British middleweight Tom Watson
walked away with $100,000 in post-fight bonus money on Saturday
night, as “Kong” pocketed both “Fight of the Night” and “Knockout
of the Night” at
UFC on Fuel TV 7.
UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao
was awarded $50,000 for his “Submission of the Night”-winning
performance in the evening’s headliner against Michael
McDonald, and Stanislav
Nedkov was handed the same sum for his losing effort against
Watson. UFC on Fuel TV 7 took place at Wembley Arena in London and
also featured an outstanding featherweight showdown between
Swanson and Dustin
Watson took control of his bout early by pinning Nedkov against the
cage and peppering the Bulgarian with knees and elbows from the
clinch. The former light heavyweight appeared to have no answer for
the assault until he clipped “Kong” with a pair of clean shots that
put the Brit on his back, where Watson was forced to fend off
thunderous ground-and-pound for the round’s final minute.
Undeterred, the former BAMMA champ picked up where he left off in
round two, pressuring his rapidly fatiguing opponent with more
punches, elbows and knees from close quarters until Nedkov finally
crumbled at 2:42 of the second stanza.
Barao further cemented his place as the UFC’s best active
bantamweight with his superb performance against the surging
McDonald. Though the 22-year-old Californian hurt Barao in round
one with a series of short right hands, the interim champion went
to work over the next three frames, scoring from range while mixing
up his strikes with takedown attempts. The finish came late in
round four, when the Brazilian rode McDonald to the floor and
locked up a tight arm-triangle choke to retain his title.