The Ultimate Fighting Championship handed out three “Fight Night” bonuses of $60,000 to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Keith Jardine, and Matt Hamill following the completion of its UFC 96 event held at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Jackson and Jardine both shared the award for “Fight of the Night” in recognition of their action-packed three round battle that featured several momentum changes and near-finishes. In the end, Jackson was declared the winner of the bout thanks in large part to two knockdowns of Jardine that he was responsible for.
Hamill received the award for “Knockout of the Night” in response to his devastating first round KO over former NCAA wrestling champion Mark Munoz at 3:53 of round 1.
Utilizing a quick sprawl that prevented Munoz from taking the fight to the floor, the more experienced Hamill was able to keep the fight standing where he was able to utilize his more polishedstandup. The end came when Hamill connected with a right head kick that immediately knocked Munoz unconscious.
The UFC also typically designates a “Submission of the Night” bonus but without a single submission finish on the 10-bout card, no fighters were eligible to receive the award.