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UFC Hands Out $30,000 Bonuses for UFN 15

(Nate Diaz vs. Josh Neer; props to MMAScraps.)

The UFC’s customary end of the night bonuses were worth 30k for Ultimate Fight Night 15. It’s too bad there was no time to replay any of the undercard fights, because it seems there were a lot of stoppages to choose from. Here’s who got the extra bumps:

Fight of the Night: Nate Diaz and Josh Neer for their always-competitive and action-packed main event battle.

Knockout of the Night: Alessio Sakara for Cro Copping poor Joe Vedepo.

Submission of the Night: Wilson Gouveia for his armbar of Ryan Jensen.

We’ll add gifs/videos of the last two as soon as we find ‘em…

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Chri534- September 18, 2008 at 7:19 am
I haven't seen many of the undercard fights yet (I've been looking but not finding, other than J-Lau), but I think the Alexander/Shafer fight should've been the fight of the night. While I was really looking forward to watching Herman's fight (and making it more exciting was the fact that I had picked Herman and had read CagePotato's almost perfect "Unreasonably Specific Prediction"), skidding's comment got me thinking.

Maybe it would have been better if they had shown some of the undercard fights instead.

The problem is, the UFC broadcasts their Fight Nights the same way they do for PPV events. They hold the live undercard fights that are not shown (unless there is time left after the main card fights), and then they broadcast the main card fights live.

The question I offer is: Should they change the format of their "Fight Night" events that are broadcased free on Spike?

I think it's an interesting quesion. The way I see it, they have two options. They have the choice to have a great fight card lineup with exciting fights shown free on live tv, getting the fights to the fans as quick as possible while also bearing risk of inferior performances. OR, they can try to find a way to delay the air time on free tv so that they can decide which fights to show so that the fans get to see the best show.

I originally thought it would be the best idea to play them a day later; the edited version including the most important fights shown. But then I got to thinking...and I realized, "Why not have the live broadcast aired as usual, and instead, follow it up with the polished off version of it??" They always replay the event the same night and maybe later during week; why not offer a replay of the show with a revamped version of the same show? I'll usually watch the rebroadcast anyway, but if it was one with more of the undercard fights (which I've been scrounging on the internet to find) I'd definitely watch it.

For the UFC's sake (because they obviously fuckin' need it) I just think if they could assemble the best fights from the Fight Night cards on free tv, it might be the difference in changing a "free-fight fan" to a "UFC" fan.
UFC fan- September 17, 2008 at 3:57 pm
Mayhem 420, I think perhaps you need to go back to school. you cant read.
skidding- September 17, 2008 at 1:17 pm
- I feel bad for Ryan Jensen...seems like he's always giving out submission of the night bonuses for his opponents.

- I wish instead of sitting through and watching all 3 rounds of Herman vs Belcher, they would have shown every single undercard fight, which had fast KO/Subs. It might have even saved time and been much more exciting

- I am so not excited to see Mir vs. Nog. I like both fighters... but I'm pretty sure we all know how the fight is going to end up.
Nick=Nate- September 17, 2008 at 1:14 pm
They're both white trash--easy to confuse the two.
mayhem420- September 17, 2008 at 1:00 pm
"Fight of the Night: Nick Diaz and Josh Neer for their always-competitive and action-packed main event battle."

What is this a review of UFC 62 ???
Kaho- September 17, 2008 at 12:21 pm
nick diaz?!

that was nate! (as bad as joe rogan with his commentary on the fight)