(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.