After a wildly entertaining night of fights from the HSBC Arena in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, the UFC has announced the evening’s fight night bonuses as hometown heroes “Minotauro” Nogueira and Rony “Jason” go home $70,000 richer, as do Jon Fitch and Erick Silva for their instant classic at UFC 153.
Nogueira, who took a fight with Dave Herman on a month’s notice, took home “Submission of The Night” with a second-round armbar. The former Pride and UFC Heavyweight Champion proved, much to the chagrin of his opponent, that “jiu jitsu stuff works” at 4:31 at the end of the second frame.
Rony “Jason” was given the “Knockout of The Night” bonus for his destruction of TUF veteran Sam Sicilia. A massive overhand right from the Brazilian sent an already dazed Sicilia to the floor, where the winner of TUF Brazil Winner would finish the fight with a slew of hammerfists at 4:16 of the middle period.
Coming into his octagon return after nearly a year on the shelf, Jon Fitch, a man not normally associated with excitement, promised to look for the fight of the night when he faced Brazilian dynamo Erick Silva, and the AKA product delivered in a unanimous decision victory. After a wildly entertaining 15 minutes, which saw a hotly contested opening two periods, followed by the former title challenger beating the tar out of the prospect in the closing, both Fitch and Silva were awarded “Fight of The Night” Bonuses.