Going into the UFC on Fuel 5 bout between heavyweights Stefan Struve and Stipe Miocic the consensus among fans, as well as UFC President Dana White, was that the winner would emerge as one of the Top 5 fighters in the division. And, given Struve’s performance against Miocic, it’s hard to deny the statement’s accuracy.
However, what wasn’t known was that each man would leave the event $40,000 richer after earning Fight of the Night honors on a card packed with potential candidates thanks to a back-and-forth battle where each was on the verge of defeat at one point or another.
Though Struve could have also been handed Knockout of the Night for his finish of Miocic, the award instead went to Brad Pickett for living up to his nickname – “One Punch” – by taking out opponent Yves Jabouin with a beautifully timed uppercut in the opening round of action. The triumph netted him an extra $40,000 of bonus money and also marked Pickett’s second straight stoppage.
Finally, Matt Wiman shocked the world by tapping out submission specialist Paul Sass after escaping a few of the Brit’s attempts. Were that not enough to make it an evening Wiman will remember for the rest of his life, his Armbar was also named Submission of the Night and netted him $40,000 for the distinction.
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