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UFC 83 Quick Results, Bonuses, + Press Conference

(Respect the fleur-de-lis. Photo courtesy of MMAWeekly.)

The final tally from last night’s action:

Main Card
Georges St. Pierre def. Matt Serra via TKO (knees to the body), 4:45 of round 2
Rich Franklin def. Travis Lutter via TKO (strikes), 3:01 of round 2
Nate Quarry def. Kalib Starnes via unanimous decision (high-stepping and goofy-punches)
Michael Bisping def. Charles McCarthy via TKO (unable to answer bell), 5:00 of round 1
Mac Danzig def. Mark Bocek via submission (rear naked choke), 3:48 of round 3

Jason MacDonald def. Joe Doerksen via TKO (strikes), 0:54 of round 2
Jason Day def. Alan Belcher via TKO (strikes), 3:58 of round 1
Demian Maia def. Ed Herman via submission (triangle choke), 2:27 of round 2
Rich Clementi def. Sam Stout via split decision
Cain Velasquez def. Brad Morris via TKO (strikes), 2:10 of round 1
Jonathan Goulet def. Kuniyoshi Hironaka via TKO (strikes), 2:07 of round 2

All three Best of the Night bonuses went to undercard fights, and they came in at a whopping $75,000 each. As we saw in a brief clip at the end of the broadcast, Demian Maia picked up the Submission of the Night bonus for his mounted triangle choke of Ed Herman. Jason MacDonald earned the Knockout of the Night for beating down Joe Doerksen (we’ll get the video up soon), and somewhat surprisingly, Jonathan Goulet and Kuniyoshi Hironaka each got the Fight of the Night windfall for their match, which didn’t strike us as all that exciting when they showed it after the main event. It’s too bad they couldn’t give Nate Quarry a few bucks for “Best Humiliation of a Cowardly Opponent of the Night,” but we’ll just have to console ourselves with the fact that Kalib Starnes is probably getting his UFC contract torn up as we speak.

Steve “Mr. Sunshine” Cofeld has posted the full audio from the post-UFC 83 press conference, and argues that totally jacked referee Dan Miragliotta should have won the Submission of the Night bonus. If you don’t have time to listen to the whole thing, Fightlinker has a great recap of the press conference here. Some highlights:

Asked about the Quarry / Starnes fight, Dana said “It takes 2 to fight and only Nate came to fight. Starnes is gonna wake up tommorow and wish he’d fought that fight differently.

Asked if GSP could move up to fight Silva but still keep his belt, Dana said he’d have to talk to GSP about it.

Serra said the difference between the GSP from a year ago and the one tonight was “the one tonight kicked my ass”, lots of laughs.

GSP said that getting into an exchange with Serra was the worst thing he could do. Said that a slugfest is like flipping a coin, whoever connects first is going to win. So he never wants to fight like that.

GSP says he has a lot of jobs to do at 170 before considering a move up in weight. Plus he says he has lots of training partners at 185 and never wants to fight a friend.

Asked about GSP’s trunks and why there were no sponsors, he said “my sponsor paid me to wear shorts without a sponsor” ie … it’s Affliction

Says “it’s affliction and they are banned now” and Dana laughs and says “He got his plug in!” with a laugh.

Asked if he knew the round was almost over, Serra said he was holding on and “hoping GSP would get tired of hitting him” but that didn’t happen. He was hoping to roll into a submission but it didn’t work. Said he didn’t really know why the ref stopped the fight but what can he do.

Dana said Hughes/Serra was supposed to happen and didn’t happen, so they’ll try to make it happen.

Quarry talks about getting back into the sport after career ending back surgery. Said he called Kalib out when he first came back and Kalib’s camp refused it because Quarry ‘wasn’t worthy’ so it was something of a grudge match.

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TPark- May 4, 2008 at 11:25 pm
Guys remember that move Quarry did is called the "rock-hammer". Lets get a signature lists going so the state commision authorizes the "rock-hammer" as a bonified move in the UFC from now on :P
MMAfan- April 20, 2008 at 4:54 pm
GSP is the greastest welterweight in the game!! He is arguably the best pound for pound fighter... and he proved last night that the first Serra fight was a fluke.
Good luck to the rest of the division... especially Jon Fitch, who will probably (and should) get the next title shot.
Cant wait to see Peen beat up on Sherk next month... way to go GSP!!
Dagnut- April 20, 2008 at 10:55 am
How is Serra a bitch? I have a lot of respect for him..he fought GSP in his backyard..GSP is a machine at this stage with his ability he would make anyone look bad..he was excellent..controlled agression..explosive power..flawless execution..IMO he's a better fighter than silva
Turd Ferguson- April 20, 2008 at 3:10 am
Yeah, you wont see Starnes on another main card fight. Especially, after his horrible performance and then his words to Quarry after the fight.

