UFC welterweight Georges St. Pierre may have successfully defended his championship for the fourth consecutive time and come one step closer to cleaning out his division at UFC 111, but it could easily be argued the evening’s biggest winner was in fact Shane Carwin. Along with keeping his perfect professional recording intact, as well as his incredible streak of first-round finishes, the full time engineer earned a shot at heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar’s title by soundly beating Frank Mir and becoming interim champion in the process. For his efforts Carwin was also awarded “Knockout of the Night” and an additional $65,000 for the honor. The news was announced at the post-fight press conference and reported by MMAJunkie.
Also taking home an extra sixty-five thousand dollars for his performance at the event was New Jersey native Kurt Pellegrino. Pellegrino’s rear-naked choke of opponent Fabricio Camoes was named ”Submission of the Night”, while ”Fight of the Night” and the spoils coming along with said distinction went to light heavyweights Jared Hamman and Rodney Wallace for their exciting three-round clash.