UFC president Dana White handed out the usual post-fight awards to four fighters at the UFC 145 post-fight press conference in Atlanta. The award winners each lined their pockets with an additional $65,000 for their performances.
Ben Rothwell scored the Knockout of the Night honors. His fight with Brendan Schaub was short, but chalk full of action. The two went back and forth, Schaub looking like he might be taking honors for Knockout of the Night, putting Rothwell on his heels. But Rothwell, on wobbly legs, caught Schaub with a left hook that floored him, making Rothwell the winner 1:10 into the fight.
With only one to choose from, handing out Submission of the Night honors at UFC 145 was easy, if not surprising. Undefeated heavyweight Travis Browne took home the honors, securing an arm triangle choke on UFC newcomer Chad Griggs to top off the preliminary bout broadcast on FX.
Having shown his knockout power in past fights, the submission victory showed another side of Browne, undoubtedly one of the top rising stars in the heavyweight division.
Eddie Yagin may have taken split decision honors over Mark Hominick in their featherweight battle, but both fighters should be proud of the performance they put on.
Yagin and Hominick threw everything they had at each other, landing numerous blows on each other that, by all rights, should have left each of them on the floor several times over. But neither one would relent, both of them bloodied and bruised at the end of the night.
They scored the Fight of the Night honors for their efforts. So even though Hominick ended up on the short end in Atlanta, both he and Yagin walked away with an additional $65,000.