While Shine Fights went off without a hitch on Friday night, surprisingly enough, and put together an action night of fights, it may have been trumped by Shark Fights 13, which was held just the day after.
Though both events were pay-per-view affairs, I would contest that Shark Fights probably pulled in larger numbers due to the heavy saturation of MMA notables littered on the card.
While all bouts proved to be interesting in their own right, there was one fight that rose above the rest, and apparently the Shark Fights execs believe the same to be true.
The co-main event of the evening, a bout pitting UFC veterans Rameau Thierry–who is better known simply as Sokoudjou–and Houston Alexander pulled out all the stops in their light heavyweight affair last night.
After a dominant round turned in by the Team Quest product, Thierry, who knocked down Houston on two occasions and unleashed a heavy dose of ground and pound–it looked like he left everything he had inside the cage as the second round began.
Early on in the second, Houston was able to connect on several jabs early, while Thierry was notably winded after a spirited first round. Alexander then quickly unloaded on a barrage that eventually left Sokoudjou on the ground against the cage in a panic. Alexander followed up with 30-something unanswered blows before the referee stepped in to halt the bout.
For their efforts, the competitors were awarded a $2,500 bonus.
It’s not UFC making money, but it’s something.
So, MMA peeps, what do you think of the bonuses? Obviously, its a trend that I hope most organizations can some day adopt and put to use on a regular basis, or at least come pay-per-view time. Additionally, what about Sokoudjou? He’s been flakey ever since his run in the UFC, or is it more so a case of too much too soon? You decide–let your opinions known below.