UFC on Fox 6 went down Saturday night from Chicago. Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson won the first-ever 125-pound title defense in the Octagon by defeating John Dodson by unanimous decision.
But that was just one of 11 fights that took place. Some were less than scintillating (coughclayguidacough), but many were very entertaining.
Here are the three that stood out to UFC leaders and earned post-fight bonus checks from the brass. Each one earned $50,000 bonuses.
Submission of the Night
Ryan Bader took this one home for pulling off the fastest submission in the history of the UFC light heavyweight division. He needed only 50 seconds to drop 42-year-old Vladimir Matyushenko with a hard left hook, then slap on a modified guillotine choke.
Knockout of the Night
Anthony Pettis fought at a championship level Saturday night, and it culminated with a TKO victory at 2:35 of the very first round. He kept the Showtime Kick in the stable but uncorked a Showtime Knee that caught Donald Cerrone on the jaw and helped set up the final blow.
The final blow came in the form of a shin directly to the liver that felled Cerrone; Pettis was quick to seal it with deadly efficient punches.
This lightweight looks ready for the title shot.
Fight of the Night
It looks like T.J. Grant and Ricardo Lamas got the short end of the stick.
But that means it was a great night of fights. If you're looking at drama-free post-fight bonuses, you just finished looking at an unexciting card.
Anyway, Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson reeled in the Fight of the Night bonuses for their five-round endurance-fest. Johnson showed an iron chin in recovering from a second-round rocking. He came back, held his own and eventually drowned Dodson in the proverbial deep waters.
The title defense was just as advertised, with the speed, footwork and tactical aggression of Johnson winning out over the powerful Dodson.