Despite a lackluster main event, UFC on FX 4 delivered in every other way, as the majority of the fights on the card ended up being exciting contests.
With a trilogy fight between Sam Stout and Spencer Fisher and fan favorites like Cub Swanson and Brian Ebersole on the card, the odds of winning a Fight Night bonus were much smaller than on a normal fight card, but the majority of the guys who were expected to deliver an exciting performance did their job.
The winners made a total of $40,000 in bonus money.
Fight of the Night: Spencer Fisher and Sam Stout
If there was an odds-on favorite to win this award prior to the event, it was easily the rubber match between Sam Stout and Spencer Fisher.
The first two fights between Stout and Fisher were some of the most entertaining fights we’ve seen inside the cage, and the third was nearly as good.
It may not have been the technical striking battle that the first two fights were, but the fighters gave us some entertaining exchanges on the feet, and Stout showed off some newfound takedown skills by dragging Fisher to the mat on numerous occasions.
Knockout of the Night: Cub Swanson
I doubt anyone will ever accuse Cub Swanson of being a boring fighter, especially after watching his performance against Ross Pearson in Atlantic City.
Swanson threw nearly every strike in his arsenal at the Brit, and eventually landed a solid combination that sent Pearson crashing to the floor.
A few follow up shots caused the referee to step in and stop the fight, but Pearson was as good as done the moment Swanson landed his big left hand.
Submission of the Night: Dan Miller
In one of the feel-good stories of the night, Dan Miller likely saved his UFC career with a beautiful guillotine choke victory over Ricardo Funch.
Miller went for his trademark submission several times during the first two rounds, but Funch was able to wriggle free time and time again, and the bout was likely even going into the final frame.
When the opportunity presented itself in the third, Miller jumped guard, latched on to Funch’s neck and locked in the choke, and this time there was nowhere for Funch to go.