After a spectacular night of MMA action, UFC president Dana White awarded Mac Danzig, Georges St-Pierre and Josh Koscheck each a record $100,000 for their special performances Saturday at “UFC 124: St-Pierre vs. Koscheck 2.”
Although another UFC fight card was peppered with decision verdicts, two lightweights were forced to split the Submission of the Night honors.
Jim Miller picked up his sixth straight Octagon victory and derailed one of the company’s most-hyped prospects with a slick 1stRound kneebar.
Charles Oliveira, who subbed Darren Elkins and Efrain Escudero in his prior UFC outings, nearly secured an armbar of his own, but Miller escaped and surprised the jiu jitsu specialist.
Speaking of tapping a submission specialist, it took Mark Bocek all of 2 minutes and 33 seconds to dispose of fellow grappling guru Dustin Hazelett with a triangle choke.
Miller and Bocek will split the $100K commission.
Danzig put fellow 155-pounder Joe Stevenson to bed with a walk-away left hook in the opening ticks of their matchup. Joe Daddy dropped like a sack of bricks which earned the California native Knockout of the Night honors.
UFC president Dana White professed it prior to Saturday night’s main event, and according to the fan-voted award, St-Pierre’s unanimous decision victory over Koscheck in the card’s main event was the night’s best fight.
UFC 124 marked the first time the organization allowed fans to choose the Fight of the Night winner, and White said it will be their last. The promoter claimed the preliminary bout between Sean Pierson and Matt Riddle was the card’s most spectacular contest.
White felt so badly about the incident, he promised to “take care of” Pierson and Riddle.
“UFC 124: St-Pierre vs. Koscheck 2” took place inside the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Fight of the Night:
Josh Koscheck and Georges St-Pierre ($100,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Dan Miller and Mark Bocek ($50,000/each)
Knockout of the Night:
Mac Danzig ($100,000)