by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Following an exciting night of fights in the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas, which included highly regarded pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva dispatching of challenger James Irvin in just over one minute, the Ultimate Fighting Championship handed out fighter bonuses to some of the participants of UFC Fight Night 14.
Following a successful run in the International Fight League, Miletich fighter Rory Markham realized his dream by competing inside the world famous Octagon. He did not disappoint in his debut. After some tough exchanges with opponent Brodie Farber, it was Markham who uncorked an absolutely devastating head kick that knocked his opponent out cold.
With the victory, Markham not only won his UFC debut, but he also picked up a $25,000 bonus for “Knockout of the Night.”
While everyone assumed the match-up would have happened during the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” it took until Saturday night for former wrestling adversaries C.B. Dollaway and Jesse Taylor to compete in the UFC against each other.
Dollaway helped to erase the memory of his last fight against Amir Sadollah, by submitting his former housemate with his signature move, the Peruvian Neck Tie, and earning himself $25,000 for “Submission of the Night.”
Coming off a loss, Frankie Edgar had something extra to prove, while Hermes Franca had just as much to prove after sitting out for more than a year due to a steroid suspension handed down after his last fight against Sean Sherk in July 2007.
Franca and Edgar went to war for the duration of their 15-minute affair, exchanging positions, working on the ground and feet. For their efforts, they each earned $25,000 for “Fight of the Night” honors.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 14 AWARD BONUSES
(as disclosed by UFC officials)
Each fighter earned $25,000 for the following awards.
Fight of the Night:
-Frankie Edgar and Hermes Franca
Knockout of the Night:
Submission of the Night: