Hunt, Case, Kang, Tanaka Win UFC Fight Night 52 Bonuses
- Updated: September 22, 2014
SAITAMA, Japan – No. 6 ranked heavyweight contender Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt (10-8-1), lightweight Johnny Case (19-4), and bantamweights Michinori Tanaka (10-1) and “Mr. Perfect” Kyung Ho Kang (13-7, 1 NC) took home Ultimate Fighting Championship performance bonuses for UFC Fight Night 152. The UFC gives performance bonuses to fighters at each event for fight, knockout and submission of the night.
Hunt solidified his place as a top heavyweight contender becoming the first man to knockout “Big Country” Roy Nelson (21-10) with his second round knockout on Saturday. Hunt and Nelson exchanged powerful strikes throughout the first round and into round two when the “Super Samoan” seemed to find his range and timing and landed a powerful uppercut to Nelson’s chin that sent him face-down on the mat as Hunt was credited with the walk-off and the knockout of the night.
Case had to work hard for his submission of the night honor as he endured a first round battle with Kazuki Tokudome (12-6-1) to get the second round submission win. Early in the first round Tokudome had the fight grounded and was in a controlling position in the fight. Case was able to work the fight back to its feet and unleashed his striking on his opponent. As the match went into the second round Case continued his assault with the momentum he carried over from round one. Case would send Tokudome to the mat with a right hand and then quickly moved to a guillotine choke to finish the fight.
The bantamweight bout between Kong and Tanaka was a show stealer with Kang winning the split decision (29-28 twice, 28-29) over his Japanese counterpart. As the fight opened Kang caught Tanaka a couple of times in the early going and as the fight hit the mat Kang attempted a rear naked choke. The attempt failed but the fight went back to the mat where both fighters exchanged ground positions. The remaining rounds went at the same pace as the fighters went back-and-forth in a fight that was razor thin at the end earning the fight of the night bonus.