30 Aug 2009 00:04:58 AM
Couture, Nogueira, Rosholt, & Marquardt Pocket Bonuses, Dana White Promises More Shows in Pacific Northwest
(‘Wait, what happened to that dude Frank Mir beat up?’/Photo courtesy SI.com)
Dana White referred to each of his picks for the end-of-the-night bonuses at UFC 102 as “no-brainers.” The UFC handed some extra cash for Fight of the Night to Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for their main event scrap, Jake Rosholt for his submission/choke-out of Chris Leben, and Nate Marquardt for his one-punch KO of Demian Maia. The bonuses this time around were worth $60,000, severely disappointing Nogueira, who, after UFC 100, was under the impression that these bad boys would be worth a cool $102,000. Looks like that giant marble statue of a Minotaur that he was planning on putting in his front yard is going to have to wait until his investments mature.
The UFC reported 16,088 fans for a live take of $1.92 million. Though ticket sales weren’t as strong as the UFC might have liked, Dana White said in the post-fight press conference that they’d come back to the Pacific Northwest soon, probably to Seattle next and eventually back to Portland. Next time around, maybe they’ll keep ticket prices more in line with what people here are willing to pay, or else load up the card with some fights that might entice more out-of-towners.