Ultimate Fighting Championship officials on Saturday night handed out their traditional post-fight awards and bonuses, and while there were plenty of options to choose from at UFC 125, the award winners couldn’t be argued.
The main event came down to a draw, but outside of the decision, no one would argue that it wasn’t the UFC 125 Fight of the Night.
Gray Maynard had UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar defeated six ways to Sunday in the opening round, but somehow, Edgar found something deep within himself and survived to fight on.
And fight on he did, through the full five rounds of the fight. Each fighter had his moments where he took control, nearly finishing the other, but in the end, the three judges split it 48-46 for Maynard, 48-46 for Edgar, and 47-47, for a draw.
Both Edgar and Maynard walked away with an extra $60,000 for their efforts, though neither was likely happy with a draw.
Clay Guida, who gave all the respect in the world to his opponent, wouldn’t give Takanori Gomi the fight. Guida wants to make a run at Edgar’s UFC lightweight title and he’s on his way with three-straight victories, capped with his Submission of the Night performance against “The Fireball Kid.”
Guida finished Gomi with a deep rear naked choke in the waning moments of the second round, earning a $60,000 bonus check.
The Knockout of the Night could also have fallen into the Comeback Kid category. Marcus Davis bested Jeremy Stephens for the better part of two and a half rounds, but couldn’t close him out. Instead, in desperation mode, Stephens pressed the action in round three and ended up clipping Davis on the chin, laying him out cold, and leaving him flat on his back.
The crushing KO scored Stephens a $60,000 bonus check.