Hard-hitting lightweight Melvin Guillard entered UFC 136 on as hot a run as any 155er in the organization. Winner of five in a row, Guillard found himself on the cusp of earning a crack at the championship and could have solidified the shot with a convincing victory over apt adversary Joe Lauzon.
However, in the end it was Lauzon who left Houston with a win in tow as well after dropping Guillard early, then working his way into position to sink in a Rear-Naked Choke. The performance earned Lauzon an extra $75,000 along with “Submission of the Night” honors. Were his outing not impressive enough already, the bonus was also the Massachusetts’ native’s sixth straight and seventh in eleven total UFC bouts.
Taking home “Knockout of the Night” was Frank Edgar who weathered a case of déjà vu in the first round to comeback strong and eventually stopped Gray Maynard with strikes in the fourth frame of their title-fight. Edgar, who also got $75,000 for the distinction, improved his record 14-1-1 with the finish and avenged the only blemishes on his otherwise perfect record by beating the Xtreme Couture competitor.
Finally, “Fight of the Night” (and $75,000 each) was awarded to Leonard Garcia and Nam Phan after the two featherweights went toe-to-toe for three full rounds with Phan edging Garcia out in the end.
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MMATraining Take: It’s hard to argue with any of the bonuses, though in reality Edgar/Maynard or even Stipe Miocic vs. Joey Beltran could have also been named FotN and I wouldn’t have complained. The event was truly that good, and while there weren’t a lot of options to choose from in terms of stoppages (only three total on the card) there’s no doubt Lauzon and Edgar earned their money based on how fantastic their finishes were.