Though last night’s main card at UFC 149 may have invited a chorus of boos throughout based on the relative lack of action, the evening’s preliminary pairings delivered a dose of much-needed entertainment to the otherwise forgettable event. As such, a number of fighters who weren’t fortunate enough to grace the PPV portion ended up coming away with bonuses related specifically to their showings.
Knockout of the Night, understandably, went to Ryan Jimmo for his seven-second stoppage of Anthony Perosh. The finish tied the organization’s record for fastest ever, improving the former MFC champion’s overall record to 17-1 along the way. Jimmo was awarded $65,000 for the distinction.
Another $65,000 went to Matt Riddle for his slick Arm-Triangle Choke against Chris Clements, as the technique was handed Submission of the Night honors. The move marked the first tap-out victory of Riddle’s young career and was his second consecutive win inside the company’s eight-sided cage.
Finally, Fight of the Night (and $65,000 for each competitor) was attached to an exciting effort from Bryan Caraway-Mitch Gagnon. The two went back and forth for more than two rounds including some smooth grappling exchanges and Caraway overcoming a number of stiff shots on the ground to eventually lock up a Rear-Naked Choke in the third to seal up his success in the scrap.
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