(Respect the fleur-de-lis. Photo courtesy of MMAWeekly.)
The final tally from last night’s action:
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.