UFC 156 Results: Recapping the Fight Night Bonuses

Steven RondinaFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2013

Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar and Bobby Green will all take home bonus checks.
Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar and Bobby Green will all take home bonus checks.Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

After a night with huge finishes and exciting bouts, Dana White certainly had his work cut out for him when it comes to picking the best knockout, submission and fight.

Ultimately, though, he made those calls. Who will end up walking home with a nice little check? Who gets to inject an extra boost into their kids' trust funds?

Find out right here! 

Fight of the Night: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar

After a night of big fights, Dana White gave his favorite guy a little extra to make up for the tight loss.

It's nothing new, really. Edgar has six Fight of the Night bonuses in 14 fights. Not bad at all for somebody who traditionally struggles to finish fights.

While Edgar is no stranger to the bonus...come on, Dana. We know you love Frankie Edgar, but no way was this actually the best fight of the night. 

Knockout of the Night: Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva

See, this call right here I love.

We had three great knockouts Saturday night, and all three of them could reasonably have been given an award (or, really, Fight of the Night). Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, though, gave us one of the most all-around satisfying victories of recent memory.

Initially, it seemed like Silva was willing to coast to a decision loss, as Alistair Overeem punched him and out-grappled him with almost no response. Then in the third round, Bigfoot landed a big hand. He didn't stop. Then, as Herb Dean started pulling Silva off an unconscious Overeem, he jeered him until his corner hugged him. After that, it was all smiles. 

This was a climactic, delightful finish to a sequence of events that saw Overeem show profound disrespect for Silva both before and during the fight. So much comeuppance.


Submission of the Night: Bobby Green

Out of nowhere, in comes Bobby Green to the UFC lightweight division.

The Strikeforce import was profoundly overlooked by fans and, it seemed like, Jacob Volkmann himself. As Green started to take over the grappling game, though, Volkmann had no real response.

Bobby Green snowballed out of control from there, would end up out-wrestling Volkman in a big way and sunk in a rear-naked choke in the closing seconds of the third round. It was a great finish to a solid fight on a great card that was dominated by strong performances by fighters brought aboard from both the WEC and Strikeforce.