Mauricio "Shogun" Rua took home a $70,000 Knockout of the Night bonus for putting Chuck Liddell away, but he also ended "The Iceman’s" career with the TKO victory. At least that’s what UFC prez Dana White said at the post-fight press conference, telling reporters "It’s over."
Liddell didn’t make any declarations that were quite so final, but he seemed resigned to the fact, admitting it was "probably the case" that he is now retired. Man, what a downer. Thanks a lot, Shogun.
The other $70,000 bonuses went to Matt Wiman and Sam Stout for Fight of the Night (really?), and Krzystof Soszynski for Submission of the Night. Anderson Silva did not receive a bonus. We imagine that when he asked Dana White why, Dana looked at him with disappointment in his eyes and said, ‘You know why.’
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