Four fighters from the main card went home with a little more padding in their wallet. After last night’s performances it would be hard to discern who deserved to go home with the bonuses since all fighters gave it their all. While Demetrious Johnson finished off the card, earning a title shot in the newly added flyweight division, it was Mike Pyle, Erick Silva, Eddie Wineland, and Scot Jorgensen that walked away with the bonus cash to the tune of $40,000.
Mike Pyle looked to be on the verge of losing the round until he stepped in to a straight that put Josh Neer’s lights out on impact. The finish came with just four seconds left in the round, and was only the second time Neer had been finished in 45 professional fights. With this win not only did Pyle show he has more in his arsenal than just his wrestling, but also proved he belongs in the upper echelon of the division.
Eddie Wineland was pinned to be the favorite for knockout of the night with his second round jaw dropping stoppage of Scott Jorgensen. This was the first time Jorgenson had been finished by punches in his career, and it was the first win for Wineland in his UFC career. Wineland was not the winner of KO of the night, but the two were rewarded with fight of the night for their spirited affair.
Lastly, everyone questioned Erick Silva before this fight, and his performance should quiet many of those detractors for now. Brenneman put it best before the bout saying Silva had never faced a wrestler like him before, but he was wrong in thinking his abilities would change the bout from Silva’s previous fights. Erick did not shy away from the flashy kicks he was known for, and as soon as Charlie was able to get it to the ground, he would pop right back up. Silva quickly finished Brenneman and earned himself submission of the night with a rear-naked choke.
Submission of the Night – Erick Silva
Knockout of the Night – Mike Pyle
Fight of the Night – Eddie Wineland vs. Scott Jorgensen