I was reading something about Dustin Hazelett, and the article mentioned that he had two or three "Submission of the Night" bonuses, and that he wants to become the all-time leader in the awards. It got me wondering about which fighters have received a lot of bonuses for Submission of the Night, Knockout of the Night, and/or Fight of the Night, and whether they tend to be fighters who are generally popular. I have no idea who decides these things, or what criteria they use. Awarding these bonuses is probably a less-than-scientific process, like deciding fielding errors in baseball. It could be entirely subjective, or maybe the judges and broadcasters are polled after the event. We may never know. C'est la vie.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find the compiled information anywhere, so I decided to do it myself. It was kind of a drag, though, so I only did the 2008 events. I used a bunch of different sources, via a couple of Google searches, and I'm not going to bother citing my sources (if someone wants to pay me for this, I'll go back and do it all proper-like
). If you see any errors, feel free to note them.
Names listed below for each event are the winners for Submission of the Night, Knockout of the Night, and Fight of the Night, respectively. I was unable to find information for bonuses awarded for UFC Fight Night 12. I suppose it's possible there weren't any. UFC 80:
B.J. Penn; Wilson Gouveia; Paul Taylor & Paul KellyUFC 81:
Frank Mir; Chris Lytle; Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira & Tim SylviaUFC 82:
Anderson Silva; Chris Leben; Anderson Silva & Dan HendersonFight Night 13:
Nate Diaz; James Irvin; Kenny Florian & Joe LauzonUFC 83:
Demian Maia; Jason MacDonald; Jonathan Goulet & Kuniyoshi HironakaUFC 84:
Rousimar Palhares; Wanderlei Silva; Wilson Gouveia & Goran RelicUFC 85:
Kevin Burns; Thiago Alves; Thiago Tavares & Matt WimanThe Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale
Dustin Hazelett; Drew McFedries; Josh Burkman & Dustin HazelettUFC 86:
Cole Miller; Melvin Guillard; Forrest Griffin & Quinton JacksonFight Night 14:
C.B. Dolloway; Rory Markham; Frankie Edgar & Hermes FrancaUFC 87:
Demian Maia; Rob Emerson; Georges St. Pierre & Jon FitchUFC 88:
Jason MacDonald; Rashad Evans; Kurt Pellegrino & Thiago TavaresFight Night 15:
Wilson Gouveia; Alessio Sakara; Nate Diaz & Josh NeerUFC 89:
Jim Miller; Luis Cane; Chris Lytle & Paul TaylorUFC 90:
Spencer Fisher; Junior Dos Santos; Tyson Griffin & Sean SherkUFC 91:
Dustin Hazelett; Jeremy Stephens; Jorge Gurgel & Aaron RileyUFC Fight for the Troops (Fight Night 16):
Steve Cantwell; Josh Koscheck; Jim Miller & Matt WimanThe Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale:
Krzysztof Soszynski; Anthony Johnson; Junie Browning & Dave KaplanUFC 92:
(none); Quinton Jackson; Rashad Evans & Forrest Griffin
Several names appear multiple times, across the various categories. Some, like Forrest Griffin and Rampage Jackson, aren't really a surprise. Based on these findings, however, Matt Wiman (2 Fights of the Night) and Wilson Gouviea (1 of each award) are terribly under-appreciated, at least by me. Thiago Tavares also had 2 Fights of the Night in 2008, as did Paul Taylor. Jim Miller, who only just signed with the UFC over the summer, had a Submission of the Night and a Fight of the Night in his two appearances. And I couldn't help noticing that Thiago Alves earned a KOTN bonus for a fight for which he missed weight.