by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com (Reporting by Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports)
In a night that ran the gamut from drop down exciting fights to a surprising upset to a baffling quandary, there were a few fighters that stood out at UFC 112, the promotion’s first trip to the Middle East.
Mark Munoz fought his way back from sure defeat, crushing Kendall Grove with one of the most brutal ground and pound assaults in recent memory to claim victory in the second round. But that came only after Grove punished him with hammerfists and nearly finished him with a number of choke attempts in the first round. For each fighter’s efforts, Munoz and Grove were awarded the post-fight honor of Fight of the Night, both taking home a $75,000 bonus.
The second fight of the main card didn’t disappoint either. Terry Etim scored a near submission in the opening round, but Rafael dos Anjos displayed the skills that make him one of the most formidable Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts in the UFC, fighting off Etim’s submission attempts before securing his own. He finished the fight in round two, transitioning from a Kimura attempt to an armbar that left Etim tapping out. The finish earned dos Anjos his own $75,000 check for Submission of the Night.
It took him until nearly midway through the third round of his fight with Brad Blackburn, but DaMarques Johnson earned the Knockout of the Night bonus by ending the former IFLer’s night with a TKO flurry.