On a card full of back-and-forth matchups, two Fight of the Night awards were handed to Chris Leben
vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
and Stephan Bonnar
vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
at UFC 116
Saturday in Las Vegas.
The other recipients of post-fight honors were Brock Lesnar
for Submission of the Night and Gerald Harris
for Knockout of the Night. All six competitors each received a $75,000 bonus for their efforts.
"In 10 years of being in the business i don't believe I've seen guys deliver like they did tonight," UFC president Dana White said at the post-fight press conference.
One name missing from the six was Chris Lytle, who went empty after winning post-fight awards the past five fights. Don't say he didn't try. Lytle scored a nice submission with a straight armbar supported by a triangle choke to defeat Matt Brown. Afterwards Lytle also campaigned for a bonus.
But enter Lesnar, who overcame the bottom end of a 10-8 first round to take Carwin down in the second and pass for the arm-triangle choke to retain his UFC heavyweight belt.
Harris won the KO of the night without needing to land a punch for the finish. Harris responded to a Dave Branch triangle choke attempt by slamming him down, rendering the UFC newcomer unconscious. Besides the nice extra payday and coverage on the Spike TV broadcast, the finish garnered Harris spot No. 7 on ESPN's top plays.
Bonnar saved his competitive career with another slugfest, stopping Soszynski with punches at 3:08 in the second round.
Coming off a fight just two weeks ago, Leben entered a must-win third round and after being taken down early, fought off his back with punches before attacking with an armbar and then triangle choke for the stunning finish.