Saunders Out, McCrory Tapped As Replacement
Another change has been made for UFC's return to Columbus, OH as Ben Saunders has been forced off the card with a foot injury. Tamdan McCrory has been tapped as a replacement to step in and face newcomer, Ryan Madigan, on the show as confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Monday by sources close to the situation.
Currently sporting a 2-2 record in the Octagon, McCrory steps into this bout after a loss to Dustin Hazelett at UFC 91 in November. Ironically enough he will be facing Ryan Madigan, the fighter who replaced Hazelett when he faced an injury and was unable to fight on the card.
UFC 94 Medical Suspensions
The NSAC has just announced the medical suspensions from UFC 94. 4 fighters have been suspended until March, while Chris Wilson got a suspension until July for a broken nose but can be cleared early.
Dana Says "UFC Primetime" Will Return
Following the success of "UFC Primetime: St. Pierre vs. Penn II," which debuted earlier this month and hyped this past weekend's UFC 94 event, UFC President Dana White said the three-part Spike TV series will return for other big fights this year. One obvious option for the next "Primetime" installment is an upcoming title unification bout and rematch between UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and interim title-holder Frank Mir. The fight is expected to headline UFC 98 in May. "I don't know," White said. "I'd have to think about it. Brock would be rough (to get to cooperate). You thought B.J. was rough?"
Is this the end of BJ Penn?
Before the BJ Penn / GSP fight went down, questions were swirling over what BJ was gonna do if he won the welterweight belt. Would he try to defend both? Give up the lightweight belt? Or would he take both belts and simply retire? The last one seemed like a longshot, but an article from Josh Gross says that it was something BJ seriously considered … and now he’s considering calling it quits anyways:
Greg Jackson: St. Pierre rubdown was witchcraft, not cheating
“So in between rounds, (Team St. Pierre’s Steven Friend) had this little drill that you do – and Phil Nurse is the one who knows how to do it … he rubbed your back and tapped your chest; I don’t know exactly how it works. But anyways, what that’s supposed to do is get your energy in line, or motivated or whatever. So in between rounds, we had Phil Nurse do that. The controversy came because Phil Nurse also was putting Vasoline on Georges’ eyebrows … So Phil Nurse put all the Vasoline on his face, so his hands might have had a miniscule amount left over from that, when he went around the side and rubbed a little point on his back, and tapped on his chest … If we were trying to grease the back we’d be greasing up and down, we would make it count. We wouldn’t do a little tiny spot in the back … The whole greasing thing is pretty ridiculous … They check your body before you get into the cage, there’s an inspector right there. In order for us to grease him up, it would be insane. There are cameras everywhere. We don’t cheat. We don’t need to cheat to win.”
Patient Lyoto Machida gunning for Rashad Evans
“Thiago (Silva) is a great fighter, tough, was undefeated too, but my game was really well planned. We knew how he’d come and that was the result of our training. [Next] I’d like to fight with Rashad, but if it’s not possible I don’t pick another opponent. I’ll fight whoever comes. I might think (that I deserve a titleshot), but Dana is our boss and I’ll do whatever he says. It’s good for me because, when I get where I want, I’ll really deserve it”.
St. Pierre Trainer Responds To Allegations
The fighters of Greg Jackson’s team are no strangers to ritual inside the Octagon.
First there’s the “Jackson nipple tweak,” a bizarre, if amusing, twist of the nipples his fighters often do before fighting, believed to prepare them for intense battle inside the Octagon.
Now, there appears to be a new ritual in Jackson’s camp, and it’s the source of controversy following Georges St. Pierre’s rout of B.J. Penn at Saturday’s UFC 94.
St. Pierre’s cornermen, including Jackson, were at the center of a storm at UFC 94 after officials from the Nevada State Athletic Commission approached them during the fight to investigate allegations that they were applying Vasoline to St. Pierre in between round
You know......somehow I believe this after seeing the nipple tweak.
Post fight press conference notes: interest in yamamoto, penn taken to hospital
Sellout, gate of $4.3M.
Lyoto Machida said that he switched up his training some for the fight as far as nutrition and training partners, but didn't indicate there was a significant change in his approach to fighting.
Dana White said that he will wait for the Quinton Jackson vs. Keith Jardine fight before announcing the next title contender for Rashad Evans, so Lyoto Machida won't necessarily be getting a title shot in his next fight. Dana did say he will get one within the year, however.
BJ Penn was taken to the hospital and isn't at the press conference.
2 fights of the night: John Howard vs. Chris Wilson (odd choice, in my opinion) and Nate Diaz vs. Clay Guida. Lyoto Machida wins KO of the night. No submission of the night, obviously, since there were no submissions. $65,000 were the rewards.
Dana said Kid Yamamoto has 2 fights left on his Dream contract and he would like to bring him in. Dana also indicated interest in Caol Uno and Ishii and going to Japan.
