After seeing Junior dos Santos knock out Cain Velasquez in just 64 seconds to win the UFC heavyweight title in the UFC on Fox main event, UFC President Dana White gave out $65,000 bonuses to Dos Santos, Ben Henderson, Clay Guida, and Ricardo Lamas for their performances at the event.
White also confirmed at the post-UFC on Fox press conference that Henderson will challenge lightweight champion Frankie Edgar when the UFC returns to Japan in February.
MMAFrenzy’s UFC on Fox post-fight notes are below:
Henderson wins a wild one with Guida, awarded title shot
Clay Guida and Ben Henderson was expected to be a fast-paced war and it did not disappoint as the two picked up “Fight of the Night.” While the fight was a unanimous decision victory for Henderson, each round contained enough back and forth action to fill an entire fight.
With the win, UFC president Dana White announced Henderson will face UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar when the UFC heads to Japan in February.
Dos Santos picks up “Knockout of the Night”
Newly-crowned heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos dream night got even better as he picked up “Knockout of the Night” for his knockout victory over Cain Velasquez. Velasquez was never able to get it going against Dos Santos with the fight ending after throwing a telegraphed hook that Dos Santos timed perfectly with an overhand right. Dos Santos quickly followed up on the ground before the dazed Velasquez could recover. Dos Santos is expected to face the winner of Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem.
Lamas taps Swanson to pick up “Submission of the Night”
Ricardo Lamas recovered from a tough first round to choke out Cub Swanson and pick up “Submission of the Night.” Lamas was caught in a deep guillotine choke in round 1 but refused to tap and managed to survive. Lamas then set up a beautiful arm-triangle in the second round that Swanson was unable to escape from.
Other notes from the post-fight conference:
- Attendance was announced at 14,019 with a live gate of $1.1 million.
- The UFC’s Japan event is being called UFC 144
- Dana White stated that TUF Brazil is set to begin very soon but that the coaches have not been determined. White added that Brazil has become the “new Canada” for the promotion.