Pictured: Tiequan Zhang
It was a pretty tight race for "Fight of the Night" during UFC on Fuel 6, with three all-out brawls drawing huge applause from the Macau crowd.
However, Takanori Gomi's reckless decision win against Mac Danzig was the eventual winner, granting both fighters a $40,000 bonus for their efforts.
But if you ask headliner Cung Le about it, he gives his personal nod to Tiequan Zhang and Jon Tuck.
As Le described to MMA Junkie, the back-and-forth battle between Zhang and Tuck was so exciting, he could barely pay attention to his own pre-fight routine:
"That fight was pretty awesome," Le said. "That could have been 'Fight of the Night,' also. I was actually backstage watching it, and I was like, 'Wow. These guys are going back and forth.' It's hard for me because I'm a fan, too, and at the same time, (Don) House is grabbing my hands and saying, 'Turn your hands.' I was watching the screen because I was enjoying their fight."
Le would eventually walk away from the cage with his own post-fight bonus, knocking out former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin with a pinpoint-accurate right hook to the jaw.
Although Le netted the "Knockout of the Night" award as result, he didn't really need the help—his fight was one of the only two to end in a stoppage.
Zhang, the only Chinese fighter in the UFC, fell to 1-3 in the promotion despite a last-minute rally against Tuck, uncharacteristically landing several unanswered punches on the feet. For his part, Tuck remains undefeated as a pro, improving to 7-0 in his overall career and 1-0 in UFC.