In the lead-up to UFC 153, polarizing welterweight contender Jon Fitch promised a change in style that would, hopefully, result in a ‘Fight of the Night' bonus to help his much-publicized financial troubles. Well, he delivered.
Fitch and his opponent, Erick Silva, pocketed an extra $70,000 for a thrilling main card brawl that resulted in Fitch's first win since mid-2010 and first post-fight bonus since mid-2008. UFC President Dana White announced the bonuses following the completion of UFC 153.
"I didn't have a choice, I would've beat anybody today," a relived Fitch said afterward. "I don't care what weigh class. My family needed this win and I needed this win, so I did what I needed to do."
Also on the main card, Brazilian hometown hero Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira collected $70,000 for his ‘Submission of the Night' victory over Dave Herman. Nogueira, fighting for the first time since December, submitted Herman via armbar after a tenuous lead-up in which Herman repeatedly proclaimed that jui-jitsu didn't work.
"He said jiu-jitsu doesn't work. Jiu-jitsu does work," Nogueira explained. "Jiu-jitsu is Brazilian, and it's an art."
Lastly, TUF Brazil winner Rony Jason earned ‘Knockout of the Night' honors for his second-round TKO victory over Sam Sicilia on the night's undercard.