by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
The Ultimate Fighting Championship handed out two Fight of the Night awards for first time at UFC 116 for in-Octagon performances with bonus checks worth $75,000.
The UFC 116 bonus awards went to Gerald Harris, Brock Lesnar, Chris Leben, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Stephan Bonnar and Krzysztof Soszynski.
For the first time in UFC history two Fight of the Night awards were handed down, going to Chris Leben and Yoshihiro Akiyama for their UFC 116 war that ended with Leben securing a triangle choke in the waning seconds of the bout to pull out the short notice win over the Japanese star.
The second Fight of the Night bonus check was given to Stephan Bonnar and Krzysztof Soszynski for their rematch that out did their first meeting at UFC 110 in February.
“The Ultimate Fighter” season one finalist, Bonnar, pulled out a technical knockout win follow a well-place knee in the second round, pulling out a much needed victory coming off a three-fight losing streak.
Knockout of the Night honors went to Gerald Harris for his third-round knockout slam victory over David Branch.
Submission of the Night bonus money was awarded to Brock Lesnar for his second round submission over Shane Carwin in the main event via arm triangle choke.
Total bonus money awarded following UFC 116 was $450,000.