When Brian Stann entered the Octagon against Jorge Santiago for UFC 130 he likely did so with a unique mindset given the show’s attachment to Memorial Day Weekend. A decorated military veteran, Stann not only turned in a tremendous performance against the talented Brazilian but also made the occasion even more memorable by walking away with an extra $70,000 for his role in the card’s “Fight of the Night” (as did Santiago).
News of the middleweights’ distinction was announced at a post-event press conference along with their fellow bonus-winners for “Submission of the Night” and “Knockout of the Night”.
The latter awards were undoubtedly easier to pick given the evening’s limited number of finishing performances. In fact, outside of Stann’s second round smashing of Santiago there were only two other fighters who sealed the deal before scorecards came into play – Gleison Tibau and Travis Browne.
Tibau earned “Submission of the Night” for his Rear-Naked Choke of BJJ blackbelt Rafaello Oliveira, while Travis Browne not only took home “Knockout of the Night” for the organized demolition he performed on 6’11 Stefan Struve but was also given the third spot on ESPN’s “Top 10” plays of the day for the highlight-reel finish.
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