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UFC 103 Aftermath: Bonuses, Belfort’s Next Move, the Fate of Cro Cop + More

("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."

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Bootylam- September 21, 2009 at 9:12 am
Did I really just read those comments from DW about crocop? The same DW who's gonna let the zombie of Liddell fight again? The same DW who just signed a 50 year old man who got knocked around like a hooker trying to short her pimp? Ass. Also Trigg, Coleman, Tito... and he bags on crocop?
virpz- September 21, 2009 at 6:56 am
Marquardt defeated maia that's great. Hendo defeated Michael "fucking DW hype product" Bisping Even my dog knew that bisping was going to get packed that night.

What Hendo did agaisnt Silva ? I tell u what he did, he just keept that "hand on the nose & mouth of opponents to prevent breathing" shit during 3 minutes in the first round. Silva was a little tired but yes, Silva had hands on fire. 2nd round Hendo landed some good shots Silva replied all, never got cut or step back he just won it on the feet and on the ground turned Hendo into his bitch for 3 minutes till he got hendos back and choked him. What u guys expect from Hendo in a second fight agaisnt Silva? I say feed him Marquardt or Belfort.
CAP10- September 21, 2009 at 5:23 am
Belfort's got a new focus on karate? How much you want to bet he's also got a new focus on drinking piss. You can't argue against a winning formula.
Takun- September 21, 2009 at 12:46 am
Well thats what you get from CP
ScrambledEggs- September 20, 2009 at 7:53 pm
Whoever decided to go with that caption is a piece a shit, and not nearly as cool and funny as they think they are.

Takun- September 20, 2009 at 7:45 pm
If you consider "destroying" a lucky shot behind the ear than WOW...and the Vitor we saw last nothing was nothing impressive....and Hendo isnt all that great his age is catching up...Rich and Rampage fought Hendo to a decision...Silva knocked his ass down and chocked him in the second....A.Silva isnt invincible no fighter is...any figher can be great and take a lucky punch and BAM its over for them....but the Vitor we saw last night, if thats all he can bring in the oct. he will lose to Silva
One Two- September 20, 2009 at 7:37 pm
@Takun I hope thats a babelfish translation i have no idea what you just said and 831 crocop landed some good shots Dos santos had a pretty fucked up eye at the press conference, deffinately didn't throw enough kicks though.
bpd- September 20, 2009 at 7:34 pm
Trigg did not immediately go after the ref with an infuriated "What the fuck is your problem?". Hence, fair stoppage. Case closed.
831 Son- September 20, 2009 at 7:24 pm
One thing I laughed about though was the fact that CroCop landed like 4 jabs and 2 leg kicks the whole fight. Nothing else whatsoever.
Kellenavalanche- September 20, 2009 at 7:06 pm
Vitor's striking made me think of Machida's during the fight.

Dos Santos looked rad but not sure how he could deal with the Lesnars or Carwins of HW.
Belfort vs Silva. Suck it.

I wanna see Randy vs Crocop ( sometime soon ). Suck it.
One Two- September 20, 2009 at 6:19 pm
Wow i can't believe people are wining about Silva fighting Vitor fucking belfort do you remember his LAST four opponents? and i know you can't really compare common opponents in MMA cuz it don't mean shit but Vitor destroyed Rich a guy hendo barely beat. Anderson Silva Ain't invincible. personally the only rematch I'd want to see anderson fight is Lightning Lee Murray. Free Lee.
TheSlothman- September 20, 2009 at 5:31 pm
@Rgeezy... did you just compare Terry (the soup can)Martin, to Anderson(NEO) Silva? Are you fucking serious? do you really think Belfort could get past either Marquart or Hendo , let alone the Spider? dream world , pure and simple...
UFC fan- September 20, 2009 at 4:30 pm
I have been saying for years now that Crow crap never deserved to be in a UFC cage, and last night he and just about everyone finally fucking realized it.
He is a 1 trick pony and nobody is afraid of him, he needs to retire, he needs to get away from the scene, he is NOT a MMA fighter anymore he is a has been. Why UFC felt compelled to give that douche money to fight I have no idea, but I bet they wont be putting money down for him anymore. This PPV was worth it just for the value of it being cro slops swan song.
BYE slow slop don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out, it might fucking knock you out.
Now hopefully he takes his fans with him into obscurity.
eelcozy- September 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm
Please UFC, give Belfort a fucking title shot while Henderson/Marquardt fight for the next shot.

