Following last night’s UFC Fight Night 82 event in Las Vegas the recipients of the evening’s $50,000 bonus awards were announced.
Earning ‘Fight Of The Night’ honors was the main card battle between Mike Pyle and Sean Spencer which saw both men have their moments, with Spencer dropping Pyle in the opening round, while Pyle responded by rocking his opponent in the second. Despite now being 40 years old Pyle was the one who pushed the pace in the final five minutes, taking Spencer down and working for a submission at one point, before again rocking him on the feet with a spinning elbow, then delivering the TKO finish with a series of strikes.
Naturally, headliner Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson earned a ‘Performance Of The Night’ award for his outstanding display of striking against former champion Johny Hendricks, dominating the early striking exchanges between the two in the opening round until a varied diet of kicks and punches left Hendricks dazed and backed up against the cage before eventually sinking to the canvas.
Also scooping up a ‘Performance Of The Night’ bonus was Diego Rivas who’d been comprehensively outgrappled by Noad Lahat in the opening round, but turned the fight on it’s head early in the second when a flying knee landed clean to his opponents head for a highlight reel KO finish.