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UFC 94 Aftermath: Bonuses, Title Shots + More

(GSP’s brilliant Superman-jab, and Jon Jones‘ spinning elbow to the back of Stephan Bonnar‘s head, which caused Joe Silva to freak the fuck out. Props to NbleSavage and Smoogy on the UG.) 

— 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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UFC dude- February 3, 2009 at 2:14 pm
"think he looks like he should be doing shaving ads or something" lol
your gay uncle- February 2, 2009 at 6:05 pm
-guida - didn't give a shit about his fight because i used his and diaz's time slot to have a dump that had been in the chamber all night. good for him that he won though. it's nice to see he leaves his attitude back in the car when he shows up to fight. read that previous sentence again, nate.

-gsp - was there ever any doubt? c'mon, seriously. bj didn't even show up for that fight. i was expecting him to use his excellent striking ability to sort gsp out a little (like he did last time), but i think he threw ten or eleven punches and then resorted to blocking incoming fists and elbows with his face. wtf? great win for gsp, and anyone who can't see that was a good win should be shot with a ball of his own shit. re. the vaseline conspiracy, give me a fucking break. was there any way that gsp's back was so lubricated (by a few fingertip-sized points of contact) that it completely derailed bj penn's ability to fight competitively on a level playing field? bj fought like a guy who'd been rousted out of bed 15 minutes before the fight.

-on a side note about gsp vs a. silva, have a cut-weight exhibition match for these two. neither belt is on the line, and they are both fighting at 177/178 lbs to be on the same playing field. i say that's an everybody wins situation right there, so pay attention, dana.

stephan bonnar - pfffff

machida deserves a title shot. i don't even like the guy, think he looks like he should be doing shaving ads or something. i was hoping for silva to humiliate him, but that sure as fuck didn't happen. after a victory like that, where it looked as if they offered some douchebag off the street a thousand bucks to man up in the octagon just to be utterly destroyed, let's stop dicking around and put jardine on a shelf where he belongs for now. let jackson rack up a few solid victories like gsp had to on his way back to the title shot and put machida up against evans in the meantime. that way, after 2 or 3 good wins jackson's going for the title again, a fact unchanged by whether the champ at the time is machida or evans.

Sux my dick- February 2, 2009 at 9:22 am
You're right, I'm done. I forgot posting on here is for worthless dicks who wish they could fight, sorry.
Geoff- February 2, 2009 at 9:04 am

Agree with everything you said. I actually find myself hoping Jardine beats Rampage just so Lyoto gets his long deserved title match.

Jon Jone's entrance song was "Angry Johnny" by POE, a sadly underrated 90's alt-pop rocker.
Bootylam!- February 2, 2009 at 8:39 am
To all you guys who say Penn's corner stopped the fight: YOU'RE WRONG! You better open your ears because you can CLEARLY hear BJ say he's stopping. Then his corner stops it.
lilpo0ts- February 2, 2009 at 8:02 am
i hate machida, with everythign in me..fuck the elusiveness the back pedaling..i hate him because he is perfect. i hate him because because his name is pronounced re o tow and not lyoto. i hate him because he got knock out of the night and deserved it..
Da Truth- February 2, 2009 at 5:31 am
Jon Fitch 'couldnt concentrate' because of all the dudes in drag at ringside?! Thats about as gay as it gets.
Dana White- February 1, 2009 at 11:17 pm
Affliction Day of Reckoning pay-per-view pwnd this fucking card and every other card the ufc has done in the last 2 years.
Spock- February 1, 2009 at 10:29 pm
BJ should have been forced to go out there and fight on. GSP was cheated out of beating his ass for one more round. Dana should dock him 20% of his paycheck. What a quitter!
don frye's moustache- February 1, 2009 at 9:03 pm
"Why can't Machida fight Evans the event after Jackson/Jardine fight and then if Jackson wins, he fights the champion?"

+1 man that's definitely what should happen. but rampage is a huge star and they really want to set up the fight to see who's the baddest brotha in mma. freakin ufc man........
Aaron- February 1, 2009 at 7:32 pm
Lyoto Machida is unstoppable. I laughed my ass off when he knocked out that bitch Thiago Silva.
pierre larouche- February 1, 2009 at 6:11 pm
Of course, when Silva freaks out ring side, we will laugh about it but bloggers wont give it a percent of the importance they gave to Douchebag Shaw's outburst because its hard to criticize someone when your tongue is deep in their ass.

Whod think that the japanese would be such freaks?
I know the japs shows always had the best entrances with wigs and dancers and all kinds of shit but this is a new one.

