$65k Fighter Bonuses For UFC 94
On a night that saw Georges St. Pierre cement his place in history with a 4th round stoppage over B.J. Penn, the UFC handed down $65,000 bonuses to some of the tremendous competitors on the card Saturday night.
"Knockout of the Night" was a no brainer, beyond the fact that it was one of only 2 finishes on the card, as Lyoto Machida kept his perfect record in tact with a thunderous right hand on the ground that knocked opponent, Thiago Silva, unconscious to end the first round and the fight.
Machida stays undefeated and carries home a $65,000 bonus for his efforts against Silva in the win.
The UFC handed down two different "Fight of the Night" bonuses as both Clay Guida and Nate Diaz earned a bonus for their fight to kick off the pay-per-view card, as well as welterweights John Howard and Chris Wilson who went to war during the untelevised preliminary show.
All 4 participants will get a $65,000 bonus each as winners of "Fight of the Night."
The card featured no submissions, thus no "Submission of the Night" award went out for the UFC 94 show.
Machida KOs Silva To Remain Undefeated
In a battle of unbeaten light heavyweights, Lyoto Machida made his case for why he should the #1 contender for the 205lb title as he knocked out Thiago Silva at the end of the first round at UFC 94.
The strategy of Lyoto Machida never seems to be a secret as he plays an elusive, and dangerous game of cat and mouse just waiting to pounce on his opponent at just the right moment. Unfortunately for Thiago Silva, he played right into Machida's game.
With Silva moving forward early, Machida connected with a big punch that put his opponent on the floor and he quickly followed up to work on the ground. Silva persevered and the fight got back to the feet.
Quinton Jackson to determine Lyoto Machida's championship fate
Count Lyoto Machida among the many who will watch closely the UFC 96 main event between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Keith Jardine.
After all, Machida's potential title shot rests solely on how Jackson fares at the March 7 pay-per-view event in Columbus, Ohio.
Following Machida's stunning first-round TKO of previously undefeated Thiago Silva at Saturday's UFC 94 event, UFC President Dana White said the Jackson vs. Jardine fight will determine who gets the next light-heavyweight title shot.
If Jackson wins, he get an immediate chance to reclaim his belt, which he lost to Forrest Griffin in 2008. If Jardine wins, though, Machida will get the first shot at recently crowned champion Rashad Evans' belt. Evans won the belt with a third-round TKO of Griffin at UFC 92. (Jackson knocked out Wanderlei Silva at the same event to climb back into the title picture.)
"We don't have [Machida] scheduled to fight Rashad next," White said in the post-UFC 94 press conference. "But he's in the mix. He'll probably have a title shot before the end of the year."
Machida, long dogged for his propensity to take fights to decision, scored his most meaningful knockout in UFC 94's co-main event. Not only did the TKO prove his ability to finish fights (against a quality opponent), but he also picked up a $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus in the process.
Lindland: ''Only Thing Hurt Was My Pride''
Matt Lindland says the only injury he suffered was hurt pride after being stopped in 37 seconds by Vitor Belfort at Affliction 2.
Lindland was caught with an overhand left that dropped him unconscious immediately, yet Belfort was still able to land three or four punches to his prone opponent before the referee stepped in.
The result was a frighteningly drawn-out period of unconsciousness on Lindland’s part, but he says subsequent tests have revealed no lasting damage.
Varner vs. Cerrone II already in the works for possible Arizona fight card
A rematch between WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner and number one contender Donald Cerrone is already in the planning stages, according to a CBSSports.com report by FiveOuncesOfPain.com and 15Rounds.com contributor Gary Herman.
WEC Vice President Peter Dropick not only confirmed the possible rematch, but said that Varner’s home state of Arizona is being considered as a potential destination.
Gono Is Fitch's First Stop Back To Title Shot
Jon Fitch says it’s the fight, and not his spot on the card, that motivates him to put on a good performance.
“I don’t worry about that stuff, for me, as long as I’m fighting a top opponent, and getting paid well, I have no complaints,” he told MMAWeekly Radio.
Brock Larson Vs Jesse Sanders @ UFC Fight Night 18
With his last fight in August 2008, Larson was looking forward to competing again soon, but his March 1 fight has now been cancelled. The UFC offered Larson the chance to fight in either March or April and the Minnesota native said with a baby on the way this month, he opted to fight on the April 1 UFC Fight Night card instead.
While his opponent has not been finalized, MMAWeekly.com confirmed with sources close to the fight on Friday that Larson's opponent will likely be UFC newcomer, Jesse Sanders.
Gina Carano In Super Bowl Commercial
Sunday's Super Bowl now will feature our "Super Crush". A new Pepsi commercial that will debut during the game will feature MMA star Gina Carano alongside Bruce Lee as part of Pepsi's new advertising campaign debuting in the spot.
