Michael Bisping entered the Octagon Saturday to the echoes of Blur’s “Song 2 (Woo Hoo)” and may have ended up exiting London’s O2 Arena singing along to the infamous two-word refrain as well due to both his win over respected competitor Yoshihiro Akiyama at the event and a $60,000 check earned for his respective role in their joint “Fight of the Night” effort. Likewise, Akiyama was also the recipient of sixty-grand for his showing against the British star.
News of the bonus was announced at the UFC 120 post-event press conference. In addition to the main-eventers’ windfall, two other fighters took home $60,000 for their individual performances.
As many might have suspected would be the case when the finish occurred, Carlos Condit’s flattening of Dan Hardy was named “Knockout of the Night”. Condit’s perfectly placed punch with less than a minute remaining in the bout’s opening round not only earned him the extra money, but resulted in his third consecutive victory in the Octagon as well as the first defeat by way of knockout in Hardy’s 31-fight career.
Finally, undefeated newcomer Paul Sass’ Triangle Choke of Mark Holst on the event’s undercard was awarded “Submission of the Night”. The move is undoubtedly one the 22-year old is comfortable with, as eight of his eleven total career victories have now come by way of the same technique.