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UFC 110 Post-Event Notes: Bonuses, Complaints, and Next Moves

(When you know you’ve won a fight, you don’t have to run around with your arms raised, making a big show for the judges. You can just lay on the mat, drooling like a champion. Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)

Following a successful debut in Australia this weekend, the UFC handed out $50,000 performance bonuses to the following lucky bastards:

Fight of the Night: George Sotiropoulos and Joe Stevenson, for their main-card three-rounder. Silva/Bisping might have been a closer battle, but Sotiropoulos gave the Sydney crowd what they paid for — 15 minutes of Aussie domination.

Knockout of the Night: Cain Velasquez, for his first-round smashing of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the headlining bout.

Submission of the Night: Chris Lytle, for scoring UFC 110′s only sub, a kneebar of Brian Foster during the prelims. Amazingly, Lytle has won seven end-of-night bonuses in his last eight UFC appearances.

In other news…

Michael Bisping wasn’t too pleased with the way the scores played out in his fight against Wanderlei Silva. "It was a close fight, but personally, I thought I won rounds one and two," Bisping said during the post-fight press conference. "Congrats to him though…I’d love to have a rematch with Wanderlei."According to FightMetric, Silva edged out Bisping in the second round by a close margin. And of course, the Axe Murderer ended the third frame so strongly that it’s hard to say that Bisping "won" the fight. Anybody think Bisping got screwed by the judges?

— Silva’s next opponent will most likely be Yoshihiro Akiyama. Said Dana White: “Akiyama wants to fight Wanderlei very bad, it’s a big fight, and he wants this fight. We offered him [another] fight but he said wants Wanderlei." Silva and Akiyama were originally slated to face each other in Australia, but the UFC decided to give Bisping the nod instead. Akiyama hasn’t fought since his Octagon debut, a split-decision win over Alan Belcher last July.

— Since Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic emerged from his beating of Anthony Perosh relatively unscathed, and Ben Rothwell should be over his stomach virus in the near future, Cro Cop and Rothwell will have their make-up fight sometime in the next few months

As promised, Cain Velasquez is on stand-by for a title shot if anything should happen to the winner of Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin at UFC 111 next month. “Because of Brock’s absence, it’s a little plugged up right now in the heavyweight division, but this guy?” Dana White said. “In my opinion, Nogueira’s probably the best heavyweight of all time, and (Velasquez) absolutely demolished him tonight. He’s for real and he’s in the line right now.”

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thesraid- March 12, 2010 at 6:58 am
"When you know you've won a fight, you don't have to run around with your arms raised, making a big show for the judges. You can just lay on the mat, drooling like a champion."

Best Photo caption ever!

I'm sick of the UFC trying to push UK fighters into title contention so they can break into the UK market. I mean I understand it but I'm Irish it annoys the hell out of me.

War Wand!
mikeraphon- February 23, 2010 at 6:11 am
Its not looking good for Bisping...two losses in his last 3 fights? They'll probably put him up against a Dan Miller, Nate Quarry or Kendall Grove in the "Battle of the Gatekeepers"...a loss to any of those guys, and he'll have "fight might not be broadcast" listed under his name...
Under Banga- February 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm
I think Bisping may have gotten some Bondi beach sand in his vagina .It has been known to cause some nasty irritation. Wandy!
Ps We are not 50% fuckin pommy heratige a fuckin lot of Irishmen were "transported"
incl my ancestors. Get it straight wanker.
AussieJosh- February 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm
Aussies dont hate the English! Half of us come from England or at least our parents parents parents do! We just dont like Bispings little bitch attitude! And of course you put an MMA LEGEND like Silva in the cage againts a complaing pom! We will go for Silva everytime!
ghostboner- February 22, 2010 at 1:53 pm
I never underestimated sotiroupopulouluous. Dude is a machine. I didn't expect him to completely dominate Joe Daddy like that though. And I don't see him dominating B.J. at all, but at least it is someone new to fight him.

As far as Cain, meh. Still a hype machine. I want him to rematch Kongo.
imakeutap- February 22, 2010 at 1:42 pm
this is imakeutap's ghost, i pulled the trigger on a 45 loaded with hollow tips to my head as those last shots were ringin nogueira's head, oh the humanity, i love u always big nog!!!!
frndlylion- February 22, 2010 at 1:16 pm
Speaking of doubting skills. I seriously doubt anyone will underestimate George Sotiropoulos again. I think he is the next one with a legit shot at BJ's belt.
cecils_pupils- February 22, 2010 at 12:01 pm
@RwilsonR - hilarious. Truly, I am not a fan of his personality, his entrance music, his tats, or his training camp either. But, I cannot doubt his skills... not anymore. ;)
RwilsonR- February 22, 2010 at 11:54 am
@ cecils_pupils

You won't hear any silence, but I just can't get behind Cain Velasquez. I don't know what it is about the guy, but I just don't like him. Maybe it's because I left all of my brown pride in the toilet this morning.
RwilsonR- February 22, 2010 at 11:51 am
Bader should have won KO of the night. His was much more exciting, and didn't require any follow-up ground and pound.

