As is customary, UFC president Dana White handed out post-fight awards and bonuses at UFC Fight Night 25: Shields vs. Ellenberger on Saturday night. The fighters snagged an extra $55,000 for their award winning efforts at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
It was a bittersweet burst of excitement in the night’s finisher. Jake Ellenberger fended off early takedown attempts from Jake Shields then unleashed the Kraken in the form of a knee to the body followed by another to the face that sent Shields crashing face to the mat. Ellenberger finished him off with a few more punches, earning Knockout of the Night honors.
It was an exciting finish after back-to-back decisions, but Shields’ recent loss of his father surely put a bit of a damper on the excitement that usually accompanies such an exciting knockout.
The other two awards went to fighters on the preliminary portion of the fight card that was show on Facebook.
TJ Waldburger displayed an amazing array of submission transitions that ultimately led to a triangle choke finish of Mike Stumpf. The finish was impressive enough to earn Waldburger the Submission of the Night.
Lance Benoist – who? Yeah, that guy – was impressive in his Octagon debut, displaying a solid striking game in conjunction with a technical, but very active ground game. It was no easy victory to get the win over Matt Riddle, however. The two battled back and forth from bell to bell, but it was Benoist that got the nod from the judges in the end. Both fighters walked away with an extra $55,000 for their efforts though, scoring Benoist and Riddle the UFC Fight Night 25 Fight of the Night.