UFC 105: "Couture vs. Vera" from the Manchester Evening News (MEN) Arena in Manchester, England, has officially wrapped ... regardless of where you are.
The event aired via tape delay on Spike TV at 8 p.m. ET in the United States, which was about an eight-hour lag time from the start of the first live under card bout. That means it's long overdue to pass along the select fighters who went above and beyond in their respective fights to earn a little extra grease for their efforts inside the Octagon this evening.
As usual, the promotion dished out its standard post-fight monetary bonuses to four out of the 22 fighters on the card ... to the tune of $40,000 each.
In addition to their base salaries, the UFC awarded middleweights Michael Bisping and Denis Kang "Fight of the Night" for their hard hitting, back-and-forth battle that was short on rounds but long on excitement. Bisping weathered an early scare in the opening frame, storming back from a series of blows that had him on "Queer Street" to register a convincing second round technical knockout finish over the Pride FC veteran.
He's more than likely more satisfied with his performance, coming off an "embarrassing" knockout loss to Dan Henderson earlier this year, than the extra scratch.
But it sure won't hurt.
His fellow countryman, Terry Etim, also added to his bounty with a submission win over Shannon Gugerty. It was the only tapout of the night; nonetheless, he deserved a something-something for notching his fourth straight win inside the eight-walled cage in impressive fashion.
And last, but certainly not least, German-bred fighter Denis Siver uncorked yet another awesome spinning back kick to set up his brutal finish of Paul Kelly. In fact, Kelly remianed down for several minutes after the referee stopped the match and required assistance to exit the Octagon.
Here are the special fight bonuses for UFC 105:
- Fight of the Night — Michael Bisping vs. Denis Kang
- Knockout of the Night — Denis Siver
- Submission of the Night — Terry Etim
Again, each fighter received $40,000 extra for their performances in addition to their respective base salaries, which will more than likely not be revealed because the event took place overseas.