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UFC 129 Bonuses: Aldo, Hominick, Machida, and Garza earn $129,000

Jose AldoAt the post-fight press conference, it was announced that Jose Aldo and Mark Hominick were awarded “Fight of the Night,” Lyoto Machida “Knockout of the Night,” and Pablo Garza received “Submission of the Night.” All four fighters received $129,000 for their efforts in the Octagon Saturday night.

The UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, may have won the first four rounds on many people’s scorecards but Hominick never quit fighting. Despite the fight almost being called for what can only be described as an “epic” hematoma above Hominick’s right eye, Hominick recovered from another staggering shot to take down the champion. Hominick then forced Aldo into survival mode with a vicious display of ground and pound to close out the fight.

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida picked up a “Knockout of the Night” bonus for his second round knock out of Randy Couture. Machida frustrated the UFC legend in the first round before delivering a right flying front kick that possibly knocked Couture into a final retirement.

Machida managed to upstage a spectacular knock out by John Makdessi, who dropped Kyle Watson with a vicious spinning back fist in the second fight on the Facebook card.

Finally, Pablo Garza continued his streak of bonuses by defeating Yves Jabouin by flying triangle to open the night. Jabouin seemed to be getting the better of the striking game with violent leg kicks before Garza grabbed a Thai Clinch and jumped into a beautiful flying triangle. While it took some adjusting on the ground, the hold eventually forced Jabouin to tap.

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