Bonus money winners for UFC 85 took home $50,000 each this time around, down from the $75,000 bonuses handed at UFC 84. It’s still a nice boost in pay, however, especially considering that three of the four bonuses went to prelim fighters.
Matt Wiman and Thiago Tavares garnered “Fight of the Night” honors. Kevin Burns finished Roan Carneiro with a triangle choke to win “Submission of the Night”, and Thiago Alves took home “Knockout of the Night” for his face-smashing antics against Matt Hughes.
Is it me, or did Wiman (and possibly Antoni Hardonk) get screwed out of some money for KO of the night? Alves put Hughes away, and that is impressive because of who Hughes is, but it lacked some of the finality that Wiman’s KO did. He found Tavares’ off-switch and hammered it hard. That seems like it ought to be worth a little something extra, though I doubt he’s complaining. He still went home with a lot more spending money than he expected.