Rua and Henderson battled for 25 minutes, trading blows and gutting though exhaustion until the final horn sounded and Henderson’s hand was raised in victory. The two each earned $70,000 in bonus money to go along with a trip to the hospital after a war that UFC President Dana White compared to Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier III. Although their fight wasn’t quite as brutal, Silva and Le also took home a Fight of the Night bonus check. “The Axe Murderer” finished the San Jose native in the second round with a flurry of strikes to earn his first victory since February 2010.
Also earning some extra were Urijah Faber and Michael McDonald for their “Submission of the Night” and “Knockout of the Night” performances.
Faber finished Brian Bowles in the second round with a guillotine choke after rocking the former WEC champion with an uppercut and a barrage of strikes, including a deadly knee to the body. Failing to finish him with punches, Faber sunk in a guillotine choke, achieved mount, and forced Bowles to tap out in the second round.
McDonald’s night was the quickest of the bunch as he finished newcomer Alex Soto in just 56 seconds with a well placed right hand followed by an abundance of punches that left Soto out cold against the cage.
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