Anthony Johnson claimed bonus money at UFC Live 6. | File Photo: Sherdog.com
Four fighters walked away from the UFC’s inaugural trip to the U.S. capital with $65,000 in post-fight bonuses, as Matt Wiman, Mac Danzig, Anthony Johnson and Stefan Struve were each awarded for their performances at UFC Live 6 at the Verizon Center.
Johnson earned “Knockout of the Night” for his first-round KO of Charlie Brenneman, while Struve took home “Submission of the Night” after making Pat Barry tap out with a triangle choke in the second round of their heavyweight affair. Meanwhile, Danzig and Wiman took home “Fight of the Night” for their back-and-forth lightweight rematch.
Danzig and Wiman battled tooth-and-nail for 15 minutes, maintaining a high work rate while continually trading punches and elbows. Though both men sustained significant damage throughout the bout, it was Wiman who did enough to earn the judges' nod, taking the unanimous decision with scores of 29-28 across the board.
Johnson controlled his bout from the get-go, using his superior striking and takedown defense to put Brenneman on the defensive. Following an extended failed takedown attempt by “The Spaniard,” Johnson landed a combination that wobbled his foe. Brenneman dived for a takedown, but “Rumble” once again stuffed his opponent, catching Brenneman with a kick to the face as he rose from the canvas to earn the referee stoppage.
Following a lackluster first frame, Struve redeemed himself with a brilliant second-round submission. After positioning himself for a brabo choke, Struve transitioned to a guillotine, taking Barry down in the process. Though Barry escaped Struve’s squeeze, the Dutchman would not be denied, locking up a triangle choke. While “HD” tried valiantly to free himself -- picking Struve up above his head and slamming him to the canvas, a la Quinton Jackson -- Struve would not release the hold, forcing Barry to tap at 3:22.