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UFC Fight Night 22 Aftermath: Press Conference Highlights, Bonuses, Apologies + More

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The UFC handed out $40,000 performance bonuses to five fighters following UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares, including two separate "Submission of the Night" awards. The honorees are:

Knockout of the Night: Brian Foster, for his 67-second storming of Forrest Petz, which was the lone stoppage on the preliminary card. Petz now drops to 0-2 in his current UFC stint, and will most likely be shown the door.

Submission of the Night (1): Cole Miller, for dropping Ross Pearson with punches in the second round of their fight, then icing him with a rear-naked choke. Miller has scored the SotN award in three of his last five appearances, and officially enters the UFC Performance Bonus Leaderboard

Submission of the Night (2): Charles Oliveira, who pushed his record to 14-0 with a huge win over TUF 8 winner Efrain Escudero, secured via standing rear-naked choke in the third round. Though he had trouble getting Escudero to the mat in the first two frames, Oliveira showed off his tenacity in the victory, as well as some impressively unorthodox striking.

Fight of the Night: Kyle Kingsbury and Jared Hamman, for their fast-paced three-round brawl in the prelims. Despite a third-round rally from Hamman, Kingsbury’s domination and damage in the first two frames secured him 29-28 scores from all three judges.

Some other notes on the fights…

— After officials cleared Nate Marquardt of the greasing claims that tainted the main event, Rousimar Palhares was apologetic, telling MMA Junkie "I’m very sorry for the accusations I made. Nate Marquardt did not cheat in any way, and I’m very sorry to him and his team for my actions in the fight…I congratulate Nate on his win. I learned another lesson for my career in the fight, and I apologize to Nate, his team and the UFC for any issues I contributed to."

As Palhares’s Brazilian Top Team trainer Murilo Bustamante put it, "He should have never stopped. Nate won fair and square and did exactly what he should have. Rousimar knows it’s imperative to protect yourself at all times, and he failed to do that." Palhares’s manager Alex Davis added, "Rousimar has had to deal with opponents greasing before. I truly believe it’s turned into a paranoia for him."

— After disposing of Toquinho, Nate Marquardt is ready for the next step. "I think a guy like Vitor, a guy like Wanderlei, or anyone else at the top would be a great matchup," Marquardt said during the post-fight press-conference. "A guy like Bisping, or Okami too…I feel like I’m still at the top of the division, and I proved it tonight, and I want to earn the title shot, and…one fight with a top contender and I should be there."

— After collecting $80,000 in bonus money since his August 1st UFC debut, Charles Oliveira already has plans for his new windfall: "I’m hoping to soon buy a new house for my family. We have a large family of eight people, including my grandmother, and I want to make sure and take care of them."

Oliveira also has no hard feelings for Efrain Escudero, despite the fact that Hecho en Mexico came in way over the 155-pound limit, then landed a devastating knee to Oliveira’s balls in round three: "First, I’m a professional. I came here ready to fight. It doesn’t matter if he makes the weight or not. I do my job. I’m ready to fight regardless….He hit me with the knee, and I felt it very much. Efrain made a mistake, but it doesn’t matter to me. I just want to fight. I was very focused on my trainers, who told me to take it easy and recover. When I felt good, I started again. I did the right thing. I waited, I recovered, and I returned to the fight."

How could you not love this kid? Any ideas for who the 20-year-old submission machine should get next? And did anybody else hear the dumb-ass referee trying to give Oliveira instructions in Spanish while he was nursing his nuts? Sometimes these things happen in Texas…

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vaicavalo- September 16, 2010 at 3:54 pm
this boy charles is very talented, he won fights in the welterweight with this shape of featherweight here in Brasil...actually he won a welter GP. I was expecting to see if his striking would work, but couldn't be better, his BJJ is amazing and he's just a brown belt, keep an eye on him

about Toquinho, I felt sorry for him, he's a good guy, excellent BJJ, but he's not very smart, very naive, he seems like a kid in interviews. Made a mistake and lost fairly
MonkeyNuts- September 16, 2010 at 3:27 pm
@The Irish Hammer Thanks for proving my point!
mtnthc- September 16, 2010 at 12:42 pm
RwilsonR, with regards to Oliviera and the divisions wrestlers, I am thinking the same thing and guessing it probably won't go so well. Definitely a fight I am looking forward to see.
Turd Furgeson- September 16, 2010 at 11:14 am

Lol. Yeah. I'm the commentor formerly known as iDestroy. I'm pretty pissed about last nights results. I can't believe he was stupid enough to stop in the middle of a fight like that. Hopefully he'll get back on track and show you all that I wasn't completely wrong about how awesome he is.

ReX13- September 16, 2010 at 10:57 am
So, was it idestroy that was always saying that Palhares had Anderson Silva's number?
The Notorious H.I.V.- September 16, 2010 at 10:40 am
@The Irish Hammer - shouldn't you be executing a retard or something? If so Palhares better get out of that state real fast.

