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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."

(Props: MMA Mania)


  1. Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 07:45

  2. ButItHurts Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 07:46

    First! No seriously, the dresses are a little over the top. And Lyoto had 1:1,000,000 odds of doing that. Weird.
  3. Rodney Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 07:46

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 07:47

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 07:47

    two minutes late ... i apologize
  6. Anonymous Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 08:06

    anyone know where theres a replay?
  7. illwill Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 08:10

    I'm much less surprised about the drag queen cornermen then machida's knockout of the night.
  8. Contraband Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 08:22

    GSP to Bj post fight "BJ when you get in the hospital bed I want you to lay down take off your underwear and aply cream where I raped your ass" After that take 20 -30 mins and go fuck your self"
  9. HillBilly Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 08:29

    Machida earned a title shot. Gono... take your freak-show somewhere else. Between that and GSP and Penn rubbing vaseline on each-other's backs it's no wonder some people think MMA looks like gay foreplay.
  10. Canadian hoser Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 08:33

    Sound like I didn't miss much, but I'd still like to see the GSP and Lyota highlights.
  11. bold Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 08:48

    Lyoto Machida says* Thiago Silva will never catch me lucky charms
  12. Josh Aint Thug Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 08:48

    guess you have to look good and be in excellent shape to be a UFC ring girl
  13. HAL Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 08:52

  14. Armbreaker Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 08:54

    Machida deserves the first shot at Rashad Evans. Overall, the UFC 94 fights were kind of boring. Machida's knockout was the exception. I got more bang out of my buck for the Affliction: Day of Reckoning pay-per-view.
  15. FilmDrunk Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 08:55

    I guess "to the death" actually means "to the fourth round when I quit".
  16. First-national-dank Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 09:10

    So, when fitch says it was 'nuts', was he referring to that the spectacle was crazy or that their testacles were showing?
  17. Sux my dick Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 09:15

    Actually you dumb asses his corner called it quits. BJ would have fought another round even if he was getting his ass beat. Get your head out of your asses cock bites. BTW Clay Guida is a fag. Has he ever actually fought anyone in a fight or does he just grab hold of them so he can try to get to second base? Everyone keeps talking that he's an exciting fighter when he's far from it. Exciting fighters finish fights or at make an effort to, not just hug their opponent. DEUCE BAG.
  18. Tyler Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 09:15

    How come there isn't outrage over the commentary by Rogan and Goldberg for not pointing out the Jon Jones spinning elbow was completely illegal because it struck Bonnar in the back of the head and they showed the replay several times. All Rogan could talk about was that dwarf Joe Silva's face. If that happened at the Affliction event and none of the commentators pointed out the Illegal blow after several replays and only talked about someone's facial expressions afterward they would have been tortured by these MMA blogs but since it's the UFC commentators they get a pass for being completely wrong and blowing it. Total fucking bullshit!
  19. creepy guy with a moustache Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 09:17

    Joe Silva does a mean impression of Jared Shaw.
  20. Tyler Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 09:25

    Also sux my dick it's douche bag not DEUCE BAG. You fucking BJ Penn swallower.
  21. Anthony Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 09:36

    They didn't point out the "illegal" blow to the back of the head because it was unintentional. Although it was obvious that the elbow struck Bonnar in the back of the head, the elbow did not end the fight and so the legality of the strike was completely irrelevant.
  22. canadian_phil Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 09:38

    man u tap out from strikes, ur a little bitch that what i think. but quitting between rounds. thats a real mans way to go.
  23. Truth2Pwr Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 09:46

