UFC Live 3 Bonuses: 4 Fighters Bank Combined $200K

Mar 3, 2011
Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann went toe-to-toe for 15 minutes in the kind of memorable war that can chop years off of careers. Consider their efforts rewarded, at least monetarily.

Sanchez (Pictured) and Kampmann pocketed matching $60,000 “Fight of the Night” bonuses after their grueling UFC Live 3 headliner went the distance on Thursday at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. All three cage-side judges scored it 29-28 for Sanchez, who walked out of the cage a battered and bloodied mess, his hand raised nonetheless.

Kampmann controlled vast portions of the fight with clean, precise strikes but allowed Sanchez to bait him into close-quarters brawls more than once. Sanchez rebounded from a first-round knockdown to wobble the Dane in the second, and he scored his first and only takedown in the last half of round three.

Meanwhile, former WEC champion Brian Bowles banked a $40,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus, as he choked Damacio Page unconscious with a first-round guillotine. The end came 3:30 into round one, as the Athens, Ga.-based bantamweight trapped Page in the choke for the second time in as many meetings between the two. Ironically, Bowles submitted Page with a guillotine in August 2008, also at the 3:30 mark.

Finally, WEC lightweight import Shane Roller took home a $40,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus after his straight right hand felled Thiago Tavares in the second round of their preliminary bout. Roller delivered the blow and the follow-up punches that ended it 1:28 into round two.

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