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“UFC 134″ Bonuses: Three Fighters Pocket $100 G’s

I know this hurts right now, Big Nog, but it will all be worth it in a minute. (Pic: UFC.com)

UFC 134 was the outfit’s first return to Brazil in thirteen years, and with plans for four more Brazil-based events in 2012, Zuffa needed to make a lasting impression. The fighters delivered, big time, and for their efforts three of them walked away with a cool $100,000 bonus in their pockets. That’s a lot of Bony Acai.

Much was made of the homecoming to Rio, Royce Gracie‘s home, the birthplace of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Yet in the land that helped transform hyper-extending limbs into an art form, there wasn’t a single submission landed. Brazilian fighters have evolved just like the rest of them, and last night they chose to showcase their fists.

Multiple fighters were able to shatter the tenuous bonds that link our bodies and our brains, with Shogun, Erick Silva, Nedkov, Anderson Silva, Tavares, and Nogueira all scoring wins by KO or TKO. All were impressive in their own right, but in the end the check went to the war-torn Big Nog, whose win was not only meaningful to the heavyweight landscape but completely unexpected. Coming off an 18 month layoff that saw a rushed rehab from multiple surgeries, few gave the local hero much of a chance against the quickly rising Schaub. For Minotauro, the win buys him some more time to recover and another shot at proving that there’s still life in that high-mileage body of his. For Schaub, losing to a legend isn’t as great as beating one, but it is a learning experience that will help him in his young career.

Edson Barboza edged out Ross Pearson in a split decision battle that earned both men the $100k nod at the end of the night. Pearson’s strategy of applying constant pressure and pushing Barboza backward paid off for much of the fight, limiting the full range of the Brazilian’s Muay Thai arsenal. But when he found any bit of room, Barboza was ready to uncoil a spinning kick of one variety or another. Was his win a case of style over substance or perhaps home-cage advantage? I don’t know, but FightMetric seems to think so.

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JUDOknowSHIT- August 29, 2011 at 5:26 am
jesus, somebody got shit in their wheaties. anyway i thought it was a great card, even all the prelims were good. the miller/palhares fight was fuckin crazy, they should have gotten bonuses, or at least gotten televised.
oc in this bitch- August 29, 2011 at 12:38 am
oh and the fuckin crowd was so fuckin annoying please god dont let it go back to brazil.i hate when they say that stupid hooya thing every time someone fuckin kicks or punches.
oc in this bitch- August 29, 2011 at 12:33 am
@jfjfjf i know right?he totally kicked his ass.pearson beat him no doubt about it.aggression is how sanchez won when he clearly got the shit beat out of him by kampmann.so these guys are sayin because peason had a lil cut and a bump he lost?what about diego losin a pint of blood and gettin his ass kicked and getting the win.judges are whack.period
jfjjfjff- August 28, 2011 at 11:00 pm
not only did pearson have way more clean strikes... when did octagon control and aggression count for nothing? pearson definitely won that fight.
oc in this bitch- August 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm
@trufle pretty self explanatory if u watched the fights then u know what im talking about.howd u make it through school ifthat was too difficult for u to read?
fatbellyfrank- August 28, 2011 at 8:28 pm
looking at all the fights from yesterday, you've got to admit, all the winners won
Spitting into the wind- August 28, 2011 at 6:50 pm
To be honest I do not get all the love for Barbosa. Florian, who did a good job besides, was incredibly bias towards him. While Barbosa may have had the more damaging strikes, Pearson pushed the pace of the fight, where it took place, was contantly on the front foot, and landed more strikes than Barbosa.
Home town decision for me.
Trufleshufle13- August 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm
@oc in this bitch-- i now have a headache trying to read what you wrote.... thank you
oc in this bitch- August 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm
and yeah i fogot miller and that obvious steroid freak palhares.what a great fight i cant beleive they didnt show that on the main televised show.fight of the night hands down.
oc in this bitch- August 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm
its funny how no one had anyone they fought worth a shit except shaub and pearson in which pearson beat his ass i though.nog looked amazing what a surprise all the others were bullshit gimmes.the only one that lost the fight against a can he was supposed to win was luiz cain.tell me why every single fight on the card was a 2-1 favorite for the brazilians.bullshit.and okami are u serious i think everyone knew there was 0 percent chance hed actually land a punch.that was a perfect opportunity for sonnen rematch they were just scared shitless that silva would get horrified again which he would have.what a joke of a card had a much better time watchin pro elite for free.great fights
XENOPHON- August 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm
@Get Off Me
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No doubt, your up one.
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I did go on the record after seeing NOG and acknowledged that I saw him bend and twist at the hips in post fight interview and discounted Schaub's advantage in youth of speed.
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Still, you got the win. (that big talk flunky got FOLDED)
Get Off Me- August 28, 2011 at 11:44 am
@Xenophon
Looks like Schaub didn't work out that well for you either.

