LAS VEGAS – Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar, Antonio Silva and Bobby Green each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday's "UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar" event.
Silva earned the "Knockout of the Night," Green won "Submission of the Night" and Aldo and Edgar picked up "Fight of the Night" honors.
UFC President Dana White announced the winners at the night's post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps
UFC 156 took place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Silva (18-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) notched an absolutely devastating TKO win over Overeem (36-12 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who was in line for a title shot against heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez had he won. Instead, he lost for the first time since September 2007, and Silva picked up another giant win for his resume. He also beat Fedor Emelianenko while in Strikeforce. Early in the third, Silva backed Overeem to the fence with punches and landed until referee Herb Dean finally had to pull him away – with Overeem crumpled on the canvas.
Green (20-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) survived some rough moments in his fight against Jacob Volkmann (15-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) – including a standup by referee Kim Winslow that seemed anything but appropriate given Green was on top and landing. But Green turned things around in the third and was able to take Volkmann's back and submit him with a rear-naked choke with just 35 seconds left in the fight.
And in the main event, Aldo and Edgar went five rounds for Aldo's featherweight title. The champion again defended his belt, this time with a unanimous decision win with scores of 49-46, 49-46 and 48-47. Aldo seemed to be the clear winner in the first two rounds, and Edgar came alive in the last two rounds – making the third a potentially fight-swinging round. But just one judge gave the final two frames to Edgar, and none gave him the close third.
Shut out of the bonus picture was Tyron Woodley (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who stopped Jay Hieron (23-7 MMA, 0-4 UFC) just 36 seconds into their preliminary-card fight. His brutal knockout left Hieron stiff and twitching on the canvas, but Silva's major upset of Overeem was deemed the bonus winner.