Rashad Evans took the heat in "Hot-lanta" to a whole new level on Saturday night as the Ultimate Fighting Championship descended on Atlanta. He spent the first round being stalked by former UFC champion Chuck Liddell, but didn't wait long to score the "Knockout of the Night" in round two.
As Liddell moved in with an uppercut, Evans countered with an overhand right that sent "The Iceman" crashing to the canvas and a $60,000 bonus check on its way to his bank account.
Jason MacDonald welcomed Jason Lambert down to the 185-pound middleweight division in an equally devastating fashion as Evans' knockout of Liddell, except he did it with a constricting rear naked choke that earned the Canadian "Submission of the Night" honors.
The "Fight of the Night" was only witnessed by the live crowd at Philips Arena due to it going the duration, but it was no less thrilling as both Kurt Pellegrino and Thiago Tavares left everything they had on the Octagon floor at UFC 88. Pellegrino walked out with a unanimous decision victory, but both fighters go home $60,000 richer for their efforts.
(Each fighter received a $60,000 bonus.)
UFC 88 KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT:Rashad Evans
UFC 88 SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT:Jason MacDonald
UFC 88 FIGHT OF THE NIGHT:Kurt Pellegrino vs. Thiago Tavares