Steve Cantwell. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Former WEC light heavyweight champion Steve Cantwell received a $30,000 bonus after earning “Submission of the Night” honors following his first-round submission win over UFC newcomer Razak Al-Hussan during the UFC’s “Fight for the Troops” card in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Wednesday night.
Cantwell forced referee Mario Yamasaki to halt his main card bout against Al-Hussan in the first round after Cantwell dislocated his opponent’s right elbow with a fight-ending armbar. Contrary to reports immediately after the event, Al-Hussan’s arm was never broken and he has since been treated at a nearby hospital and released.
Josh Koscheck also received “Knockout of the Night” honors for his brutal first-round stoppage of Japanese welterweight Yoshiyuki Yoshida while lightweights Matt Wiman and Jim Miller were awarded for the night’s best fight. Koscheck, Wiman, and Miller each received $30,000 bonuses as well.
Hill Undergoes Surgery on Broken Leg
“Ultimate Fighter” season six contestant Corey Hill, who suffered a gruesome broken right leg after delivering a kick to opponent Dale Hartt in the second round of their bout, has reportedly undergone surgery on the injury and is expected to be out of action for 12-18 months. According to UFC.com, Hill is currently resting with his family at the hospital and in good spirits.
Both Yoshida and co-headliner Jonathan Goulet, who suffered a first-round KO loss to Mike Swick, were hospitalized for separate concussions and released. Goulet is also expected to have his knee examined for a possible injury once he returns home to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A complete list of medical suspensions from the event is expected to be released by next week.
Report: Rees Expected to be Released From UFC
Midwestern welterweight Johnny Rees is expected to be released from his UFC contract following his second-round submission loss to Steve Bruno on Wednesday night according to Five Ounces of Pain. Rees went 0-2 during his stint with the UFC. He was defeated in his UFC debut at the hands of Nate Loughran in July.
In addition, MMA on Tap can also confirm that Brodie Farber, who was also signed by the UFC around the same time as Rees, could also be released from the UFC in the coming days.
Farber too went winless while in the UFC. The longtime veteran dropped an unanimous decision to Luigi Fioravanti at Wednesday night’s show and was the victim of a brutal head kick KO courtesy of Rory Markham at UFC Fight Night 14 in July.
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