Four men walked away from UFC
146 with post-fight bonus checks, as Roy Nelson,
Hardy, Paul Sass and
Struve each pocketed an extra $70,000 on Saturday night.
Nelson and Hardy left MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with
“Knockout of the Night” honors, while Sass and Struve were
co-winners of “Submission of the Night.” The promotion did not hand
out a “Fight of the Night” bonus.
Nelson made a major statement in his bout with Dave Herman,
using his patented overhand right to dispatch the 27-year-old in
just 51 seconds. Though “Big Country” attempted to follow up,
referee Steve Mazzagatti quickly called a halt to the contest to
save Herman from unnecessary punishment. The victory marks the
ninth career knockout for Nelson, who has won two of his last three
Hardy (Pictured, file photo) snapped a four-fight skid in
impressive fashion against Duane Ludwig,
buckling his opponent with a sharp lead left hook that sent “Bang”
reeling to the mat. Half-conscious, Ludwig tried gamely to hold on,
but “The Outlaw” showed no mercy in finding the finish, pounding on
his foe until referee Josh Rosenthal waved the bout off at 3:51 of
the opening frame.
Sass used a variation on his signature maneuver to submit Jacob
Volkmann in just 1:54, trapping the Minnesotan in a triangle
choke after pulling half-guard in the early going. Though Volkmann
struggled to escape the hold, the Brit found his opponent’s exposed
arm and cranked on the elbow joint, forcing the wrestler to quickly
tap out to the triangle-armbar combo.
Struve approached his confrontation with Lavar
Johnson intelligently, tying up the hard-hitting Californian
and jumping guard after Johnson bulled him against the cage. From
there, the Dutchman displayed his superiority on the mat, shifting
his hips and trapping Johnson in a fight-ending armbar.