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(A little left hook action, courtesy of MMA Weekly.)

The main event at UFC 87 may have been a methodical, one-sided affair, but it was enough for Georges St. Pierre and Jon Fitch to each pocket an extra $60,000 for “Fight of the Night.” Fitch’s gritty performance in the loss apparently impressed both Dana White and GSP. The champion had this to say after the bout:

“I tried to finish him many times. I was like, my god what am I going to have to do to beat this guy? It was discouraging.”

Dana White was also impressed by Brock Lesnar‘s performance in his decision victory over Heath Herring, though not enough to give him any bonus money (at least as far as the official record is concerned). He did give him this praise, though, and praise is almost as good as money (no it isn’t):

“I’m telling you I’m blown away by his performance tonight,” said White. “One of our guys said it looks like he’s hitting him with lunch boxes. The guy is a phenomenon. I’ll be honest, I didn’t think he could come in here with no fights and compete at this level, he proved me wrong.”

Lesnar was pretty pleased with himself, as well, asking no one in particular: “Can you see me now?” Rumor has it that he may face Cheick Kongo next. After his victory over Dan Evensen Kongo claimed that he deserves a title shot and “everybody knows” it. Sure we do. Anybody with an impressive one-fight winning streak is obviously deserving of a title shot.

Knockout of the Night honors went to Rob Emerson for his quick destruction of Manny Gamburyan, and Demian Maia picked up Submission of the Night for his rear naked choke of Jason MacDonald.

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onepost- August 11, 2008 at 7:35 am
Lesnar is NOT the "future" of MMA. He is a an athlete and a very LARGE and STRONG one at that. He landed a few clean shots that Herring never saw coming and provided a solid remedy to Herring's "Texas Jiu Jitsu" which seemed to be completely irrelevant. HOWEVER, the future of MMA is someone who is a complete fighter and not one or two-dimensional. Someone who can box, wrestle, muay thai, has solid jiu jitsu, cardio and is mentally capable of creating a game-plan that suites their opponent and executing it. It is titled MIXED martial arts and that is exactly what the next so-called breed of fighters will be, completely mixed in all aspects of the fight game. Georges St. Pierre is a great example of this. Because he is good looking and probably more tan than your girlfriend dosn't take away from the fact that he can do it ALL... Lesnar on the other hand cannot. Granted his MMA experience is far fewer than GSP and pretty much everyone else he will face, I just don't see him actually having the desire to be the TOP in ALL categories of martial arts.

Lesnar beat a very game Heath Herring, my congrats to him for that. But to say he is the future... too far over the top.

Roger Huerta vs Kenny Florian was a decent fight. Florian provided a solid stand up game and took Huerta's back numerous times. I'm a bit upset he didn't submit him with those openings , but I wasn't in the cage so I'm guessing it was harder than it looked. Huerta just seemed off to me though... His balance and timing just wasn't there. Maybe only once did he actually attempt a kick with any sort of power or balance behind it. He must have tried that lazy superman punch half a dozen times and never even set it up with a decent kick. At that level it's going to be hard to be successful without throwing combinations before your kicks. Look what happened to the Sandman... No punches and a kick that was caught and countered. Muay Thai 101, or maybe 102 :) Maybe he had a staph infection or something. I don't know, but he definitely didn't have the same tenacity and fire that he did against Clay Guida. Granted Florian's standup is far better than Guida's but Huerta had to know that coming in and should have prepared better. He is a professional athlete indeed, but I didn't see it that night...