What a stupid bastard. I hope the UFC never allows him to fight again. What a waste of money. They should have put someone up against Quarry that wanted to fight.
Noah- April 20, 2008 at 1:52 am
Quarry taunting Starnes with "The Screech" (not to be confused with "The Screech" that is associated with his porn video) was the highlight of that night.

...check out the link...enough said!
Aryan- April 20, 2008 at 12:54 am
serra is a cool guy and a funny mother fucker too,.. he'll never beat gsp again though
punchhimintheface- April 20, 2008 at 12:49 am
Matt Serra should press charges. What part of FIGHT did Starnes not get?
Grant- April 20, 2008 at 12:35 am
mad props to Serra for being respectful and humble about his loss. he showed a lot of character. gained my respect.
Stand&fite- April 20, 2008 at 12:07 am
Kalib Starnes owes me $44.95.
Trackstar- April 19, 2008 at 10:50 pm
Kalib was amazing last night, at his running ability, not the whole MMA thing. Maybe he should go ahead and run the New York City Marathon!
grandprick- April 19, 2008 at 8:46 pm
Dana White should have fired Starnes after the first round. Maybe Chuck Liddell should fight GSP and Anderson Silva should fight Kimbo Slice.
Howie- April 19, 2008 at 8:46 pm
I loved how Florian was trying to figure out what the strategy was each round. "I just don't know what he is trying to accomplish" and "Geez, I just don't get it". Kalib is going to suffer the rest of his limited career for this. He should be able to hone up his cardio skills while making the bar-fight rounds for a while.
Anonymous- April 19, 2008 at 8:32 pm
If Kalib Starnes ever fights in the UFC again I will stop ordering Pay Per Views. That guy is a little bitch.
King Silo- April 19, 2008 at 8:21 pm
Hughes vs Serra? Do they matter?
King Silo- April 19, 2008 at 8:18 pm
Serra looked like a bitch. Starnes is a bitch. Canada has rad fans.
Armchair Athlete- April 19, 2008 at 7:00 pm
Here is a highlight reel of the Quarry-Starnes fight
WARNING: Contains no violence, may not be suitable for MMA fans
TheFatsquad- April 19, 2008 at 6:50 pm
I thought it was a pretty solid event. Quarry was hilarious, and Starnes goes down with one of the worst losses I can remember. Nothing is worse than watching some pussy run away for three rounds.
Blackleg- April 19, 2008 at 6:04 pm
I still don't get Starnes talking shit to the crowd. There's no excuse acceptable for his performance. He didn't appear to be hurt (aside from the beating his lead leg took) before/during the fight. He didn't looked drained, as if he was ill. It was as if once that first bell rang he realized he'd rather be working an office job. Jesus if you lost your heart just forfeit, quit on your fucking stool. Douchebag.
Human- April 19, 2008 at 5:58 pm
How the fuck can you say that card was garbage? You fucking moron
Bod- April 19, 2008 at 4:58 pm
I was at the event last night....and I'm telling you, quarry stole the whole fuckin' show with his last moce of the fight, I don't know if you guys have seen it yet, but you will tell yourself: «I would have tapped out on the spot when he pulled that one!!»
knightrida are u for real- April 19, 2008 at 4:31 pm
are u serious?? a main event!!! yeah, maybe for a free fight night main event.. cuz im not payin for shit as far as ufc ppv's go. this card was filled with decent talent.. but it was garbage IMO
knightrida- April 19, 2008 at 3:10 pm
Gawd I hope we can see Hughes/Serra within the year. It's perfect for both of em. Hughes will come out of "retirement" for it and Serra, since he didn't win, doesn't need to fight a top contender. Could easily be a main event even though they're both coming off losses.
Noah- April 19, 2008 at 2:15 pm
Quarry "wasn't worthy" of fighting Starnes? I don't know if that's what they said to Quarry (probably didn't say that) but if they did, that camp is a bunch of idiots.