The evening at UFC 143 was expectedly exciting yet surprisingly topped by Fabricio Werdum’s decision win over Roy Nelson instead of the main event between Nick Diaz-Carlos Condit. Werdum and Nelson went at it for three rounds with the Brazilian pulling out the decision even after “Big Country” nearly battled back as things unfolded with the bout being named Fight of the Night.
Meanwhile, Stephen Thompson started the evening out strong in his UFC debut with an opening round finish in the first fight on the card, flattening opponent Dan Stittgen with a sick head kick that was named Knockout of the Night. The victory improved Thompson’s record to 6-0 in MMA since transitioning from a kickboxing background where he racked up more than fifty wins without ever suffering a loss.
Submission of the Night was also awarded to a preliminary fighter as Dustin Poirier took home the honor with a super-slick Mounted Armbar-Triangle Choke over newcomer Max Holloway. Poirier is now 12-1 and should be in the discussion for a future title-shot after his success inside the Octagon.
All bonuses were worth $65,000 for each fighter.
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