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Last night’s UFC Fight Night show hosted 7,596 fans at the University of South Florida Sun Dome in Tampa, for an approximate gate of $428,000. A nice-sized chunk of that was re-distributed to the fighters in $30,000 end-of-night bonuses. Taking home the extra chedda were…

Fight of the Night: Josh Neer and Mac Danzig for their breakneck-paced two-round brawl, which saw the Dentist get in Mac’s head with his constant taunting and eventually end the match with a triangle choke.

Submission of the Night: Headliner Joe Lauzon for locking in a brutal armbar on Jeremy Stephens at the end of the second round of their fight, seemingly motivated by the blood that had begun spurting out of his head.

Knockout of the Night: Cain Velasquez, apparently. Though his fight against Denis "The Body" Stojnic was a one-sided drubbing, the stoppage by ref Jorge Ortiz was a bit confusing to the fighters as well as the fans. Stojnic wasn’t exactly "knocked out"; he was just turtled for a little too long as Velasquez pawed at him, and initially mistook the stoppage for a referee standup. Still, it was enough to get Velasquez another win, and increase his record to 5-0.

Full results from the event are after the jump.

Joe Lauzon def. Jeremy Stephens via submission (armbar), 4:43 of round 2
Cain Velasquez def. Denis Stojnic via TKO, 2:34 of round 2
Josh Neer def. Mac Danzig via submission (triangle choke), 3:36 of round 2
Anthony Johnson def. Luigi Fioravanti via TKO, 4:39 of round 1

Kurt Pellegrino def. Rob Emerson via submission (rear naked choke), 3:14 of round 2
Dan Miller def. Jake Rosholt via submission (guillotine choke), 1:03 of round 1
Matt Veach def. Matt Grice via TKO, 4:35 of round 1
Gleison Tibau def. Rich Clementi via submission (guillotine choke), 4:35 of round 1
Nick Catone def. Derek Downey via submission (keylock), 1:13 of round 2
Matthew Riddle def. Steve Bruno via unanimous decision

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Anonymous- February 12, 2009 at 1:19 am
why do people hate on fighters talking trash in the cage. This is fighting, danzig is a vegi loner nerd who needed to get punked by a real fighter like neer. im tired of all the love. the more animosity between the fighters, the better the fight.
kwagnuth- February 9, 2009 at 3:36 pm
Hey Dong maybe you should check out the rest of his fights I'm sure you would change your tune. Watch what Jake O' Brien did to Heath Herring then watch what Cain did to O' Brien. I hope he can take the pressure because he said he is nervous in the cage and Dana doesn't seems to get in the habbit of putting these young guys under some pressure.
Anonymous- February 9, 2009 at 2:03 pm
i honestly think that josh neer was just pumping himself up to put on an exciting performance and wasnt trying to disrespect danzig ,but who gives a fuck anyways he came and fought like a man and put on a hell of a fight .If that fight was mac danzig vs mac danzig it wouldnt have been nearly as exciting. josh neer made that fight and danzig should be happy he got a fight of the night bonus. And yeah lauzon is kind of a dousche bag and i really wanted stephens to win .If they rematched i honestly think stephens would win.
just some dong- February 9, 2009 at 10:11 am
That was the first velasquez fight I've seen. Wasn't impressed, not sure what the hype is all about. Just sayin'.
Snake Plissken- February 9, 2009 at 9:31 am
I thought that Grice was fucking robbed. He had Veach down and pounded on him WAY long enough for the ref to stop the fight. When Veach put Grice on the canvas the effing ref called the fight after one, count em, ONE follow up on the ground.Grice jumped right up clear eyed and pissed. Grice punched Veach on the ground about 15 times and landed em clean. That kinda shit makes me worry about fixed fights in this business. Is Don King standing around in the background anywhere? Elite XC anyone?And can we please feed some more soup cans to Velazquez, I mean really, It is starting to get pathetic, shades of Kimbo Slice.
rokabee- February 9, 2009 at 8:02 am
Hick of the Night: Josh Neer.
lilpo0ts- February 9, 2009 at 7:59 am
josh neer was being a asshole, the fans arent in the cage. they boo'd him for being mad he got head butted..still came out fought hard didnt bitch and wtfpwnd, called the ref over cause he knew mac was gonna tap..

