Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
In the unofficial welterweight grand prix on Saturday evening at UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz, the 170-pound stars of the company also pocketed all of the post-fight bonuses. Johny Hendricks and Carlos Condit took home Fight of the Night honors while Jake Ellenberger earned the Knockout of the Night distinction for his first-round stoppage of Nate Marquardt. There were no submission victories at UFC 158 and therefore no award winner. Each recipient pocketed $50,000 for their efforts.
The announcement of winners was made by UFC President Dana White at Saturday's post-fight press conference.
Hendricks, 29, earned a unanimous decision victory over Condit, 28, taking home 29-28 scores on all three judges cards. Still, the fight was a pitched battle from beginning to end. Hendricks spent the majority of the evening trying to score his famously heavy left hand while complimenting his charging attacks with takedowns. For his part, Condit answered with flying knees, clever guard work and scrambles to put the fight back to his feet. Each scored with heavy shots and while Hendricks did enough to earn the decision nod, the bout was close through the final bell. Hendricks moves to 15-1 overall in MMA and 12-1 in Zuffa-owned organizations. Condit is now 28-7 in professional MMA and 10-3 in Zuffa-owned organizations.
Ellenberger, 27, picked up his Knockout of the Night award for stopping former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nate Marquardt in the first round of their main card contest. Marquardt opened and continually peppered Ellenberger with leg kicks while 'The Juggernaut' tried to score with his counterboxing. Eventually Ellenberger was able to pressure Marquardt against the fence and score with a three-punch combination that sent the former UFC middleweight to the mat. While Marquardt tried to recover, Ellenberger followed up with a devastating barrage of punches forcing a referee stoppage at 3:00 of the first round. Ellenberger is 29-6 in professional MMA and 8-2 in the UFC.
UFC 158 took place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The announced attendance was 20,145 for a live gate of $3.71 million.
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