UFC on FX 6: Recapping the Fight Night Bonuses from Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson
The UFC hosted another night of combative excellence on Friday with UFC on FX 6.
The night in Australia's Gold Coast crowned winners of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes in the lightweight and welterweight divisions, and it also showcased two of the sport's most exciting lightweights in Ross Pearson and George Sotiropoulos in the main event.
There were few disappointments on the card, and five out of the 10 bouts ended via knockout—a fact sure to satisfy the violence monger in all of us.
With so much action on hand, who took home the prestigious fight of the night, submission of the night and knockout of the night awards?
Fight of the Night
In a somewhat shocking decision, the UFC awarded Cody Donovan and Nick Penner a cool $40,000 apiece for their one-round efforts at UFC on FX 6.
While this fight was definitely sensational, and it was a great way to kick off the action, I fully expected Pearson and Sotiropoulos to snag this honor for their three-round war.
To their credit, Donovan and Penner engaged in a back-and-forth effort, and Donovan pulled off an awesome comeback, so there's really not too much to complain about here.
Welcome to the UFC, Mr. Donovan—here's your check!
Knockout of the Night
For those who saw the preliminary action on Fuel TV, this distinction should come as no surprise.
Ben Alloway pulled off his best Anderson Silva impression and landed a flush front kick to the face of his opponent, Manuel Rodriguez, at the end of their bout's opening round.
Who should have won knockout of the night?
After a series of follow-up punches rendered his opponent unconscious and unable to defend himself, Alloway was declared the victor and awarded $40,000 for his efforts.
I literally yelled with excitement when Alloway landed this kick, so I personally have no problems with him taking home the award.
That said, Hector Lombard, Ross Pearson and Chad Mendes all notched highlight-reel finishes of their own, and the award could have easily gone to any of them.
Part of me feels that Dana White and the UFC brass wanted to show the newcomers what life in the UFC is all about, and for that, two fighters were awarded their first post-fight bonuses.
Submission of the Night
Submission of the night went to Rousimar Palhares' brain. While the camera crew could not capture the footage, I have heard from multiple sources that Palhares' gray matter was actually pulsating against his skull rapidly, not from Lombard's punches, but rather in an effort to tap out before the beating became too severe.
Silly, obviously fake and horribly-construed stories aside, there were no submissions tonight, so no award was given.
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