The UFC delivered a dose of early fireworks this Fourth of July Weekend after offering an action-packed event earlier tonight featuring a number of exciting scraps and highlight-reel finishes. The card also provided an opportunity for four fighters to walk away with an extra $75,000 each.
Remarkably, former light heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz earned ”Submission of the Night” by locking in an opening round Guillotine Choke of TUF 8 winner Ryan Bader en route to victory. The finish, only the second BJJ-based tapout of Ortiz’s fourteen year career, came after “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” rocked Bader early and found an opening in the ensuing scramble. The win was the first for the 36-year old veteran since stopping Ken Shamrock with strikes in October 2006.
”Knockout of the Night” went to after a hotly contested competition for the honor given the evening’s plethora of pugilistic delights. Among the numerous contenders where the show’s best strike-based stoppage was concerned, Carlos Condit emerged the award’s winner for his flying knee finish of previously unbeaten Dong Hyun Kim.
Finally, ”Fight of the Night” appropriately went to headliners Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber after a fast-paced, five-round battle seeing Cruz ultimately retain his bantamweight championship via Unanimous Decision. The performance avenged a loss for Cruz and likely solidified him as the top 135er in the world in the eyes of most.
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