(Dana White discusses the impending Machida/Rua rematch, and UFC 104′s other fighters weigh-in on last night’s controversial decision. Also, Steve Mazzagatti shouldn’t be allowed to even *watch* MMA. Props to MMA Fanhouse.)
- Don’t ask us how two of the three judges who presided over last night’s main event gave the first three rounds to the champion. Just take comfort in the fact that there will be an immediate rematch between Lyoto Machida and Mauricio Rua. Dana White announced the news at yesterday’s post-fight press conference, saying "They won’t make the same mistakes next time. Each one will try to win decisively." For the record, DW thought Shogun won the fight.
- Anthony Johnson was basically fined $10,000 per pound for missing weight. After tipping the scales at 176 on Friday, Rumble scored a ferocious TKO victory over Yoshiyuki Yoshida in just 39 seconds. But because he came in heavy, he was ineligible for UFC 104′s $60,000 Knockout of the Night bonus, which instead went to Pat Barry. (Barry picked up a second $60,000 award for Fight of the Night; his opponent Antoni Hardonk got a check for the same amount, while beanpole submission artist Stefan Struve was awarded the Submission of the Night bonus for his triangle choke of Chase Gormley.) Johnson was already giving up 20% of his purse. When asked about the botched weight-cut, AJ had this to say:
- Joe Stevenson may have been able to pull out an impressive second-round TKO stoppage against Spencer Fisher last night, but something about the match didn’t feel right to Joe Daddy: “Oh yeah, definitely he put some like lotion on this morning or last night took a bath, something was different about him, maybe he had a lot of garlic though, that can make you slippery as well…he was just, he felt a little slippery to me, it could just be in my head and that’s why I need to improve myself.”
- And finally, peep the below video of Chael Sonnen following his victory over Yushin Okami, in which the outspoken Team Quest product criticizes Okami for his lack of promotional ability, describes his performance last night as the best of his career, and reveals that he’s only out there for a belt that’s 12 pounds and the color of gold. [Ed. note: He means the championship belt.] For his next fight, he’d like to take on Rich Franklin at 195 (because Ace has beef with his camp) or Nate Marquardt (because Henderson might not be around much longer).