Also, I feel bad for any up and comer who has to fight Chris Lytle. Dude may have a lot of losses, but he is a tough fight for anyone outside of the top 4 or 5 at Welterweight.
Bad skipping- February 22, 2010 at 11:31 am
Wandi deserved the win for his blatant TKO in the dying seconds. Bisping might well've had it otherwise. Anyway careful slagging off British fighters or we'll send Paul Daley round to ruin your sphincter.
SomeDude- February 22, 2010 at 11:18 am
when's the last time silva submitted anybody? what's bisping gona do now, drop down to welterweight?
MKO- February 22, 2010 at 11:12 am
I don't see how Joe Daddy should get any part of the fight of the night for him being dominated. Bonnar-K-Sos, hands down the fight of the night.
AFOMMADOTCOM- February 22, 2010 at 10:51 am
Bisping should go ahead and have his win over Matt Hamill reversed and then he can proceed to botch about judging... hypocrite
cecils_pupils- February 22, 2010 at 10:36 am
@purplepickle... lol, priceless
PurplePickle- February 22, 2010 at 10:29 am
Give Bisping a break. The poor guy was submitted, knocked out and lost by decision in the same fight. He should get a sympathy bonus.
cecils_pupils- February 22, 2010 at 10:25 am
Listen, Don_Dada, we understand you are a Bisping fan. And, yes, this is an American website, but the fact is that Silva won and is acting like a little girl. I was rooting for Bisping, but I will still admit and recognize who is the legit winner.

a) Bisping got beaten. How many articles on how many websites (with actual fuckin' statistics) are you gonna read and not agree that Silva won Rounds 2 and 3? You, sir, are delusional due to your rampant fandom.

b) Bisping's behavior is bitch-like. Crying like you won that fight when we all know he clearly lost - great may to keep your fan support up. His ass was still on the canvas at the end of Round 2 and 3. Kinda leaves an impression in the judges minds... dontchathink?

You may not like American fans talkin' shit about your UK boy, but you see - that's what we do here, we talk shit. I am sure there are plenty of Bisping nut-hugging websites in England you can frequent if you don't like our commentary.
cecils_pupils- February 22, 2010 at 10:16 am
When it comes to Cain Velasquez all I hear now is silence. I bet it'll be a looooong time before any of you nay-sayers doubt Brown Pride again. What's that I hear? Yeah... nothin'. Cant talk shit about him now that he has literally Dethroned a legend.
danomite- February 22, 2010 at 10:11 am
Fuck Bitchping. That fucker runs his mouth before every fight, then bitches after every loss. Add that together with his giant fucking dome and you've got the british version of Tito Ortiz.

I don't even think he's dumb enough to believe he won that fight. I think his ego is just too big for him to admit defeat. How are you going to say you won a fight when you don't even come close to finishing the fight with strikes, only offer one half assed attempt at a arm bar and almost get finished yourself in every round? His only offense was weak ass jabs and take downs that Wanderlei got up from without taking any damage.
G Funk- February 22, 2010 at 10:09 am
Where's the ref's cageside replay? Bonnar was getting his ass whooped anyway. Who cares about Stepon Boner anyway?
Don_Dada- February 22, 2010 at 9:56 am
Man , This is one nationalist website isnt it ?? Not all of you but damn.
budsellers- February 22, 2010 at 9:55 am
word ballentine! if the ufc can promote him 1 more time and his fans think he looks like he has a legit chance to win, then good for them. i think his time was up after that decision gift over matt hammill. bisping's refusal to consider giving matt a rematch afterwards was low class. i know it was 2-3 years ago, but bisping(& the ufc) needs to count his lucky stars and move on.

bottome line is that if he wanted to win, he should have followed rampage's corner advice and knocked silva out. bisping does not deserve to be in the cage with a top tier fighter again; move him to the gatekeeper list until somebody can take his place!!

@mfjoel - when i rewatched that fight, i could hear that the ref was saying to the judges that is was "due to punches, not a headbutt" and joe rogan heard him too which is what started him off. i believe ufc has gone into non-commisioned countries before and changed ref decisions like this, but it appeared at the weigh ins that australia does have a commision...
DAN THE VIKING- February 22, 2010 at 9:23 am
Your depression is likely linked to your ass-backwards mentality.
Or your Bi-sexuality.

Just kidding, your great.
MF Joel- February 22, 2010 at 9:17 am
Yeah, how is the Bonnar fight not a No Contest? Unless they're doing the go-off-a-judges-decision-from-the-first-two-rounds thing like they do in other orgs. It seems like if the ref had said that it was a headbutt to anyone at ringside it would have been an NC. Weird that nobody even seems to have mentioned it.
Wrye Bash- February 22, 2010 at 8:48 am
I like Bisping, and I don't like Silva. I'm sad. :(