Even after Jose Aldo's hometown heroics, "Knockout of the Night" was never in question.
25-year-old Brazilian phenom Edson Barboza left with the $65,000 bonus after obliterating Terry Etim with a third-round spinning wheel kick at UFC 142 on Saturday night, the first knockout of its kind in UFC history.
"I've actually done one similar to this before, but it didn't work out that well," Barboza said through a translator. "This one definitely worked out much better."
But Barboza's night wouldn't end there. In addition to "Knockout of the Night," the three-round scrap earned both he and Etim an extra $65,000 for "Fight of the Night" honors.
"In a fight, you try things and hope they work. Tonight, it worked," Barboza elatedly explained. "It's something I've practiced a lot and I finally was able to land it hard. I'm happy with this outcome and you can expect more of that soon."
Meanwhile, Rousimar Palhares, aka "Captain Heelhook," lived up brilliantly to his namesake, cementing a reputation as one of MMA's fiercest leg lock practitioners with the sixth heel hook victory of his career. The Brazilian needed just 63 seconds to snatch Mike Massenzio's leg and crank his way into Saturday's "Submission of the Night" bonus.
"This is a strong point of mine," Palhares said through a translator. "If I'm able to do it well, I'll do it well."
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