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Garcia and Chan Sung
Jung picked the right time to throw caution to the wind.
The two World Extreme Cagefighting featherweights earned matching
$65,000 “Fight of the Night” bonuses after they engaged in an epic
three-round brawl at WEC 48
“Aldo vs. Faber” on Saturday at the Arco Arena in Sacramento,
Calif. What the bout lacked in technique, it made up for with
Garcia won a controversial split decision from the South Korean,
who made a definite impression in his promotional debut. All three
judges scored it 29-28, two of them for Garcia. The two men
exchanged wildly throughout their 15 minutes inside the cage.
Meanwhile, “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 5 runner-up Manny
Gamburyan pocketed a $65,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus
after he stopped former featherweight champion Mike Thomas
Brown inside the first round. Gamburyan dropped Brown with a
counter right hook and put away the American Top Team veteran with
hammerfists from the top 2:22 into round one.
Finally, WEC lightweight champion Benson
Henderson banked a $65,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus
after his guillotine choke solicited a tapout from Donald
Cerrone in the co-main event. The end came 1:57 into the
opening stanza. Henderson softened the challenger in the clinch
with knees to the legs and head, scored with a takedown and cinched
the submission in a scramble.
The $65,000 post-fight bonuses dwarfed those from previous WEC
events. By comparison, the four winners at WEC 47 in March each
left with $10,000.