UFC on Fox 9 Medical Suspensions: Urijah Faber Heads Trio of Possible Six-Month Suspensions
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson retained his title on Saturday night at UFC on Fox 9: Johnson vs. Benavidez II, wielding the power that many thought a 125-pound man didn’t have in his hands. Johnson knocked out Joseph Benavidez little more than two minutes into the opening round of their fight, putting Benavidez on the UFC on Fox 9 medically suspended list.
Urijah Faber – although he won his fight by submitting Michael McDonald – landed what could be six-month suspension after he injured both hands in the fight.
Mac Danzig and Court McGee also face potential six-month suspensions for various concerns, while every fighter on the card received at least a mandatory seven-day rest period.
Signal to Noise: UFC on FOX 9's best and worst
Saturday's UFC on Fox 9 offered fight fans much to love. There were excellent fights, superb finishes by respected veterans, the showing of a dominant champion and much more. Yet, there was also a lot to dislike. Judges refused to score a beating 10-8, many fights went to a decision and the main event was rather brief.
It's time to separate the good from the bad, the winners from the losers and the signal from the noise from UFC on Fox 9...
UFC on Fox 9 milestones and footnotes
Excluding TUF Finales, UFC on Fox 9 was the first event in UFC history to feature zero fights above 170 pounds. It also came precariously close to matching UFC 161 (9 decisions, 2 finishes) for the most decision fights on a single card, but Urijah Faber and Demetrious Johnson closed out the event in style. Here are the statistical milestones and footnotes from UFC on Fox 9:
UFC’s Mexico debut delayed until champ Cain Velasquez is healthy
UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez recently underwent surgery that will not only push back his next fight, but also the UFC’s expansion efforts in Mexico.
Prior to Velasquez (13-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) going under the knife this past week to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, UFC President Dana White had announced his intention to bring the UFC to Mexico in 2014.
The debut event originally was targeted for the first half of next year, but with Velasquez out for an undetermined amount of time, it may take longer than expected.
John Lineker vs. Ali Bagautinov targeted for UFC 169
The UFC is looking for title challengers in the Flyweight division after Demetrious Johnson destroyed Joseph Benavidez last Saturday, and the winner of this reported fight is probably next in line to face Mighty Mouse. According to Russian website MMABoxing, Ali Bagautinov and John Lineker will fight on the main card of UFC 169 on February 1st in Newark, New Jersey. The UFC has yet to confirm the bout, but if it's true it is just about a title eliminator and a great match-up in the division.
Dana White: Nick Diaz turned down rematch with Carlos Condit for UFC 171
With Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler booked for a shot at the UFC’s newly vacated welterweight title, UFC President Dana White on Saturday said he thought he had another high-profile fight booked for UFC 171.
Then Nick Diaz turned it down.
White said he offered Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) a fight against Carlos Condit (29-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) on Saturday night at UFC on FOX 9, but Diaz passed on it. White said the offer came in person with Diaz cageside for the fight card, which took place in Sacramento.
Dana White 'very, very embarrassed' by Cody McKenzie's fight attire
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- When Cody McKenzie showed up for his UFC on FOX 9 fight against Sam Stout wearing basketball shorts, his boss was not amused.
But while Dana White wasn't happy with McKenzie's odd choice of attire, he was really made at his crew for letting it happen.
"What that was, was UFC amateur hour," said White. "We have a guy backstage who policies that stuff."
Making matters worse is that McKenzie, who apparently forgot to bring his fight shorts to Sleep Train Arena and needed to buy the shorts at a nearby sporting goods store, entered the Octagon with the price tag still attached.