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UFC 119 Aftermath: We’re Only Still Talking About It Because It’s Our Job

(Seriously Mirko, you didn’t miss much. We’ll tell you about it later. PicProps: Vancouver Sun)

There were times during UFC 119 when it felt like everyone involved spent Saturday afternoon chugging tons of codeine cough syrup. Everybody looked just a little slow, a little out of it. It sure didn’t help that the two main eventers were totally sleepwalking during the first 14 minutes of their fight before Mirko CroCop ended things with his vicious head butt to Frank Mir’s knee. The “co-main event” was also entirely forgettable, as Ryan Bader outpointed Roger Nog to reportedly win the Jon Jones Sweepstakes. Guess we’ll have to check in with him in six months, find out how that worked out for him …

This was not, by any stretch of the imagination, a great effort from the world’s largest MMA promotion. It also wasn’t quite as bad as a lot of people are saying. We’re not talking “worst show of all time” territory here. Credit local boys Matt Mitrione, Sean McCorkle and Chris Lytle for salvaging what they could of the day. Also, Evan Dunham and Sean Sherk’s back-and-forth battle was by turns exciting and totally bizarre. Too bad it was marred by a shaky judges’ decision. And hey, the good news is, if you liked UFC 119 you’re gonna love Oct. 16’s UFC 120, which looks just as terrible on paper but at least airs for free on SpikeTV.

CB Dollaway was honored for Submission of the Night after choking out Joe Doerksen, while Sherk, Dunham, Mitrione and his opponent Joey Beltran all took home Fight of the Night awards, in lieu of any Knockout of the Night bonus. It probably goes without saying that translates to a pile of “Sorry, bro” money for Dunham as well as a $70,000 message for Frank Mir, who after scoring the night’s only KO win got left out in the cold.

Maybe rightfully so. If it’s possible, Mir emerged from his win over an uninspired-looking CroCop in worse standing in the UFC heavyweight division than when he entered. That’s tough to do on the heels of a knockout victory. Mir’s performance certainly didn’t “earn” him a higher-profile next fight and with most of the 265-pound division’s other stars already spoken for, it remains to be seen what the company will even try to do with him. Remake the rematch with Big Nog? Ugh, I wouldn’t mind sitting that one out.

Speaking of heavyweights, props to Mitrione for looking like the most-improved fighter on the card. People seem loathe to give this guy any credit – because he admittedly acts like such a jackass — but he looked fluid and nimble on his feet en route to a unanimous decision win against Beltran. In just his third pro fight, Mitrione has so far made good on his potential. When he fights smart and doesn’t let himself get suckered into a wild brawl, he’s starting to look like trouble for anyone with a similar level of experience. The problem is finding those people in the UFC, where most guys have at least a half-dozen fights under their belts before they set foot in the Octagon. Mitrione apparently wasn’t joking either when he fired his agent on national television during his postfight interview with Joe Rogan.

“His name is Malki Kawa with First Round Management,” Mitrione told Ariel Helwani backstage. “He did the worst job ever with sponsorships. For a televised fight he got me $5,000. Five thousand dollars for a televised fight? That’s highly unacceptable. So yeah Malki, you’re fired.”

Like I said, the Indy boys were pretty much the best thing going on this card. Lytle’s win over Matt Serra maybe didn’t mean a lot in the scope of the welterweight division, but it was at least fun to watch. Meanwhile, McCorkle backed up his prefight trash talk by popping the elbow of Mark Hunt with a kimura in the first round. Chances are you won’t witness many more dudes come looking for their contractually-required fights with the UFC after that.

If you want to see video of the submission, while it lasts, look right here.

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dranokills- September 27, 2010 at 3:05 pm
DiazBrotherFrom... Says:
Mon, 09/27/2010 - 19:38

"he was never nothing period"....thats some damn fine english right there bro, but i agree he was NEVER nothing. but thats all i have to say, your embarassing yourself with your reckless slander
reckless slander????? DAD is that you?
seriously, all you got is "Gee your grammer sure is awful"!
wow that's sad, almost as fucking sad as Cro crop's career.
You are right I do feel embarrassed (thats actually how it's spelled grammer case you wanna correct someone else)..........for YOU, you nutsucker.

RwilsonR, maybe unlike ballsucker over here, you will understand that I originally mentioned how since he joined the UFC he (Mirko) has sucked. I only brought up his past from pride as a way to jab it in fanboys face, but my original point is exactly what you are saying, hes an ass, and a horrible octogon fighter, and he just doesn't have it. sadly his balls are so moist he prolly can't concentrate enough to see it himself.
Charming Charlie- September 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm
One judge gave Sherk round 3.
RwilsonR- September 27, 2010 at 10:08 am
@ maclaren - I agree. Shitty main event, but pretty decent card overall. It did seem like a few of the guys were sluggish, or trying not to lose. But on the other hand, there were some great fights.

