("I’m sorry to tell you this, Mirko, but we discovered a scratch on your cornea. Also, there seems to be a large quantity of sand in your vagina." Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)
— The UFC handed out its traditional end-of-night bonuses following UFC 103, which totaled $65,000 this time around. Fight of the Night went to Rick Story and Brian Foster, whose two-round bang-up ended with Story sinking in an arm-triangle choke. For this, Story also got the Submission of the Night Award; not a bad payday for an up-and-coming fighter. KO of the night went to Vitor Belfort for his old-Vitor-esque first-round smashing of Rich Franklin. The event drew a sellout crowd of 17.428 fans to the American Airlines Center in Dallas, producing a live gate of $2.4 million.
— During the post-event press-conference, Dana White made his intentions known about Belfort’s place in the UFC middleweight division: "To be honest with you, the way the last two fights happened with Marquardt and Henderson against Anderson Silva, I think it would be better to see them fight each other, and the winner of that become the next contender. I think Vitor is ready to fight Anderson Silva (now)…I love the fact that we have Vitor at that weight class." Belfort credited his win to a new focus on karate: "It’s just something that I want to use right now. I was taking my time. I was feeling the fight. As soon as I see something, I make sure I have the zip code, the address and the social security number…Sometimes I take my time; sometimes I’m aggressive. But as soon as I start, I make sure I fight. That’s what people want to see."
— One fighter who didn’t emerge from UFC 103 as a returing hero was Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, who had nothing to offer for the younger, stronger Junior Dos Santos, and quit in the middle of the third round. According to White, it may have been Cro Cop’s last performance in the Octagon: "I’m not saying that I’ve ever been at the level of a Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ or any of these guys, but I used to fight. You get to a certain age where you remember what you used to be able to do, and you can see all the openings. You just can’t pull the trigger. I think that’s where he’s at…Listen, we all get older. I could see it. It happens to the best of us. It takes nothing away from who he is or what he’s accomplished. We just all get old."
— If you watched the UFC 103 undercard broadcast on Spike last night, you saw Efrain Escudero score the first knockout victory of his career against a much-taller Cole Miller, increasing his pro record to 12-0. The feat is even more impressive when you consider that Escudero was in the hospital the day before, getting re-hydrated via IV after a rough weight cut. As he told MMA Fanhouse, he had been sick all week and his body didn’t respond well to the cut; making things worse, he missed his 156-pound limit on his first weigh-in attempt. Still, "Hecho en Mexico" was able to execute his gameplan perfectly: "I’m working my standup every day and I’m going to continue to do that. I didn’t want to go and use my jiu-jitsu. I thought it was time to make a statement, and I sure did that."