Even though almost every fight went to decision, UFC on Fuel TV 7 was still action packed from start to finish. That said, Dana White likely had little trouble picking out which fighters to award bonuses.
So which fighters are taking home a bit more than they were anticipating? Who gets something written up in the “Notes” section of his Wikipedia record listing?
Find out right here!
Submission of the Night: Renan Barao
This was probably the easiest award to peg because Barao was the only fighter to make his opponent tap. Still, it was a very nice submission.
In the fourth round of the title fight against Michael McDonald, Barao scored a takedown that tangled his limbs up with McDonald's. Rather than scrambling into a better position or letting McDonald return to his feet, Barao wrapped up his opponent's head and arm and squeezed. It took him a while, but McDonald eventually tapped.
Knockout of the Night: Tom Watson
This one was a teeny bit less easy to pick than the submission of the night (though still pretty easy). Tom Watson had the only legitimate knockout of the night. The only other one was Cyrille Diabate's calf exploding.
As with Barao's submission, though, Tom Watson's knockout of Stanislav Nedkov was still a doozy.
Watson had an absolute barn burner of a fight, and both fighters took some serious damage. In the waning seconds of the second round, though, Watson landed some huge knees from the muay Thai clinch and finished off Nedkov with punches.
Fight of the Night: Tom Watson vs. Stanislav Nedkov
So yeah...as stated, total barn burner here.
Tom Watson and Stanislav Nedkov put on one of the most amazing, spirited fights you'll ever see. Both of them brawled harder than one could reasonably expect from a human being, and they gave us a fight that could easily end up as Fight of the Year.
In the end, Watson took home the win and the Knockout of the Night check, but Nedkov will also be taking home more than his “show up” money. This is a fight both of them can be very proud of.