UFC 155 Results: Recapping the Fight Night Bonuses

Scott Harris@ScottHarrisMMAMMA Lead WriterDecember 30, 2012

Dec 29, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jim Miller (left) celebrates his victory over Joe Lauzon (right) during UFC 155 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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UFC 155 went down Saturday night from Las Vegas. While the fight card did include a few (or several) clunkers, the action heated up toward the end, with the co-main events helping to salvage the night. It made for some clear post-fight bonus winners, which the UFC announced shortly after the event through its official Twitter feed:


FOTN Miller/Lauzon, sub of the night Moraga, KO is Duffee, 65K each

— UFC (@ufc) December 30, 2012


In the main event of the evening, Cain Velasquez defeated Junior dos Santos by unanimous decision to recapture the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Velasquez used an aggressive pace and his underrated striking power to weaken Dos Santos and set him up for repeated takedowns and ground-and-pound. Dos Santos remained tough, however, and displayed a strong chin that helped prevent a stoppage.

In the co-main event, lightweights Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon staged one of the best fights of the year, with Miller opening a major gash on Lauzon's face and turning the Octagon floor into something resembling an abattoir. Lauzon never gave up, fighting through the blood that partially occluded his vision to nearly score a submission in the closing seconds of the fight.

No surprise, then, that Lauzon and Miller led the post-fight bonuses, receiving $65,000 apiece for putting on the Fight of the Night.

The other two bonuses came from the undercard. Heavyweight Todd Duffee, in his return to the UFC after an unceremonious release in 2010, knocked out British grappling specialist Philip De Fries with some hard punches in the first round. The performance earned him a $65,000 Knockout of the Night bonus.

Flyweight John Moraga took home $65,000 of his own by process of elimination. In the first bout of the evening, Moraga scored the only submission of UFC 155 with a guillotine choke of Chris Cariaso. The win was Moraga's sixth by submission in his career.