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Irvin Steals $20k From Anthony Johnson

(Speer’s turning to jelly wasn’t good enough for Johnson to bank $20,000.)

Ken-Flo and J-Lau pulled $20k each for “Fight ‘o da’ Night” bonuses from last night’s UFC Fight Night 13, and it was well-deserved. In case you just woke up, Florian beat Lauzon with his “mount”. Been there, done that. As for the other money-pluses, not all were as dead-on.

James Irvin tied the UFC record with the fastest KO in the organization’s history and grabbed a fistful of dough ($20k) for “Knockout of the Night”. Sure, Irvin did it in 8 seconds, but it was a TKO — not to mention that the victim of the quick grounding (Houston Alexander) was able to profusely protest crazy Steve Mazzagatti’s stoppage of the fight. This would deserve the KO bonus if Anthony Johnson hadn’t fought on the same card. “Rumble” Johnson simply got ripped off. His opponent, Tommy Speer, was KTFO and couldn’t move from his collapsed position against the cage. How does this not get “Knockout of the Night”? If Houston Alexander can jump up and bitch to the ref about the stoppage, there is no way in hell James Irvin should be $20k richer.

Mazzagatti is quickly rising in my “People I Hate List” — and yes, I keep such a list, right next to my collection of Good Housekeeping back issues. Stopping that fight was just retarded. And a strong case can be made for him shooting his stoppage wad in the Karo Parisyan fight, too. Anyway, I’m thinking Mazz the Mustache is either on goofballs so he wants love not war, or he had a side deal with J. Irvin. I’m certainly not one for conspiracies, but this is some bullshit.

The “Submission of the Night” kick went to Nate Diaz and that’s more than cool — especially since we suggested it. He had a solid comeback win over Kurt Pellegrino after taking a good thrashing, and his triangle choke in the second round wrapped up the $20k bonus in legendary fashion.

What do you say to that, Mazzagatti?

(Props MMAJunkie)

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Jonathan- April 3, 2008 at 8:40 pm
Cage Potato - you guys are retarded. BOTH karo and houston were KTFO - not only did they crumple to the ground, but after taking a few more head shots while down, their arms stiffened up due to muscle spasms... Alves and Irvin were in dominant positions - a few more shots to the head would have been unnecessary. There was no way karo or houston would have been able to recover! This is the sport of MMA... not "Roman Gladiators"!
Galaxy- April 3, 2008 at 6:13 pm
Fenix your totally right, mmacoach i usally agree with what you say but i think your a bit off here. Should they just be giving a bonus for luck or bonus to someone who showed talent.

Also giving the bonus to to Johnson insures us that there is a bright future in the MMA!

As for the stoppages the Karo one was totally justified, ho many more times did he need to get hit?? The Houston stoppage that was so hard to call, but in MMA it happens, ask Ken Shammrock.

In the words of CP "Dude, maybe the refs wouldn’t step in so often if you could get hit without looking like you’ve lost consciousness. It’s a tough skill to learn, but an important one nonetheless."
Cory- April 3, 2008 at 5:41 pm
alexander was KTFO and it was a good call

karo got screwed
TheFeniX- April 3, 2008 at 4:17 pm
Let me first say, I'm not down playing Irvin: he saw an opening, capitalized, and won a fight.

But my first comment when Houston and Irvin squared off was "Someone needs to put their hands up or they're going to get..." I was cut off by Houston eating a punch that would make concrete weep.

He's my main problem: would anyone have been surprised here if Houston was the one who threw the Superman punch and knocked-out Irvin? Really, it was a "who gets off first" situation so I really didn't feel like it was a fight at all, much less one worth paying a fighter extra for. Sure, it was cool to watch, but really: was it skill or just blind luck Irvin threw first?

Now, Johnson on the other hand was in complete control of that fight (sure, Irvin could have been more dominate, even in a slug-fest, but we won't know unless him and Houston meet again). He set up Speers, kept it standing, and left no question who would win that fight any day of the week. He could have sat back and relied on his superior striking to just pick Tommy apart. Instead, he kept the pressure on and looked to finish the fight. Tommy was left against the cage, broken and dreaming of tipping cows. People will disagree with me, but that deserves Knockout of the Night. Not a "I threw punch first FTW!"
mmacoach- April 3, 2008 at 3:03 pm
Good analysis Fenix, the only thing I disagree with is Johnson deserving the cash. I called like 20 people to tell them what happened to Alexander. It was like "holy shit! did that just happen?" With Speer, it was a far superior striker versus a pure wrestler. Da bomb called that one perfectly. Outclassed completely.
cw- April 3, 2008 at 3:02 pm
I recorded the fights so I was able to go back and look at them a few times. Johnson landed one powerful illegal knee to Speer's chin when he was on the ground. Speer had one knee up, one knee on the mat and Johnson grabbed him and smashed his knee into Speer's face. There was a second kick in the head when Speer was on the ground but you could only vaguely see it from one angle. Sure Speer got dominated, but I wonder if he would have been ktfo in round 1 without the illegal strikes?

Matt Hamill - same crap. He delivered probably 40 strikes to the lower back of Boetsch's head but the rookie ref let it slide.
J-mo- April 3, 2008 at 2:20 pm
wow i usually agree with your post but Mazzagatti is probably the best ref there is. Herb dean being the worst and watch him let fighters use illegal blows and warn a 100 times for it. Mazzagatti steped in right when he should have alexander was knfo and mazzagatti save that bot from getting hurt. ill give it to him he bounced back very fast but mazzagatti had a great call. and he was K T F O!
TheFeniX- April 3, 2008 at 1:54 pm
I've seen Mazzagatti make some terrible calls, but I don't understand the derision behind stopping the Irvin/Alexander fight.

