WEC 40: "Torres vs. Mizugaki" from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Ill., has officially wrapped, which means that it’s time for those select fighters who went above and beyond in their respective fights to get a little extra grease for their efforts.
$10,000 fresh ones each to be precise, which is up $2,500 smackers from the last show.
The Zuffa-owned promotion dished out its standard post-fight monetary bonuses to four out of the 20 fighters on the card. And it shouldn’t come as a shock whose wallets are leaving the "Windy City" a little heavier.
WEC, unsurprisingly, awarded bantamweight champion Miguel Torres and top-ranked contender Takeya Mizugaki with the "Fight of the Night" for their thrilling back-and-forth five-round 135-pound battle. Both fighters put on gutsy and crowd-pleasing performances, but only one of them could walk away with his hand raised … and that honor went to Torres.
Anthony Njokuani picked up the "Knockout of the Night" for putting numerous stamps on the very tough and typically resilient Bart Palaszewski in their 155-pound clash. And Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Rani Yahya earned "Submission of the Night" for making quick work of Eddie Wineland in preliminary card action.
Here are the special fight bonuses for "Torres vs. Mizugaki:"
Fight of the Night : Miguel Torres vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Submission of the Night : Rani Yahya
Knockout of the Night : Anthony Njokuani
Again, each fighter received $10,000 extra for their performances in addition to their respective base salaries, which we will pass along as soon as possible if they are made available. The live Versus event drew 5,257 attendees. Total live gate figures were unavailable at press time.
For complete WEC 40 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here and here.