On Saturday night, The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale brought fans a memorable night of fights. As is the tradition, the UFC awarded $50,000 bonuses for the best knockout, submission and fight of the night.
Competition for each of the awards were fierce, as most fights were brought to a competitive halt before the judges rendered a decision. Heading into the main event, fans were treated to eight stoppages, which included three submissions and five knockouts.
As if that weren't enough, former WEC champion Urijah Faber ended the night on a bang when he choked out Scott Jorgensen in the evening's headliner.
Submission of the Night, however, was not given to "The California Kid." Instead, that award was given to Daniel Pineda, who wasted little time in defeating Justin Lawrence via kimura. The stoppage came 95 seconds into the evening's opening contest.
Winning a Knockout of the Night award was even tougher. Despite excellent finishes from Cat Zingano, Josh Samman, Dylan Andrews and Clint Hester, it was heavyweight Travis Browne who fattened his bank account with a bonus check.
Browne knocked out Gabriel Gonzaga with a series of elbows while his Brazilian opponent was hunting for a takedown against the cage.
Fight of the Night went to Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano for their back-and-forth battle that was too close to call heading into the final round. Zingano ultimately earned the stoppage after rocking Tate with face-crushing knees.
Stay tuned to Bleacher Report for post-fight analysis on the TUF 17 Finale, as well as preview pieces for the hotly anticipated UFC on Fox 7 and UFC 159 cards.