The main card didn’t deliver as anticipated at UFC 149: Faber vs. Barão on Saturday night in Calgary, but the athletes in the opening bout of the main card and some standouts on the prelims put forth the effort to earn post-fight awards with bonuses of $65,000 for each winner.
Despite a few to choose from, it was hard to deny Ryan Jimmo’s seven-second KO of Anthony Perosh for Knockout of the Night honors.
As quickly as the fight start, it was over. Jimmo and Perosh met in the center of the Octagon, Jimmo landed a right hand and that was all she wrote. Perosh was out on the mat.
Matt Riddle vs. Chris Clements was the one bright spot on what was a lackluster pay-per-view card at UFC 149. Riddle and Clements battled back and forth for the first tow rounds of their fight before Riddle landed a standing arm triangle choke, tripped Clements to the mat, maintaining the choke and forcing him to tap out.
The finish earned Riddle the UFC 149 Submission of the Night and a $65,000 bonus check.
In a night that left much to be desired on the main card, aside from Riddle and Clements, the Fight of the Night honors fell to a preliminary bout.
Bryan Caraway continuously sought a submission, while Mitch Gagnon was ahead in the striking game. The fight went to and fro into the third stanza before Caraway – who ate some hard punches – took Gagnon’s back, locked on a body triangle, and then finished the fight with a rear naked choke.
Caraway got the victory, but he and Gagnon each took home a bonus check.