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UFC 105 Results in $40,000 Bonuses, Lukewarm Controversy

(The word you’re looking for is, Daaaamn! Props: MMA TKO)

Last night’s UFC event in Manchester, England sure drew the locals out of their pubs, setting a new UFC record for attendance at a European event with 16,693 attendees for a live gate of more than $2 million.  That means the UFC had plenty of spare cash for bonuses, and they gave out $40,000 bumps to Michael Bisping and Denis Kang (Fight of the Night), Terry Etim (Submission of the Night), and Denis Siver (KO of the Night).  Etim was the easy choice, since he had the night’s only submission, but we would have thought that Andre Winner earned a KO bonus with the memory-eraser you see above.  Siver’s must have been truly spectacular, or else the UFC is using him as part of a money laundering scheme.  It’s definitely one of those two.

Of course, the decision that handed Randy Couture the win over Brandon Vera at UFC 105 is already being called "controversial," though it was such a close three-round fight that we’d probably be hearing the same gripes if it had gone the other way.  Sure, Vera came the closest to finishing the fight, but that one burst of offense in the econd round was the most significant action of the fight.  Aside from that, it was a lot of Couture pressing Vera up against the fence, stifling any attempts at offense.  That’s never going to be easy to score or even all that satisfying to watch.  One thing we can all agree on, though….

You can’t trust the brigands in the UK crowd.  Den of thieves, it is.

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Barc- November 16, 2009 at 8:32 am
Winner did everything he could to do no damage with those last two; but, he needed to appear to be all over that shit until the ref came in. He knew dude was taking a nap. I respect him for his ability to keep his head. Well done, sir.
newotnek- November 16, 2009 at 8:32 am
Anyone else notice the "live" event had 2 to 2 1/2 minute commercial breaks in between rounds and Joe Rogan mentioning a fight before it was shown?
I don't mind watching a fight with a delay or even a recorded fight a few hours behind, but don't lie right in my face about it.
McMonkeyBoy- November 16, 2009 at 3:54 am
I don't give a crap what anyone says about Winners last two hits & the fight not being over, that fight WAS over the moment he hit the ground. Im sorry but he's getting forty winks with the canvas there.
reddog- November 16, 2009 at 1:28 am
what the fuck is everyone bitching about? that was a killer FREE card. You get what you dont pay for. Best SpikeTV card in a long time. some good upsets. I would be surprised if this weeks 106 was better.

How can anyone give two rounds to Vera? impossible, and remember kids, its a 10 point must system for scoring. There is no "closest to finishing" category. Yes, you should be able to win rounds by pushing someone around for five minutes. Bullying scores points, both in MMA and the schoolyard.
Perma- November 15, 2009 at 6:53 pm
Vera always provides a boring fight his snoozefest at 102 was easyily the worst fight on the card and krystofi was not at fault...(btw i know i did not spell his name right but who the hell could without googles help)
BackbaconBilly- November 15, 2009 at 5:58 pm
Good to see we pretty much all saw the Randy fight for what it truly was...BORING! not so much on Vera's part cause he did try to mix it up. I can't understand why in the hell the Ref peels them off the cage only to allow randy to go back immediately to the cage and smother Vera again, why did he not immediately start them back in the center again?
Perma- November 15, 2009 at 5:53 pm
who would win between pacquiao vs cris cyborg?
Clyde- November 15, 2009 at 5:51 pm
Pacquiao is a lot closer to gina than to cyborg.

I'm impressed with Hardy because I really expected Swick to take that fight. Unfortunately, I'm far from impressed enough to think he's in the same league as GSP and despite the champ's kind words, I think we all know where that title fight is heading; to the mat, very quickly, and probably not for very long.

I'm glad I wasn't paying for the main event, I think Vera was hard done by there. He definitely did more damage and came closer to finishing. Randy just didn't work in the clinch like he normally does. He used to really dig in and work constantly but it was all a bit lack luster last night.

I also had a horrible vision before the decision that if randy lost all the remaining fights on his contract, he could leave the sport with a 50:50 record. The man deserves better, and I'm begging him to call it a day.

As for getting your hat nicked, that's getting off easy in Manchester. You can consider yourself lucky that no one nicks your wallet, your wheels and the fillings in your teeth.
cagefightmon- November 15, 2009 at 5:43 pm
I Love the Couture BUT are you kidding me?! I am sick in tired of seeing the fan favorite "elected" to win the fight even though it WAS clear that he got his butt beat. Correction: He(RANDY) was spitting up his ribs on the floor. All Randy did was smother Vera on the fence . . . that's IT!!! IT's becoming a regular thing to see fights end this way in the UFC.
Once loving the UFC, I am now rooting for the demise of this crap corrupted organization.
Perma- November 15, 2009 at 5:24 pm
who is this Pacuiao chick does she have a pic?

