Junior dos Santos will depart for Brazil with a fatter wallet to accompany his UFC heavyweight belt. In the aftermath of the UFC's historic debut on Fox, UFC President Dana White confirmed dos Santos as the winner of "Knockout of the Night" for his stirring 64-second knockout of former champion Cain Velasquez in the night's main event. The Brazilian will reportedly take home an extra $65,000 for his performance.
"I have no words to say what I'm feeling," dos Santos emotionally announced after dominating the UFC's network television debut. "It's amazing, my life. I have a lot of good people around me. I think Cain Velasquez was for sure my toughest opponent."
Undercard competitor Ricardo Lamas was awarded "Submission of the Night" for his comeback victory over Cub Swanson. After dropping the first five minutes, Lamas battled back to catch Swanson with head-and-arm triangle midway through the second frame.
"I get that arm-triangle opening a lot," a relieved Lamas said. "It worked out."
Lastly, both Ben Henderson and Clay Guida will leave California with an additional $65,000 for their thrilling three-round brawl. Heavily hyped as a battle of cardio and determination, the contest lived up to its billing as the pair delivered a non-stop display of lightweight prowess. Ultimately Henderson exited the Octagon with his hand raised, earning the next shot at the 155-pound belt in the process.
"Frankie Edgar, we've got a date," Henderson gleefully declared. "Let's do it, baby."