For the first time ever, White allowed the fans to choose the winner of the Fight of the Night award and the hometown crowd selected the main event featuring champion St-Pierre.
Though White kept his word and allowed the fan's choice to earn Fight of the Night, he would have picked a fight off the preliminary card (most likely Sean Pierson vs. Matthew Riddle) and said he won't be letting fans decide again.
"[The fans] blew their chance, it's over," White said with a laugh.
Mac Danzig earned a $100,000 for Knockout of the Night. Danzig, who was coming off two consecutive losses, will remain on the UFC payroll with his impressive knockout over former title challenger Joe Stevenson. With Stevenson coming forward with punches, Danzig stepped back with a left hook to the chin, sending Stevenson falling face first onto the gray canvas.
Meanwhile, Jim Miller and Mark Bocek each received $50,000 as the two Submissions of the Night winners.
Bocek was the first to earn a submission, tapping out fellow BJJ black belt Dustin Hazelett with a triangle choke at two minutes and 33 seconds of the first round. Bocek set up the triangle from full mount and then rolled onto his own back to finish the choke hold. Bocek earned one previous Submission of the Night award, one year ago when he submitted Joe Brammer with a rear-naked choke from standing.
On the pay-per-view card, Miller pitched his own submission, sitting back for a toe hold that he transitioned to a kneebar to derail, at least for one night, the Charles Oliveira hype train. Oliveira attempted to persuade Miller to break the hold with punches to the body, but Miller held on, forcing Oliveira to tap.
Out of 11 fights on the UFC 124 card, two were (T)KOs, two were submissions and seven went the distance.
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