by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com (Reporting by Ricardo Mendoza)
Sunday night’s WEC 41 event in Sacramento, Calif., was loaded with highlights. The Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night were pretty easy to figure out, but Submission of the Night wasn’t as simple with several to choose from.
Each of the fighters winning a bonus took home an extra $10,000 for their efforts. MMAWeekly.com learned of the WEC 41 awards and bonuses on Sunday night from WEC officials.
Mike Brown and Urijah Faber, fighting for Brown’s WEC featherweight title in the night’s main event, gave it their all and then some en route to Fight of the Night. Brown mauled Faber all night long, while Faber, despite breaking his right hand early in the fight, never relented, continually firing whatever weapons were left available to him. The bout went all five rounds with Brown proving his mark as the No. 1 featherweight in the world.
Just as he did at WEC 38, Jose Aldo made it easy for WEC officials to select the Knockout of the Night winner. In just eight ticks of the clock, Aldo ended Cub Swanson’s night with a flying left knee. The knockout blow opened up a cut on Swanson’s lower left eyelid and another gash above his left eyebrow.
With six submissions on Sunday night, the fighters didn’t make it easy on WEC officials for the Submission of the Night bonus. Josh Grispi may have had Jens Pulver contemplating retirement with his 33-second guillotine choke of the former UFC lightweight champion, but the bonus went to Seth Dikun. In the event’s opening bout, Dikun nabbed his first WEC win and first WEC bonus check with a flying triangle choke midway through the first round.
WEC 41 AWARDS AND BONUSES
(All awards include a $10,000 bonus for each fighter.)
WEC 41 Fight of the Night
– Mike Brown and Urijah Faber
WEC 41 Knockout of the Night
– Jose Aldo
WEC 41 Submission of the Night
– Seth Dikun