Despite Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s reputation as one of the finest submission-specialists in the history of Mixed Martial Arts, UFC 153 opponent Dave Herman made it clear he felt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was overrated in terms of the discipline’s effectiveness in the sport. However, come showtime, Nogueira made it clear how deadly a weapon a polished BJJ game can be, putting “Pee Wee” in a number of difficult positions before ultimately pulling off an Armbar win in the second round of their scrap.
The finish not only put Nogueira back on the winning track after suffering a gruesome loss to Frank Mir this past December but also earned “Minotauro” an extra $70,000 on top of his regularly contracted rate after the finish was named the event’s Submission of the Night.
Also redeeming himself in the Octagon, welterweight Jon Fitch proved he isn’t just the plodding wrestler fans often label him as, picking up a win over highly-touted prospect Erick Silva by adding a new level of aggressiveness to his attack even though he ultimately still took home a decision win. The bout was named Fight of the Night and netted each man an additional $70,000.
Finally, TUF Brasil winner Rony “Jason” scored Knockout of the Night honors with a strike-based stoppage of opponent Sam Sicilia in what was his seventh consecutive victory. Like his bonus-winning peers, the distinction also resulted in the Brazilian taking home $70,000 more than he would have normally earned.
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