The UFC heavyweight division was put on notice last night at UFC 145 when unbeaten Travis Browne continued his winning ways with an opening round finish of the previously-streaking Chad Griggs. Browne came up sharp, landing a flying knee early to set the tone. The 29-year old then proceeded to take Griggs down, work his BJJ from the top, and sink in an Arm-Triangle Choke to earn the tap less than midway through the frame.
Browne’s finish of Griggs was named Submission of the Night and brought him $65,000 for the distinction.
Equally impressive, Browne’s fellow heavyweight Ben Rothwell was awarded Knockout of the Night after rendering Brendan Schaub into a puddle of goo 70 seconds into their scrap. The finish was the first for Rothwell under the UFC’s banner. He too won $65,000 as a result of the honor.
Finally, Fight of the Night and the involved cash went to Mark Hominick and Eddie Yagin for their entertaining offering highlighted by both men’s ability to overcome adversity. Each was left bloodied and battered at the end of the bout, while Hominick was nearly finished twice with strikes but held on nonetheless.
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