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Aided by Their Dumb-Ass Fans, UFC Hands Out $400,000 in Bonuses for ‘St. Pierre vs. Koscheck’ [UPDATED]


(Pierson and Riddle’s three-round battle wasn’t enough to win FOTN, but Riddle did go home with the $100 Snot Rocket of the Night bonus. Photo courtesy of MMAFighting.com.)

The performance bonus payouts for Saturday’s UFC 124 event were notable for several reasons: For the first time ever, the UFC allowed fans to choose the "Fight of the Night" in an online vote. Update: The FOTN and Knockout bonuses were $100,000 apiece — the largest bumps since UFC 100 — and two separate [$50,000] Submission of the Night awards were handed out, which meant the total bonus money added up to $400,000, half of which arguably went to the wrong guys. Here’s how the UFC 124 bonuses shook out, in order of most deserving to least deserving…

Submission of the Night #1: Jim Miller, for surviving the relentless grappling offensive of Charles Oliveira, then ending the fight himself with a kneebar just shy of the two-minute mark. Submitting the young, formerly undefeated jiu-jitsu phenom is a major accomplishment for Miller, and should hopefully earn him a fight with a big name in his next outing.

Submission of the Night #2: Mark Bocek, for his first-round triangle choke of Dustin Hazelett (who’s no slouch on the ground either). The way that Bocek set up the triangle from the top then rolled underneath Hazelett to secure it was pretty freakin’ brilliant.


Knockout of the Night: Mac Danzig. There’s something a little anti-climactic about a knockout that comes from a backpedaling hook, but since the only other KO/TKO on the card was Stefan Struve‘s GnP stoppage of Sean McCorkle, you have to give the bonus money to the guy who was able to lay out his opponent face-first with one punch.

Fight of the Night: And here’s where it gets unfortunate. The online voters used their muscle to award $100,000 bonuses to main eventers Georges St. Pierre and Josh Koscheck. Was it a competitive fight? No sir. Was it all that action-packed? Not really, unless you get off on jabs and inside leg kicks. Do GSP and Koscheck need the extra money? Well, they were going to be the highest-paid fighters on the card anyway, so probably not. UFC president Dana White felt that the prelim battle between UFC newcomer Sean Pierson and Matt Riddle was more deserving:

"(The fans) are always chirping about how we mess it up and here we are…They blew their chance. That’s it. It’s over." White said he’d take care of Pierson and Riddle.

Not to take away anything from GSP, but Pierson’s target practice session on Chipper Riddle was the real jabbing performance of the night. We’ll have to wait for the FightMetric report, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the match set records for total punches landed (Pierson) and total punches missed (Riddle). Side-note: None of the three judges scored the first round 10-8 for Pierson? That just adds more weight to my theory that smiling through blows will add a point to your score no matter how badly you’re doing.

Of course, leaving the Fight of the Night selection up to the fans was unfair from the start, since it automatically eliminates the four fights that weren’t shown on the broadcast (John Makdessi def. Pat Audinwood via UD, Ricardo Almeida def. TJ Grant via UD, Jesse Bongfeldt and Rafael Natal fought to a majority draw, Dan Miller def. Joe Doerksen via split-decision). And historically, leaving important decisions up to the drooling masses has led to such tragedies as Taylor Hickswhite Mountain Dew, and that president who ruined America. Some people just can’t handle Democracy…

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Nut Puncher 9000- December 13, 2010 at 3:53 pm
...its called a double leg takedown and Ive heard that GSP is pretty good at them.
Nut Puncher 9000- December 13, 2010 at 3:48 pm
FOTN is NOT determined by the man getting his ass kicked all you Riddle/Kos haters!! It is about exciting/entertaining fights and usually that definition is determined by the casual fan.