Oh and I think Fitch's chin is built out of granite... haha.
english man- August 10, 2008 at 5:58 pm
all those grown men who watch wwf or wwe get a pair of nackers a life and stop using yr kids as an excuse to go watch big oily men pretend to fight waving yr laim banners around be a real man for fuck sakes i dont care how big u r give me a real steel chair and all flatten any one of those greasy bastards starting with hulk hogan haha ha ha ha HA HA HA HA HA AH HA HA HAHAHA
english man- August 10, 2008 at 5:32 pm
CAN U C ME NOW wot a spaztic bastard how the fuck can anyone miss a massive tattoed dick called brock lezner congo needs to learn some fucking manners rogan needs to hit that spear chukin snail eater with the fuckin mike and tell him to talk him through the replay.
eddie- August 10, 2008 at 3:58 pm
bunch of fucking haters. brock is the future of mma. he smashed the horse and if for some reason dana gives him kongo, well shit he'll end him to. aww he didn't do your queer ass jin jitsu, carate, or some other mma camp. the man is big as fuck, fast as fuck, and is only going up. good fucking job brock
The Great One- August 10, 2008 at 3:48 pm
Hate on Lesnar all you want but the showboating at the end has to with the trash talk Herring said before the match about it not being his first rodeo. If you talk trash in the pre-fight interviews and then get killed in the ring he should be prepared to be made fun of. Anyone notice that other than GSP's logo the only sponsor he had on his shorts was UFC. That is major. His fight was also very good. He punished Fitch just like he should have and didn't look that gassed at the end.
The greatest guy ever!- August 10, 2008 at 3:29 pm
Am I the only person who thinks Broc Lesnar has zero skills other than being fucking huge? I don't understand the all the praise for his performance. And fuck his stupid WWE-like conduct in the cage, I hated his showboating.
pookysdabomb- August 10, 2008 at 1:21 pm
Call me crazy...but don't you have to be able to pronounce TITLE, before getting a shot at it. Listen up Frenchie...its title....not TIT-le. pump you mouth brakes a lil bit
Ya Momma!- August 10, 2008 at 12:00 pm
Brock Lesnar's fight was one of the worst fights I've ever seen. He has no ground skill at all. Yea.. he can wrestle..but he knows no submissions whatsoever!! Herring just laid there and Lesnar rode out the fight punching him when he could. THen Lesnar celebrating like he had done something in the ring and yell "Can You See Me Now". WTF ever man. Most boring fight of the night and he is far from being close to good. Anyone with decent size and skill can beat his ass..just ask Frank Mir!. I hope Kongo gets a fight with him and beats his ass!!!
penistattoo- August 9, 2008 at 11:11 pm
brock's display at the end was pretty tasteless. hopefully he manages to reign that shit in a bit. give 'em his due though, he out-worked, out-hustled, out-fought, out-thought and out-penis-tattooed herring. it might not have been the most-exciting fight to watch, but he flat-out owned a much more experienced fighter with his existing skill set. i would have liked to have seen some more of his stand-up game, but he stayed in his comfort zone and played it cautious. he might not ever climb to the top of the division, but he's damn sure gonna make it more interesting. bitch ain't fedor, but he ain't no bob sapp either.
Bootylam!- August 9, 2008 at 11:00 pm
I watch UFC, Elite XC, WEC, K1, Pride, Shobox, Boxeo, old IFL, pretty much anything I can get. What's that Chuck Norris League? That too. I said FIGHTS, as in group. What other card has had guys that good [Huerta/Florian, GSP/Fitch] and a "name" factor [Lesnar/Herring] fight that were all well fought and went all the way so we get our money's worth? Add to that a BADASS KO [Emerson/Manny] and a badass JJ fight that was actually fast paced and exciting [McDonald/Maia] and it was damn near the best card of the year. The last WEC one was maybe second. Don't question a guy from the old school, man. If you're nice maybe I'll share some of my library, and it goes WAY back.
fuckin man- August 9, 2008 at 10:08 pm
am english what the fuck is a douche or a douche bag it sounds like 1980tys cheesy insult tell me what it means
Hah- August 9, 2008 at 9:38 pm
It only proved he has a hard chin and can be beaten to a mess over 5 rounds.
Fedor Emelianenko instructional DVD- August 9, 2008 at 9:18 pm
Hahaha! This picture's worth a thousand words, indeed. Quite a boring fight, tho, I was expecting a spectacular finish from GSP. The fact that it went to the judges just speaks in favor of Jon Fitch's credentials and level of game.
LesnarsaDouche- August 9, 2008 at 6:56 pm
Do you watch MMA besides the UFC, Bootylam? Fight of the year.. give me a break
Anonymous- August 9, 2008 at 6:25 pm
I didn't think anyone could top Tim Sylvia's DOUCHENESS but BROCK LESNAR just showed that he is DOMINANT in DouceBaggery ahhaah
Anonymous- August 9, 2008 at 6:23 pm
actually it might not be snot, could be vaseline, either way it was great haha
Anonymous- August 9, 2008 at 6:22 pm
Agrees with Chilly Chill, Brocks set a new standard as a Douche ahah. His big meat head definitely came through today, dude walks around close to 300lbs and cuts to the 265 limit. Lets face it, he is one BIG mofo and quick. but His size definitely will be his strength. Other than Lay and Pray, he doesn't have much yet. I hope He gets his ass whooped by his next opponent then gets pointed and laughed at. Karma baby...