lilpo0ts- February 9, 2009 at 7:57 am
yah hes a hick, but he would have came through without a scratch if it wasnt for the headbutt..if he did get headbutted. its but so many times you can squeeze by with a cut near the eye without it being stopped
lilpo0ts- February 9, 2009 at 7:56 am
damn totally fucked that up and it saounded valid lol. i meant he WASNT being an asshole
Anonymous- February 9, 2009 at 7:08 am
33rd !! BITCHES
armfarmer- February 9, 2009 at 4:19 am
Also I don't get why people cry about showboating during a fight. They are fighting eachother not playing a game of checkers get the sand outa your vags. As long as the guys are respectful after the fight I'm all for a little showboating and head games it makes for a more intense fight.
armfarmer- February 9, 2009 at 4:03 am
Zach and Einstein are fucking toolbags... 4 posts and none of them say a godamn thing about the article they are just about who was "first". You guys are faggots. Jesus it's bad enough seing "first" at all but it really irritates me when people post that shit and then don't say anything about the fucking subject. Makes me wonder if these people even watch mma.
the maxillo-facial surgeon- February 8, 2009 at 11:29 pm
fuck josh neer
he's a total asshole
UFC fan- February 8, 2009 at 10:10 pm
Danzig is a turd. I am glad he lost, neer has been around longer and fought better than danzig, Just cause Danzig won on a show full of "where are they nows" didn't prove shit, hes a lamer, and I hope he gets fired.
FlamingJesus- February 8, 2009 at 9:30 pm
Yep. They shoulda got $Kaaala over in the UFC. He couldve paid Lauzon a bit under the table to keep standing.
FlamingJesus- February 8, 2009 at 9:22 pm
and I like Neer. So what if hes a jerk. Not everyone can be the nicest most respectful guy of MMA. He surprised me in that fight. I thought Danzig would just ride out the fight with more accurate striking and good takedowns.
Enjoi- February 8, 2009 at 8:47 pm
because obviously he was getting dominated when they where on their feet, thats why Lauzon always took it to the ground, if they stood up Stephens would've Ko'ed Lauzon
Anonymous- February 8, 2009 at 7:36 pm
He didnt get in his head by acting like a moron. Mac just slipped, it had nothing to do with neer waving his arms around like a jackass.
Fedor a million ankles- February 8, 2009 at 7:12 pm
If by odd you mean stupid and douchey, than yes Neer is pretty up there.
Red Baron- February 8, 2009 at 5:23 pm
Neer is a dickhead! He is living proof that even tough guys can still be considered a punk. He's a disrespectful punk, nothing more.

Danzig is a classy guy and gave Neer absolutely no reason to showboat him. Punk!

And besides, not that it's germane to this discussion, but isn't Neer about the oddest-looking dude in MMA.
walrus- February 8, 2009 at 4:10 pm
@Flaming Jesus

Yea, I feel the exact way about him. He's got that 'ninny' fuckin look on his face.

He probably got beat on a lot when he was younger.
First- February 8, 2009 at 1:54 pm
FlamingJesus- February 8, 2009 at 1:36 pm
I dont like Lauzon. I cant explain why, it's just one of those 'fuck that dude pisses me off' sort of hates. Or it could be those big ass ears and enlarged ego. Who knows.
PunchDrunk- February 8, 2009 at 1:16 pm
How could you possibly say Lauzon was getting owned at any time in that fight?
TUF Guy- February 8, 2009 at 12:03 pm
I got a chin like Stojnic and skills like Velasquez, no bullshit.