GSP said he knew he broke BJ Penn after the first round. He noted that BJ always comes out strong in the first round, and GSP wanted to wear him out.
GSP said his primary motivation for fighting is for himself: the satisfaction and challenge of winning. It's always important to find new challenges.
GSP notes that everything that goes up must come down, and thus he enjoys every moment of his career that he has this level of success. He said one day he'll come down too, but hopefully it will be under the terms he wants.
Montreal to host UFC 97 in April
LAS VEGAS - The UFC has confirmed UFC 97 will take place April 18 in Montreal, with middleweight champion Anderson Silva taking on Thales Leites and former light-heavyweight title-holder Chuck (The Iceman) Liddell facing off against Mauricio (Shogun) Rua.
GSP Greased ??!!
Here is a Gif to judge for yourselves...
B.J. Penn's Camp Files Formal Complaint Over Vaseline on St. Pierre's Back Between Rounds
B.J. Penn's camp has filed a formal complaint with the Nevada State Athletic Commission over Vaseline that was allegedly rubbed on Georges St. Pierre's back between rounds one and two. UFC president Dana White said at the post-fight press conference that he was aware of the complaint, and said he personally witnessed members of the commission take the Vaseline away from GSP's camp and rebuke them in the Octagon between rounds.
"I saw the commission jump up there and flipping out," said Dana White. They said one of the guys was rubbing Vaseline on Georges' back in between rounds. It was one and two, I think."
"The guys from the athletic commission went up there and started screaming at them. Knocked the Vaseline and kicked the Vaseline out of the Octagon."
White added that "some Vaseline on a guy's back didn't change the outcome of that fight, but you don't do it," and said the blame should fall on the cornerman responsible and not GSP.
"If a guy was intentionally putting Vaseline on a guy's back, he should never corner a mixed martial arts fight again."
As for what becomes of the complaint now, White said it's out of his hands.
"Who knows. That's up to the commission."
UFC 94 Fighter Salaries
MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS
– Georges St. Pierre $400,000 (includes $200,000 win bonus) def. B.J. Penn $125,000 (win bonus would have been $125,000)
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
– Lyoto Machida $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus) def. Thiago Silva $29,000 (win bonus would have been $29,000)
– Jon Jones $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus) def. Stephan Bonnar $22,000 (win bonus would have been $22,000)
– Karo Parisyan $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus) def. Dong Hyun Kim $26,000 (win bonus would have been $26,000)
– Clay Guida $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Nate Diaz $20,000 (win bonus would have been $20,000)
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
– Jon Fitch $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus) def. Akihiro Gono $28,000 (win bonus would have been $28,000)
– Thiago Tavares $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus) def. Manny Gamburyan $14,000 (win bonus would have been $14,000)
– John Howard $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Chris Wilson $15,000 (win bonus would have been $15,000)
– Dan Cramer $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Matt Arroyo $8,000 (win bonus would have been $8,000)
UFC 94 DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $1,057,000
BJ Penn's Camp Files Complaint With NSAC
During Saturday’s UFC 94 main event that featured UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre defending his title against UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn, Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer could be seen entering the cage between rounds.
Kizer approached the corner for St. Pierre and the two parties exchanged words. At the time, the nature of the conversation was unclear but the blog CagePotato.com is now reporting that Penn’s camp has filed a formal complaint with NSAC.
According to Cage Potato, Penn’s camp has accused one of St. Pierre’s cornermen of applying Vaseline to St. Pierre’s back between rounds. It’s an accusation that was supported by UFC President Dana White during the event’s post-fight press conference.
UFC 94: Attendance at 14,855 for a gate of $4.3 million
Despite a down economy, early numbers for UFC 94 show the event as having set the all-time attendance record for a UFC event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
According to a report by MMAjunkie.com, UFC President Dana White revealed during the show’s post fight press conference that a total of 14,855 fans were present at the MGM to witness UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre successfully defend his title against reigning lightweight champion B.J. Penn.
White also reportedly added that the total gate for the event was $4.3 million.
UFC 94 Results
UFC 94 Results:
Main Card Bouts:
-St. Pierre def. B.J. Penn by TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 5:00, R4
-Lyoto Machida def. Thiago Silva by KO (Punch) at 4:59, R1
-Jon Jones def. Stephan Bonnar by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28), R3
-Karo Parisyan def. Dong Hyun Kim by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3
-Clay Guida def. Nate Diaz by Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28), R3
-John Fitch def. Akihiro Gono by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26), R3
-Thiago Tavares def. Manny Gamburyan by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), R3
John Howard def. Chris Wilson by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3
-Jake O'Brien def. Christian Wellisch by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 28-29), R3
-Dan Cramer def. Matt Arroyo by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3
$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.