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Chan Sung Jung earns pair of bonuses with win over Dustin Poirier

How does a fighter top back-to-back wins featuring a rarely-seen submission and eight-second knockout with each earning an event-specific award? If you’re UFC featherweight Chan Sung Jung you bring home two bonuses in your next bout.

Jung’s finish of Dustin Poirier at UFC on Fuel 3 was named Submission of the Night with the match-up also being announced as the card’s Fight of the Night. His success came after Poirier had seemingly battled his way back into contention, weathering an early storm in the scrap’s opening two rounds to do damage in the third, making the stoppage particularly exciting given the apparent shift in momentum.

Each honor was worth $40,000 giving “The Korean Zombie” an additional 80k on top of his regularly contracted rate. Poirier too received $40,000 for his role in the rumble.

In another feel-good story, Tom Lawlor celebrated his 29th birthday in style by scoring Knockout of the Night with a beautiful blow to Jason MacDonald’s temple sending the Canadian crashing down to the mat. Similarly to the other bonuses the distinction was worth $40,000.


  • fanoftna33 says:

    This was a very good event as usual for the Fuel cards. I have no problem with the fotn bonus but it was a close call because Igor vs Maldanado was very good also, and much closer than some of the scores I thought.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Tom Lawlor talking about the $40K win bonus…

    I’ll be honest. I’m broke. I have no money. This money that I got today, it’s going to be the first time I’ve deposited a check in over a year. A year and a half. This is like a big deal to me. I had to borrow money from friends and family just in order to go into this fight. I want to thank them, obviously. This means a lot to me mentally, it means a lot to my bank account.

    Filthy Tom isn’t exactly a big name, and only had one fight during 2011, but he is a guy with a stint on TUF, plus 7 fights under the UFC banner. He’s more than paid his dues, has never been in any trouble (to my knowledge), puts on entertaining fights, along with his other zany efforts to entertain fans. In other words, though he’ll never be competing for a title, he seems to be exactly what the UFC would look for in fighters they work with. And yet he’s barely scraping by financially.

    He did mention that he moved this past year, which brought additional expenses beyond the norm (plus the higher cost of living in the northeast), but still… this isn’t a case of a guy buying a lavish home with a fleet of cars like we see with other pro athletes. it just doesn’t seem right that guys with 3-4 years with the UFC are still living paycheck to paycheck. Hopefully that changes sooner than later.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Also, hopefully Tom doesn’t receive any backlash from the UFC regarding his comments, since fighter pay remains a bit of a hot button issue that the UFC has had to defend itself on from a PR standpoint.

    Tom obviously wasn’t bitching & moaning but rather genuinely thrilled & relieved at the prospect of having some $$ in the bank account. But at the very least, he’ll probably get a friendly reminder that he won’t be bringing up finances again, as it relates to the UFC & his pay.

  • king mah mah says:

    Yep he deserved both bonuses. I am officially a zombie fan. He rocked Dustin with a left, went in and landed a flying knee and then went on to sink the choke in. Just phenominal. Great fight.


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