Despite a lackluster finish to the Ultimate Fighting Championship's second trip to Montreal, UFC 97 did have its shining moments. Several fighters left the Bell Centre on Saturday night with an extra check worth $70,000 in their pockets.
Although the fight was originally scheduled to take place on the untelevised preliminary portion of the fight card, Matt Wiman and Sam Stout scored a double bonus at UFC 97. Not only did their fight get moved up to the pay-per-view portion of the card when several decisions used up the time allotted for the prelims, but they also earned UFC 97 Fight of the Night honors. Stout ended up on the winning end of the fight, as he took home a unanimous decision victory.
UFC officials notified MMAWeekly of the bonuses shortly after the fights.
The Knockout of the Night left a melancholy feeling over many fans, as Mauricio "Shogun" Rua's left hand sent Chuck Liddell crashing to the canvas, and contemplating retirement. The win puts Shogun back on track, but it was the third time in Liddell's past five fights that he has been knocked out. He may now find himself on the outside of the Octagon looking in.
Welcoming former WEC light heavyweight champion Brian Stann to the UFC, Krzysztof Soszynski used an impressive Kimura to finish the fight. The shoulder lock earned him the UFC 97 Submission of the Night honors.
UFC 97 AWARDS AND BONUSES:
Fight of the Night: Sam Stout vs. Matt Wiman
Knockout of the Night: Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
Submission of the Night: Krzysztof Soszynski