With a series of sensational performances and stoppages at UFC 160 on Saturday night, UFC brass had their work cut out for them in picking the ones most deserving of an award. In the end, though, UFC President Dana White announced at Saturday's post-fight press conference that heavyweights Junior dos Santos and Mark Hunt grabbed Fight of the Night, T.J. Grant claimed KO of the Night while Glover Teixeira was given Submission of the Night. Each fighter was given $50,000 for their efforts.
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Dos Santos, 28, defeated Hunt, 39, by third-round knockout with a spinning wheel kick. The first two rounds were a tense affair, but the Brazilian former UFC heavyweight champion managed to land more consistently and with a wider variety of strikes. By most observers count, he was up 2-0 heading into the third round, but Hunt would not go away quietly even if he began to fade in the final frame. A left hook-right straight combination, though, was the beginning of the end for Hunt. After being tagged with the combination by Hunt, he was a sitting duck for a spinning wheel kick that cracked Hunt at the top of his head and sent him crashing to the canvas. A couple of follow-up shots by dos Santos finished Hunt off. The end came officially at 4:18 of the third round. Dos Santos moves to 16-2 in MMA while Hunt slides to 9-8.
Teixeira, 33, claimed Submission of the Night honors with his dominant first-round victory over James Te Huna. Teixeira opened up with aggressive striking in the pocket opposite the Kiwi, but eventually took it to the floor. From there, the skill disparity was impossible to ignore. As Te Huna tried to scramble to his feet, Teixeira pulled guard with an arm-in guillotine, but managed to block one of Te Huna's arms in the process. From there, Teixeira moved to his hip, forcing Te Huna to tap at 2:38 of the very first round. Teixeira is now 21-2 in MMA while Te Huna is 16-6.
Last, but certainly least, welterweight turned lightweight T.J. Grant, 29, bested top contender Gray Maynard, 34, with a sensational first-round TKO stoppage. The two traded shots early, but it was a timed two-punch combination ending with a right straight that sent Maynard scrambling. Grant pounced on the hurt opponent and was able to finish Maynard off with a series of strikes. The win earns grant a title shot against UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson and moves his record to 21-5. Maynard is now 11-2-1-1.
According to figures released at the post-fight presser, 11,089 attended UFC 160. The event pulled a live gate of $2.429 million.