Following Saturday night’s UFC 133 event, UFC President Dana White reported an attendance of 11,583 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia for a live gate of $1.5 million gate.
White also announced that Rashad Evans, Tito Ortiz, Vitor Belfort and Brian Ebersole each earned $70,000 bonuses for their respective efforts on the UFC 133 card.
Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans earned “Fight of the Night” for their exciting two round battle. Returning from a 14-month layoff, Evans controlled the majority of the fight with aggressive striking and strong wrestling and his speed proved too much for the former champion Ortiz, who was unable to slow down the former Michigan State wrestler.
Vitor Belfort earned “Knockout of the Night” for his first-round stoppage of fellow middleweight Yoshihiro Akiyama. While the two took their time feeling each other out early, a missed front kick from Akiyama triggered an explosion from Belfort, who dropped the Japanese fighter with a flurry of strikes.
With no “Submission of the Night” to award, White gave Brian Ebersole a “thanks for getting those horrifying shorts off tv as soon as possible” bonus for his win over Speedo-wearing veteran Dennis Hallman.
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