Despite a slow start to the card, fans in Atlanta were treated to an entertaining evening of action at UFC 145 including a number of closely-contested clashes and a few highlight reel finishes to boot.
Two of the most memorable mashings included heavyweights Travis Browne and Ben Rothwell who each notched opening round finishes and earned an extra $65,000 on top of their standard rate for their performances. Specifically, Browne was awarded Submission of the Night for his Arm-Triangle Choke of Chad Griggs, while Rothwell blasted Brendan Schaub a little more than a minute into their match-up to score Knockout of the Night honors.
Fight of the Night went to featherweights Mark Hominick-Eddie Yagin, as did the 65k, who left it all inside the Octagon over a fifteen minute melee leaving each with battle-wounds worth bragging bout. Though Yagin came away with the Split Decision victory it was truly the fans who won given the quality and heart shown in their exchange.
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MMATraining Take: The bonuses were pretty clear-cut this time around. Matt Brown-Stephen Thompson could have been FotN too, though it was fairly sloppy at times and not nearly the technical war Yagin/Hominick turned in. Michael McDonald‘s KO of Miguel Torres was also a thing of beautiful brutality as well.