UFC Post-Fight Bonuses for the Best of June
UFC honchos, fighters and fans have long cherished the unique ritual that is the post-fight bonus check. However, UFC president Dana White has now suggested that, thanks to all of these (expletive) crybaby comments about fighter pay from all these (expletive) who don't know (expletive) about business, the UFC might do away with those bonuses. Happy now, bro? You like that? Be careful what you (expletive) complain about, people.
But take heart. As this saga continues to unfold, I believe White and the rest of the UFC brain trust will be buoyed to learn that I, slideshow writer Scott Harris from Bleacher Report, am standing strong against these nefarious forces. I will never allow some uninformed, unruly, unsanitary mob to dictate how or whether I distribute my UFC post-fight accolades.
For the uninitiated, my bonuses are exactly like those of the UFC, except they cover the entire month and don't offer "pay" in the traditional sense. Rather, for reasons of marketplace economics that are too complex to explain in this space, I offer slideshow slides instead of dollars. Chuckle if you must. Just don't forget that you could be looking at the primary bonus model of the future! Not chuckling anymore, are you? I thought not.
So without further ado, and with my fist raised defiantly to the heavens, I offer my selections for UFC knockout, submission and fight of the month.
In addition to these staples, I've been known to throw in some random bonus bonuses. Did I do that this month? Read on, why don't you. And if you're interested, check out the May bonuses here.
Knockout of the Month: Shawn Jordan
At UFC 161, Shawn Jordan crumpled Pat Barry with an uppercut and then tossed his turtled-up body to the side. In only 59 seconds, the former LSU footballer had earned his biggest UFC win to date, breathed a small bit of life into a moribund event and redeemed himself for that 2012 snoozer loss to Cheick Kongo. Not a bad night's work.
Submission of the Month: Antonio Braga Neto
The UFC on Fuel 10 opener doubled as the nastiest submission of the evening.
And that's saying something, given that the event set a record in the submission department (more on that in a second).
Making Antonio Braga Neto's filthy kneebar on Anthony Smith even more impressive was that it was his UFC debut. The merciless crank hinted that the 25-year-old middleweight may be equal to his hype.
Fight of the Month: Thiago Silva vs. Rafael Cavalcante
Two ill-tempered light heavyweights were returning from drug suspensions. Rafael Cavalcante was also making his UFC debut after a rock-solid run in Strikeforce, among other promotions. "Feijao" got the better of it early on, working his jab and tenderizing Silva. But he got tired, and toward the end of the first round, Silva grabbed the momentum—hammering Cavalcante against the fence and ultimately putting him down.
Bonus Bonus! Victory Celebration of the Month: Mitch Clarke
After scoring his first UFC victory—a clear if fairly unexciting decision over John Maguire at UFC 161—Canadian Mitch Clarke dissolved into joyful tears before a crowd of his countrymen, repeatedly saying "That's all I wanted!"
It was impossible not to be moved by the emotional reaction, and the celebration probably won him more fans than the actual fight.
Bonus Bonus! Orthopedist Golden Jackpot of the Month: UFC on Fuel 10
With eight submission wins on its docket, UFC on Fuel 10 set (by a pretty comfortable margin) a new Zuffa-era UFC record for most submissions in a single event.
It began with a kneebar (courtesy of Braga Neto) and ended with Fabricio Werdum's armbarring of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. In between, Caio Magalhaes, Raphael Assuncao, Rony Jason, Daniel Sarafian, Erick Silva and Leonardo Santos all did their best to wrest free a limb or collapse a throat, all to the delight of the Brazilian crowd.
Bonus Bonus! Insomniac's Golden Jackpot of the Month: UFC 161
Dan Henderson's actually sleeping in this photo. He sleeps with his eyes open. Creepy, right? That's what I said.
But Hendo bravely did his part for problem sleepers and boredom enthusiasts everywhere, as he MMA-slow-danced to a decision loss to Rashad Evans at UFC 161. Ryan Jimmo, Tyron Woodley, Jake Shields and pretty much every other fighter on the card chipped in. A true team effort.