The Ultimate Fighting Championship made it’s way to the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Saturday night. UFC president Dana White proclaimed UFC 119 the third biggest event ever in Indiana, so the company rewarded the post-fight award winners with $70,000 bonuses.
There were several fights that went the distance on Saturday night, but a decision isn’t always indicative of a boring fight.
The UFC was impressed enough with two bouts that went the duration that they issued two Fight of the Night bonuses.
Former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk used his patented ground and pound attack and much improved stand-up game to finally put a blemish on Evan Dunham’s formerly spotless record with a split decision victory.
Matt Mitrione, a former NFL player, continues to improve by leaps and bounds, but had no easy go of it against Joey Beltran in one of the UFC 119 preliminary bouts that aired on Spike TV. He displayed a much better striking attack than he has thus far in his career to get the win by unanimous decision.
Sherk, Dunham, Mitrione, and Beltran will all go home with $70,000 bonus checks for their efforts in co-Fight of the Nights.
C.B. Dollaway completely shucked off any misconceptions that he was just another wrestler making the transition to mixed martial arts on Saturday night. He pulled off an impressive guillotine on Joe Doerksen, a fighter that has garnered 33 of his 46 victories by submission.
Dollaway missed the finish on an arm-in guillotine choke, but as Doerksen tried to escape, he rolled with the Canadian, and adjusted to slip the arm out and finish with a straight guillotine, nabbing a bonus check.
The UFC did not issue a Knockout of the Night bonus. Frank Mir KO’d Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic with a knee to the face, but it came on the end of a rather lackluster affair that left even Mir being very critical of the bout and his performance.