And Im pretty sure everyone of you complaining about Kos's distance would be bitching about GSP's boring wrestling had Kos not worked from a distance. Kos moving forward would have equaled a GSP takedown. Do yourselves a favor and learn how shit works ok...
RwilsonR- December 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm
100% agree with Get Off Me. GSP was doing a lot to chase Kos down, and to land harder blows. He did a lot to try and finish, and Kos is one tough SOB. But GSP did a lot to make it exciting, and to go for the finish. He shouldn't be faulted for not finishing this one. The only time I was getting anxious for him to engage was in the last 30 seconds. I was hoping for a giant flurry out of GSP, but didn't get it. Oh well. Still, entertaining as hell!

@ DaltonSwayze - damn right! Fuck WW!!! The original fascist.
Cup Cheick- December 13, 2010 at 2:01 pm
Wait so Riddle was just throwing punches as a joke? Intentionally wanting to get his ass kicked?
Smitty- December 13, 2010 at 2:01 pm
@ Elentius
I feel u, but he didn't finish BJ, BJ quit before the beginning of the 5th round. I don't wanna come across like I'm complaining or, I was not happy with the fight. I just wish GSP had a KO punch like I was hoping he had aquired after training with Freddy Roach. He just doesn't have heavy hands. I remember when he knocked Jay Herion silly in their fight, and pounced on him to finish him.
He's supposed to be working with Roach again soon. I hope Freddy can assist him with his punching technique to help him gain more power. I'd love him to be able to do cats like Dan H did Michael Puss-ping!
Koeikan- December 13, 2010 at 11:31 am
Agree with thenutman (never though I'd say those words).

I thought Pierson Vs Riddle was a mess. It was a sloppy fight where gassed fighter was pitted against a noob striker.
Mechanicjitsu- December 13, 2010 at 11:02 am
The real sad part is how little ALL of these guys are making compared to other pro athletes. Yes its a young sport, gotta pay their dues, blah blah blah blah. These guys are at the pinnacle of their sport. Main event guys, to say the least, 7 figures a piece, not including any bonuses. What's Mayweather, Pac, Pavlik, or any of those Super Six middleweight guys making a fight? A shit ton more than the UFC boys. I love Dana and the UFC for breathing new life into MMA a while back but jes-us man. Time to give back. Don't gimmie the purity of the sport shit either. Other than boxing or bodybuilding, there is just as dirty shit goin on the sidelines in MMA as the others.
thenutman69321- December 13, 2010 at 9:44 am
Pierson Vs Riddle was a horrible fight and Riddle should be cut immediately for not taking this fight seriously and you wanna give him a bonus?

Pierson did nothing but throw jabs the entire fight but at least he was fighting. Riddle was just joking around and throwing punches that were intentionally not landing 90% of the time.

I would not have given FOTN to the main event but only a fucking retard would give FOTN to Pierson Vs Riddle over Koscheck Vs GSP.
Get Off Me- December 13, 2010 at 7:35 am
GSP tried to finish Kos for most of the 3rd and 4th rounds, unfortunately Kos did not engage enough for this to actually happen.
GSP used the Jab so much because Kos was stalking from a distance, if you re-watch the fight you will see GSP lunging forward with his jab just to make contact with Kos.
Most of you would not catch this sort of thing, but GSP started leading with a left hook instead of jab towards the end of the third round, he tried to take it up a notch in the fourth but again Kos kept running, GSP landed a takedown, almost got caught in a heel hook, but transitioned back to the feet where Kos continued to work off his back foot and call his friends on the phone in his right hand. I don't know how it sounded on PPV, but Kos's corner started pleading with him to do something during the 3rd, 4th and 5th rounds to which they were ignored.
Look at Leites vs. Silva to see what happens when one fighter refuses to engage in a fight, Kos was much the same, he just hung around and no matter how great GSP is, his limbs will not grow longer during a fight, Kos was out of range(purposely) for the majority of the fight.

@Danomite
Agreed
MorningwoodII- December 13, 2010 at 7:27 am
It might not have been perfect. But, I feel DW at least tried to encourage fighters to end fights or put on exciting fights. Putting up a 100k for FTON should be inspiring to a fighter.

