Toney: three taps and half a million in less than a round

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Toney put through the wringer by Couture. Photo: Josh Hedges

At UFC 118, which took place last Saturday in Boston, the main event was between Frank Edgar and BJ Penn, in a lightweight title dispute. Nevertheless, the biggest payout didn’t go to the participants in that bout.

Nor did the heftiest paycheck go to Randy Couture, a hall-of-famer and one of the biggest idol of the sport in the USA. The fattest check was James Toney’s, the boxing champion who made his first appearance in MMA. Just three minutes and nineteen seconds in the octagon, during which time the fighter succumbed to a snug arm-triangle choke by Couture – read, not much work –, was enough for the pugilist to pocket five hundred thousand dollars.

Check out the payouts for the last UFC event:

Frankie Edgar: US$96,000
B.J. Penn: US$150,000

Randy Couture: US$250,000
def. James Toney: US$500,000

Demian Maia: US$68,000
Mario Miranda: US$8,000

Gray Maynard: US$46,000
Kenny Florian: US$65,000

Nate Diaz: US$60,000 + US$60, 00 (best fight)
Marcus Davis: US$31,000 + US$60, 00 (best fight)

Joe Lauzon: US$24,000 + US$60, 00 (best submission)
Gabe Ruediger: US$8,000

Nik Lentz: US$22,000
Andre Winner: US $10,000

Dan Miller: US$30,000
John Salter: US $8,000

Greg Soto: US$12,000
Nick Osipczak: US$10,000

Mike Pierce: US$24,000
Amilcar Alves: US$6,000

There was no best knockout prize, as there were no knockouts at the event.

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