Entering the last minute of the headlining bout at UFC on FX 2 between Thiago Alves and Martin Kampmann it appeared “The Pitbull” had victory in hand, seemingly destined for a decision win based on his earlier work. Then, surprisingly, Alves opted to shoot for a takedown to seal the deal by finishing the final frame on top only to end up getting caught in a Guillotine Choke from his game opponent.
Kampmann’s finish of Alves was awarded Submission of the Night honors, earning him $50,000 for the distinction.
Meanwhile, Fight of the Night went to the controversial but otherwise excellent offering from Ian McCall-Demetrious Johnson. The two talented flyweights battled for fifteen minutes in the first 125-pound bout in UFC history with Johnson picking up a Split Decision win in the end. As disappointing as the outcome may have been for McCall, especially in light of news that the scores were errantly read with the fight actually being a Draw, “Uncle Creepy” will at least have $50,000 to soften the blow (as will Johnson based on their bonus-winning performance).
Last but not least, fellow flyweight Joseph Benavidez earned Knockout of the Night after blasting Shooto champion Yasuhiro Urushitani in the second stanza of their scrap. He too won $50,000 for the successful showing.
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MMATraining Take: Hopefully some undisclosed bonuses were handed out backstage as well, as there were numerous fighters who could have been put in the place of any of the award-winners without complaint. All in all UFC on FX 2 was a top notch show and one fans should be talking about for weeks to come.