Love him or hate him, UFC lightweight Nate Diaz is here to stay. The controversial competitor was in as fine a form as ever last night at UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem where he tenderized Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone like a thick, juicy steak headed for the grill, peppering him with shots for the fifteen minute duration of their co-headlining bout.
In the end Diaz’s convincing decision win not only earned him the respect of all onlookers but an additional $75,000 for his role in the show’s Fight of the Night. Cerrone also received the bonus’ attached cash.
Another PPV performer was awarded $75,000 for his showing on Friday evening in the form of Johny Hendricks. The former NCAA wrestling champion’s twelve-second smackdown of perennial contender Jon Fitch took Knockout of the Night honors.
Based on the card’s lack of submissions no related bonus was issued.
MMATraining Take: No arguments here though I would have liked to see Alexander Gustafsson get a knockout bonus as well since his win over Vladimir Matyushenko was equally impressive and the UFC didn’t have to hand out a Submission of the Night.