The UFC’s continued expansion into Asia went well this weekend with an action-packed evening (or morning for many viewers) at UFC on Fuel 6, albeit one without many stoppages. Regardless, the crowd didn’t seem to mind, as the fans in Macau, China were a lively bunch from start to finish.
The group in attendance was treated to some heated exchanges including the co-headlining clash between Thiago Silva and Stanislav Nedkov, one of only two tilts to feature some form of finish. Silva nearly ended up on the wrong end of a Knockout of the Night bonus in the second round of the scrap but held on, eventually peppering the previously unbeaten Nedkov with strikes before taking him down, procuring mount, and latching on to an Arm-Triangle Choke.
The ensuing tap-out improved Silva’s overall record to 15-3 and was his first win since August 2009. It also earned him Submission of the Night and a $40,000 bonus.
Meanwhile, Knockout of the Night ACTUALLY went to San Shou expert Cung Le after the martial arts star blasted Rich Franklin in the opening round of their bout. The victory marked Le’s second straight inside the Octagon and was his first finish as a member of the UFC. He too won $40,000 for the distinction.
Finally, Fight of the Night and the attached cash were awarded to lightweights Mac Danzig and Takanori Gomi after the duo delivered a fifteen-minute melee featuring some back-and-forth exchanges laced with power. Though the resulting Split Decision nod to Gomi was not necessarily popular with fans who felt Danzig had done a bit more, especially in terms of grappling, one point not being argued at the end of the effort was the entertainment level involved.
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