Diego Brandao may not have won any of the TUF 14 season bonuses, but he sure didn't leave Saturday empty handed. Along with the inaugural featherweight TUF crown, the young Brazilian pocketed an additional $40,000 for his spectacular "Submission of the Night" finish of Dennis Bermudez at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale.
"I knew he was going to kick and punch," said an overjoyed Brandao. "I just had to wait for the armbar."
Though, that wouldn't be the end of the 24-year-old's night. Per UFC President Dana White, both Brandao and Bermudez departed the arena with an extra $40,000 after earning "Fight of Night" honors for their thrilling five-minute war.
Affable bantamweight John Dodson was the final fighter to leave with fatter wallet. The 27-year-old collected "Knockout of the Night" honors for his two-minute destruction of T.J. Dillashaw in the 135-pound finale.
"Words cannot describe how I feel right now," Dodson said. "You guys have no idea how long I've waited to be here."
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