The Ultimate Fighting Championship handed out $85,000 bonus checks for in-Octagon performances at “UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin.” The fighters banking the extra cash were Rory MacDonald, Carlos Condit, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Rich Franklin.
Fight of the Night honors went to Carlos Condit and Rory MacDonald. MacDonald came out taking it to the former WEC welterweight titleholder through the first two rounds. Condit came out in the third round with a sense of urgency and was able to finish the Canadian with just seconds remaining in the fight.
The Submission of the Night was awarded to Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic for his rear naked choke win over Pat Barry in the co-main event. Dropped twice in the first round, “Cro Cop” battled back and turned up the pressure in the final round, flurrying on Barry late and securing a rear naked choke to finish the Duke Roufus trained fighter.
Knockout of the Night bonus money was paid to Rich Franklin for his knockout win over Chuck Liddell in the main event. It was a competitive fight where Franklin believes Liddell broke his left arm with a kick half way through the first round. With just seconds remaining, Liddell threw a right hand that left him out of position and Franklin fired a right hand that let the former UFC light heavyweight titleholder unconscious on the canvas.
17,000 spectators attended UFC 115 in Vancouver generating gate numbers summing $4.2 million.
Total bonus money awarded after UFC 115 was $340,000.