NEWARK, N.J. – Brendan Scahub, Erik Koch, Edson Barboza and Anthony Njokuani each earned $75,000 “Fight Night” bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s UFC 128 event.
With not one fight ending via submission, both Schaub and Koch were awarded “Knockout of the Night” bonuses, and Barboza and Njokuani combined for the “Fight of the Night” honors.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the bonus winners and award amounts while at UFC 128’s post-event press conference.
UFC 128 took place at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The night’s main card aired on pay-per-view, two preliminary-card fights aired on Spike TV, and an additional two bouts streamed on Facebook.
Schaub earned his reward money with a third-round stoppage of MMA legend Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. Fighting on the first bout of the main card, Schaub battled through a point deduction, an Filipovic elbow that opened up a handful of cuts on his face, and a third-round shot to the groin before timing a perfect counter-right hand and dropping the Croatian to the canvas. After the win, Schaub openly lobbied for the bonus as a late birthday present (“The Hybrid” turned 28 years old on Friday).
Meanwhile, Koch’s bonus was earned in the evening’s very first fight. The Duke Roufus-trained fighter needed just half of the opening frame to knock grappler Raphael Assuncao cold and claim the extra income. Koch also cashed in on a “Knockout of the Night” bonus in his most recent outing, a victory at this past November’s WEC 52 event. Of course, that bonus meant just a $10,000 bonus to go along with his $8,000 fight purse. Koch no doubt applauds the recent UFC-WEC merger.
Finally, Barboza and Njokuani combined for the evening’s “Fight of the Night.” Featured on the evening’s Spike TV-broadcast preliminary card, the two strikers traded in the pocket for the duration of their 15-minute affair. The back-and-forth action ultimately saw Barboza edge out Njokuani via decision, but the two fighters’ efforts were rewarded with a bonus. Njokuani previously claimed three “Knockout of the Night” bonuses while competing under the WEC banner.