While UFC 138 may have unfolded as a whole over a number of hours it took less than a minute for Brits Terry Etim and Che Mills to each procure an event-specific bonus after finishing their opponents in the opening ticks of their respective bouts.
Etim picked up “Submission of the Night” and $70,000 after latching on to opponent Eddie Faaloloto’s neck seventeen seconds into their scrap to seal the deal with an evening-ending Guillotine Choke. The performance marked the twelfth submission in fifteen total victories for the 26-year old Liverpool native and put him back on the winning track after more than a year on the sidelines due to injury.
Comparably, Mills flattened Ultimate Fighter 13 alumnus Chris Cope with a series of stiff knees to earn “Knockout of the Night” honors, as well as the attached cash, with his finish taking forty ticks to procure.
Finally, though the bout only lasted four minutes, Renan Barao vs. Brad Pickett was named “Fight of the Night” with each man receiving the $70k after one of the most memorable rounds of the year with both bantamweights throwing caution to the wind and slugging it out. Barao ultimately came away with his hand raised after springing onto a damaged Pickett’s back and sinking in the Rear-Naked Choke.
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MMATraining Take: Can’t argue with any of the choices here. Etim and Mills looked great and Barao/Pickett was a blast to watch. There were some lowlights on the card but in general UFC 138 was entertaining, a testament to the notion the worst events on paper often turn out to be better than those with a ton of big bouts.