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UFC 131 “Dos Santos vs. Carwin” Bonuses Announced

“Hands of Stone”? Yup, that sounds about right.  (Pic: UFC.com)

There is so much to love about the UFC’s Fight Night Bonuses. Often times one of these rewards can double, triple, or even quadruple a fighter’s take home pay for the evening. They also serve as bounties for action, encouraging the knockouts, submissions, and exciting fights that we all enjoy. But I love them best for another reason altogether. They give Dana White the opportunity to do what he does best: wield his godlike power with impunity. That sword has two edges of course, one of which has cut us frequently, but when dolling out these bonuses we get to see the best of Dana White. There’s Dana the Vindictive, who snubbed Mir’s poor performance against Cro Cop by denying the night’s only KO a bonus; Dana the Fight Fan, who loves action packed bouts so much that sometimes he can’t bring himself to award only one “Fight of the Night” bonus; and Dana the Merciful, who sets right the grave injustices cast down from the judges table. It was this last Dana who reared his head last night, giving an “unofficial” bonus to Michihiro Omigawa, who lost a unanimous decision to Darren Elkins in the prelims. White felt that Omigawa clearly deserved the victory and awarded him his win bonus for his performance. This fight, particularly one judge scoring it 30-27 for Elkins, is sure to add more fuel to the firestorm that is MMA judging. And now, on to the $70k bonuses…

Knock Out of the Night: Sam Stout picked up some spending cash and a highlight clip for the ages with his first-round knock out of Yves Edwards. The end came with both men exchanging punches; Edwards connected first with a decent right hook, but Stout landed a big left to the jaw that folded Yves forwarded as he slowly careened to the canvas. No follow up was needed, as the Thug Jitsu master was out cold.

Submission of the Night: Matt Serra student Chris Weidman extended his record to a perfect 6-0 with his first round submission over Jesse Bongfeldt. Weidman looked fluid on the ground as he transitioned around Bongfeldt with great control, but the end would come via the rare standing guillotine with only six seconds left in the first round.

Fight of the Night: Dave Herman and Jon Olav Einemo paired up in a back-and-forth heavyweight tilt that saw both men in trouble on more than one occasion. Herman battered Einemo with knees to drop him late in the second round and draw the TKO stoppage. The five years spent at Golden Glory didn’t show in Einemo’s stand-up. It was good news for him, though, as he would have lost to Carwin much faster and not picked up the additional $70k.

