BIRMINGHAM, England – The Ultimate Fighting Championship handed out its usual post-fight awards following UFC 89 in Birmingham, England on Saturday night. The winners of each "of the Night" award also took home a bonus check worth $40,000 U.S., a UFC official informed MMAWeekly.com
As billed, Chris Lytle and Paul Taylor went toe-to-toe for the course of their three-round battle. At the end, it was Lytle that scored a unanimous decision victory, but both fighters went home with some extra pay for their extra efforts in the Octagon, winning the Fight of the Night award.
It was definitely a rough night for Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, who was finished via TKO by Luiz Cane in the second round of their bout. Cane dropped Sokoudjou with a flurry and finished him off with successive punches on the ground, scoring the Brazilian a $40,000 bonus check for Knockout of the Night.
It was initially announced that Marcus Davis was taking home Submission of the Night honors for the guillotine choke that he used to end Paul Kelly's night in their main card fight. MMAWeekly.com has subsequently been informed that was announced in error and that Per Eklund was actually the fighter determined to receive the Submission of the Night award and $40,000 bonus.
Jim Miller also submitted his opponent in another preliminary bout, but Eklund takes home the bonus for the rear naked choke that ended the night for Samy Schiavo in the event's opening bout. He persevered through being knocked down, but not out, in the first round to secure the choke, the win and the bonus early in round three.
UFC 89 AWARDS AND BONUSES
(Each fighter received a $40,000 bonus.)
UFC 89 FIGHT OF THE NIGHT:
Chris Lytle vs. Paul Taylor
UFC 89 KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT:
UFC 89 SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT:
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- Chris Lytle
- Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou