The UFC landed in Germany for the first time in its history on Saturday to a raucous crowd. And those fans weren't disappointed. Despite half of the 12-bout UFC 99 fight card going to decision, it wasn't for a lack of action.
Chief among the excitement was the main event, pitting former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin against former Pride middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva in a 195-pound catchweight bout. They fought a back-and-forth affair, Franklin using his technique to keep Silva at bay, while Silva swung for the fences, looking for the knockout.
In the end, Franklin won a unanimous decision from the judges and both fighters earned an extra $60,000 for their efforts. They were awarded the Fight of the Night bonus by UFC officials at the end of the night.
Improving his welterweight record to 4-0, Mike Swick overwhelmed BenSaunders in the second round of their bout, knocking him to the canvas with a series of right hands. Now 14-2 overall, Swick has established himself as a contender in the welterweight class while taking home the Knockout of the Night and his own $60,000 bonus.
Though his fight didn't make the pay-per-view broadcast, Terry Etim's finish of Justin Buchholz did. The choke also earned him the $60,000 bonus for Submission of the Night.
UFC 99 AWARDS AND BONUSES: (Each fighter was awarded $60,000)
UFC 99 Fight of the Night: Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva
UFC 99 Knockout of the Night: Mike Swick
UFC 99 Submission of the Night: Terry Etim