Rarely does an individual walk away with $30,000 after being robbed a few hours prior to the receiving the cash, but such was the case Saturday in Las Vegas when featherweight Nam Phan was named as half of the evening’s “Fight of the Night”. Phan, who was believed by many to have earned a decision victory over Leonard Garcia in their bout, found himself on the wrong side of a split decision and the right side of the crowd’s support.
However, regardless of the questionable scoring, both men still walked away with thirty grand and the distinction after turning in one of the Ultimate Fighter Season 12 Finale’s best bouts by far.
News of the bonus was announced at the post-event press conference.
Though unaired, “Knockout of the Night”, as well as the related money, went to 10-1 Pablo Garza who flattened opponent Fredson Paixao less than a minute into their preliminary pairing with a devastating flying knee.
Rounding out the evening’s bonuses was Cody McKenzie’s continuance of Guillotine Choke dominance, as he notched the tenth consecutive victory by way of the hold in choking out fellow TUF 12 competitor Aaron Wilkinson and as a result earned the show’s “Submission of the Night” (in addition to the $30,000).