Houston ate a flush shot on the jaw, dropped, went limp, took two more flush shots, and still couldn't even get his hands up to defend himself. I don't care if he was able to dance a fucking jig after the fight was stopped, he was unable to defend himself and the ref had to step in.

I've seen the same drama after Ortiz/Shamrock 2 and Jackson/Liddell 2 (among numerous other fights): just because you don't lay there shaking or punching at thin air for 5 minutes doesn't mean you're aware of what's going on. And just because you can get back up after some guy isn't continuing to pound on your face doesn't mean you would have come back.

If Houston had done ANYTHING to show Steve he was still in the fight, I'm sure he would have allowed another minute or so of Houston's face getting pounded into roast beef. But even Mazzagatti has to step in when a guy goes completely limp.

Almost every time I see a fight close to being stopped but the ref lets it continue, the guy "on the ropes" is usually doing something to defend himself: Grabbing a leg, moving his head, covering his face, giving his last will and testament. He may be eating punch after punch, but he's doing something about it. Houston flat out wasn't doing anything.

I do agree that even though Irvin tied the fastest knockout, Johnson deserved the extra cash after his absolute domination of Speer.
Old, Bald and Irish- April 3, 2008 at 1:51 pm

I totally forgot to mention that Johnson had the infamous "JESUS DIDN'T TAP" logo on the backside of his shorts!

Oh I'm gonna get that awful song stuck back in my head again.....
Da bomb- April 3, 2008 at 12:29 pm
Tommy Speer's fight was embarrasing. The dude got straight beat up in the cage. Johnson made him look like an amateur. I honestly dont think Speer will ever recover from this loss. It wasn't even a fight. It looked like a pathetic school yard ass kicking. It's a shame too, I liked Speer as a TUF contestant.
samscaff- April 3, 2008 at 12:23 pm
Dont blame the referee that Houston Alexander has a glass jaw.
Foojita- April 3, 2008 at 12:14 pm
What was gonna happen if those fights aren't stopped?

Alexander is gonna eat huge shots from Irvin and Karo is gonna get pounded out.

Either way they lose. Comeback was not an option.

What's with the bloodlust?
casper-fly- April 3, 2008 at 8:42 am
oh yeah, and Karo crumpling into a heap and taking three clean shots in the face without making any attempt to defend himself make that a good stoppage too. "You know who I am?" yeah you're the guy in a heap on the floor...
casper-fly- April 3, 2008 at 8:38 am
Houston was knocked out when the fight was stopped, the stiff armed GI Joe figure look more than gives it away. Mazz did his job well.
alan- April 3, 2008 at 8:24 am
He did the right thing retards
Thanks- April 3, 2008 at 7:53 am
Who ever wrote this article is a FUCKING IDIOT. How do you think that this fight should not have been stopped you stupid faggot. I bet you are a 23-28 year old faggot that thinks he knows the sport of MMA. You are a fuckin disgrace faggot ass mother fuckn faggot.
RA- April 3, 2008 at 4:38 am
I think the stoppage was a bunch of crap, I don't know what you idiots are thinking.
stpierre- April 3, 2008 at 4:09 am
I agree with BMcKenzie, it was definitely not an early stoppage. The footage clearly shows that Alexander could not defend himself.
mmacoach- April 3, 2008 at 4:00 am
Rich, I agree with you. First off, when you tie a UFC record, you deserve the bonus for that night, even though Tommy snoring was funny as hell. Secondly, anybody that denies Alexander was out is in denial. Also, Karo looked knocked out from the knee. I will say it again, the ref has a split second to react, we have the luxury of a replay. If you don't want the fight stopped early, keep your hands up.
Kim Couture can make you her bitch!- April 3, 2008 at 1:42 am
Why are you knocking Captain America's wife, bitch?
Rich S.- April 3, 2008 at 12:28 am
can somebody tell me why everybody hates mazz now??

i mean, the stoppage last night was perfect.. houston's arms were stiff from KO MUSCLE SPASMS and his head was out in the open for more pounding.. he didn't wake up until the ref landed on him.. so if you ask me.. there's not controversy what-so-ever..

and i know one fight's not enough for everyone to hate mazz..but, i don't remember him stopping any fights early or badly lately??

someone wanna correct me??
Kim Couture is a cunt- April 3, 2008 at 12:15 am
If any of you pussies wonder why we post on this site, read the article again. Potato, I have no clue who you are but you tell it like it is, Sherdog, Subfighter and NoKaut just don't do it right, well done.

Oh ya, Kim Couture is a disgusting money grabbing, Heather Mills, ugly un talented cunt.

Werddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd. Yesssir.
the coke booger the flew out of Alexander's nose- April 2, 2008 at 11:41 pm
if yawl think Irvin dint deserve kootn ya obviously didn't have the same perspective i what a ride!
BMcKenzie- April 2, 2008 at 11:30 pm
I did not think the Alexander fight was stopped early. His arms were out away from his face and he took two good shots on the ground without defending. Sure he recovered in about four seconds, but if Mazzagati had allowed Irvin to keep striking he would have kept him out a little longer. I agree it was not the KO of the night, but it was not an early stoppage.
Jemaleddin- April 2, 2008 at 11:19 pm
Did you notice that Mazzagatti shaved the stache for last night? Maybe it held his ability to know when people were knocked out! Oh noes!