Out of 12 fights there were only two stoppages at UFC Fight Night 36 Saturday night in Jargua do Sul, Brazil. That’s two events in a row for the UFC that have resulted in 10 decisions. Regardless of that fact, the main card was entertaining and the UFC implemented their new performance bonus structure.
Erick Silva took home $50,000 for his 52-second knockout of Takenori Sato in the night’s only stoppage by strikes. Silva landed a huge kick to the body seconds into the fight that caused Sato to dive in for a takedown attempt. Silva then landed several strikes to the side of Sato’s head that left him face down and unconscious on the canvas.
Charles Oliveira had the only submission win of the night, defeating Andy Ogle via triangle choke in the third round. Oliveira used his grappling to put Ogle in danger in all three rounds, but it wasn’t until the final round did the Brazilian catch him in a triangle that forced the tap out. Oliveira goes home with a nice $50,000 bonus.
UFC Fight Night 36 headliners Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi definitely deserved “Fight of the Night” honors. Machida’s speed played a big role as he was able to effectively counter Mousasi throughout the five rounds. Only one round did I personally score for Mousasi, and even that round could have gone to Machida (two judges did give it to him). But Mousasi rarely stopped going forward until Machida took him down in the fifth round and searched for the choke as time ran out. Mousasi lost the unanimous decision but he was awarded an extra $50,000 for his efforts, as did Machida, who will most likely be next in line for a shot at the middleweight title and take on the winner of Vitor Belfort vs. Chris Weidman.
See the full results and our round-by-round play-by-play commentary from UFC Fight Night 36.