For the first time since the UFC has been handing out post-fight performance based fighter bonuses, the Las Vegas-based mixed martial arts promotion let the fans decide who would receive the “Fight of the Night” honors and $100,000 bonus money for UFC 124… and that was that last time the fans will get to make that choice.
The fans voted for the one-sided main event between welterweight titleholder Georges St-Pierre and challenger Josh Koscheck, and UFC president Dana White was baffled by the decision.
“It’s one of the hazards of letting the fans vote. They’re always chirping about how we messed it up, and here we are,” said White during the UFC 124 post-fight press conference.
Questioned if it was a one-time deal letting the fans vote on the “Fight of the Night,” White said, “Yes. They blew their chance. That’s it. It’s over.”
White felt, along with many others, that Sean Pierson’s unanimous decision win over Matt Riddle in preliminary action deserved to be named “Fight of the Night.”
“A prelim fight was the ‘Fight of the Night’ in my book,” said the UFC president. “And we’ll take care of those guys.”