by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Following a monumental night of fights at the “Ultimate Fighter” finale on Saturday night, the UFC handed down a total of five bonuses, including an unprecedented three “Fight of the Night” awards netting $25,000 each.
Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida earned an obvious nod for one of the Fight of the Night bonuses after their classic battle that had the crowd on their feet showing respect to two of the most exciting fighters in the world.
Chris Lytle picked up another Fight of the Night bonus for his efforts, as did his opponent, Kevin Burns; while Joe “Daddy” Stevenson and Nate Diaz also got the bonus for their battle to open the telecast.
The undercard produced the other bonus winners as Tomasz Drwal got the Knockout of the Night for his performance against Mike Ciesnolevscz with his TKO win.
Ultimate Fighter season nine lightweight semi-finalist Jason Dent picked up $25,000 for his anaconda choke win over former housemate Cameron Dollar to get the Submission of the Night.
The bonuses for The Ultimate Fighter season nine finale totaled out at $200,000, after an unbelievable show put on by all the fighters.
ULTIMATE FIGHTER 9 FINALE AWARDS & BONUSES
(Each fighter was awarded $25,000)
Fights of the Night:
-Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida
-Chris Lytle and Kevin Burns
-Joe Stevenson and Nate Diaz
Knockout of the Night:
Submission of the Night: