Saturday, March 3, 2012

UFC on FX 2 “Fight Night ” Bonuses & Record Attendance For Australian Event

At the post fight press conference for the UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann event, promotion president Dana White announced to the gathered media in Australia the winners of the “Fight Night” awards, as well as noting that the event drew record attendance numbers for a UFC Fight Night event. Earning $50,000 in bonus money were Joseph Benavidez, Martin Kampmann, Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall. All four fighters appeared on the FX broadcasted main card of the event. The four flyweight fighters cleaned up taking two of the three bonuses.
White also announced that the Allphones Arena event in Sydney drew a reported 14,537 in attendance for a live gate of $2.3 million. This is a new record for UFC Fight Night events, surpassing UFC Fight Night 24 which drew an audience of 14,212 to the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington.
Earning the “Knockout of the Night” was Benavidez, who made his debut at flyweight by stopping Yasuhiro Urushitani via second round TKO as part of the events four-man 125-lbs tournament.
Kampmann’s come from behind guillotine choke on Thiago Alves earned him the “Submission of the Night” for finishing ‘The Pitbull’ in the third. Alves appeared to have ‘The Hitman’ on the ropes and dove in for a double-leg takedown but ended up on the wrong side of a choke and was forced to tap.
“Fight of the Night” went to the other flyweight tournament fighters in Johnson and McCall. Both men battled for three rounds, with a very close first and second round, followed by a dominant third round for McCall. When the scores were read the bout was initially awarded as a Split Decision for Johnson, then it was changed to a Majority Decision for ‘Mighty Mouse’ shortly afterwards. The controversy would continue to follow, as after the event it was announced that the bout had actually ended as a Majority Draw due to a calculation error. The match should have gone to a “Sudden Death” fourth round but will instead end with both fighters rematching later this year.