Clay Guida. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship once again handed out two separate “Fight of the Night” bonuses following the conclusion of Saturday night’s UFC 94 event.
UFC newcomer John Howard’s upset win over Chris Wilson earned both fighters $65,000 for putting on one of the night’s best bouts. Clay Guida and Nate Diaz earned the same for their back-and-forth lightweight on the show’s pay-per-view telecast. Guida ended up handing Diaz his first loss in the UFC by way of a hard-fought split decision, one of eight fights that went the distance on the card.
Rising light heavyweight contender Lyoto Machida earned “Knockout of the Night” honors, and $65,000 as well, for his first-round stoppage of fellow undefeated Brazilian Thiago Silva.
January 17th’s UFC 93 event marked the first time that the organization had handed out “Fight of the Night” bonuses for multiple fights in recent memory. “Submission of the Night” honors were not handed out after UFC 94 since none of the card’s ten fights were ended in that fashion.
In related news, UFC President Dana White announced at Saturday’s post-fight press conference that the MGM Grand Garden Arena had drew a total of 14,885 attendees for a live gate of approximately $4.3 million, one of the highest in the promotion’s history.
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