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UFC president Dana White announced the winners of the UFC 143 Fight Night bonuses at the post-fight press conference. Each winner receives $65,000 for his troubles.
The winners are:
- Knock Out of the Night: Stephen Thompson
- Submission of the Night: Dustin Poirier
- Fight of the Night: Fabricio Werdum and Roy Nelson
Welterweight Thompson knocked out Dan Stittgen with a beautiful lead leg round house kick to the head that started out as a faked kick to the legs and followed up a 1-2 punching combination. It was only one of two TKOs on the card, the other being Matt Brown's finish of Chris Cope.
Dustin Poirier finished Max Holloway with a terrifying triangle choke/arm bar from the mount. It was also one of only two qualifying fights on the card, the other being Ed Herman's rear naked choke of Clifford Starks.
Werdum and Nelson put on a back-and-forth brawl that saw lots of blood spilled, mostly by Nelson. There were a number of hard fought decisions on the card but only Rafael Natal's win over Micheal Kuiper (which saw Natal survive a near KO to get a dominant win), Josh Koscheck's come from behind win over Michael Pierce, and the headlining Carlos Condit vs. Nick Diaz bout were serious contenders for FON.
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