Former UFC middleweight champ Rich Franklin walked away from UFC 115 with more than a first-round win over fellow icon of the Octagon Chuck Liddell after flattening the “Iceman” with five seconds remaining in the opening frame. “Ace” also exited the arena with an additional $85,000 and “Knockout of the Night” honors, both of which may help to ease the lingering pain he’s no doubt enduring as a result of a broken bone in his arm sustained during the headlining bout. The news was announced at the post-event press conference and reported by Sherdog.
Joining Franklin in procuring an extra $85,000 for work put in, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic‘s post-fight plea apparently resonated with UFC brass, as his third-round choke of hard-hitting kickboxer Pat Barry WAS selected as “Submission of the Night”. The Croatian, generally known for his striking and knockout power, earned the fourth submission-based win of his career with the performance and his first by means of grappling since choking Kevin Randleman in PRIDE a little over 5 1/2 years ago.
Finally, Carlos Condit‘s comeback win over blue-chip prospect Rory MacDonald was announced as the event’s “Fight of the Night”. The former WEC welterweight title-holder emerged down on the judges’ scorecards after the bout’s opening ten minutes but was able to pound out a victory with less than ten seconds remaining in the third round.