by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
The Ultimate Fighting Championship handed out its usual post-fight bonuses on Saturday night following its debut in Tampa, Fla. The award-winning fighters at UFC Fight Night 17 pocketed an additional $30,000 each for their performances.
UFC officials notified MMAWeekly.com of the UFC Fight Night 17 awards and bonuses following Saturday night’s event.
Eight minutes and 36 seconds was enough time for Josh Neer and Mac Danzig to earn the Fight of the Night designation. The momentum see-sawed between the two, but after a shift to Danzig’s favor, Neer swayed the fight for the final time, climbing his legs up Danzig’s back and locking on a triangle choke for the victory.
Continuing his own climb, up the ladder of the UFC heavyweight division, Cain Velasquez shucked off his All-American wrestling background in favor of a wide assortment of boxing and Muay Thai techniques to relentlessly batter Golden Glory fighter Denis Stojnic. It was the first time the Team AKA fighter has had to go to a second round, but his relentless TKO finish was enough to earn him Knockout of the Night.
In a bout that probably vied for Fight of the Night honors, Joe Lauzon won the UFC Fight Night 17 main event and Submission of the Night honors with his win over Jeremy Stephens, a late replacement for Hermes Franca. Lauzon ate some heavy shots throughout, but used his grappling mastery to work his way to full mount late in round two before locking down a fight ending armbar for the submission.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 17 AWARDS AND BONUSES
(Each fighter received a $30,000 bonus.)
UFC Fight Night 17 Fight of the Night:
-Josh Neer vs. Mac Danzig
UFC Fight Night 17 Knockout of the Night:
UFC Fight Night 17 Submission of the Night: