The Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to the Windy City on Saturday night for its second helping of UFC on Fox. There were some impressive performances, and the co-main eventers likely earned title shots, but none of the fighters on the Fox broadcast earned the usual post-fight awards.
Lavar Johnson, a transfer from the UFC’s sister promotion, Strikeforce, impressed in his Octagon debut, doing something no other UFC fighter has done. He knocked Beltran out, securing the Knockout of the Night award and a $65,000 bonus check.
There was no question about the Submission of the Night, either. Charles Oliveira caught Eric Wisely in a heel hook then a knee bar then finally caught him in a rare finishing maneuver for MMA, a calf slicer. Oliveira figure-foured Wisely calf while maintaining his back, bending his leg so far back that Wisely had no choice but to tap out as his knee looked like it might pop out.
The Fight of the Night went to the final bout on the preliminary portion of the fight card, netting an extra $65,000 each for Evan Dunham and Nik Lentz. The two traded furious blows throughout the 10 minutes that their fight lasted, each landing shots that by all rights should have put the other down and out. It was Dunham, however, that landed the shots that caused a bad cut and swelling of Lentz’s left eye, giving the referee no choice but to stop the fight on the doctor’s recommendation.
Rashad Evans earned a shot at UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones with his main event victory over Phil Davis, while Chael Sonnen eked out a decision over Michael Bisping. Sonnen will now get a rematch with middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva.