During the prelims of UFC Live 6 fans watched as Mac Danzig and Matt Wiman squared off in a battle that was later awarded with “Fight of the Night” honors. This was expected as both fighters put on a tremendous show and had fans cheering in excitement throughout the fight that went all three rounds. Wiman would ultimately win the fight by unanimous decision.
The two fighters are no strangers as they had previously fought one another at UFC 115 in June of last year. Wiman was victorious in that bout as well and had submitted Danzig in the very first round. The victory was a controversial one though as referee Yves Lavigne stopped the fight, believing Danzig was out from a choke. He was not, and it’s taken nearly a year and a half for the rematch, which was scheduled once but delayed due to an injured Danzig.
The opening round of their fight started off with both fighters exchanging a number of devastating punches that landed on their respective targets. The exciting back and forth exchange lasted for the entire first round, often times bringing fans to their feet.
The second round continued to excite the fans as both fighters were willing to stand toe to toe and trade blows. The fight also went to the ground where Danzig found himself in a bit of trouble on more than one occasion as Wiman attempted multiple submission attempts, but could not finish his opponent.
In the third and final round the fighter dubbed “Handsome” put on a clinic in what seemed to be the most exciting round of the fight. He landed elbow after elbow on the face and forehead of Danzig and then took the fight to the ground. It was there that he really went to work, delivering punishing ground and pound on his weakened opponent.
The crowd pleasing performance earned both fighters $65,000 bonus checks to add to their take-home pay after the show.
Winning “Knockout of the Night”, and the money, was Anthony Johnson for stopping Charlie Brenneman with strikes, while “Submission of the Night” was awarded to heavyweight Stefan Struve after finishing Pat Barry off with a Triangle Choke in their co-headlining clash.
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MMATraining Take: This fight had Fight of the Night honors written all over it from the very first round. Both fighters came out to fight and put on a great performance for the fans. It was nice to see two fighters going out there to fight and not to play it safe in hopes of a win. And because of their efforts they now both get to take home some extra cash. Can’t beat that!