Though 31-year old Dennis Siver had compiled sixteen wins in the ring prior to Saturday evening, chances are his victory over Andre Winner at UFC 122 meant more to him on a personal level than any other example of his past success in MMA.
Siver, who choked Winner out a little less than four minutes into their match-up, not only won in dominating fashion in front of his fellow Germans on the biggest stage of his career but also notched “Submission of the Night” (and an attached $60,000 check) with the fight-finishing Rear-Naked Choke.
News of the bonus was reported at the post-event press conference.
Also earning a show-related distinction, and sixty thousand dollars, was 8-1 light heavyweight Karlos Vemola who received “Knockout of the Night” for his opening-round TKO of Seth Petruzelli. Vemola evened his record in the Octagon to 1-1 with the performance while also maintaining his impressive streak of first-frame wins (8-for-8).
Similar to Vemola, “Fight of the Night” was assigned to a preliminary pairing, as 23-year old “wunderkind” Pascal Krauss’ unanimous decision victory over Mark Scanlon was given the honor in addition to each taking home the related money. The 10-0 Krauss hails from Freiburg, meaning locals certainly had a reason to go home happy from the Konig Pilsener Arena as two-of-three bonuses were awarded to their fellow Germans (the other being Siver).