Newly crowned “Ultimate Fighter” Tony Ferguson had a layer of icing added to an already sweet evening on Saturday after his first frame finish of fellow TUF 13 finalist Ramsey Nijem was named “Knockout of the Night” and earned him an additional $40,000 on top of the standard season-winner’s six-figure contract.
The fight-sealing sequence came in the last few minutes of opening round action and capped off a highly-successful run for Ferguson on the Ultimate Fighter Season 13 including a series of strike-based wins over Justin Edwards, Ryan McGillivray, and Chuck O’Neil to advance as one-half of last night’s headlining bout.
Also awarded event-specific bonuses for their efforts over the weekend, Kyle Kingsbury and Fabio Maldonado received “Fight of the Night” for a back-and-forth affair featuring a plethora of powerful knees out of Kingsbury’s clinch with Maldonado’s response often involving well-placed hooks to his opponent’s face and torso. Though the 29-year old “Kingsbu” ultimately earned a unanimous nod from the judges for his performance his face told the true tale of their bout including his left eye being swollen completely shut.
Finally, Reuben Duran was handed “Submission of the Night” and the attached cash for having procured the event’s lone tap-out, a Rear-Naked Choke coming a little less than midway through the third round of his hotly contested match-up with Francisco Rivera.
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