UFC 157: Recapping the Fight Night Bonuses

Craig AmosFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2013

Feb 23, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA;   Robbie Lawler celebrates his victory over Josh Koscheck (not pictured) after their UFC welterweight bout at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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When UFC 157 drew to a close, a historic event turned into history. The fight card produced considerable action, several competitive matches and a handful of highlight-reel finishes. 

As per UFC tradition, four fighters were awarded a little something extra for their efforts—those fighters being the respective recipients of the Fight, Knockout and Submission of the Night awards.

Read on to see who took home which accolade.


Knockout of the Night: Robbie Lawler

The Knockout of the Night award was a no-brainer. Not because Lawler's TKO victory over Josh Koscheck was so undeniably impressive that Dana White energetically rushed to cut him a check. Because Lawler was the only fighter to score a knockout at UFC 157.

It's atypical that an event sees just one knockout, but the lack of fight-ending strikes proved to be  Lawler's gain, as he now pockets a $50,000 bonus for his controversial stoppage of "Kos."


Submission of the Night: Kenny Robertson

Coming into the event, Ronda Rousey was the odds-on favorite to walk away with the SOTN award. But even though she fulfilled her end of the bargain by sinking in the highly anticipated first-round armbar, she was upstaged by the little-known Kenny Robertson.

Robertson defeated Brock Jardine with an unusual submission that I'm not even going to attempt to describe. Instead, I'll just provide the image. 

The sheer novelty of the move makes it the clear winner of the SOTN award.


Fight of the Night: Dennis Bermudez vs. Matt Grice

The very first fight of the night—Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Yuri Villefort—probably would have taken the prize on most cards, but not UFC 157. Oh no, not UFC 157.

Instead, the bonus went to Bermudez and Grice, who participated in a back-and-forth war that went the three-round distance. Both fighters came within a hair of finishing their foe at different points in the match, and both left every ounce of energy they had in the Octagon.

This one is a definite Fight of the Year candidate.