Jim Miller, Joe Lauzon, Todd Duffee and John Moraga pick up $65,000 in UFC 155 bonus money

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Jim Miller, Joe Lauzon, Todd Duffee and John Moraga picked up $65,000 in post-fight bonus awards for their strong performances at UFC 155 on Saturday night.

In the co-main event, Miller and Lauzon went three rounds in an incredibly bloody battle that saw Miller win a unanimous decision 29-28 on all three judges' scorecards. The two were awarded Fight of the Night for their efforts. In the first frame, Miller cut Lauzon early and despite attempts to staunch the bleeding between rounds, the two eventually finished their bout covered in Lauzon's blood.This marks the twlefth time Lauzon has won a post-fight bonus award in the UFC. It's the fifth such distinction for Miller.


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Winning Knockout of the Night on Saturday was returning heavyweight Todd Duffee. The bout marked Duffee's first fight in the UFC since May of 2010. His return was victorious as he bested Phil DeFries in the first round at 2:04 by TKO. Despite a start where DeFries connected with several hard punches as Duffee fought off a takedown along the fence, the AKA-fighter regrouped and landed a series of thudding shots in the center of the cage that ultimately rocked and sent DeFries down, prompting the referee stoppage. This marks the second time Duffee has earned a post-fight bonus award in the UFC.

Earning Submission of the Night was UFC bantamweight John Moraga, which he claimed by using a modified one-arm power guillotine to submit Chris Cariaso in the opening bout of the evening. After a relatively even back and forth for two rounds, Moraga was able to lock up an arm-in guillotine with a power guillotine grip that pushed Cariaso's back against the fence. After sitting into it and cinching down, Cariaso tapped at 1:11 of the third round. The win is the second in Moraga's UFC tenure while the award is his first.

UFC 155 took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. UFC President Dana White announced the event drew an attendance of 12,423 with a gate of $3.286 million.

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