The sweet taste of winning the Ultimate Fighter 11 crown was amped up to “high fructose” status for Court McGee after it was announced he would also be taking home an additional $25,000 on top of the crystal trophy for walking away season champ. McGee’s rear-naked choke, though the only tap-based finish on the card, of fellow finalist Kris McCray was named the event’s “Submission of the Night” and rightfully capped off the potentially career-making performance. News of the award was announced at the post-event press conference and reported by Heavy.
Suprising few, the bloody brawl between Matt Hamill and Keith Jardine was given “Fight of the Night”. The fifteen-minute battle featured solid stand-up, a nasty cut on Jardine’s face, crimson-spatter on the camera/crowd, and a ton of heart from both competitors and earned both twenty-five grand along with a great deal of respect from most onlookers.
Meanwhile, Chris Leben‘s return to neon-pink hair and consistent hard-hitting ways brought about his second-consecutive victory as well as “Knockout of the Night” honors. Beyond the extra cash, Leben’s second-round of TKO of opponent Aaron Simpson also netted “The Crippler” his 20th career win.