LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Diego Sanchez, Martin Kampmann, Shane Roller and Brian Bowles each earned "Fight Night" bonuses for their performances at Thursday's "UFC on Versus 3: Sanchez vs. Kampmann" event.
Sanchez and Kampmann each earned whopping $160,000 bonuses for "Fight of the Night" honors.
Roller, who earned the night's "Knockout of the Night" award, and Bowles, who got the "Submission of the Night" bonus, each took home $40,000.
UFC president Dana White informed MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
) of the winners and amounts prior to the evening's post-event press conference at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. Soon after the show, he informed Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole that he ultimately threw in an extra $100,000 for both Sanchez and Kampmann because he was so impressed by the fight.
Featuring a main event between perennial contenders Sanchez and Kampmann, the main card of UFC on Versus 3 aired live on Versus, and two preliminary-card bouts streamed on Facebook.
Sanchez and Kampmann went toe-to-toe for 15 straight minutes in an instant classic. Kampmann flashed impressive takedown defense throughout and kept Sanchez at bay while landing pinpoint strikes on the feet. But Sanchez dug deep and continued to move forward while winging powerful punches despite being battered and bloodied from Kampmann's offense. In the end, the tightly contested affair ended in a controversial unanimous decision for Sanchez, but both fighters cashed in on a "Fight of the Night" bonus.
White said he issued the initial $20,000 in extra funds to the main-event competitors due to the thrilling nature of the bout.
In his UFC debut, Roller outlasted a game Thiago Tavares and delivered the first knockout of his career. The second-round right hand left Tavares out cold on the first strike, and Roller claimed the clear "Knockout of the Night in a finish destined for future UFC highlight reels.
Meanwhile, former WEC champ Bowles claimed the evening's "Submission of the Night" award with an arm-in guillotine submission win over Damacio Page. In a rematch of the pair's 2008 contest, Bowles rocked Page on the feet before moving in to finish with the submission. The gritty Page refused to tap but was rendered unconscious from the perfectly executed maneuver. In a strange twist, the end came at the 3:30 mark of the opening round, the exact same time as the pair's first fight, which also ended by a guillotine choke.