“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 finale drew an estimated 1,708 fans for gate receipts totaling $430,250, according to UFC officials on Saturday night at The Palms in Las Vegas. The promotion shared the wealth, issuing $25,000 post-fight bonuses to four of the card’s fighters.
Keith Jardine and Matt Hamill, whose fight was shuffled from the main event down to the co-main event recently, pulled in Fight of the Night honors. The two went toe-to-toe for all three rounds, but it was Hamill that won a majority decision. Jardine’s face was a crimson mask by fights end. Each fighter goes home with an extra $25,000 in his pocket, although Jardine will be left wondering about his future, losing his fourth straight fight.
Aside from winning the title of “Ultimate Fighter,” Court McGee also scored the Submission of the Night bonus. He was a takedown machine, continuously putting Kris McCray on his back, until McGee was able to secure a rear naked choke late in round two.
Chris Leben did a good job defending All-American wrestler Aaron Simpson’s takedowns, taking him late into round two. As Simpson appeared to tire, Leben opened up a flurry of punches that rocked the wrestler and sent him stumbling across the Octagon before he fell to the mat, the referee calling a halt to the bout. Thus giving Chris Leben the KO of the Night honors.
The UFC handed out a total of $100,000 in post-fight bonuses on Saturday night.