    A few semi-intelligent thoughts: -He may not be the most talented fighter out there but I bet nobody, NOBODY in the UFC wants to hear Joe Silva on the other end of the phone telling them they're next up to fight Clay Guida. -Stephan Bonner is the John Daly of UFC. Showed up out of nowhere with a huge sporting moment and hasn't lived up to the hype since. -Jon Jones is the anti-Machida. What fucking video game blue screen stage did this dude come from? I would pay to watch JJ read the newspaper in anticipation of a possible spinning back page flip or some other heretofore unimagined shiznit. -So BJ, if as you said on Primetime, a guy who taps from punches is a little bitch, what does that make a guy who quits in his corner between rounds with no obvious major injuries? WTF was that dazzling display of "Hawaiian warrior spirit" all about? Was he unable to continue due to a compound fracture of his ego? I don't even know how you officially score that legendary display of cowardice. Technical Puss Out? Technical Bad Poi Poisoning? Technical "Frenchie plays too rough and I just wanna take Dana's money and fly back home to Hawaii where everyone hugs my nuts" Attack?
  24. Anonymous Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 09:48

    OH didn't you know SUXMYDICK is psychic? he knows what that broken Penn will do before he does it! hes amazing that way! Your a retard suxmydick STFU and never post here again you idiot!
  25. Tyler Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 09:56

    @Anthony "They didn't point out the illegal elbow because it was unintentional." OH Really? So if illegal strikes are unintentional who gives a shit right moron. I mean c'mon I didn't mean to elbow the fuck out of the back of your head so forget about it! What an idiot!
  26. Contraband Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 10:07

    BJ must of meant To The fourth georges To The fourth!
  27. tom Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 10:09

    "if he thinks jon fitch is the terminator, hes gunna think im god" B.J penn really? i think god would have been able to last the full five rounds... also goes to show u how tough jon fitch is....
  28. Darkside Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 10:17

    BJ : "To the death!" St. Pierre : "Wrong, to the pain!"
  29. Billy Bad Ass Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 10:19

    I was not impressed with BJ's performance.
  30. player from the south Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 10:25

    why is everyone hatin on guida? he fought a smart fight . he had shorter reach and was much shorter than diaz. he closed the distance and wrestled his way to victory. as for diaz... he needs to put on some weight and fight at 170 , i hate seein guys over 6 foot fightin at 155. i hope breaks his leg like that other skinny guy from tuf
  31. ADW Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 10:28

    Machida needs a title shot. If he keeps fighting like he did last night all of his fights are going to be good to watch. That RampageVJardine fight is bullshit. Evans VS Machida needs to happen soon.
  32. Thoughts Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 10:54

    5 split decisions, a Lyoto KO, and a fight to the death that ended early. If I am not mistaken, wasnt it BJ who was talking about how once you get through all the bully that St Pierre is a quitter right? Thought so... Penn, you are a beast at 155, but they have divisions for a reason. Hopefully that beating smashed your ego back into your head buddy. St Pierre, please dont try to fight A.Silva. Learn from Penn's mistake. If the UFC doesnt give Lyoto his shot now, after that KO, and instead choose to wait to give it to Rampage they will be making a mistake. Not that I think Thiago Silva was the true test but rather that its not everyday you get a KO hype out of Machida.
  33. BJ Penn sucks cock and quits Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 11:15

    There were no submissions last night (unless you count BJ Penn quitting in his corner) classic. BJ Penn is a quitter and a liar. Fuck you BJ Penn.
  34. FilmDrunk Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 11:16

    Also: that backflip wizzer throw thing that Jon Jones did made my dick hard. Bonnar looks like he needs to do some yoga or some shit because I don't remember any of his kicks making it above knee level.
  35. Matt Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 11:16

    You must be one of the biggest sore losers of all time. Are already trying to down play the fact that BJ did in fact quit. He was asked several times if he wanted to continue and would not answer. That's quiting. Clay Guida put on a wrestling clinic against Nate Diaz. He normally has exciting fights, and while this one wasn't as exciting it showed major holes in Diazs game. It showed great wrestlers (of which there's plenty) can do pretty much what they want Diaz. The stamina Guida showed was also extremely impressive. His ability to constantly be using that amount of energy and not gas is ridiculous.
  36. derrick Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 11:17

    sux my dick bj quit he looked up at his cornerman and told him to call it, so his cornerman told the doctor that bj was finished and clay guida is an exciting fighter that was the firt time i think ive ever seen him try to wrestle a guy usually he goes apeshit amd throws wild punches and kicks all night
  37. SDGRANT Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 11:24

