(Roy Nelson gives Ariel Helwani the obligatory belly rub.)
Roy Nelson became the newest/fattest "Ultimate Fighter" winner with his knockout of Brendan Schaub at last night’s TUF 10 Finale. Dana White must have been at least a little impressed this time, because he awarded "Big Country" the Knockout of the Night bonus, worth a cool $25,000. Mark Bocek took home the Submission of the Night bonus for the rear naked choke on Joe Brammer that came at the end of an absolute grappling clinic. Fight of the Night went to Frankie Edgar and Matt Veach for a spirited two round battle that ended with a submission victory for Edgar.
Noticeably absent from that list of bonuses are Kimbo Slice and Houston Alexander, who both spent about fifty percent of their much-hyped fight waiting for the other guy to do something. Slice eventually won the decision, and even managed to look like he knew a thing or two about the ground game (mostly by virtue of Alexander knowing nothing about it), but the way both men nearly collapsed as soon as the final horn sounded should be a clue that neither of them is an elite athlete in peak physical condition.
As for the UFC, they drew a reported 1,400 spectators for a $504,350 live gate at the Pearl at the Palms last night. By comparison, the TUF 9 Finale at the same exact venue this past summer drew 2,217 fans (1,801 actually paid for their ticket) for a live gate of $498,650.