UFC 142 News: Fight Bonuses + Top Fighter Fired


— MMAScoops.com reports that Edson Barboza, Rousimar Palhares and Terry Etim earned the biggest bonuses at UFC 142, each landing $65,000 bonuses. Barboza got two — Knockout of the Night and Fight of the Night (with Etim) — for a total of $130,000. Palhares got Submission of the Night. Barboza defeated Etim following the first spinning wheel kick in UFC history (according to Joe Rogan), while Palhares won via a lower-body submission on Mike Massenzio’s leg leading to him tapping out 63 seconds into the fight.

— Anthony Johnson has been released from UFC following his failure to make weight for his UFC 142 fight Saturday night.

“This is his third time,” White said of Johnson’s failure to make weight. “Three strikes and you’re gone.”

Johnson missed weight for his fight with Vitor Belfort.

“That was one of the most unprofessional things I’ve ever seen,” White said. “The guy was at 170 pounds. He moved up to 185 pounds so this wouldn’t happen anymore, and this is the worst weightcutting disaster he’s ever had. He almost ruined the co-main event here in Brazil. I don’t know what else to say about that one. I’m not happy about it.”

White had warned Johnson on Friday that his job was on the line with his UFC 142 bout.

“I knew what the decision was when I talked to you on Friday,” White said “This is his third time. Listen, the guy was having problems making 170 pounds. He wanted to stay at 170 or whatever his deal was. You go to 185, and you blow it as bad as he blew it? That’s bad, man.”

Johnson did leave the door open for Johnson to return down the line.

“I don’t dislike the guy,” White. “I like him very much actually. When you talk to Anthony Johnson, he’s a good guy. I don’t know who you blame in this one. Do you blame him? Do you blame his team? Do you blame his camp? I mean who takes the blame in this one? Ultimately, you’re a grown man. You’re responsible for your own actions.”

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