is she hotter then Gina or look more like Cyborg?
rockybalboa25- November 15, 2009 at 5:04 pm
Anybody think that Brown vs Wilks deserved some consideration for fight of the night?
itsgalf- November 15, 2009 at 4:41 pm
I missed all of the UFC card except for the main event, which was boring as hell. Luckily, I was in a bar that was showing the Pacquiao fight. Damn I love Pacquiao and that was an great, exciting fight.
KidDinomite- November 15, 2009 at 4:30 pm
Vera and Couture are not main event caliber fighters. That should have been the co-main event but I guess the UFC has to go with name recognition. That fight was straight up boring. Seriously, they should restart fighters that don't do anything after 30 seconds or when theyre just standing around. And if they resort to it over and over again like the shit we saw last night, take away 10% of their purse. Thatll get them fighting. Glad this wasn't on PPV.
Hamma Fist Elbow Bam-Bam- November 15, 2009 at 4:04 pm
Both Swick/Hardy and Brown/Wilks were more deserving of fight of the night than Bisping. Though I do like how Buffer pronounces it Biss....PING!
NipGrip- November 15, 2009 at 2:58 pm
Randy did shit all during that match and I'm not saying Brandon did more, but it was anyone OTHER than Randy Couture laying on someone like that for the entire fucking fight, they would have easily lost. Brandon was at least landing kicks, took him down, all kindsa shit trying to actually fight whereas Randy was just there to hang on for dear life, press against the octagon, and collect his paychecks. Shit ass fight on Randy's behalf, RETIRE ALREADY you asshole.
BackbaconBilly- November 15, 2009 at 2:48 pm
Winners 3rd punch was def a dick shot and would never have happened if the Ref wasn't in the stands havin a Guiness with the crowd, Randy def took more punishment and was lucky to survive the kicks and eke out a boring win. Bispings win was o.k but against Kang it loses some of its merit. Kang needs his walkin papers for good, the guy just cannot seem to ever win in the UFC. Not a bad card for free but certainly nothin to really be remembered for. The Brown vs Wilkes fight was prob the best overall battle
vengful1- November 15, 2009 at 2:33 pm
Randy won because he's famous. And he gives good hugs. So leg kicks don't count but hugging does? Whatever. Piss poor match.
TylerDyrden- November 15, 2009 at 1:37 pm
second that one soda

i DEFINITLY think winner had the best knockout since the Hendo/Bisping memory eraser. that was great.

i like couture at 205, but vera must be a hard man to fight. crazy long reach and nasty kicks! capt america did what he had to do. boring, but it got him through it alive.

i must admit i'm more amped to see hardy vs gsp now than swick vs gsp, on account of how easy it is to kill swick's killer instinct. put some fists in his face, and he gets all timid. i hated that, gosh swick i really expected more.
Soda Popinski- November 15, 2009 at 1:22 pm
Brett Rogers on Andre Winners KO:

"I thought it was a premature stoppage. I mean, he was on the ground and stuff but he wasnt out"
b0redj0rd- November 15, 2009 at 12:50 pm
I was at the event last night (my fist 'live' UFC) - I'm not sure what was shown on Spike as I havent had the chance to check it out yet, Silver landed a sweet liver kick which put Kelly on the floor - He was basically unable to continue but wasn't KO'd.

Nick Osipczak v Matt Riddle was a more deserving KO/TKO of the night imho, very exciting fight with a pretty brutal ending. Winner had the lovely KO seen above and would have been my 2nd choice.

Bisping had the fight of the night bonus and deservedly so, the M.E.N arena went crazy when he came in, as he was walking over to his corner after the 1st he was apologising to the crowd but got his shit together for the rest and overcame Kang.

Vera really should have won his fight, I WAS a fan of Couture before seeing him do nothing but hug Vera against the cage for 14.5 minutes - really boring fighter and should give retirement serious consideration if his only defense against bigger guys is hugging to a snoozy decision. The main event was very anti-climactic as all of the prelims and main card fights had been exciting through the night.

Dan Hardy looked impressive against Swick, who most seemed to think would KO him easily - Not convinced he could worry GSP in the slightest though.

Ross looked very good but Jamie looked like the worst of the Brits on the night.

There is nothing like seeing it all live, it was a shame there wasnt a championship fight but maybe next time .... Oh, I saw GSP and Anderson Silver watching from the ringside.

I will be going to the next UK event for sure :)

Zyz Zyx- November 15, 2009 at 12:44 pm
I thought Winner's KO was the best of the night. Maybe one of the best of the year. I can't believe he didn't get the money. It was the ref's fault for the late stoppage. The refs constantly drill the fighters not to stop until they feel the ref lay his hands on them. But that assumes the ref isn't on the other side of the Octagon.

I couldn't believe that Vera kept walking into Randy's clinch when he clearly had an advantage in the striking.

I agree with Creamy, the Brown/Wilks fight was FOTN. Not only was the momentum constantly going back and forth until Brown's awesome reversal, but we got to see almost every aspect of MMA respresented in one fight.
robthom- November 15, 2009 at 12:35 pm
Lol @ stealing Randy's hat. Its kinda comforting in a perverted way to realize that at least the muricans aren't the only assholes in the world.
LAS- November 15, 2009 at 12:23 pm

I'm still hoping the UFC backs off of the title shot thing; it wouldn't be the first time they've bailed on a "guaranteed" title shot after a snoozer of a performance from the winner. However, Dana White "wow"ing at Hardy's performance, plus the fact that Cote got a shot at Silva despite looking like shit against Almeida (and thanks to being Canadian), gives me little hope.
provrorsbarn- November 15, 2009 at 11:43 am
they need to start diggin for better opponents against gsp outside of the ufc....hardy will be killed.......
skeletor- November 15, 2009 at 11:39 am
Who else is pissed that were going to have to pay for a pay per view headlined by Dan Hardy for the title?