UFC on FX 2 in Sydney, Australia was the biggest gate in UFC fight night history (non pay-per-view events). Because of the large attendance, the event’s bonus winners earned significant bonuses worth $50,000.
Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall put on the “Fight of the Night” performance, with Joseph Benavidez earning “Knockout of the Night”, and Martin Kampmann’s comeback victory earning him “Submission of the Night”.
Flyweight tournament exciting as expected, opening bout earns “Fight of the Night”
Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall had as much action in the post-fight scoring and announcements as the during the fight. Following the split decision announcement by Bruce Buffer, reports were released that it should have been scored a majority decision. Then Dana White stated in the post-fight press conference that the fight should have been scored a draw from the beginning, and that the fight should have gone into the sudden victory round.
Regardless, the fight certainly was worthy of the award, as McCall and Johnson put on a wild fight that was the greatest introduction to the flyweight division that the UFC could have asked for.
Joseph Benavidez scores a knockout in his opening bout in the flyweight tournament
Joseph Benavidez scored the first finish of his UFC career, a knockout of Yasuhiro Urushitani. More importantly, he earned a spot in the finals of the flyweight tournament. With that, Benavidez will have $50,000 to tide him over, as Benavidez scored a knockout of Urushitani early in the second round. Now fighting at his more natural weight class, Benavidez could finally be crowned as a champion after coming so close in the bantamweight division over the last few years.
Martin Kampmann’s miracle guillotine scores him “Submission of the Night”
After being outstruck on the feet throughout the three round fight, Kampmann pulled out a victory on the ground late in the final round. A week after an impressive comeback by Tim Boetsch at UFC 144 in Japan, Kampmann pulled off his own comeback against Thiago Alves. Kampmann has always possessed a strong guillotine, which has been his submission of choice with his last three submission victories dating back to UFC 85 in June 2008. This was his first bonus since UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann, where he earned the biggest bonus in UFC history, earning $160,000 for his “Fight of the Night” with Diego Sanchez.
Pictured: Joseph Benavidez