Franklin retains welterweight crown with TKO of Lutter at UFC 83
Georges St. Pierre reclaimed his welterweight title Saturday night, dominating Matt Serra in a second-round TKO before a hometown crowd at UFC 83.
The 26-year-old St. Pierre was greeted by a deafening roar from the crowd of 21,390 at Bell Centre, filled with Canadian flags, fervour and more than a little testosterone. He wore black trunks with a fleur-de-lys, matching the tattoo on his right calf.
The boos started before the stocky Serra, from Long Island, N.Y., even started his entrance.
St. Pierre took Serra down right off the bat in the mixed martial arts bout.
The crowd sang "Ole, Ole Ole" as St. Pierre went about his business looking to improve his position on the ground. It took Serra four minutes to get back up and then St. Pierre took him down again.
It was more of the same in the second, with two takedowns and a standup exchange that St. Pierre won. The end came when referee Yves Lavigne moved in to stop a turtled Serra from absorbing any more knees to the body at 4:45 of the second round.
St. Pierre (16-2) did a backflip in the middle of the ring. A dazed Serra (16-5) regrouped and then the two fighters hugged.
Goulet, Hironaka, MacDonald and Maia earn UFC 83 bonuses
Jonathan Goulet, Kuniyoshi Hironaka, Jason MacDonald and Demian Maia each earned $75,000 "fight night" bonuses stemming from Saturday's UFC 83 event at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
The winners and the bonus amounts were announced in a post-event press conference and confirmed by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The three fights represented by the four winners all appeared on the night's preliminary card.
Goulet and Hironaka split fight of the night honors. Hironaka nearly earned the TKO victory in the waning seconds of the first round before Goulet stormed back for a knockout in the second round. The bout kicked off Saturday's 11-fight event.
MacDonald earned the KO of the night for his victory over Joe Doerksen. MacDonald nearly ended it with an early guillotine choke. Although, Doerksen survived the first round, he didn't last even a minute in the second as MacDonald ended it with a ground-and-pound onslaught just 56 seconds into the round.
Maia picked up the submission of the night bonus for his triangle choke of Ed Herman. After locking in the submission, Herman rolled to his back and ate a series of punches before finally losing consciousness from the choke.
UFC 83 Post-Fight Press Conference
--The bonuses were 75,000. Maia won best submission, the Goulet fight got fight of the night, and KO of the night went to Jason Macdonald.
--Matt Serra v. Matt Hughes is probably next for Serra.
--Dana was "amazed" by Jason Day, suggesting he has landed himself a UFC gig.
--Asked about the Quarry / Starnes fight, Dana said “It takes 2 to fight and only Nate came to fight. Starnes is gonna wake up tommorow and wish he’d fought that fight differently.
--Dana said it’s “not a bad idea” for GSP to move up to face Anderson Silva. Asked if GSP could move up to fight Silva but still keep his belt, Dana said he’d have to talk to GSP about it. This is at the same time GSP walks into the room.
--Dana again says Fitch is #1 contender.
--GSP said that getting into an exchange with Serra was the worst thing he could do. Said that a slugfest is like flipping a coin, whoever connects first is going to win. So he never wants to fight like that.
--GSP says he has a lot of jobs to do at 170 before considering a move up in weight. Plus he says he has lots of training partners at 185 and never wants to fight a friend.
--Dana gave props to Demian Maia, said he was impressed.
--Dana said Hughes/Serra was supposed to happen and didn’t happen, so they’ll try to make it happen.
--Quarry talks about getting back into the sport after career ending back surgery. Said he called Kalib out when he first came back and Kalib’s camp refused it because Quarry ‘wasn’t worthy’ so it was something of a grunge match.
Fedor Must Repay 1.5 Mil signing bonus before being officially released
Despite “The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko’s (27-1) official website claim that he has signed a contract to fight heavyweight “Maine-iac” Tim Sylvia (24-4), the fight is not yet official.
Emelianenko must repay the $1.5 million signing bonus to the group that formed M-1 Global in October 2007 before he is officially released from the agreement he made with M-1 Global
That M-1 Global group has since formed Adrenaline MMA. Andrenaline MMA’s Vice-President Brian Patton said today, “[Emelianenko and his management] have only paid part of [the debt] and are not released yet.”
UFC 84 site live!!
The full site for UFC 84 is up. Looks pretty damn good too.
One interesting note: Rogan calls Penn/Sherk a dream match. What does everyone think bout that?
GSP Quick Quote: "I'm Scared"
During the final pre-UFC 83 press conference, Georges St. Pierre was very open & honest about his feelings going into tonight's fight against Matt Serra. While such feelings are generally normal pre-fight, GSP has all the pressure in the world and then some on him because he's fighting in his hometown in one of his biggest fights yet.
Trigg: "no truth" to Souza report
"I'm literally sitting in a car right now trying to get to Wrigley Field to throw out a first pitch," Trigg said. "I haven't heard anything from [DREAM] in about a week and a half. We started talking about a month ago, but lately, there's been no communication. I really haven't even thought about it lately."
"We have no contract, and we have no numbers we're even close to agreeing on," he said.
Trigg also said he was unlikely to fight for DREAM unless the event were to air on HDNet. Without an American audience, "it does no good for the my brand as a fighter, broadcaster, writer or for my company Triggonomics," he said. "No one would see me."
UFC 83 Preview
We are set for the biggest grudge match since last October, when middleweight champion Anderson Silva knocked out Rich Franklin for the second time in a year, this time in Franklin’s hometown of Cincinnati. Matt Serra shocked the world last year with his monumental upset via first round knockout of Georges St. Pierre, an extremely athletic fighter that seemed almost unbeatable at welterweight at the time. Here we are a year later, and St. Pierre again looks unbeatable, coming off of his lopsided win over welterweight legend Matt Hughes last December. Serra is relishing the underdog role, and it looks like we are in line for yet another great fight to unify the welterweight championship of the world.
EliteXC Signs Australian, Hector "Shango" Lombard
LOS ANGELES (April 18, 2008) – One of Australia’s most promising young fighters at both middleweight and welterweight and one of the world’s most prolific Judo players, Hector “Shango” Lombard, signed a long-term contract with Los Angeles-based ProElite, Inc.’s live division, EliteXC.
IFL Report $31 Million Losses
The IFL will promote no pay-per-views in 2008, but that is the least of the MMA group's problems. According to the the IFL's 10k SEC report filed on 4/15, the group has suffered a net loss of $31 million. The IFL received $1.6 million from MyNetwork TV for programming, but paid $15.9 million to run shows in 2007. As things stand, the group has insufficient funds to operate past the third quarter of this year.
Report from Gerweck.net
I don't think this will come as a surprise to anyone really. So will any of the other orgs pick up any of the talent in the IFL.
Trigg Added To DREAM 2
UFC veteran Frank Trigg is among several more fighters & fights announced today for the upcoming DREAM 2 event in Japan. Trigg will take on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Ronaldo Jacare.
Cage Rage Promoter Steps Down
Cage Rage announced on Friday that longtime promoter Andy Geer has stepped down from the company to pursue other business interests outside of MMA. He is being replaced by Chris Cordeiro, effective immediately.