Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
The Fight of the Night went home with Jon Fitch.
No, seriously. Jon Fitch and Erick Silva were in a 15-minute battle as Fitch worked his stellar wrestling game along with some nice ground and pound to earn a unanimous decision over the top prospect.
Fitch was in trouble a few times. Once, Silva had a rear-naked choke completely sealed in, but Fitch showed why many consider him to have the best submission defense in all of MMA as he escaped and put the pressure right back on Silva.
Fitch has been very outspoken the past few weeks about wanting to be more exciting, but instead of doing something drastic or crazy, he came out and did what he does best—win.
Fitch proved at UFC 153 that he is still one of the best welterweights in the world.
The only other fight that really had a chance to slip in and steal the Fight of the Night award away from Fitch and Erick Silva was the clash between Glover Teixeira and Fabio Maldonado. Teixeira dominated the first four minutes of the round, with a few people on Twitter even suggesting a 10-7 judging score, while others were criticizing the official for not stopping the bout.
Next thing you know, Maldonado pulled out his inner-Cheick Kongo and nearly knocked out Teixeira with one punch that staggered Teixeira, but he survived and moved on the second round. The second saw Teixeira continue to pick apart Maldonado, and the doctor stepped in and stopped the bout at the end of the round.
Each fighter who received a bonus goes home with a nice $70K.
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