Aldo vs. Jung Fight Card: Recapping the Fight Night Bonuses
All three bonuses at UFC 163: Aldo vs. Jung were handed to participants in the prelims on FX and not the athletes on the main card.
The preliminary sweep is a bit of a rarity when it comes to bonuses, as usually at least one main card fighter finds his or her way onto the list. Each winner was given $50,000 for his efforts.
Flyweights Ian McCall and Iliarde Santos won Fight of the Night. Welterweight Sergio Moraes took Submission of the Night for his triangle choke on Neil Magny. And in a bonus that should have surprised absolutely no one, the Knockout of the Night went to the light heavyweight who surprised everyone—Anthony Perosh—for his 14-second dispatching of Vinny Magalhaes.
The route to the Fight of the Night honors came by way of technical mastery and an unwavering high pace from the 125-pound competitors. McCall's footwork kept Santos swinging at air while he landed lightning combos of his own. The Brazilian was not easily bested, however. Throughout the bout, Santos landed his fair share of quality strikes and even a marvelous takedown in the first half of the fight.
McCall came dangerously close to giving away the bout after a strong start. Midway through Round 2, Santos suckered him into a brawl. The Brazilian gained some ground, and the fight began to tilt in his direction. But the American regained his composure and took the decision with scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 30-27 from the judges.
And in case anyone was wondering, $50,000 for 14 seconds of work comes out to $3,571.43 per second.
Moraes' submission of Magny shouldn't be a shock coming from the two-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion. That said, the effortless manner in which he secured the choke added something special to the finish.
The fight was well in hand for Moraes from the opening bell. And with the triangle already cinched up tight, he rolled under for a switch to finish the move from the top position rather than with his back on the mat. The slick move earned him the bonus and more importantly instantly put him on the map. He showed everyone his BJJ is at a higher level than most, if not all, UFC welterweights.
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