TORONTO – Cub Swanson (18-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC),
Jon Jones(17-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC), T.J. Grant (19-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and Evan Dunham(13-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) each earned $65,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday's "UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort" event.
Swanson earned the "Knockout of the Night" award, Jones won "Submission of the Night" and Grant and Dunham picked up "Fight of the Night" honors.
UFC officials announced the winners and bonus amounts following the event, which took place at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The event's main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Swanson scored his second-straight "Knockout of the Night" bonus with a crushing finish of Brazilian Charles Oliveira. Swanson navigated the reach of his taller opponent in the early going and escaped a first-minute takedown to punish his opponent with body shots before finishing him off with a leaping overhand shot. The end came at the 2:40 mark of the first frame, and the effort earned Swanson the bonus check.
Jones took the first step to putting the controversy of the past few months behind him with an impressive dismantling of
Vitor Belfort. The light heavyweight champ nearly became a victim of a "Submission of the Night" moment when Belfort popped Jones' limb with a first-round armbar attempt, but "Bones" surivived the technique and took control of the action from that moment on. Jones battered Belfort until the fourth round, when he was able to send Belfort to the floor and latch on to a keylock that ended the fight and scored Jones a bonus check in addition to his fourth successful UFC title defense.
The evening's "Fight of the Night" was locked up on the evening's preliminary card as lightweights Grant and Dunham went toe-to-toe for 15 minutes. Both fighters were willing to exchange in the pocket from start to finish, and a huge gash opened on Dunham's head left both contestants covered in blood. Still, they continued to trade haymakers until the final bell and while Grant was awarded a decision win, both fighters were granted a well-deserved bonus check.