The undercard fights were fantastic, and Spike showed four of them instead of just filling up the extra time over the two fights scheduled for broadcast with some ramblings from Rogan and ads from Old Spice.

For recent comparison, I thought overall this card was nowhere near as good as the Lesnar/Carwin card, was not quite as good as the Penn/Edgar 2 card, but was way better than the Rampage/Rashad card. I was at the Rampage/Rashad fight in Vegas, and I was practically falling asleep in my seat - and that had nothing to do with the fact that I had been drinking straight for the previous 48 hours.

And who the hell is paying $60 for these things? UFC PPV's are $44.95, or $49.95 for HD for me. What are you chumps paying?
RwilsonR- September 27, 2010 at 9:50 am
I with Drano all the way on the current CroCop, and I used to love the guy. Thoguh I don't agree that he "was never nothing", as I think he used to be an incredible fighter, and produced some of the most entertaining fights in MMA history.

I remember him walking out to his first fight in the UFC to the Pride music, and I got chills thinking about all the great fights and KO's we would see out of him.

Now I think he is just about the most boring fighter in the HW division. Not only has his reaction time slowed down significantly, but his stalking style doesn't translate well to the octagon against anyone not willing to simply stand in front of him and trade. He can't cut off the distance for his kicks like he could in the ring, so he is constantly out of range. So he never throws them because he knows he will miss.

Also, he refuses to put good combinations together or take any chances on getting on the inside. He is content to stay out at his kicking range and push his opponent away if they close the distance. He is incredibly boring now, and probably should retire if that is all he can muster.
DiazBrotherFromAnotherMother- September 27, 2010 at 9:38 am
"he was never nothing period"....thats some damn fine english right there bro, but i agree he was NEVER nothing. but thats all i have to say, your embarassing yourself with your reckless slander
Fried Taco- September 27, 2010 at 9:00 am
Mir was saying to Cro Cop "You're the man, can I suck your balls?"
knucklesamitch- September 27, 2010 at 8:24 am
This whole card was like 1 giant Jake Shields fight.
lyle6942- September 27, 2010 at 7:31 am
Honestly Zuffa needs to stop worrying about big name fighters and worry more about talent, Mitrione doesn't deserve more than $5,000 a fight, so why is he complaining? Because he has a name, Zuffa needs to pay for talent, not for names, Mir and Crocop are both far past their prime and they are STILL headlining fights when most unsuspecting consumers are willing to pay $60 to watch. True MMA fans that understand the game / compete themselves have way more respect for a good solid fight then a quick fight between 2 unbalanced fighters.
Wasted my money this weekend, would've rather bought a 60 sack and smoke blunts to the face then watch these shitty fights.
dranokills- September 26, 2010 at 9:53 pm
DiazBrotherFrom... Says:
Mon, 09/27/2010 - 03:09

1st of all, i WISH i could suck cro cops balls cause hes the fuckin man.

Thats ALL I needed to copy. it says it all right there.
You no longer have a valid argument.
Oh and look up IRONY ,you will see where calling me a fag lists YOU as it's #1 example.
FUCK your washed up hero fighter, he was never nothing in the UFC, cause he was never nothing period. Now he is officially washed up I just really enjoy rubbing it in to you fanboys who admittedly suck his dick. I guess all you have left now is to suck the end of a shotgun...loser.
rearnakedchickenchoke- September 26, 2010 at 9:16 pm
Mitrione looked decent, but his corner said it best "for god sakes get your freakin hands up!" If he actually covered up when appropriate he could have taken Beltran out instead of spending half of a round recovering from some of those shots.
Joedirt- September 26, 2010 at 7:29 pm
I think that card had the most bag shots/ball shots/ low blows/clown punches/ junk kicks/garbage punches/ slaps to the flesh balloons/ blows to the baby maker then any other event I've seen. Well... except that time Gary Goodridge put his entire foot into Pedro Otavio's speedos.
Morningwood- September 26, 2010 at 7:22 pm
Mir asked Cro Cop, "why are they booing us?"
Cro cop replied, "I don't know."

Kimbos Bread- September 26, 2010 at 7:11 pm
Though I'd never go anywhere near Cro Cop's balls, I admire and respect him as a fighter and a human being. He is no doubt a legend. With that said, I would rather see him hang it up now than to turn into a laughing stock like Liddell. And for sure he absolutely hates media attention. Always has. Even in his prime.

