UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida is in the books and Fight Night bonuses have been rewarded. Fighters earning fight night bonuses at the event pocketed an extra $80,000. The guys who earned the bonuses were BJ Penn, Phil Davis, George Sotiropoulos, and Joe Lauzon.
Sotiropoulos and Lauzon were given Fight of the Night. The two lightweights had brilliant ground exchanges during the first round. In the second round, Lauzon noticeably slowed down before Sotiropoulos latched on the fight ending submission came midway through round two.
Submission of the Night went to Phil Davis. Davis secured a variation of the kimura that had never been seen before. He trapped his opponent’s arm behind his body with one arm, before finding a way to feed his second hand through and crank. Joe Rogan named the submission the “Mr. Wonderful” after the fight. Personally, I prefer the name the “Philmura.”
Knockout of the Night was a no brainer. It went to BJ Penn who needed only 21 seconds to knockout former welterweight king Matt Hughes. Penn looked like the guy we grew to love after he stormed the cage and immediately put pressure on Hughes. It didn’t take long for the former lightweight champ to make a statement.