. The $75,000 bonuses set a new record for the hightest post-event bonuses ever given out by the promotion.
Goulet and Hironaka exchanged in a stellar opening preliminary bout to kick off the event and were awarded “Fight of the Night” bonuses for their efforts. Hironaka was strong in the opening round, rocking Goulet several times and nearly finishing his opponent before the first round came to a close. Goulet recovered during the minute break and returned with a flurry, rocking Hironaka before finishing him off mid-way through the round with series of strikes.
MacDonald was awarded “Knockout of the Night” for his second-round TKO of Joe Doerksen. Leading up the fight the pair traded jabs over their blogs and it showed with an intense preliminary bout that featured a back-and-forth opening round followed by a round two ground-and-pound knockout for MacDonald over his fellow-Canadian rival.
Maia took home the $75,000 bonus for his triangle submission of Ed Herman. After a close opening round Herman secured the top position in round two. Maia, though, would next secure a deep triangle choke which Herman unsuccessfully attempted to fight off. Maia then transferred to the top position and Herman was put to sleep before the referee stepped in and stopped the fight.