Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White named the “Fight Night” winners following today’s UFC on FUEL TV 7 event, awarding interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao and Stanislav Nedkov $50,000 each, while prelim fighter Tom ‘Kong’ Watson walked away with a cool $100,000.
White made the announcements at the post fight press conference for the UFC on FUEL TV: Barao vs. McDonald event, also announcing an attendance of 10,349 into the Wembly Arena in London, England for a live gate of $1.3 million.
“Submission of the Night” would go to Barao for his fourth round submission of Michael McDonald, while Watson earned “Knockout of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” for his second round TKO finish of Nedkov who also won for “FOTN.”
Barao and McDonald headlined the event and would go into the fourth round in an entertaining bout. Following a scramble between the two the interim champ would find himself on top where he used an arm-triangle choke, despite McDonald’s best efforts to fight through the submission, to force the tap at 3:57 of the round.
Watson and Nedkov appeared on the Facebook broadcasted prelims in a bout that had the fans in the Wembly Arena cheering. ‘Kong’ would use the Thai clinch to land big knees to the body and head of Nedkov in both rounds. A couple of times it looked as if the Bulgarian had his British opponent on the ropes after landing some big shots and taking the fight to the ground to unleash his ground-and-pound. Each time Watson would survive, and late into the second after another such flurry, ‘Kong’ would land some more knees sending an exhausted Nedkov to the mat. Watson would follow it up with hammerfists ending things at 4:42 of the round.