Lightweight Nate Diaz did not just improve his stock last night with an incredibly impressive performance against Jim Miller but also bettered his bank account with the showing, earning Submission of the Night honors and an extra $65,000 for the distinction. Diaz’s bonus-winning finish came late in the second round of their headlining fight at UFC on FOX 3 when he latched on Miller’s neck during a failed takedown attempt, avoiding his adversary’s efforts to escape and sealing the deal.
The win was Diaz’s third straight and earned him a shot at winner of the upcoming title-bout between champion Benson Henderson and challenger Frankie Edgar.
Fight of the Night was awarded to the flyweight affair between Louis Gaudinot and John Lineker after the 125ers slugged it out on the undercard. Both men ate a number of stiff shots throughout, though in the end it was Gaudinot who came away with his hand raised thanks to a Technical Submission when he choked Lineker out cold with a Guillotine Choke.
On the opposite end of the size-spectrum, heavyweight Lavar Johnson notched his second straight Knockout of the Night bonus by finishing Pat Barry off in the final thirty seconds of their match-up’s opening round. Fifteen of Johnson’s seventeen total wins have involved some form of strike-based stoppage.
Like Diaz, Johnson, Lineker, and Gaudinot all received an additional $65,000 for their efforts.
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MMATraining Take: I’m not 100% sure I would have gone the same route as UFC officials did here. I think Diaz’s submission was on point, and Lineker-Gaudinot was great, but I feel like Alan Belcher deserved the knockout award. It may not have been as clean as Johnson’s but Barry’s chin is suspect while Belcher overcame Rousimar Palhares’ best submission attempts and STILL flattened him (on the ground no less).