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UFC 107 End-of-Night Bonuses Go to Grant, Johnson, Belcher, Gouveia

(Wilson Gouveia [in the Brazilian shorts] and Alan Belcher [in the Fairyland shorts] slug it out at UFC 107. Photo courtesy of MMA Fanhouse.)

Despite some thrilling moments in UFC 107‘s main card, the UFC awarded all of its traditional end-of-night bonuses to preliminary card fighters. Scoring the $65,000 pay bumps were…

Knockout of the Night: TJ Grant, for wrecking Kevin Burns with a right hook in the closing seconds of their one-rounder, which kicked off the prelims.

Submission of the Night: DaMarques Johnson, who upkicked the wits out of Edgar Garcia, then quickly finished him with a triangle choke in the first round of their fight. The memorable sequence — which was shown at the end of the pay-per-view broadcast — occurred shortly after Johnson was punched to the mat.

Fight of the Night: Alan Belcher vs. Wilson Gouveia, which also made it to the PPV broadcast. Though their match was the second-shortest of the night, it was a fast-paced striking war that ended with Gouveia crumpling under Belcher’s onslaught. And really, are you going to give it to Clay Guida three fights in a row? You know he’ll just blow it all on shampoo and energy drinks…

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Get Off Me- December 14, 2009 at 9:08 am
What's worse is the company had to pay big bucks to get the glasses on the PPV!
That means people are actually buying those things. I have not heard the word "Gaudy" in about five years.....thanks for the laugh caoch!
The Truth- December 14, 2009 at 8:54 am
I think it was MTV, promoting Jersey
Mike Milbury- December 14, 2009 at 7:12 am
Important question: Which sponsor is responsible for Mike Pierce and his corner-men wearing those gaudy sunglasses? Need to know so I can add them to my blacklist of awful clothing/accessories.
The Truth- December 14, 2009 at 6:48 am
Carwin really hasnt earned it more than anyone else. He has only fought one big name, and that big name was beating him up until he armagaedon(sp?) punched him.

Do it Dana, do it.
skeletor- December 14, 2009 at 6:01 am
Mir Carwin is a fight I want to see now. With Mir's new size and improved striking ability he is a much more exciting fighter now. Kongo was his coming out party (as a fighter not a gay), beating a guy like Carwin would really prove he deserves a rubber match with Lesnar. Who would have thought the HW division would be such a shark tank after being so mediocre after all these years.
Karma Elite- December 14, 2009 at 4:36 am
As much as I would like to see it happen, I will bet a gazillion dollars that Dana and co. will never strip their poster boy/cash machine Lesnar of his title.

I just don't see it happening, unless Lesnar is never medically cleared to fight again.
BobLoblaw- December 14, 2009 at 4:29 am
I figure that Mir vs Carwin will end up either being for an interim belt, a top contender establishing-fight, or maybe one like the first Hughes/GSP match, where the two top dogs were gunning for the vacant title.
There's a good chance that Lesnar will be stripped if he's out of action for too long. Shitty for him, but there it is. All three are good options, though I like the top contender establishment fight the least since it robs Carwin of the title shot that he's already earned.
Yup, I'm calling Mir vs Carwin for the title/interim title while Lesnar sorts himself out. Anything else (and by that I mean, anything less) is shenanigans. Maybe sometime around, say, UFC 111 or 112?
Karma Elite- December 14, 2009 at 4:28 am
I like DaMarques Johnson and everything, so I'm glad that he was given the submission of the night bonus. However, I'm very suprised that it wasn't awarded to Frank Mir. Both were very much "Holy shit!" moments, but the fact that Frank actually put Kongo to sleep in just over a minute is more deserving of the award in my opinion. Then again, I'm sure DaMarques actually needs the money more than Frank does.

Anyways...the card was even better than I expected, so I'm not complaining.
The Truth- December 13, 2009 at 6:45 pm
WHY should they wait around on Brock Lesnar?

Mir vs Carwin......March 2010
robthom- December 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm
Lol if he put on some weight he'd be perfect.

I didn't think Mostapha Al-Turk was still in the UFC?!

If he is thats the dirtiest dirty little secret I've been privy too in quite awhile. And if so we may have found Kimbos next free bread.

