Bonuses for UFC's Best KO, Submission and Fight of November
November was not a bad little month for the UFC. The return of Georges St-Pierre, the emergence of a new No. 1 contender at welterweight and a knockout for the aged, er, ages were among the highlights.
Just as the UFC hands out fight bonuses after each event, we here at Bleacher Report like to present bonuses for the best performances of the entire month. If you ask me, getting a bonus for the entire month is far more prestigious, if far less lucrative. And also as with the UFC, other random bonuses may also be presented if circumstances warrant.
Submission of the Month: Cyrille Diabate
Event: UFC 154
Result: Cyrille Diabate def. Chad Griggs by submission (rear naked choke) in Round 1
Ivan Menjivar's arm barring of some Russian guy whose name I don't remember how to spell won the evening's bonus from the UFC. But I'm dishing mine out to Diabate, the kick boxer who scored his first tapout in the UFC.
But I will stipulate that Chad Griggs deserves half of this award because he made it happen just as much as Diabate did.
Knockout of the Month: Johnny Hendricks
Event: UFC 154
Result: Johny Hendricks def. Martin Kampmann by KO (punch) in Round 1
All it took was 46 seconds. If you have a chance to watch or re-watch the fight, take a look at the left hand that shut off Kampmann's juice. It didn't even land flush.
To my mind, this knockout officially landed Hendricks not only in the welterweight division's top contender spot, but also on the short list of the hardest hitters working today.
Fight of the Month: Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit
Event: UFC 154
Result: Georges St-Pierre def. Carlos Condit by unanimous decision (unified UFC welterweight title)
This was an action-packed 25-minute gorefest, full of amazing attacks on both the feet and the ground. Condit was bleeding like a stuck pig pretty much throughout. St-Pierre looked like he'd been worked over with a tenderizing hammer.
GSP was the clear winner in the end. But Condit took a big, wet bite out of him in the process, and probably pushed the champ farther than he's been pushed in a very long time.
Time-to-Retire-Now Moment of the Month: Rich Franklin
Event: UFC on Fuel TV 6
Result: Cung Le def. Rich Franklin by KO, Round 1
This was the clear KO of the month before Hendricks put it on Kampmann at 154. The moment sent a jolt of electricity through what was otherwise a fairly inert fight card.
The 40-year-old Le, fighting injured, dropped a single right-hand bomb on Franklin's temple, and in so doing probably stopped the 38-year-old's comeback bid dead in its tracks.
Franklin, a former champ, has enjoyed a great career, though recently it has devolved into a series of lackluster novelty matchups. Le's knockout showed that Franklin, whether he knows or admits it or not, is probably at the end of the line.