Urijah Faber, Erik Koch, Cub Swanson and Mackens Semerzier were each awarded $10,000 bonus checks for in-cage performances following WEC 52, which took place at the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas on Thursday.
Fight of the Night honors went to Swanson and Semerzier for their preliminary fight card back and forth war. Swanson was awarded a split decision in the closely contested and crowd pleasing fight. The bout was shown before the co-main event on the television broadcast of WEC 52 on Versus.
Erik Koch earned Knockout of the Night for his first round technical knockout of WEC newcomer Francisco Rivera. Koch landed a left high kick to Rivera’s head, knocking him to the canvas, where Koch finished him with punches on the ground.
Submission of the Night came in the main event when Urijah Faber quickly took Takeya Mizugaki’s back and choked him unconscious with a rear naked choke. The former featherweight titleholder made his bantamweight debut and took home the Submission of the Night bonus money, which he said at the post-fight press conference that he would split with his teammate, Joseph Benavidez, who submitted Wagnney Fabiano.
Total bonus money awarded after WEC 52 was $40,000.