Johny Hendricks gets Knockout of Night bonus
Diaz used an absolute barrage of hooks and jabs to dominate Cerrone in the boxing game in the co-main event of UFC 141 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. And in no real surprise, the bout was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
Diaz and Cerrone each received a $75,000 bonus for the bout, which Diaz won by unanimous decision. And for his 12-second upset knockout of Jon Fitch, Johny Hendricks got $75,000 for Knockout of the Night.
“You talk about what it takes to be a fighter, and (Diaz and Cerrone) are it – and they proved that tonight,” White said.
Diaz and Cerrone had bad blood leading into the fight thanks to a run-in in October. And at Wednesday’s press conference, the two engaged in a brief shoving match during a staredown after Diaz knocked Cerrone’s cowboy hat off.
But it came down to Diaz’s superior boxing. According to FightMetric, the Stockton, Calif., resident outstruck Cerrone 260-104 in the fight.
‘I’ve had a really good boxing coach for the last six or seven years – Richard Perez,” Diaz said. “And I’ve been working with him nonstop. We go to spar with people all over the Bay Area, and I worked with as many kickboxers as I can (to prepare for Cerrone).”
Hendricks, though, turned in arguably the night’s most stunning performance with his 12-second one-punch knockout of Fitch.
“I feel awesome,” Hendricks said. “What’d I tell everybody? Every interview, I said I have a left hand, and I knew if I hit him with it I could knock him out.”