With a night full of exciting and tightly contested fights. the night’s bonuses were also tightly contested. Two main card fighters, Nate Diaz and Lavar Johnson, were amongst those that earned $65,000 bonuses, along with Louis Gaudinot and John Lineker, who fought on the preliminary card and earned “Fight of the Night” honors.
Diaz won the main event, along with “Submission of the Night” with his second round guillotine over Jim Miller. This was the first time in 25 career fights that Miller has ever lost due to stoppage. The win, Diaz’s third consecutive since returning to the lightweight division, also gave Diaz his third consecutive fight night bonus. He now has earned nine during his career, with tonight’s being his fourth “Submission of the Night”.
Johnson also extended his streak of bonuses, as he won his second “Knockout of the Night” bonus of 2012 with his win over Pat Barry. After losing his last two fights in Strikeforce in 2011, Johnson has started off 2-0 in the UFC. After knocking out Joey Beltran at UFC on Fox 2 in January, Johnson continued that tonight over Barry, giving him nine knockout wins in his last eleven fights.
While the knockout bonus went to the gargantuan heavyweight Johnson, the smallest men on the night earned “Fight of the Night” as flyweights Gaudinot and Lineker nabbed the bonus thanks to their exciting back-and-forth matchup. The green-haired Gaudinot ended up the victor after suffering a bevy of strikes in the first round. He came back in the second, eventually choking out the Brazilian with a guillotine choke at 4:54 of the second round.
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