Left leg hell, no leg kick joke can top Steampunks Bedpan/Matlock. Kudos2.
dedflesh- September 26, 2010 at 7:04 pm
no mention of the fine a$$ "guest ring girl" thats right, you all date models ... my bad
Ballkick- September 26, 2010 at 6:49 pm
JMO but any guy wishing he could suck any other mans balls is somewhat suspect.
I get the hero worship thingy, I even get the tongue and cheek nature of the comment but,.. sheesh,.....gotta have some serious comfort in your sexuality to make such a statement. Not sure if I should clap or be squeamish.
maclaren- September 26, 2010 at 6:37 pm
I liked this PPV overall, I don't know why everyone is acting like this was a shitty event. Piss poor main event though.
fatbellyfrank- September 26, 2010 at 6:37 pm
IMO, not a bad card, but shitty main event, couple of great scraps there with Sherk/Dunham Lyttle /Serra, the new ring girl is smoken hot, shame she was only there for one weekend, paid for that one, I gotta pay for 120 cause we dont get the free spike deal, but I'll be watchin, maybe I'm just easy pleased, but Mir Cro cop aside I was pretty entertained yesterday
DazedNConfused- September 26, 2010 at 6:06 pm
"1st of all, i WISH i could suck cro cops balls cause hes the fuckin man."

lol that's too funny. Amen, I agree. Best first sentence ever.
CungwantsCookies- September 26, 2010 at 5:30 pm
@diaz-you can argue with the tone of drano's message, but not the substance. im a crocop fan, and i will tell you straight up, the dude is a shitty interview. the dude is a legend as a fighter, but he's ALWAYS been a shitty interview, and most likely always will be.

when he was in his prime he mailed in the promotional side of his work load and no one called him on it because he was destroying everyone in front of him. nowadays he's mailing it in in the ring/octagon as well. let him finish his contract and go back to the croatian parliament. i dont buy into the bullshit about fighters tarnishing their legacy by hanging on past their prime, but its obvious he's not terribly interested in fighting anymore.

Joedirt- September 26, 2010 at 5:13 pm
I laughed they noted Sherk as "having great boxing".... his boxing sucks, he didn't win that fight. CroCop is NOT the same man he used to be.... needs to retire... Mir needs wrestling. Lot of boooing. The UFC should have saved face and put all the ring girls in the octagon for a battle royal.
DiazBrotherFromAnotherMother- September 26, 2010 at 5:09 pm
1st of all, i WISH i could suck cro cops balls cause hes the fuckin man.
2nd of all show some fuckin respect dude, i dont care how washed up he is. thats mirko god damn cro cop were talkin about. the guys a fuckin legend, go watch the kick of death highlight and tell me he's a "useless turd of a fighter". every fighter cant be randy couture and fight till there 50. whatre u gunna say when ur favorite fighter has a couple shitty fights b4 he retires? "fuck him , fuck where hes from, fuck his family, he's a douchetard." why dont you stick to watchin WWE bro. and ill say it again show some respect or

rampageisgod- September 26, 2010 at 4:37 pm
I had to watch a stream in French. The announcers kept saying the fighters should leave the ring and let someone else deal with it.
dranokills- September 26, 2010 at 4:07 pm
DiazBrotherFrom... Says:
Mon, 09/27/2010 - 01:46

shut ur mouth u ignorant faggot..

im with u on that man, everytime I watch cro cop fight now im standing in front of my tv just praying for him to throw something (ANYTHING) with bad intentions like he did in pride. but he just doesn't have that killer instinct that made him famous anymore, and it kills me to watch my favorite fighter just go out and put on lackluster performances like that. i love mirko, but hes gotta call it quits here...RIP Cro Cop of old... "right kick hospital, left kick mausoleum"
I see, because I said the truth I'm a faggot, but because you suck cro crops balls that makes you #1 cool guy, hmmm let's see how that works out for you, douchetard.

CungwantsCookies- September 26, 2010 at 4:07 pm
you know, like most everyone else here i wasnt sold on this card being worth a damn. the only reason i bought this ppv is i was working on a project in the living room and was watching on tv.

on the whole this wasnt a terrible card per se, but i will be stealing at least the next three ppvs in retaliation for that cluster fuck of a main event.
steampunk22- September 26, 2010 at 3:51 pm
Right Kick, Bed Pan. Left Kick, Matlock.

Fuckin' old Croation. HANG IT UP.