GSP's counter of Fitch's Punch was freaking awesome ahah everyone thought it was his mouth piece but it was actually his snot hahahaa. funny shit, someone should make a GIF outta that moment.
sol- August 9, 2008 at 6:12 pm
I found Florian/Huerta to actually be one of the more boring fights on the card, dont get me wrong I have liked their past matches but I found this match of theirs to be a bit of stallfest, the only exciting bit was the first minute of round 3.

Personally I felt that Maia/MacDonald should have won fight of the night, that was a Jiu-Jitsu fest if I ever saw one. I guess they were giving him sub of the night so they didn't want to give him a double bonus.
Chilly Chill- August 9, 2008 at 5:30 pm
If there ever was a reason to hate Brock Lesnar more. Show boating piece of shit. If you punish a guy for 3 rounds and still has heart to endure you don't laugh in his face.
Bootylam!- August 9, 2008 at 5:05 pm
I hate to post 2 times in a row but I have to ask why all these "guys" keep breathlessly ragging on GSP's chonies [ man panties] I'll have to watch it again because I never once stared intently enough at his ass and crotch to notice. My wife was all hot though. Attracted much, guys?
Bootylam!- August 9, 2008 at 4:58 pm
"Maia almost got beat by Jason" HAHAHAHA! But he didn't! He won! So WTF are you trying to say? It was a good BJJ match, fast paced and exciting, and the best man won. Kongo v. Lesnar should be next with all that size it should be good. This card ended up being the best fights of the year. EMERSON SMASH! Haha! Seriously though, it was vicious! Poor Manny.
MMAFan- August 9, 2008 at 4:41 pm
I love the sarcastic parenthetical remarks to Cheick Kongo's demand for a "tittle" shot. Perhaps a French-speaking countryman should translate for this self-proclaimed among the best heavyweights in the world the reality check that he needs, which is that before he issues such a request, he must make it back onto any organization's list of top 10 HWs, or, at the very least, out of the UFC's roster of undercard bouts back onto the list of main card fights. And no, Cheick, not everyone knows that you are among the best in the world, nor do we all believe it.
Aryan- August 9, 2008 at 4:20 pm
its funny how Dana White calls EliteXC a freak show when he has a 300lb tool right out of WEE laying on top of decent fighters for 3 rounds and show boating like a fuckin idiot
your weak- August 9, 2008 at 4:06 pm
^^ your an idiot, an maia almost got beat by jason, did you even watch the fight you pathetic excuse for an mma fan.. you phail!
jeff- August 9, 2008 at 4:02 pm
I just wanted to add that I liked the Florian/Huerta fight better because it was close and fast paced throughout. GSP/Fitch was one sided as hell, not much of a fight.