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John Dodson Cashes in Again

Written by Tom Ngo
December 3rd, 2011
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The hits just keep on comin’ for John Dodson (Pictured). After putting T.J. Dillashaw down in the opening round of “The Ultimate Fighter 14” bantamweight finals to score a six-figure UFC contract, Dodson was also awarded with a $40,000 bonus for winning ‘Knockout of the Night.’

However, the “The Magician” couldn’t stop from making paychecks appear. The UFC announced the fans voted Dodson’s KO of Johnny Bedford in the semifinals of the 135-pound tournament was the season’s ‘Best Knockout.’ So go ahead and add another $25k to Dodson’s bank account.

Despite the fact Diego Brandao received three of the five nominations in the category, fans felt Dodson deserved the dough.

Although Dennis Bermudez lost to Brandao in the TUF 14 featherweight finals on Saturday night, things aren’t all bad for him in the income department. Bermudez pocketed $40,000 for ‘Fight of the Night’ and won $25,000 for the season’s ‘Best Submission’ for his guillotine choke of Akira Corassani in the tourney’s semifinals.

Louis Gaudinot and Dustin Pague each scored an extra $25k for the season’s ‘Best Fight’ for their performances in the quarterfinals. Pague ultimately submitted the green-haired bantamweight in a thrilling back-and-forth battle.

This was the first time in TUF’s 14 seasons that the UFC has offered such lucrative incentives to perform. No word if the organization will continue to offer the bonuses moving forward.

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