That wasn't the same guy reffing the Oliveira/Escudero as the Sokoudjou/Alexander match at shark fights was it? I'd go check but I'm afraid I might hear Don Frye talking again.
RwilsonR- September 16, 2010 at 9:47 am
@ Irish Hammer - Don Frye approves of your message.
ReDx- September 16, 2010 at 9:38 am
I wouldn't mind seeing Olivera vs Cole Miller. Two lanky guys beating the crap out of each other and you're pretty much guaranteed a submission of the night.
The Irish Hammer- September 16, 2010 at 9:33 am
At Monkeynutz, fuck you. You arent a Texan, your a bandwagon pussy. I guess you are mad because the alpha males that Texas pumps out kicked your butt too many times and your pussy ass is butt-sore from it. Why is everyone blaming this one officials actions on Texas? Is Texas the only state where someone has done something bone-headed? It is like your parents have told you since you were kids. People only make fun of others when they are jealous. Im sorry you are all mad you werent blessed enough to be born a Texan, but quit whining about it and act like adults. Pussies.
RwilsonR- September 16, 2010 at 9:21 am
I think a lot of criticism against Dana White and the UFC is fair, but I also think they deserve to be commended when they hand out 5 bonuses instead of three for a Fight Night, at $40K each, which is higher than usual for a non-PPV show. I doubt anyone will remember you did that the next time some nobody makes 8 and 8 for their debut, and the ever business saavy fans thinks the fighter should make more. But nice work, UFC.
RwilsonR- September 16, 2010 at 9:15 am
@ Almost North - why do you have to bring Nick Ring into everything?
Harry Nips- September 16, 2010 at 9:10 am
"Any ideas for who the 20-year-old submission machine should get next?"

I wouldn't mind seeing him fight Cole Miller or Clay Guida. I think i'd rather see the Guida fight. I wanna see how the kid handles a wrestler.
MonkeyNuts- September 16, 2010 at 8:07 am
I went to the weigh-ins Tuesday, and this same douche bag ref was being a total dick to a security guard. During the Chael Q&A he came down from the stands and tried to go back stage. Security obviously stopped him, so this douche gets pissed and throws a fit. This guy had no pass or any kind of credentials, but he starts getting in the security guard's face and making a scene. He kept repeating "go get your supervisor, go get your supervisor....". What a arrogant, self-righteous prick. There was a definite hint of bigotry (the security guard was African-American) in addition to his shitty attitude, but this common in Texas.
I'm from Texas, and I can comfortably say... "FUCK TEXAS!"
Almost North- September 16, 2010 at 7:50 am
Good show all things considered. Cole Miller is the new Kenny Florian. Kenny Florian better hope he isn't the new Shawn Sherk.

Palhares....that's just silly man, never take your eyes off the big angry white guy even if they did cheat. Ask the Native Americans how that one works out. Nate probably owns your house now.

The Oliviera/Escurdero reff is apparently the Texas version of that lisping Canadian joke of a human being we were treated to at the last event up there. Just pure uncut fail with a street value of 2.2 million.

Bones210- September 16, 2010 at 7:47 am
Oliveira has mad skills. But im amazed "Hecho En Mexico" didnt slam his ass. I mean, if you know your going to tap,at least try something like a slam, it wouldnt hurt. Well maybe a bit..
RwilsonR- September 16, 2010 at 7:23 am
One thing nobody seemed to mention during the Escudero/Oliviera nut-cracking incident is that not only was the ref a jackass and not letting him take 5 minutes, and trying to instruct the Brailian in Spanish, but he also let him sit and talk to his corner the ENTIRE time. Aren't you supposed to go to a neutral corner for any stoppage in the action that is not between rounds? Seriously, there are ike maybe 20 or 30 rules to remember - how fucking tough is it?

That Oliviera reminds me of how Miguel Torres used to look a year or two ago. He is an awesome prospect, but I wonder if he'll get rolled over by some of the big LW wrestlers.

Good for Palhares for putting out a respectable statement. He didn't have his mommy come crying to the commission about it. Although, even though Palhares dropped the issue, I wouldn't be surprised if BJ picks it back up again, since it was Jackson's camp. Any excuse for him to reinforce his excuses.
k-onda- September 16, 2010 at 6:49 am
Oliveira is the bomb, and I gotta suppose that Escudero was dazzled by what he was seeing, even though he put on a good poker face about it. Oliveira was more aggressive throughout and he used MuyThai strikes from every angle a bitchin throw or two, and of course that hell-a sharp Jitz. Kid is dangerous.
But seriously, that Marq-Palhares ref was a DOPE son! Did he really try to say something in spannish to him? HaHaHa, that gets me, hilarious!
Oh, and Palhares is an idiot, and paranoid. If your opponent gets away from a hold, get him in another one. You stop fighting? What he deserved was for Nate to continue beating on him for like another 10 seconds and then have him say later: "oh, I didn't realized he'd stopped. I was just so into the fight!" He's a punk
andoy162- September 16, 2010 at 6:43 am
disappointing loss for palhares. hopefully all of his fights will be a WIN and get another shot at marquardt and a title shot. he's a beast.
GILL-uh-TEEN- September 16, 2010 at 6:15 am

I agree. I was thinking a slam even if you're going out.

Palhares didn't realize he was being raped. That 'grease' was just KY to make things easier.
DaltonSwayze- September 16, 2010 at 6:14 am
@Dangadadang: Seriously! WTF is up with that? The last fight on TUF ended the same way. Do SOMETHING, because standing there is just going to end in a loss, so it can't hurt to, oh, I dunno, TRY
DangadaDang- September 16, 2010 at 6:07 am
Man Olivera's jitz is vicious, but I can't believe Efrain just stood there and basically waited to tap. Try a slam, a front flip, anything man!!
Shane Darwin- September 16, 2010 at 6:03 am
Sounds like Palhares got a stern talking-to in the back room from Dana.
Maine Blazer- September 16, 2010 at 5:57 am
Yeah, wtf was up with the ref rushing him back into the fight?
Bob Reilly- September 16, 2010 at 5:54 am
Joe Rogan was pissed that the ref ws trying to get Oliveira to hurry up after te illegal knee