It may have been a while since the UFC set foot on British soil, but their return with UFC 138 in Birmingham, England, on Saturday provided numerous fireworks for the fans that have been not-so-patiently awaiting their return.
Several fighters delivered, and those that caught the brass’ eyes were awarded $70,000 (U.S.) post-fight bonuses for their efforts. With the card being heavily laden with British talent, it’s no surprise that of the four bonus winners, three were from England.
Che Mills, having disappointed during his run at The Ultimate Fighter, delivered in spades on his home turf. He stormed the Octagon, dropping Chris Cope twice inside of 40 seconds before finishing him off with a flurry of strikes. Mills scored the UFC 138 Knockout of the Night.
After nearly a year and a half out of the Octagon, Terry Etim, another Brit, didn’t spend much time in it before taking care of Edward Faaloloto. It took Etim just 17 seconds to seal the deal, finishing him with a guillotine choke for the $70,000 Submission of the Night.
While Brad Pickett was the third Brit to earn a bonus, unfortunately for him, it didn’t coincide with a victory. He and Renan Barão fought a tremendous co-main event, going toe-to-toe, but it was Barão that notched the victory with a rear naked choke late in the opening round. Both fighters walk away with an extra $70,000, however, for their UFC 138 Fight of the Night performance.