UFC 160: Dos Santos Does Not Get KO of the Night Bonus Thanks to Mike Tyson

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UFC 160: Dos Santos Does Not Get KO of the Night Bonus Thanks to Mike Tyson
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Anyone who watched UFC 160 on Saturday night will undoubtedly end up talking about Junior dos Santos and his epic spinning heel kick knockout against Mark Hunt. It was not only an incredible way to cap off a fun and entertaining fight, but it was also one of the best finishes in the history of the heavyweight division.

However, another former heavyweight champion had something to say about who would be awarded the UFC 160 bonus for Knockout of the Night: Mike Tyson.

In the post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White told the press that Junior dos Santos was originally going to be the recipient of the Knockout of the Night bonus. However, Tyson convinced him that the rightful owner of that award was TJ Grant, who knocked down fellow lightweight Gray Maynard with a straight right before finishing him with a flurry of punches. 

TJ Grant holding Joe Silva's original list of fight night bonuses. Photo courtesy of Esther Lin for MMAFighting.com

Tyson, of course, is one of the most famous retired athletes on the planet due to knockout capabilities that saw the boxer knock out 44 opponents throughout his professional career.

"Iron" Mike has been visible at several UFC events in 2013. He was a guest on The Ultimate Fighter this year, was on stage during the UFC 160 weigh-ins and even came into the cage to congratulate Glover Teixeira after his victory against James Te Huna.

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Officially, Tyson is not employed by the UFC, but with this announcement, it is clear that his influence is reverberating throughout the industry.

Defying the oddsmakers, Grant wasted little time taking out Maynard, finishing his opponent at 2:07 of the first round. The victory was the fifth in a row for Grant, all of which have come since dropping down to the lightweight division.

Junior dos Santos won't be too worried about missing out on the $50,000 bonus, because he and Hunt earned the same paycheck for Fight of the Night.

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