Four fighters received $10,000 bonuses after their stellar performances last night as the WEC held another outstanding event live from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL.
MMAJunkie.com is reporting that Miguel Torres, Takeya Mizugaki, Anthony Njokuani and Rani Yahya were the recipients of the largest “Fight Night” bonuses ever handed out by the organization.
Torres, who defended his bantamweight title in an amazing five round battle with the debuting Mizugaki, fought in front of his hometown crowd. The two certainly did not disappoint and they went back and forth going blow for blow for the full 25 minutes. At the end of the fight it was clear to everyone in the crowd and to everyone watching on the Versus Network that this was going to be “Fight of the Night”.
Njokuani took on tough veteran Bart Palaszewski and had him rocked early and often but Palaszewski kept his composure and was able to make it to the second round. It only took another 27 seconds for Njokuani to put the final nail into the coffin and he certainly earned his “Knockout of the Night” bonus.
In the process, Njokuani was able to even his WEC record to 1-1 and brought his career record to 10-2. Palaszewski dropped to 30-13 but more importantly lost his second fight in a row in the WEC after winning his debut.
Yahya was able to sink in a rear naked choke on Eddie Wineland just 1:07 into round 1. That earned him “Submission of the Night” honors. Yahya runs his WEC record to 2-0 and his overall record to 13-4 with an outstanding 12 of those victories coming by way of submission.
Bonuses handed out at this event represent a 25 percent increase from bonuses handed out at WEC 39. This is good news for the WEC as they are drawing great crowds and will only further their desire to hold their first pay-per-view event.