Adding to the many reasons this past weekend was one fans in Australia will likely never forget, a trio of area fighters earned event-specific bonuses due to their performances in Sydney at UFC 127 and each walked away with a check for $75,000 as a result. News of the awards and the monetary figure were announced at a post-event press conference.
One of the country’s favorite sons, Kyle Noke, was given “Submission of the Night” after locking in a Rear-Naked Choke and tapping out Chris Camozzi a little more than a minute-and-a-half into their PPV-opener. The win was 19-4-1 Noke’s fifth in a row and third by way of a finish.
Also extremely popular in the Land Down Under, New Zealander Mark Hunt broke a six-fight losing streak in highlight-reel fashion in preliminary action and received “Knockout of the Night” for his memorable mashing of Chris Tuchscherer. Hunt, who made a name for himself on the MMA scene with a series of appearances in PRIDE, landed a scrap-sealing uppercut on Tuchscherer in the second round then casually walked away without springing on top to cement the victory based on his vast experience in separating opponents from their consciousness.
Closing out the UFC 127 bonuses, Brian Ebersole‘s promotional debut came with a bit of icing on the cake as his highly-entertaining affair with Chris Lytle was named as the event’s “Fight of the Night”. Though Ebersole is American by birth he is known to train in Sydney and has a history of competing in Australia meaning the win likely held a special place in the heart of local fans. The victory marked Ebersole’s eighth consecutive instance of in-ring success and broke up a four-fight winning streak Lytle had been riding previous to the bout.