With some excellent fights and some impressive knockouts, Dana White had his work cut out for him picking the Fight Night Bonuses. Ultimately, he pulled it off, though! Here's who he chose...
Fight of the Night: Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin
There were plenty of choices for this one, but the UFC, as it often does, defaulted to the main event and made Silva vs. Franklin the UFC 147 Fight of the Night—not that there is anything wrong with that, in this case.
Wanderlei Silva and Rich Franklin looked better than they have in years for this fight. Silva showed chin, intensity and power that harkened back to his time in Pride. Franklin, meanwhile, looked as spry and quick as he did in his 20s, showing impressive footwork, cardio and really fast hands.
While the chances of Rich Franklin making a run for the 185-pound belt are slim, it seems a lot more feasible right now than it did just a few hours ago.
Knockout of the Night: Marcus Vinicius
The second fight of the night was actually a strong contender for the overall Fight of the Night. Marcus Vinicius was getting absolutely wrecked by Wagner Campos for the first two rounds. Campos was punching him ruthlessly standing up. Then when Vinicius ended up on the ground, he would start punching him ruthlessly there, too.
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Then the third round came. Vinicius landed a flying knee to the body that set up for a torrent of strikes that forced referee Herb Dean to separate them. Campos crumbled to the ground and then found out he was on the wrong end of one of the best comebacks of the year in MMA.
Submission of the Night: Rodrigo Damm
This was an easy one to call for everyone involved since there was only one submission Saturday night. Rodrigo Damm had an unfortunate medical problem cheat him out of his chance at winning The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, but at the very least, he showed his potential in this fight.
Damm was matched against his rival from the show, Anistavio Medeiros. Medeiros goofed around before the fight but was beaten down with ease by Damm, who rocked him with punches and then got to his back and slapped on a rear naked choke. While he was removed from TUF: Brazil's tournament, he certainly found some satisfaction in a win over his least-favorite cast member and a fistful of cash.
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