(Ariel Helwani chats with Dana White, who says Carwin and Lesnar will face off on July 3 for the real heavyweight championship belt.)
Impressive performances at UFC 111 were worth an extra $65,000 to a few lucky fighters on Saturday night. Kurt Pellegrino nabbed the Submission of the Night bonus for his rear naked choke finish of Fabricio Camoes. Shane Carwin pocketed the Knockout of the Night bonus for battering Frank Mir into a surreal dream state, and prelim fighters Jared Hamman and Rodney Wallace got the nod for Fight of the Night after their three-round slobberknocker that resulted in a decision win for Hamman. Other notes to come out of UFC 111:
- Rousimar Palhares says he’s “really sorry” for injuring Tomasz Drwal’s knee by holding on to that heel hook, but the apology isn’t good enough for the state of New Jersey. The local commission issued Palhares a 90-day suspension for not letting go of the submission more promptly.
- Dana White defended GSP’s performance, but said he heard from quite a few fans who were not impressed. St. Pierre was also bummed by his inability to put Hardy away, and said he once again reviewed the technical mistakes he made in the locker room after the fight with jiu-jitsu coach John Danaher.
- There was an awkward little exchange at the press conference between Dana White and Jon Fitch, who said he wants a rematch with St. Pierre next. DW responded by saying he’d like to see Fitch fight his AKA teammate Josh Koscheck to figure out a clear top contender. Naturally, Fitch said he wouldn’t do it, so White said that he obviously didn’t want the shot badly enough. Then they had this fun exchange:
“If that fight happened, it would happen in our gym with the doors closed,” said Fitch.
“That would make a lot money,” deadpanned White.
For the last time people, your friendships mean nothing to Dana if they cannot be exploited for profit.