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Bonus Awards: Cerrone earns $120,000

Bonus Awards: Cerrone earns $120,000
August 12th 2012

Donald Cerrone was a double-bonus winner at UFC 150.

He took home an extra $120,000 after picking up Knockout of the Night for stopping Melvin Guillard in what was declared Fight of the Night, which gave Guillard $60,000 as well.

Cerrone was nearly stopped early in the first after surging forwards onto a Guillard left hook. He staggered round the Octagon as Guillard chased the finish, then recovered himself and managed to stagger Guillard with a head kick.

Guillard moved backwards on wobbly legs and Cerrone dived in with a right hand that felled him. Guillard dropped face-first to the mat and Cerrone landed on top of him - but only to look for a choke, as they are friends outside the ring and Cerrone did not want to hit him again.

In the event it didn’t matter, as the referee stepped in to end the bout there and saved Cerrone from having to do anything more to Guillard in what is probably the shortest bout ever to be awarded Fight of the Night.

The other award went to Dennis Bermudez, who got $60,000 for his standing-guillotine finish of Tommy Hayden at the end of the first round. The comeback win was the only submission of the night, making him a default winner, although the finish was impressive anyway.

For Cerrone, the rare double gives him six post-fight bonus awards in his seven UFC fights. He also had five bonuses in his 10 fights in the WEC. Guillard's opponents have now picked up stoppage bonuses in his past four losses – though this was the first time in his career he has been knocked out.

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