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Cheap-Ass UFC Releases Miserly Fight Bonuses

(Paul Taylor bashes Paul Kelly during their “Fight of the Night.”)

Things are tough all over, I guess. The UFC released its customary bonuses after UFC 80, but each one was only $35,000, a full $20,000 less than the bonuses handed out after UFC 79. This is the first time we can recall that the bonuses actually went down from one event to the next. We knew European expansion was a bitch, financially speaking, but it’s unfortunate that the fighters had to tighten their belts to recoup some of the costs. Anyway, here’s who got the extra cash:

Fight of the Night: Paul Kelly and Paul Taylor. Each Brit got $35k, primarily for the insane brawl that kicked off the first round; after that, it was fairly dull GnP domination from Paul Kelly, who won a unanimous decision.

Knockout of the Night: Wilson Gouveia earned $35k for his out-of-nowhere comeback blast of Jason Lambert.

Submission of the Night: B.J. Penn collected $35k by default for his rear-naked-choke of Joe Stevenson, UFC 80′s only tap-out.

Thus, I went 1-3 in my predictions. And commenter MattyLight owes commenter Olie $5. (Sorry buddy!) Feel free to work out the exchange in the comments section.

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Olie- January 20, 2008 at 2:12 pm

I'd personally take Lesnar and Nogueira but not incredibly sure. I'll take my 5 bucks and RUN! We can have another bet closer to the weekend if you want pal.
MattyLight- January 20, 2008 at 1:25 pm
@ Olie:

Bastard. Yeah, yeah, I'll get it to you. Unless you wanna make it double or nothing...who do you like in the Lesnar/Mir and Sylvia/Nogueira fights?
Olie- January 20, 2008 at 9:13 am
contact at is my paypal dude. ;)