UFC on Versus 3 Awards and BonusesPosted on March 3, 2011, 11:28 PM by Joey Santosus
UFC on Versus 3 delivered an exciting free night of fights from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Diego "The Dream" Sanchez scored a closely contended unanimous decision victory over Martin Kampmann in the headlining match-up, while Mark Munoz took another step up in the Middleweight divison with an impressive 54 second knockout victory over C.B. Dollaway. Newcomer Chris Weidman made a successful UFC debut, upsetting veteran Alessio Sakara and Brian Bowles returned to action with a first round submission victory against Damacio Page.
The UFC awarded generous bonuses to the night's top performers, who were announced immediately following the event.
UFC on Versus 3: Sanchez vs. Kampmann Bonuses
Fight of the Night: Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann ($160,000 each)
Submission of the Night: Brian Bowles ($40,000)
Knockout of the Night: Shane Roller ($40,000)
Yes, Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann got 160,000-dollar bonuses. Here's what Dana White told Yahoo! Sports's Kevin Iole:
"These guys are going to make a lot of money for fighting like that. They’re going to get paid. That was an awesome, awesome fight. They’re going to get paid for that."
"I don’t forget fights like that. That was an unbelievable fight. That was the kind of fight you saw back in the 1980s in boxing, a classic war. Diego Sanchez is one of the toughest [expletives] I’ve ever seen, man. It was a dogfight. They both gave every ounce of what they had. Kampmann got a loss on his record, but he didn’t lose that fight. There are no losers when you’re in a fight like that."
Full Results (via FightoftheNight.com):
Diego Sanchez defeats Martin Kampmann by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Mark Muñoz defeats CB Dollaway by TKO at 0.54mins of Rd1
Chris Weidman defeats Alessio Sakara by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Brian Bowles defeats Damacio Page by submission (guillotine choke) at 3.30mins of Rd1
Cyrille Diabaté defeats Steve Cantwell by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-26)
Danny Castillo defeats Joe Stevenson by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Shane Roller defeats Thiago Tavares by KO at 1.28mins of Rd2
Takeya Mizugaki defeats Reuben Duran by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 27-30)
Dong Yi Yang defeats Rob Kimmons by TKO at 4.47mins of Rd2
Rousimar Palhares defeats Dave Branch by submission (kneebar) at 1.44mins of Rd2
Igor Pokrajac defeats Todd Brown by TKO at 5.00mins of Rd1