After a night of freebie MMA action, WEC general manager Reed Harris awarded Erik Koch, Urijah Faber, Cub Swanson and Mackens Semerzier each an additional $10,000 for their special performances at “WEC 52: Faber vs. Mizugaki.”
Francisco Rivera unsuccessfully attempted the face-to-shin defense and wound up on his back for his efforts. Koch quickly followed up with some shots on the ground to earn himself Knockout of the Night honors.
Cub Swanson and Mackens Semerzier took home Fight of the Night for their instant classic. Not only will they take home the WEC’s bonus, but their bout was originally scheduled for the non-televised portion of the Versus broadcast.
Athletes typically have clauses in their sponsorship contracts that allow them an added bump if they happen to appear on TV.
Faber made quick work of Takeya Mizugaki in the card’s featured attraction. “The California Kid” put the never-say-die kid to sleep with a rear-naked choke at 4:50 in the 1stRound.
WEC 52 took place Thursday night inside The Pearl inside The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Fight of the Night:
Cub Swanson and Mackens Semerzier ($10,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Urijah Faber ($10,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Erik Koch ($10,000)