And I don't agree riddle should have gotten any extra money for his "I'm 10 feet away I'm gonna start punching air now so you can back up." He was terrible. Pierson should have gotten maybe "pounded the shit out of the other guys face" money. But, I don't agree Riddle did anything impressive.

dcmsm- December 13, 2010 at 7:26 am
The argument that GSP and Koscheck have enough money sucks. The real robbery is the fact that Koscheck pocketted 100 grand for getting his ass beat for 5 rounds.
GILL-uh-TEEN- December 13, 2010 at 7:25 am
@KekoJones

I watched the fight and I noticed the right hand (the commentators pointed it out). My point is that you can't jab a guy to death. It was a dominant performance, and if he hadn't stressed that he was trying to finish the fight, I would give him a break. I just think he is excessively cautions since his last loss.
Travelinron- December 13, 2010 at 7:24 am
There was a lot of action in the Riddle/Pierson fight but it wasn't fight of the night. I can't see giving that kind of a bump to a guy (Riddle) who has made it to the top promotion in the world and hasn't learned how to throw a punch that has even the possibility of landing.

For most of the fight Riddle was throwing arm punches and not stepping in. If Pierson didn't move he wouldn't have been hit.

I'd rather toss the cash at GSP's impressive technical display and Koscheck impressive face attack on GSP's hand.
danomite- December 13, 2010 at 7:08 am
Maybe he didn't knock him out but he did break the guy's fucking orbital bone, which is gonna need surgery now. That's good enough for me. The only thing I wanted from that fight was for Koscheck to get his ass beat. He did. Badly. Thank you again GSP.
Jugger- December 13, 2010 at 7:04 am
Those of you saying that GSP did more damage by going five rounds with Koscheck have never see Raging Bull. Koscheck will always be able to wink at GSP and say "You never? got me down, Ray"

GSP should have hit Koscheck's off button.
KekoJones- December 13, 2010 at 6:53 am
@GILL-uh-TEEN
Don't know if you actually saw the fight, but Koscheck did have his right hand up at all times after he lost vision, and GSP threw highkicks to attempt to use Koschecks non-vision to his advantage.
GILL-uh-TEEN- December 13, 2010 at 6:48 am
It didn't look to me like GSP wanted to finish the fight. Koscheck was giving no offense and when GSP stunned him, it was a single blow and no followup. He needs to work on that killer instinct to pounce when he sees his opponent dazed or stunned.

I just don't believe that he was trying as hard as he said he was to finish the fight. Jabs don't finish fights... once you've closed his eye and rattled his jaw... start mixing in some high kicks on the blind side or pouncing once you have him backed into a corner.
RSparrow- December 13, 2010 at 6:45 am
Don't steal weed from a surfer, they get pretty crazy...
DaltonSwayze- December 13, 2010 at 6:42 am
Sure, you thought you hedged your bets by linking to a pic of the Fake Texan and Mr Kenya himself. HOWEVER, you forgot about the fact that Bush stole the election in 2000, and Acorn accounts for about ten million fraudulent votes in 2008. The REAL pic you should've linked to is....hxxp://historyspace.mrlocke.com/president_woodrow_wilson_po.jpg
Elentius- December 13, 2010 at 6:36 am
Hey Smitty, he did stop Penn but I hear ya. At least GSP does not go around saying he is trying to fight the perfect fight like A. Silva does. Now there is a boring top P4Per.
MaxTheLimit- December 13, 2010 at 6:35 am
I liked the fight, but did anyone else think Riddel looked silly throwing those not even close marching forward punches?
C-Bus Allstar- December 13, 2010 at 6:31 am
I think that's one thing that people don't realize. By GSP NOT Knocking Koscheck out, he DID finish him. He finished Koscheck's walking around with an Air of Invincibility and Arrogance about him. He finished the shit-talking that Koscheck started on TUF, and he finished 2010 with one of the most one-sided fights since BJ Penn destroyed Diego Sanchez.
KekoJones- December 13, 2010 at 6:26 am
Didn't big DW say that Bocek & Miller get to SPLIT the SOTN and get 50k a piece? I think he did at the presser.
Smitty- December 13, 2010 at 6:25 am
Love me some GSP, but I'm tired of him not finishing ANYBODY!!!
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