FOTN, KOTN and SOTN awarded in record numbers to these:
LinkSACRAMENTO, Calif. – Manny Gamburyan, Benson Henderson, Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung each earned $65,000 bonuses – the largest in World Extreme Cagefighting history – for their performances at Saturday's "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" event.
Gamburyan earned the "Knockout of the Night" award, Henderson picked up the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Garcia and Jung earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the winners and bonus amounts in the night's post-fight press conference.
WEC 48 took place at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. Two preliminary-card fights aired on Spike TV prior to the night's main card and pay-per-view debut.
Gamburyan, who competed on the night's pay-per-view main card, remained patient against former featherweight champ Mike Brown and capitalized on his first opening. After circling the cage and looking for an opportunity to counter, it came just a few minutes into the fight. Gamburyan landed a vicious right that sent Brown to the mat, and he followed with additional punches to force the stoppage at the 2:22 mark of the opening round.
Henderson, the WEC's lightweight champion, made quick work of challenger Donald Cerrone in the night's co-main event. After scoring an early takedown, Henderson quickly slapped on a guillotine choke, rolled to his back and earned the victory at the 1:57 mark of the first round. The efficient submission earned Henderson his first successful title defense and second career win over Cerrone.
Garcia and Jung earned their awards for an epic slugfest that headlined Spike TV's one-hour special and set the tone for a crowd-pleasing main card. Although not the most technically sound fight, the back-and-forth bout continually provided near-finishes and big blows from both competitors. Garcia, a former UFC fighter who's carved out a home in the WEC, hand his hands full with "The Korean Zombie," a promotion newcomer who displayed an equally solid chin. Garcia, though, ultimate earned the nod and picked up the split-decision win via scores of 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28. (And yes, most fans are already calling for a rematch.)