Four fighters took home post-fight bonuses at UFC
157 on Saturday night, as Robbie
Bermudez and Matt Grice
each pocketed an extra $50,000.
Lawler and Robertson were awarded “Knockout of the Night” and
“Submission of the Night” for their respective first-round finishes
Koscheck and Brock
Jardine, while Bermudez and Grice shared “Fight of the Night”
honors for their wild featherweight showdown at Honda Center in
Lawler’s return to the Octagon did not begin auspiciously, as
“Ruthless” gave up an early takedown to Koscheck. Though the
southpaw used a butterfly hook to escape to his feet, Koscheck once
again dragged him to mat before the former EliteXC champion
regained his base and sprawled out on yet another single-leg shot.
With space to work, Lawler cracked Koscheck with a hard left to the
temple and followed up with a violent flurry of punches that forced
referee Herb Dean to
stop the bout.
In the evening’s final Facebook prelim, Robertson quickly found
himself caught in a Jardine guillotine choke, which he escaped
before passing to side control. Robertson took his foe’s back,
sinking in both hooks. Not long after, the welterweight reached
down and grabbed his crouching opponent’s heel, painfully
stretching Jardine’s hamstring to force a verbal submission.
Bermudez picked himself up off the canvas in the first round of his
preliminary duel with Grice, fighting his way back in a competitive
second frame and then bludgeoning “The Real One” in the third
stanza with continual heavy blows en route to a split decision