Edgar, Franca, Markham and Dollaway earn $25K UFN 14 bonuses
C.B. Dollaway, Rory Markham Frankie Edgar and Hermes Franca each earned $25,000 “fight night” bonuses for their performances at UFC Fight Night 14.
The recently organized card, designed to counter upstart rival organization Affliction’s debut pay-per-view, was held at The Palms Las Vegas Saturday night and aired live on pay per view.
The bonuses were good for a $5,000 increase over the organization’s previous Fight Night card. (The Spike TV events typically carry a smaller bonus potential than pay-per-view events.)
The “Submission of the Night” award went to “The Ultimate Fighter 7” runner-up C.B. Dollaway. In a match-up most MMA fans expected to see at some point during this past season’s filming, Taylor battled through an illegal knee from the eventual victor only to be caught in a rarely seen Peruvian necktie submission.
The bout was Dollaway’s first official victory in the UFC — in a fight he felt was a must-win.
“I was just excited to get the chance to fight again in the UFC,” Dollaway told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “I hope to be back (at a UFC event) sooner rather than later.”
Markham battled back from early adversity to secure “Knockout of the Night” honors. In a series of events destined for a future “Ultimate Knockouts” DVD, Markham retreated from fellow UFC newcomer Brodie Farber’s advances then landed a beautiful right high kick that dropped Farber instantly. The process took just 97 seconds.
Lightweights Edgar and Franca earned “Fight of the Night” honors for their 15-minute war. In the first fight for each fighter after individual struggles, Edgar scored a convincing unanimous-decision victory by outworking Franca throughout the bout. Franca was resilient throughout and forced Edgar to escape from multiple submission attempts.