After a spectacular night of fights at “WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber,” UFC president Dana White awarded four contestants an extra $65,000 each for their special performances inside the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California.
Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung battled for three exciting rounds, however it was Garcia that edged out the Korean for a controversial split decision victory. Although there were still all five main bouts remaining, including two championship scraps, it was almost a foregone conclusion the lightweights would leave with the Fight of the Night honors.
In the evening’s co-main event, Ben Henderson successfully defended his 155-pound crown when he caught Donald Cerrrone in a vicious guillotine choke in the bout’s opening ticks. The 1stRound tapout was impressive enough for “Smooth” to take home the extra $65,000.
Manny Gamburyan proved that he’s going to be a featherweight force to be reckoned with after his 1stRound TKO of former champ Mike Brown.
Fight of the Night:
Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung ($65,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Benson Henderson ($65,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Manny Gamburyan ($65,000)