UFC 168 went down Saturday night in Las Vegas. It was, for several reasons, a memorable night of fights that contained lots of memorable action.
The moment fans will likely remember the longest, however, wasn't one that was accompanied by a post-fight bonus check. In the main event between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman, Silva suffered a gruesome leg fracture that resulted in a TKO win for Weidman and might have ended Silva's illustrious fight career.
While the MMA community awaits word on Silva's condition, there are still fighters and fights to celebrate, and the UFC did just that by presenting the usual post-fight bonus checks. Here's a rundown of the post-fight bonuses per the UFC's post-fight news conference. Each one carried a bonus of $75,000 for each fighter to receive the accolade.
Fight of the Night: Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate
Despite the fact that the co-main event was almost fully controlled by Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate still achieved more success than anyone else has previously against the champ by taking her into the third round (Rousey had never previously been out of the first).
Tate also had a few moments, landing a takedown and connecting with some strikes. But this one was all Rousey, even if Tate made for a worthy foil, as evidenced by Rousey's third-round armbar victory.
Knockout of the Night: Travis Browne
In a close match, Travis Browne and Josh Barnett staged a good, old-fashioned heavyweight slugfest. The conventional wisdom suggested that Browne had a standing advantage, while Barnett had the edge on the ground. The fight never hit the mat, as evidenced by the nature of this bonus. Browne rocked a slightly sluggish Barnett, then finished him with nasty elbows to the head as the two were along the fence.
The result was a clean knockout at exactly one minute of the first round.
Submission of the Night: Ronda Rousey
Not a bad night's pay. In addition to her show and win money, Rousey netted $150,000 in post-fight bonuses.
After the event, UFC president Dana White announced Rousey will face wrestler Sara McMann next. No rest for the weary, it seems. Hopefully she can get some sleep on top of that new pile of money she raked in at UFC 168.
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