Korean Zombie: 10 Fighters Who Have Won Multiple Bonuses for the Same Fight
At UFC on Fuel TV 3, Chan-Sung Jung became the 10th fighter in UFC history to walk away from a bout with multiple bonuses. With his win over Poirier earlier in May, Jung cemented himself as one of the most exciting fighters in the sport and a true featherweight contender.
In his first two UFC appearances, Jung picked up a Submission of the Night bonus for his twister against Leonard Garcia and a Knockout of the Night bonus for his lightning-fast knockout of former top contender Mark Hominick.
Without further delay, let's take a look at "The Korean Zombie" and the 9 other UFC fighters who have earned multiple bonuses for the same fight.
Marcus Davis vs. Paul Taylor
Though the fight didn't make it out of the first round, Marcus Davis' performance against Paul Taylor at UFC 75 was more than enough to earn him Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night honors.
After getting dropped with a head kick early in the fight, Davis was able to recover and reverse Taylor on the ground. Davis moved to mount and expertly secured an armbar in the final minute of the opening round.
Following his two-bonus performance in September 2007, Davis would proceeded to earn two more Fight of the Night awards before being released from the UFC in January 2011.
Anderson Silva vs. Dan Henderson/Forrest Griffin/Chael Sonnen
Unsurprisingly, it is middleweight champion Anderson Silva who is the fighter with the most multi-bonus performances in UFC history. Throughout his unparalleled career, Silva has picked up multiple bonuses in three different bouts.
vs. Dan Henderson
In March 2008, Silva met then-Pride champion Dan Henderson in a title-merging fight. Despite dropping the first round on the scorecards, Silva was able to come back strong in the second frame, finding his range and stuffing a Henderson takedown to take the top position.
With seconds left in the second stanza, Silva was able to take Henderson's back and lock up a rear-naked choke to retain his title and earn Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night awards.
vs. Forrest Griffin
At UFC 101, Silva made a one-fight move to the light heavyweight division for a superfight of sorts with former champion Forrest Griffin. Though Silva was dominant throughout the one-round fight, he was awarded Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night honors for his dismantling of Griffin.
vs. Chael Sonnen
Probably the most impressive of SIlva's three multi-bonus fights came against Chael Sonnen in August 2010. For nearly five rounds, Silva was dominated by Sonnen on the ground, but a late triangle choke allowed the champion to keep his belt and earn two bonuses for his come-from-behind performance.
In July, Silva will meet Sonnen for a rematch, which should prove entertaining and another opportunity for the champion two pick up multiple bonuses with one appearance.
Dustin Hazelett vs. Josh Burkman
Coming off of a knockout loss against Josh Koscheck, Dustin Hazelett met Josh Burkman in June 2008. In one of the more exciting grappling displays you'll see in MMA, Hazelett locked up a beautiful armbar as the clock was ticking down in the second round.
The win earned Hazelett Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night bonuses, but he would proceed to lose three of his next four fights, resulting in his release from the UFC and temporary retirement from the sport.
Pat Barry vs. Antoni Hardonk
In October 2009, former kickboxers Pat Barry and Antoni Hardonk engaged in an exciting stand-up battle. Midway through the second round, it was a jab that wobbled Hardonk and led to a knockout win for Barry, who has since lost four out of six fights and could be in danger of being released from the UFC.
Nonetheless, Barry's strong showing against Hardonk was enough for the heavyweight to earn Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night honors. Barry also recently won Fight of the Night honors for the second time in a knockout win over Christian Morecraft.
Josh Koscheck vs. Anthony Johnson
A former NCAA champion wrestler, Josh Koscheck's ground game made the difference in a UFC 106 bout against Anthony Johnson. After dominating the first round, Koscheck was able to take Johnson to the ground again in the second frame.
With less than 15 seconds remaining in the round, Koscheck locked up a rear-naked choke and earned a big payday for his Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night performance.
Yves Edwards vs. Cody McKenzie
When Yves Edwards and Cody McKenzie met in January 2011, their bout was certainly not the most technical, but it provided non-stop action for the better part of two rounds. The constant battle only came to an end when Edwards was able to put McKenzie to sleep with a rear-naked choke near the end of the second round.
The win earned Edwards both Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night awards. Additionally, the submission of McKenzie gave Edwards his third straight victory, though that streak has since been broken.
Chris Lytle vs. Dan Hardy
In a retirement fight straight out of a storybook, Chris Lytle went toe-to-toe with Dan Hardy before securing a mounted guillotine choke in the closing minute of the bout. With the win, Lytle earned Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night bonuses before riding off into the sunset and beginning a career in politics.
Lytle recently came up short in his first run at becoming an Indiana senator, but he has shown no interest in returning to the sport that allowed him to gain fame through his toughness and well-rounded fighting style.
Diego Brandao vs. Dennis Bermudez
In December, Diego Brandao was not only able to win The Ultimate Fighter with an armbar against Dennis Bermudez, but he also scored Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night honors for his victory in the back-and-forth, one-round fight.
The 24-year-old followed his win over Bermudez up with a loss against Darren Elkins. However, the 24-year-old showed a lot of promise before gassing out in the second round and should be a future star in the featherweight division.
Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim
In January, Edson Barboza scored one of the most spectacular knockouts in MMA history when he landed a spinning heel kick to the head of Terry Etim. The kick knocked Etim stiff and allowed Barboza to remain undefeated for his first 10 professional fights.
Barboza recently lost his following fight against Jamie Varner, but not before collecting two bonus checks for Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night for his performance against Etim.
Chan-Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier
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In an early candidate for Fight of the Year, Chan-Sung Jung and Dustin Poirier went to battle in the main event of UFC on Fuel TV 3. As it appeared he was about to be taken to the ground by Poirier early in the fourth round, Jung turned the tables and wound up on top of his opponent.
From there, "The Korean Zombie" was able to lock up a D'Arce choke and finish the fight. After picking up bonuses in each of his first two UFC fights, Jung's submission of Poirier earned him Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night awards.