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knucklesamitch- June 12, 2011 at 4:37 pm
@paulio
The judges had monitors, viewing angles is no excuse
Get Off Me- June 12, 2011 at 2:31 pm
"Better defined winning criteria will also help the fan understand things better. Although, I suppose it will also make fighters try to fight to that judging criteria, so it might mean less risks"
@RwilsonR
Less risks than what we see now? I think fans who have been watching regularly for the past few years understand that the takedown rules in MMA. Fighters know this and this has made many a fighter take less risks while fighting to that favorable style in the eyes of the judges. What needs to be established is neutral positions i.e. a fighter inside his opponents full guard, this should not be a position of control for the fighter on top to which he receives points on the judges cards. In wrestling you need to advance to win, but in MMA you can take an opponent down, not advance and win. It is the Ultimate Fighting Championship not the Ultimate Takedown Championship. I think Torres v. Johnson and Guida v. Pettis fights are great examples of fights that should have been a draw. I think the only way to get fighters to push the fight is to reward them by pushing the fight on the cards. If you want to take your oppenent down and sit inside his guard for the entire round than you get yourself a draw. There is a reason Guida is not getting a title shot from the UFC, the judges gave him a unanimous decision, but he really sat inside his oppenents guard the whole fight and avoided submission attempts.
jcksnr6- June 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm
I thought that was a solid card! I agree there should be 2 fotn awards, but keep in mind DW has alot of shit set up for these fighters behind the scenes, twitter,fb,blogging-bonuses and here is dana talking about undisclosed bonuses and why they are not released to the public, http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news/328611/DFW-Fighters-dont-want-you-to-know-their-bonus/
Paulio- The seating is a hinderance to judging and it blows my mind that the commision just recently allowed for videoscreens for each judge. Now that they have them(just like boxing does)there is NO excuse for the scores that came up!The judging was absolutely shamefull!!
You have to also remember that most of the judges are boxing judges. theres just not enough educated judges on mma. This is messing with fighters livelihoods!
PauliostheGreat- June 12, 2011 at 1:04 pm
No one ever takes into account that all of the judges are sitting in different areas ring side. The fight looks different from where you are sitting during a live even. It could have looked like KFlo was getting the better exchanges during the round even though he got put down once. I am not saying the judging system is good in MMA, just stating the facts.
NinjaPride- June 12, 2011 at 12:47 pm
yay pee wee
CrushCo- June 12, 2011 at 10:28 am
@RwilsonR: You're spot on about the close fight/30-27 factor, in fact before long we could have a surplus of razor thin 50-45's to contend with. I just thought that last night in particular you had rounds that clearly went to the "loser" of the match being scored incorrectly.
DangadaDang- June 12, 2011 at 10:17 am
Yeah, the Omigawa fight was just ridiculous, as was the 30-27 Maia score. Seriously, what does it take to be an MMA judge; is it as easy as becoming an ordained minister online?
Bob Villa- June 12, 2011 at 10:11 am
Bill Mahood was a judge for the main event, which I thought was pretty awesome. They need to have more dudes who actually have experience and a history in MMA judge more often.
Also, what's with Herb Dean letting JDS almost kill Carwin? Am I the only one who thought it should have been stopped round one?
RwilsonR- June 12, 2011 at 9:32 am
You're right about FOTN. Although, maybe Dana recognizes that all FOTNs can't go to the lighter weight classes.
RwilsonR- June 12, 2011 at 9:31 am
@ CrushCo - You can have a razor-thin fight be 30-27 and that can be legitimate judging of one fighter just barely outdoes the other in each round. The problem was the 30-27s coming when a fighter clearly lost one round. Just some odd judging last night.
Ultimately, proper judging criteria is one of the biggest things holding this sport back. They need defined criteria for what is worth what in a fight, and proper training for all judges. Better defined winning criteria will also help the fan understand things better. Although, I suppose it will also make fighters try to fight to that judging criteria, so it might mean less risks. So the criteria would have to weight finishing attempts heavily, and put very little emphasis on pushing up against the fence or going for an ineefective takedown attempt with 10 seconds left in the round.
CrushCo- June 12, 2011 at 9:11 am
Also, my stream was going out during the Elkins-Omigawa bout, but it looked pretty entertaining from what I saw. Should that one not have been in the running for FOTN?
CrushCo- June 12, 2011 at 9:10 am
@Haterade: Honestly, it's a little tough for me to think AND type when I'm doing the Liveblog, so I don't always score the rounds, but I agree. There were several close fights and many 30-27's that seemed very out of touch with reality.
haterade- June 12, 2011 at 8:43 am
@crushco: I thought the 30-27 for florian was ridiculous..thought nunes was all over the first round
Get Off Me- June 12, 2011 at 8:43 am
Thanks CrushCo.

Also Sam Stout joins the walkoff KO club. I bet Hagen or Hamilton would have scored the first round 10-9 for Edwards too.
CrushCo- June 12, 2011 at 8:35 am
@Get Off Me: It was Hagen for Elkins, Hamilton for Munoz http://www.mmadecisions.com/event.jsp?id=297
Insane_Merc- June 12, 2011 at 8:32 am
Yeah there was on candy ass judge scoring 30-27 all freaking night, like Brad Tavares Tweeted "Did he mail in his freaking results"
Get Off Me- June 12, 2011 at 8:27 am
I would really like to know if the same judge who gave 30-27 to Elkins also scored Munoz 30-27 over Maia.
Dana really needs to start working with comissions to review how this sport is both judged and officiated or assign someone internally who's soul purpose is working with comissions to help make judging criteria much more transparent than it is now.
@Fedor Penn
I think two bonuses should have been given out for both Rosa v. Beltran and Jon Olav v. Herman...The Jon Olav v. Herman fight was more back and forth though.
Fedor Penn- June 12, 2011 at 8:16 am
I think FOTN should have went to the Mexicutioner fight.
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