Gamburyan to Start 2009 with a Bang at UFC 94
The Fertitta brothers had a simple plan for Manny Gamburyan: beat Rob Emerson and start fresh as a WEC featherweight.
It was a chance for the Armenian to be a big fish in a little pond. Gamburyan had been plying his trade as a lightweight for years – fighting for free, he says, for his first eight fights – but since his entrance into the UFC at the conclusion of “The Ultimate Fighter” season five, he had been acutely aware of his frame.
“I’m the smallest guy in the UFC, and Brock Lesnar’s the biggest guy in the world,” he told MMAWeekly.com.
And it never suited Gamburyan to admit he was undersized in a field of taller fighters who cut as much as 20 pounds to meet him.
“In myself, I can see myself being on top of him in a fight,” Gamburyan said of the current heavyweight champ.
Before he was ever nicknamed “The Anvil,” Gamburyan was “The Pitbull.” Not the biggest dog, but the one who wouldn’t let you go if he sunk his teeth in.
“Why am I saying that?” he continues. “I fought Sean Sherk three rounds when I was eighteen years old.”..................
Jeremy Stephens fight ‘a little easier’ for Joe Lauzon
“On our feet it’s the same fight. Stephens is a brawler but, once it hits the ground, it’s going to be an entirely different fight. Hermes is a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu; Stephens isn’t as good as him on the ground. He’s going to come out and try to knock me out. He doesn’t want to fight me on the ground. Hermes was a bigger fight but this is a little easier fight for me. I was training since early December for Franca. Someday we will fight, especially after what he’s been saying about me being lucky I’m not fighting him. The change of opponents could have been a problem if the replacement had an entirely different style. Stephens may have quicker hands and he’s tough, but it’ll be a similar fight. It’s going to be a great fight and there’s nothing like headlining a UFC show.”
Xavier Foupa-Pokam To Face Kang In UFC Debut
Cage Rage and Palace Fighting Championship veteran Xavier Foupa-Pokam and middleweight Denis Kang have signed bout agreements to meet at UFC 97. While not yet officially announced by the organization, UFC 97 is tentatively scheduled for April 18 in Montreal.
Penn says his future is all about big fights
With fights down the road against top contenders like Kenny Florian and Thiago Alves, Penn insists it's not about titles necessarily, but finding the right opponents, and he knows UFC president Dana White will do anything to make the super fights happen.
"It's really about the particular match-up," answered Penn when asked if it's about weight class or just fighting the best regardless of weight. "People like to watch good fights, everybody wants to see the best guys compete. In boxing, like Dana says, a million times it never got to happen.
"No matter what you say about Dana, or anybody says about him, he really does try to put the two best guys together and he has proven it time and time again. If he could get Fedor to fight one of his guys, within whatever his ideas are someone under their contract, he would try to put the best fight together that he could."
It's also been brought up numerous times that if Penn is able to defeat St. Pierre, fans around the world could ask for a match-up pitting him against who many regard as the pound-for-pound king, Anderson Silva. White continuously insists that the fight between Penn and Silva would not happen, and the current lightweight champion says it may be harder to make happen than what some people think.
"Honestly, 185's not even on my mind right now. And it's like the more you talk to Anderson Silva, the more he's such a nice guy, the more you don't want to fight him. He is just the nicest person," stated Penn.
Long Road Back: MMAmania.com interview exclusive with Stephan Bonnar
Adam Wagner (MMAmania.com): How’s the knee?
Stephan Bonnar: Great. It feels good.
Adam Wagner (MMAmania.com): You trained for a long time in Chicago under Carlson Gracie until his passing in 2006. You’ve also worked with Mark DellaGrotte and Sityodtong, and now you’re with Xtreme Couture. Now that you’ve relocated to Vegas and have access to a lot of different trainers and sparring partners, how would you compare this experience to your days back in Chicago?
Stephan Bonnar: You know, it’s just a lot easier. I still go to a couple different gyms, but it seems like everything’s at my fingertips. Every gym is like within two miles of the other one. I got great sparring partners at Couture, I got a great jiu-jitsu teacher up at Sergio Penha’s, which is a few miles from there.
In Chicago, I’d get some good sparring, at some boxing gyms or with Arlovski, but it was a lot more difficult. I was traveling a lot more, going all over. But (in Vegas) you got a lot more places, a lot of different guys. It feels like everything out here is really close and convenient, not too far out of the way.
In Chicago, I was going up to Miguel Torres’ school a couple of times a week for MMA work. I tried to make it to Duke Roufus’ like twice a week for Muay Thai — that was in Milwaukee, that was killing me. And then also with the boxing too, I had Arlovski, I had some guys that jabbed, but even then, it’d be something I’d have to set up. I’d have to make calls and ask, are you going to go to the gym today? You gonna do sparring?
Down here, I just go to Couture’s and show up there, and there’s a bunch of guys to work with.