After a mediocre night of fights, Dana White still has some checks to hand out. While usually, some thought and effort has to go into the process of picking fight night bonuses, that wasn’t the case Saturday night in Winnipeg.
There was, precisely, one knockout and one submission. Meanwhile, throughout the night, fights were boring enough that there weren’t too many legitimate options for Fight of the Night either.
So who, basically by default, comes away with an extra chunk of cash? Find out right here!
Knockout of the Night: Shawn Jordan
While there was only one knockout Saturday night, this was actually a doozy. Fights involving Pat Barry rarely go the distance, but he wasn’t the beneficiary of that fact on this night.
Shawn Jordan, after a brief feeling-out period, landed two big uppercuts to floor Barry and landed a boatload of huge lefts to end the fight in under a minute. A huge win for Jordan, who now finds himself moving, potentially, toward the upper echelon of the division.
Even if he did have competition, there’s a good chance that Jordan would have walked away with an extra five-digit check.
Submission of the Night: James Krause
Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout is an enduring figure in the UFC and has fought some very good lightweights over the years. When Joe Silva was making this fight, he possibly pictured RFA import James Krause, a guy who washed out of the WEC back in 2009, as a can for Stout to open up in front of his hometown crowd.
It definitely didn’t work out that way, though.
After a back-and-forth 14 minutes and 35 seconds, it was going to be a tough fight to call. Krause, though, took it upon himself to make it easier for everyone as he crushed Stout’s neck with a deep guillotine choke.
As with Jordan’s knockout, this would have been a strong contender for a bonus even if it wasn’t the default winner.
Fight of the Night: Sam Stout vs. James Krause
The fight itself was beyond solid. Both fighters brought it, landed strikes and kept things exciting on the ground. The buzzer-beating finish sealed the deal.
While there were a few solid fights between this one, Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton and Sean Pierson vs. Kenny Robertson, it really wasn’t an especially great night of fights. Still, it’s definitely not in the running for the worst UFC event ever.
Source: Bleacher Report