T BONE- February 1, 2009 at 5:35 pm
man i fkn laughed my ass off at film drunk. I gained some respect for BJ after his coaching stint on TUF but he's a dick.. till the death lol.
TH3SH3PH3RD- February 1, 2009 at 4:19 pm
@ are the stupidest fanboy i have ever seen. it was unintentional, if you turn your head into a elbow its your fault.
MoTropolis- February 1, 2009 at 3:31 pm
Last post was to Derekrva

I dont see anything wrong with showboating. I appreciate fighters who bring their personality into the ring, and nobody does that better than the Diaz brothers.
MoTropolis- February 1, 2009 at 3:27 pm
I remember hearing Angry Johnny by Poe and being surprised. I dont remember which fighter came out to it, but I consider Poe to be somewhat the same genre as Portishead, so I would check out that song, its prolly what you are looking for.
Oatmeal- February 1, 2009 at 3:17 pm
i think Evans is the only one who has a chance to hurt Machida
both of them can be pretty elusive, only Evans is a little more
aggressive and powerful
Bovice- February 1, 2009 at 2:45 pm
LMFAO @Chris Benoit
TheWarsawExpress- February 1, 2009 at 2:29 pm
I believe an illegal strike only disqualifies the offender if it ends the fight. Otherwise, it is given a warning. If it happens twice the ref takes off a point for the round. Now, Jon Jones seemed to land his elbow on the side or towards the back of Stephan Bonner's head, and it was at an angle, not directly down onto his head. Moreover, the placement of the blow wasn't 100% deliberate. It should have been a warning, but it wouldn't have changed the out come of the fight. JJ is friggin awesome.

I want Evans V. Machida ASAP. But I also think that 'Page's loss to Griffin wasn't really a HUGE loss so he shouldn't have to do as much to get back into title contention. He is going to KILL Jardine.

One thing to note: Thiago Silva landed maybe one or two strikes. I think he had a few small punches from the bottom, and a few kicks from his back that didnt do much to Lyoto's shins. Maybe a few almost kicks that hit Lyoto's hands. I didn't see anything that looked like it hurt. Meanwhile, Lyoto had two sets of combos that dropped Silva, and two really graceful take downs (one that resulted in the KO). He also had a few other really fast in and out attacks. I rewatched the fight 3 times already. I was really impressed.

I also laughed when BJ quit. Poetic justice.
canadian_phil- February 1, 2009 at 2:26 pm
does n e one else hate the fact that diaz threw his arms in the air daring guida to punch. i dont care what n e else thinks but thats showboating and it would be just like a little bitch such as diaz to do something like that. the ufc shold make a rule against showboating. its unprofessional annd makes the fighters just look like idiots
Derekrva- February 1, 2009 at 2:01 pm
- I love how everyone is on BJ for not backing up his words. Did you expect this guy to all of sudden change colors and appear humble before a fight? Also, this happens all the time, as both guys usually talk about how they are gonna destroy the other and only one comes out the winner.

- I love Gono, he makes a show of an entrance. Not so much love for the homophobes that can't find the humor in someone coming to the fight like they just stepped off the set of Too Wong Foo.

- Guida v. Diaz wasn't as exciting as I hoped it would be, but at least Guida was advancing his position and not just laying on the guy all 3 rounds.

- Why can't Machida fight Evans the event after Jackson/Jardine fight and then if Jackson wins, he fights the champion?

- Does anyone know the song that Jon Jones came out to? Sounded like Beth Gibbons from Portishead, but I've never heard that one before.
Chris Benoit- February 1, 2009 at 1:58 pm
I know what to the death means
Anthony- February 1, 2009 at 1:35 pm
Did the illegal elbow end the fight? No? I bet Jones only threw it because he thought Bonnar would duck and take it in the back of the head. It's probably the first time he's ever used that move, except for that other time when he threw a spinning elbow at Gusmao. Maybe the ref should have given Jones a warning and then let him continue to throw Bonnar around the octagon knowing that he had better not break any more rules on accident. But the ref didn't warn Jones, and the fight ended the same way it would have ended had Goldy and Rogan said something about the elbow that you keep crying about.

And since we can't ignore unintentional illegal strikes we had better look into the knee that Machida planted in Silva's berries. That accidental knee to the nuts should probably have ended the fight because those aren't allowed. The UFC better get its act together; they've been allowing far too many fights continue after these cheaters got the upper hand with illegal strikes.

Chouda-head- February 1, 2009 at 1:34 pm
BJ penn is a failure. Honestly. What the fuck. I wouldnt be saying anything if he went that 5th round, got his ass kicked and lost to submission, knockout, or decision. But not answering when the ref's asking you to continue, is giving up. Yes it issss. So pretty much... I hope Ken Flo breaks a hole in his head with his elbows. I wanted to see a 5th round. Dissapointment at its worst.
mma-pro- February 1, 2009 at 12:34 pm
yes joe silva did look exactly like jared shaw there lol