Unless of course Dana and Lorenzo are currently finalizing a contract for henry sentaryu miller that the "fans demanded".
MostDiabolicalHaterThisSideOfTheMississippi- December 13, 2009 at 5:47 pm
Feed Kimbo Kalib Starnes.
mthomas- December 13, 2009 at 5:27 pm
Was I the only wondering if Jon Fitch was about to be visited by the Shocking Upset Fairy last night?
mthomas- December 13, 2009 at 5:22 pm
If Mostapha Al-Turk still has a job with the UFC, then I think Kongo will be OK.
mthomas- December 13, 2009 at 5:19 pm
Garcia/Johnson should have been FOTN. Fast-paced, with lots of back-and-forth action and a good balance of striking and that lightning-quick submission at the end. Much better IMO than the Belcher/Gouveia fight. I mean, if DW could give Koscheck both SOTN and FOTN for that eye-poke fest @ 106, couldn't he have given both to Johnson. That triangle was SWEET!
robthom- December 13, 2009 at 4:40 pm
@ tribal, unless UFC in fact has Yvel now.

If they got Yvel they dont really need Kongo anymore.
Might as well swap him out. Although I'll admit that I would enjoy seeing these two rematch for the spot first.
Its the caveman in me I guess.

I like your idea about someone named Kevin Fergeson, but you know darn well that Kongo would send his beard back to Miami without the rest of him.

The bearded one is gonna need a bigger shlub than that. Preferably someone who runs a lot and doesn't hit back much.
exes.for.iballs- December 13, 2009 at 4:31 pm
Am I the only one who thinks palhares deserved sub of the night?
tribal- December 13, 2009 at 4:18 pm
Kongo will still be useful in the UFC to have as an opponent for up and coming fighters, especially all these TUF 10 wannabes. They all need fights and the UFC heavyweight division still isn't a bottomless pit of talent.

And a strong striker with no ground game on the lower side of the weight scale - hmmmm I wonder if there are any guys with curly beards and gold teeth that Dana could match with Kongo for big PPV buys?
Get Off Me- December 13, 2009 at 4:13 pm
The triangle was very Fitch v. Alves.
I think part of the bonus for Belcher v. Gouveia is political, Belcher got snubbed onthe card and Dana acknowledged that by awarding the cash. I loved Both those fights and it's nice to see the cash spread out amongst the four..... Plus you can add to building Belcher's name(two consecutive fight of the night honors) on the next card. Belcher is great and I think he should be on the short list at 185....I still do not think he lost to Akiyama, but who cares and I can't wait to see who he fights next????? I'd love to see him go with Grove again or catchweight vs. Franklin!
robthom- December 13, 2009 at 4:13 pm
@ Buckwild, I very much agree.
My first thought was that there were better fights, but my second and deciding thought was what you said.

Mir pretty much laid out the Kongo situation (hehe, a pun) prefight when he said that Kongo just doesn't improve.
He'll NEVER be champion material or even more than a speedbump to a title shot for everyone else. And its almost disrespectful to the other fighters to have that kind of attitude towards the profession.

Maybe thats why Kongo was so mad. It must have been uncomfortable for him to get talked about so true like that.

Hopefully Kongo, Herring, Gonzaga, Vera and Beuentello are all close to, or have already served their purpose so that they can get on down the road and get to the business of looking for a remake.
Sho Nuff- December 13, 2009 at 3:57 pm
If you can't stand Sanchez and wanted to see his cocky, destiny believing, Tony Robbins "yes" spouting face get punched in, then the main event was the fight of the night. If I had an extra 65k laying around... who am I kidding, I'd spend it on hookers and blow.
MostDiabolicalHaterThisSideOfTheMississippi- December 13, 2009 at 3:10 pm
I just am bummed that since Kongo blew it (again) I have to listen to Frank run his mouth for even longer. That makes me a saaaaaad panda.
steampunk22- December 13, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Don't get me wrong, he wouldnt hold the belt in Strikeforce. But he would do better than he would if he continues to stay in the UFC. And I think you may be right about "gone by monday". Best case scenario for Kongo is that he has one more fight in the UFC and it would have to be a pretty convincing win for him to get to stick around.

So much potential, such a shitty fighter.
skeletor- December 13, 2009 at 2:55 pm
@ Steampunk

I don't think he would do that well in strike force. Werdum would easily handle him on the mat, Rogers would be an o.k. fight. DW doesn't care if Kongo ever wins another fight because when he drops him and he will, Kongo will go to SF and it doesn't matter how he does there. He will be a UFC washout. I bet he's gone come Monday.
Get Off Me- December 13, 2009 at 2:52 pm
^^^^ Kongo v. Yvel would be fun.
steampunk22- December 13, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Yeah thats exactly it, against any real competition and he looks like an amateur. Getting dropped on the feet though, the one strong point Kongo has, is the beginning of a very slippery slope for our french friend.

I hope he keeps sliding to be honest.

He would do well in Strikeforce, but he cant hang in the UFC. He's simply not that good.