Josh Koscheck, Steve Cantwell, Jim Miller, and Matt Wiman each received a $30,000 “fight night” bonus for their efforts at UFC Fight Night 16 “UFC Fight For The Troops”, which took place last night at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina and aired live on Spike TV.
In the headline bout, welterweight contender Josh Koscheck scored a highlight reel knockout of Yoshiyuki Yoshida to capture “Knockout of the Night” honors, stunning his opponent with a straight right then sealing the deal with another right hand that put Yoshida out cold on the canvas. The third knockout of Koscheck’s 15-fight career and his most brutal to date capped the 10-bout event.
Steve Cantwell, the WEC’s final light heavyweight champion, looked impressive in his UFC debut, submitting previously unbeaten Razak Al-Hassan with a gruesome first-round armbar to earn “Submission of the Night”. With a tight armbar already secure, Cantwell looked to elicit the tap out by further extending the extremity to one of the most extreme angles ever seen in the octagon, but Al-Hassan refused to tap forcing the referee to intervene after Al-Hassan’s arm had been broken.
“Fight of the Night” went to lightweights Jim Miller and Matt Wiman, who kicked off the Spike TV broadcast with a standup brawl. Despite accepting the fight on short notice, Miller blasted Wiman with strikes for three-full rounds but was unable to finish him off while Wiman was able to survive Miller’s striking and submission attempts to make it to the final bell.
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