Last night’s UFC on FX 2 card delivered on all fronts, providing a handful of slick submissions, devastating knockouts, and fast-paced fights keeping fans glued to the set throughout. However, as excellent as the card was for viewers, it likely induced a mild level of stress for the UFC brass in terms of determining the most-deserving candidates for event-specific bonuses.
In the end, flyweight Joseph Benavidez beat out his peers by flattening opponent Yasuhiro Urushitani in the opening moments of the second round of their semifinal bout to earn Knockout of the Night honors. Not only did Benavidez pick up $50,000 for the performance but also advanced to a title-fight aimed at crowning the organization’s first 125-pound champion.
Submission of the Night was awarded to Martin Kampmann for his Guillotine Choke of Thiago Alves in the headliner. The tap-out could not have come in a more timely manner as “The Hitman” was likely down on the scorecards and would have lost a decision had he not put Alves away with less than a minute remaining in the fight’s final frame. Kampmann will put the $50,000 he won to good use, saying after the show he planned to spend a few weeks touring Australia with his family.
Finally, though the result may have been controversial, the unquestionably entertaining affair between Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson was named Fight of the Night. Similarly to the other bonuses each man took home an extra $50,000 for their collective showing.
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