Although no "Fight of the Night" bonus was awarded for UFC 146, there were still plenty of finishes on the card that warranted bonuses.
Six fighters—Junior dos Santos, Cain Velasquez, Roy Nelson, Stipe Miocic, Jamie Varner and Dan Hardy—earned knockouts over their opponents.
Both Hardy and Nelson earned a $70,000 bonus. Hardy, who was coming off a four-fight losing streak, knocked out Duane Ludwig in the first round of their prelims matchup.
Nelson's win came over Dave Herman, who filled in as a late replacement for Gabriel Gonzaga. It only took 51 seconds before Nelson landed his overhand right that has put so many other opponents away.
Two fighters were also awarded with "Submission of the Night" bonuses, as Paul Sass and Stefan Struve received an extra $70,000 for their finishes. Struve submitted Lavar Johnson to open the all-heavyweight pay-per-view, while Sass stopped the extended win streak of Jacob Volkmann with a triangle armbar in the first round.
Of all 12 bouts, only three went the distance—Jason Miller vs. C.B. Dollaway, Mike Brown vs. Daniel Pineda and Darren Elkins vs. Diego Brandao.
There haven't been too many cards where a FOTN bonus wasn't awarded, but the fight between Elkins and Brandao was definitely a worthy consideration. Both traded 10-8 rounds before a deciding third round won it for Elkins over the first featherweight Ultimate Fighter winner.
It's also notable that Dos Santos didn't receive an award for his KO over Frank Mir in the main event. When heavyweights deliver with exciting finishes, there isn't too much more a fan could ask for.
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