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UFC on Fuel 6 Bonuses: Thiago Silva, Cung Le come away with $40,000 for finishing performances

The UFC’s continued expansion into Asia went well this weekend with an action-packed evening (or morning for many viewers) at UFC on Fuel 6, albeit one without many stoppages. Regardless, the crowd didn’t seem to mind, as the fans in Macau, China were a lively bunch from start to finish.

The group in attendance was treated to some heated exchanges including the co-headlining clash between Thiago Silva and Stanislav Nedkov, one of only two tilts to feature some form of finish. Silva nearly ended up on the wrong end of a Knockout of the Night bonus in the second round of the scrap but held on, eventually peppering the previously unbeaten Nedkov with strikes before taking him down, procuring mount, and latching on to an Arm-Triangle Choke.

The ensuing tap-out improved Silva’s overall record to 15-3 and was his first win since August 2009. It also earned him Submission of the Night and a $40,000 bonus.

Meanwhile, Knockout of the Night ACTUALLY went to San Shou expert Cung Le after the martial arts star blasted Rich Franklin in the opening round of their bout. The victory marked Le’s second straight inside the Octagon and was his first finish as a member of the UFC. He too won $40,000 for the distinction.

Finally, Fight of the Night and the attached cash were awarded to lightweights Mac Danzig and Takanori Gomi after the duo delivered a fifteen-minute melee featuring some back-and-forth exchanges laced with power. Though the resulting Split Decision nod to Gomi was not necessarily popular with fans who felt Danzig had done a bit more, especially in terms of grappling, one point not being argued at the end of the effort was the entertainment level involved.


  • Screenplaya says:

    I think the real star of the show was Stun Gun, who announced his presence near the top of the 170 rankings by totally dominating Paulo Thiago. I think we need to see a rematch between Stun Gun and Demian Maia.

    Thiago Silva, to me, appears to be a very rudimentary striker. During his scrap with Nedkov, his only defensive posture was hands up, head down, moving backward in a straight line. If he means to make another run at a title, he better start making use of the wealth of talent in the Blacksilians camp. Or maybe hire Martin Kampmann to explain the finer points of technical striking.

    I hope the UFC gives Rich Franklin a co-headlining bout somewhere in Ohio against a tomato can, so he can go out with a win. His great career is at an end, and everyone would like the final memory of him as a fighter to be something other than that time his face left a dent in the mat.

  • raker says:

    I woulda picked Tuck-Zhang as fight of the night. Haven’t been all that impressed with Gomi.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i thought Kim was the star of the night also, hopefully he gets another crack at Maia, cos i’m sure he’d beat him next time. also enjoyed Tuck-Zhang a lot more, some great transitions in that one


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