Carlos Condit took home "Knockout of the Night" honors. | Photo:
Four fighters walked away from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las
Vegas with a postfight bonus on Saturday night, pocketing $75,000
for their efforts at UFC
Condit took home “Knockout of the Night” for his first-round
stoppage of Dong Hyun
Kim, while Tito Ortiz was
awarded “Submission of the Night” honors, as “The Huntington Beach
Bad Boy” forced Ryan Bader to
tap out to a guillotine choke in their light heavyweight affair.
Both champion Dominick
Cruz and challenger Urijah Faber
received the “Fight of the Night” bonus for their back-and-forth
bantamweight title tilt in the evening's headliner.
Condit relieved “Stun Gun” of his wits in spectacular fashion, as
“The Natural Born Killer” launched a perfectly-timed flying knee
that send the South Korean reeling to the canvas. Condit followed,
landing in half guard and winging punches at the face of his
defenseless foe, forcing referee Steve Mazzagatti to save Kim at
2:58 of the opening frame.
Defying the bookmakers, Ortiz sent the favored Bader packing with a
tight, arm-in guillotine choke in the first round. After dropping
his younger opponent with a short right hand, Ortiz pounced,
landing an uppercut to a recovering Bader before catching his
fellow wrestler in the fight-ending submission. Bader held out as
long as he could, but eventually Ortiz's squeeze proved too
powerful, ending the bout at 1:56 of round one.
Cruz and Faber battled tooth-and-nail for five rounds in their
bantamweight title main event. Both men landed significant shots
standing, and both men threatened with takedown attempts. In the
end, however, it was Cruz who got his hand raised, earning a
unanimous decision to retain his title and avenge the lone loss of