— Last night around 9 p.m. PT, the MGM Grand Garden Arena slipped through a cosmic wormhole and landed in Bizarro World. How else would you explain Lyoto Machida picking up earned an extra $65,000 for putting Thiago Silva‘s lights out at the very end of round 1. There were no submissions last night (unless you count BJ Penn quitting in his corner), so the UFC decided to hand out two sets of "Fight of the Night" bonuses instead. John Howard and Chris Wilson both earned $65k for their exciting undercard match, which UFC newcomer Howard won by split decision. Nate Diaz and Clay Guida also picked up bonuses for their classic striker vs. hugger battle that ended with Guida getting his hand raised in a Split D.
— The UFC announced that last night’s show drew 14,885 attendees for a live gate of approximately $4.3 million. If that gate figure is accurate, it would make UFC 94 the sixth-highest-grossing UFC event of all-time in terms of ticket revenue.
— Though the show was short on thrilling stoppages, the fans certainly got their money’s worth when it came to total fight time. UFC 94′s eight decisions broke the previous record of six, held by UFC 33, Fight Night 4, Fight Night 7, UFC 76, UFC 87, UFC 89, and UFC 90. No previous UFC event has ever featured more than two split decisions — UFC 94 had five, a record that hopefully will never be broken.
— Lyoto Machida hasn’t secured his title shot quite yet. During the post-event press conference, Dana White announced that if Quinton Jackson beats Keith Jardine at UFC 96 (March 7th, Columbus), the former light-heavyweight champ will get the first shot at Rashad Evans. If he loses, Machida will fight for the belt. Unfortunately, this means that Evans could have a long layoff ahead of him; if Rampage beats Jardine, Evans won’t make his first belt defense until the summer.
— Jon Fitch on Akihiro Gono‘s cornermen, who kept their dresses and high-heels on during the fight: "I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. ‘Crazy’ Bob Cook had to get my attention because I couldn’t focus (between rounds), it was so nuts."
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