TUF 9 Finale is officially in the books as the event took place last night, June 20th, from the from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It's time for the fighters who stuck out above and beyond the rest to get their bonus checks. Any fighter who receives "Fight Night" honors gets a cool $25,000 bonus.
The UFC dished out three "Fight of the Night" honors as three exciting fights were clearly worthy of the bonuses.
Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida, Chris Lytle vs. Kevin Burns and Joe Stevenson vs. Nate Diaz each were named the evening's "Fights of the Night," meanwhile, Jason Dent got Submission of the Night and Tomasz Drwal earned "Knockout of the Night" honors.
The main event match-up between Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida was an obvious choice after their classic back-and-forth battle that had the crowd on their feet. The non-stop bell to bell action ultimately ended in a victory for Sanchez.
Stevenson and Diaz kicked off the Spike TV televised card with entertaining grappling the entire 15 minutes of the bout. Stevenson snapped a two-fight losing streak and earned the unanimous decision.
The welterweight bout between Chris Lytle and Kevin Burns earned a "Fight of the Night" nod for their exciting three-round slugfest. Lytle rebounded from getting knocked down in the first round and was able to get the unanimous decision over Burns.
Polish striker Tomasz Drwal, picked up the evening's "Knockout of the Night" for his first-round TKO win over Mike Ciesnolevicz on the evening's preliminary card. In the event's first fight of the night, TUF 9 lightweight semi-finalist Jason Dent earned the evening's "Submission of the Night" by tapping out fellow TUF 9 cast member, Cameron Dollar, in the first round via anaconda choke.
The bonuses for the "Ultimate Fighter" season nine finale totaled $200,000. The event drew 1,800 fans which produced a live gate of $500,000, which was confirmed by a UFC spokesperson at the post-event press conference.