UFC on Fox 4: Joe Lauzon, Mike Swick and Jamie Varner each earned $50,000 bonus
LOS ANGELES – Joe Lauzon, Mike Swick and Jamie Varner each earned $50,000 bonus awards for their performances at Saturday’s “UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera” event.
Swick earned the “Knockout of the Night” award, Lauzon and Varner each earned “Fight of the Night” awards and Lauzon even double-dipped with a “Submission of the Night” bonus and took home $100,000 in total.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the winners and bonus amounts at the night’s post-event news conference, where they were announced by UFC officials.
UFC on FOX 4 took place at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the promotion’s third trip to that venue. The event’s main card aired on FOX following prelims on FUEL TV.
With his pair of bonuses, Lauzon (22-7 MMA, 9-4 UFC) upped his total to 10 – passing Anderson Silva and putting him in a tie with the retired Chris Lytle for most bonuses in UFC history. Lauzon needed to go into the third round in a back-and-forth fight with Varner (20-7-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC), but eventually was able to lock up a triangle-choke.
Swick (15-4 MMA, 10-3 UFC) won for the first time since June 2009 and snapped a two-fight skid, but it took a bit of a comeback to stop DaMarques Johnson (16-11 MMA, 4-5 UFC). Johnson found himself in several dominant positions in the first round. But in the second, Swick caught a kick from Johnson, sending Johnson off balance and heading to the canvas. Swick followed him down, landing a right on the way down, then a much bigger right hand once Johnson was on the canvas. A pair of follow-up fight hands were academic before the ref could get in to stop the fight.