    While that elbow did look a bit illegal you can see that the damage was not done to the back of Bonnars head. The cut from the elbow was more on the side of Bonnars head. Anyways I can't wait to see JJ in the cage again, he was entertaining as fuck, even though his legs look like pieces of dental floss in comparison to the rest of his body. And to the guy defending BJ, he LET his corner throw that fight. BJ looked like an 18 year old girl on the set of her first porn shoot, finding out shes about to be gang banged by 5 dudes with 12inch cocks. Yeah, that scared.
  38. Matt Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 11:27

    Sorry that was a response to "Sux my dick"
  39. Sux my dick Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 11:53

    @ Anonymous, LOL you're a funny guy. I guess I'll stop posting here because you said I'm an idiot. Just take a break for a second, get GSP's dick out of your mouth and tell Clay Guida to get his dick out of your ass then you can post something with some intelligence on here. Although I think the work intelligent and you don't go together proobably because you didn't make it out of the 5th grade.
  40. MoTropolis Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 12:21

    @MATT I dont think Guida exposed any holes in Diaz's game, if anything, he revealed how sick Diaz as an escape artist. Most fighters would have been subbed by attempts that Diaz easily got himself out of. I Think fighters should get just has many points for escaping tough sub attempts as guys like Guida get for takedowns/sub attempts. BJ EPIC fail last night.
  41. Anonymous Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 12:26

    wow that was a great come back loser! a typical in the closet homosexual fetish so you accuse others of having your fantasies! as I said you are the tool who has had 5 people tell you your an idiot for your earlier rant that made you look like a complete moron who should never post on a MMA site so as I referred to early dont post here again you make yourself look like a complete Douche!
  42. poolparty Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 12:29

    i like that guida thanks everybody and has a good attitude, his wins are just boring. jon jones was looking good, his entrance music was not tight.
  43. mma-pro Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 12:34

    yes joe silva did look exactly like jared shaw there lol
  44. Chouda-head Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 01:34

    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.
  45. Anthony Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 01:35

    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.
  46. Chris Benoit Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 01:58

    I know what to the death means
  47. Derekrva Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 02:01

    - 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.
  48. canadian_phil Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 02:26

    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
  49. TheWarsawExpress Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 02:29

    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.
  50. Bovice Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 02:45

    LMFAO @Chris Benoit
  51. Oatmeal Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 03:17

    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
  52. MoTropolis Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 03:27

    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.
  53. MoTropolis Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 03:31

    Last post was to Derekrva @canadian_phil 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.
  54. TH3SH3PH3RD Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 04:19

    @ are the stupidest fanboy i have ever seen. it was unintentional, if you turn your head into a elbow its your fault.
  55. T BONE Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 05:35

    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.
  56. pierre larouche Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 06:11

    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.
  57. Aaron Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 07:32

    Lyoto Machida is unstoppable. I laughed my ass off when he knocked out that bitch Thiago Silva.
  58. don frye's moustache Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 09:03

    "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........
  59. Spock Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 10:29

    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!
  60. Dana White Says:

    Sun, 02/01/09 - 11:17

    Affliction Day of Reckoning pay-per-view pwnd this fucking card and every other card the ufc has done in the last 2 years.
  61. Da Truth Says:

    Mon, 02/02/09 - 05:31

    Jon Fitch 'couldnt concentrate' because of all the dudes in drag at ringside?! Thats about as gay as it gets.
  62. lilpo0ts Says:

    Mon, 02/02/09 - 08:02

    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..
  63. Bootylam! Says:

    Mon, 02/02/09 - 08:39

    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.
  64. Geoff Says:

    Mon, 02/02/09 - 09:04

    Derekrva, 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.
  65. Sux my dick Says:

    Mon, 02/02/09 - 09:22

    You're right, I'm done. I forgot posting on here is for worthless dicks who wish they could fight, sorry.
  66. your gay uncle Says:

    Mon, 02/02/09 - 06:05

    -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.
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    Tue, 02/03/09 - 02:14

    "think he looks like he should be doing shaving ads or something" lol
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