UFC 129 Toronto: Post-Fight Bonuses
Jose Aldo and Mark Hominick were awarded bonuses for “Fight of the Night.” Both fighters took home $129,000 for their efforts. Aldo successfully retained his UFC featherweight title after five rounds and extended his winning streak to twelve fights. There was no way Georges St.-Pierre and Jake Shields deserved it with GSP's criticism of his performance and apology to fans. However, Jake Shields impressed some fans by not being completely dominated by GSP's striking. Shields has trained in Muay Thai and only has one knockout in thirty-two fights.
However, Shields was unable to take down GSP after being stuffed after several attempts. It was evidence GSP is not ready to take on Anderson Silva by moving up in weight.
Updated UFC Leaders after UFC 129 - Georges St-Pierre Becomes First UFC Fighter with 2,000 Total Strikes But With A Drop In Striking Accuracy!
But most of St-Pierre's moves on the leaderboards were in the wrong direction. He dropped down to 10th place in striking accuracy and to 8th place in SApM. And with another 25-minute decision, St-Pierre enters at #8 for longest average fight time, with the average GSP match now lasting 14 minutes, four seconds.
Note: Due to a minor chance in a few of our calculations, some fluctuations can be seen in the leaderboards for SLpM, SApM, and Sig. Striking Defense.
Lyoto Machida earned “Knockout of the Night” honors and a $129,000 bonus with his crane kick knockout of UFC & MMA legend Randy Couture. Team Xtreme Couture suffered a loss when Anderson Silva knocked out Vitor Belfort at UFC 126 and now another front kick KO. The win broke a two fight losing streak for the former UFC light heavyweight champion Machida (despite Machida's contoversial loss to Rampage Jackson).
Pablo Garza earned “Submission of the Night” with a tight triangle choke victory over Yves Jabouin. Jabouin seemed to control the fight early with powerful low leg kicks until a flying triangle attempt by Garza changed the tempo. Garza transitioned the triangle to a mounted position and back to finally seal the deal. Garza earned his second UFC win and a $129,000 bonus.