I don't want to see Silva's belt or any of those guys on hold waiting for shots. I think Belfort would at least bring a fight to Anderson. And he's a name, so he could be a good draw. Make it happen!
AussieJosh- September 20, 2009 at 4:01 pm
Cro Cop should drop to Light Heavy!
Dagnut- September 20, 2009 at 1:57 pm
A bit unfair on cro crop he took a fair old beating.. watch the fight again he took heavy shots from about 40 seconds in..he was absorbing them but that's how fighters get hurt think he was right too stop..santos looked good to me he walked through some heavy shots didn't seem to phase him.
As far as Belfort stealing Hendersons shot..I don't think Henderson can beat the Spider..I don't think any of you do..I don't think any of the PAYING fans will so rightly enough White is trying to bring in the hype to get some interest again in the middleweight divison..perfectly understandable. Can belfort beat Sliva? Don't think so personally..I think we need Machida v Sliva be it catchment weight of 195 or title @205 I don't give a sh!t I wanna know if anyone can beat him..If machida can't he can retire as the king..deservedly so.
Keyser Soze- September 20, 2009 at 1:28 pm
First off... Matt Lindland and Terry Martin are nowhere near the high calibre fighter that Silva is.

Secondly... if I were Hendo and Dana followed through with signing Belfort and Silva for the MW title... I'd just sign with Strikeforce. It's better than Hendo's camp whining (rightfully so), and the title shot should still go to the winner of the contender match. Sign Belfort to fight Wanderlei Silva instead, it should be an interesting match up.

As for Dana's comments regarding Belfort, Hendo and Marquart... you didn't have Belfort at Middleweight, it was a catchweight fight nearer to LHW. As for the comment "after the way the Hendo and Marquart's fights went against Silva"... like they still have something to prove. Hendo smashed Bisping, Marquart smashed Maia. Plus, Hendo has a win over Belfort already.

In the end... doesn't matter the weight class, Silva would dominate all three.

RPS13- September 20, 2009 at 12:35 pm
belfort was brought into the ufc as competition for anderson. he was supposed to win this fight and then challenge silva. do you really think dana wanted to see rich win and have rich/silva 3? hendo/marquardt winner might be more deserving, but dana wanted to bring in someone that silva hadn't already beaten
dbiggles- September 20, 2009 at 12:12 pm
@ 831 SON silva lost the first round to hendo so even tho hendo won the first silva kicked his ass this is def the most viable rematch
Taint_it_so- September 20, 2009 at 11:58 am
BAHAHAHAHA, working on my Karate ! I guess he will try to use his crane kick to beat Anderson
Harry Russo- September 20, 2009 at 11:18 am
dos santos will now feel the wrath of the Crocop curse. He will lose his next fight you watch and see.
Ed M- September 20, 2009 at 11:06 am
Not taking anything away from Vitor, he's awesome, but did anyone get the impression that Franklin wasn't 100%? He seemed low energy in the locker room, and was fighting a little lackluster. Oh well, at least he got a chance to take that nap he wanted to take.
GetUpAndKill- September 20, 2009 at 10:50 am
Dear Bens,

Thanks for the spit out my coffee moment when laughing at the "sandy vagina" comment. You guys piss me off sometimes but I knew there was a reason I always come back.

831 Son- September 20, 2009 at 9:56 am
EDoggFunkMonk Says:
Sun, 09/20/2009 - 09:14
Henderson is being robbed again. It's his shot and not Belfort's.

Oh really? Why should Hendo get the Title shot after beating MICHAEL BISPING!!?? That is stupid. Anderson smashed both Henderson and Marquardt, which are apparently the 2 main contenders at MW so it only makes sense for them to fight it out to see who gets the next shot. Why the fuck would Anderson want to fight both of them again, thats a waste of his contract. And if Henderson looks like he did against Bisping, he's going to get hurt badly, again. I understand Dana announced that Hendo would get a Title Shot a couple months ago but this is definately the right decision. I dont find too much joy in watching a fighter beat the shit out of another fighter multiple times when there are other NEW exciting matchups he can pursue.
RJeezy- September 20, 2009 at 9:51 am
@ reddog
If belfort had trouble making 195, how is he gonna be able to make 185 and physically compete with anderson?

the same way he made 185 and beat the shit out of Terry Martin and Lindland.