Score:
Get Off Me 1
Xenophon 0
PERPATRAITOR- August 28, 2011 at 11:40 am
Miller Palhares was definitely FOTN. It had drama, knockouts, blood, bad calls/good calls by herb. First round was amazing. 2nd round should have been stopped. I felt bad for Palhares's fists! 3rd rnd was bleh but each round was completely different. Also Barboza won, I completely agree.
XENOPHON- August 28, 2011 at 11:38 am
my bad, wrong post.
XENOPHON- August 28, 2011 at 11:37 am
A 3rd grader can continue to beat up (or terrorize) all comers during recess at the back corner of the blacktop for the entire year.
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By the middle of the year all the other kids have accepted the fact that 3rd grader is the best, as nobody can put up a real challenge.
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Towards the end of that year all the kids will agree he was the toughest.
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In this case Anderson not only has beat up all the other toughest 3rd graders who dared, he has done the same to several the 4th graders (Irvin and later Griffen) who dared challenged him.
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After being stuck in the 3rd grade since 2006, and having scored “100%” on every quiz and test for the past 5 years, it’s time that his mentors, parents, teachers, and even the the bald fucking principal (shareholder) must force him to start the new year as a 4th grader.
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Like you, I know this 3rd grader should have long ago realized he was always suppose to be in the 8th grade.
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Unless he is afraid of the coursework, he too knows he has wasted his talent for the past 4 years due to his fear of graduating out of the 3rd grade.
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This is nearly the same case for his good friend in Canada who is afraid of starting the 3rd grade, and prefers to stay in the 2nd grade.
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For Anderson to spend anymore time in the 3rd grade is a utter waste of time for everyone at this juncture. No matter if your are standing in Brazil or the United States, it has simply become a fraud by another means.
Get Off Me- August 28, 2011 at 11:22 am
@dangadadang
Miller/Palhares got robbed, most entertaining fight for sure.

@WK
Congrats, you got it right. As I said before, the untrained eye would see a case for Pearson, but the case for him winning is weak. Barboza, once again, did not receive as much damage as he dealt out and thus is the winner, it's that simple folks. Barbosa dropped Pearson, the only part of the fight Pearson won was in the first three minutes while Barboza was establishing his striking pattern.
Barboza attacked Pearson's left side to the point of rendering Pearson's attacks from the left side useless. How many spinning back kicks to the body, deep left upper cuts and hooks to the body, inside and outside leg kicks did everybody miss to think Pearson got the better of the striking exchanges? It was all over Pearson's face that he lost and while he came on in the end, nobody thought Hominick beat Aldo at the end of their fight. Watch Barboza against Pearson again and check how systematically Barboza takes care of Pearson's left side to the point where all he is worrying about in the third round is getting hit with a right hand from Pearson.
Jaye Priest- August 28, 2011 at 10:57 am
@WK--Agreed bro. I had Barboza takin' to......
@Dizzylittlelord-----You forgot the most important thing in a fight dude-DAMAGE-Barboza fucked up Ross Pearson's face: A hematoma on the left side of his face, and huge cut by his right eye. Also, Barboza took hard shots from Ross like it was nothing, BARBOZA WITH THE WIN ALL DAY.
intercept440- August 28, 2011 at 10:55 am
@WK since when does a small bump on the head constitute victory?
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pearson always moved forward pushing the pace.. i dont know what fight you was watching (not to mention fightmetric scored the fight for Pearson: http://blog.fightmetric.com/2011/08/barboza-vs-pearson-official-ufc.html)..
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i mean it was a tough match to call, but i thought scoring takedowns and punches landed and all that was there for a reason... winning a fight isnt a popularity contest.
DangadaDang- August 28, 2011 at 10:47 am
The first round of the Palhares/Miller fight alone warranted FOTN
WK- August 28, 2011 at 10:19 am
Last time I checked, Barboza wasn't growing a Mark Hominick-esque hemotoma like Pearson was.
Dizzylittlelord- August 28, 2011 at 10:11 am
WK what are you on about, pearson always pushed forward with barboza backing up the entire fight, and pearson blocked most of barbozas as well, florian was up barboza's ass talking about his beatiful striking, the dude only phased pearson once when cole miller knocked him down
WK- August 28, 2011 at 10:00 am
It seemed to me that Barboza was able to block the majority of Pearson's strikes while pushing the pace in rounds 2 and 3 with his aggressive Muay Thai.
drunkenjunk- August 28, 2011 at 9:57 am
Anderson Silva really deserved some type of "official" bonus for looking like Neo.
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