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UFC on Versus Aftermath: End-of-Night Bonuses + Press Conference Notes

(Photo courtesy of MMA Fighting.)
So, weird night, huh? The main card of UFC on Versus: Vera vs. Jones gave us two fights where guys were docked points for illegal blows, two fights that ended with the losers grabbing their eyes in pain, Cheick Kongo transforming into a boring wrestler, and referees being applauded for their brilliant decisions. I’m still waiting for the hail of frogs. And here’s another bit of strangeness: The UFC decided to hand out three Knockout of the Night bonuses after the show, but no Fight of the Night bonuses. The $50,000 bumps went to the following scrappers…

Knockout of the Night #1: Jon Jones, for caving in Brandon Vera‘s head with an elbow that came from an acceptable clock-position.

Knockout of the Night #2: Junior Dos Santos, for wasting Gabriel Gonzaga and picking up his fifth-straight KO/TKO in the UFC.

Knockout of the Night #3: John Howard, for starching Daniel Roberts in the only prelim fight that was shown on the broadcast.

Submission of the Night: Clay Guida, for his arm-triangle tap of Shannon Gugerty. (Who else are they gonna give it to, Kongo for submitting Paul Buentello via leg-elbows?)

Some important notes from the press conference:

— The next "UFC on Versus" event will take place August 1st in Oakland, California. No fights have been announced yet.

As you might have heard, things didn’t go well for Duane "Bang" Ludwig last night. The lightweight veteran severely broke his ankle early into the fight when his left leg folded back underneath him as opponent Darren Elkins scored a takedown. You can take a look at the horrible angle of his foot here.

According to Dana White, a 4/17 counter-programming show was never being planned. "I was never putting an April 17 show on," White said. "The media started calling me and asking me. I just [expletive] let it ride out and let [Strikeforce] sweat it. [Expletive] them. You want to compete with us, let’s do it. I never, ever said I was doing an April 17 show. People asked me questions, and I said, ‘Hmm, that’s interesting.’ I played a little bit. What you guys have got to understand sometimes is these guys consider themselves a competitor, and I like to compete, so I can’t always tell you guys exactly what I’m doing and what I’m thinking and what’s going to go on."

— But DW does plan on screwing with Strikeforce in other ways. With Jake Shields‘s contract coming to an end after his upcoming fight against Dan Henderson, the Strikeforce middleweight champ is on White’s mind

"Dan Henderson is fighting [expletive] Jake Shields. Come on. Are you serious? Jake Shields is 170 pounds, and he’s their (185-pound) champion.  And I just found out today that they’re running commercials on [CBS], and the commercials are like three seconds, and it basically says, ‘MMA legend Dan Henderson,’ and he hits a heavy bag, I guess, and looks back at the camera. That’s the [expletive] commercial. How about, ‘Jake Shields is our [expletive] champion’?
"Jake Shields is on the last fight of his contract, so they’re feeding him to Dan Henderson right now because they want to get rid of him because he’s going to go away, or they’re going to have to pay him some big money to stick around or whatever the deal is. ‘We’re paying more money to Dan Henderson than we can afford already, so let’s get Jake’s ass kicked by Dan Henderson and get rid of Jake Shields.’…
"If Jake Shields could [pull off an upset], that would be incredible, and good for him. He’s going to get paid because what’s going to happen is we would love to take him from there, and I’m sure they’d love him to stick around. I will help drive that [expletive] number right up through the roof and let the Showtime boys pay him a lot of money so that Jake can stick it right up their ass. ‘I just choked out Dan Henderson, and now you [expletives] are going to pay me for trying to stick it up my ass. I’m going to stick it up yours.’"

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montanamonster- March 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm
Brokeback Dana, ease up on the ass penetration comments all the time. It is pretty creepy.
Komodo- March 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm
• Bummer for Ludwig... I've wanted to see that guy get back in and knock some fuckers out for a while.
• Kongo bored my tits right the fuck off and got shit done. Ain't that a bitch.
paskhl- March 22, 2010 at 2:31 pm
I know,but it's not only Dana White;in every 3 or 4 MMA comments we can read things like;"sucking dicks,sticking up things in your ass,
he's on (whatever)'s dick,etc...

I don't know what that is all about.I don't think it's all DW's fault!
But,it's definitely an MMA fans fascination.
On another MMA site,we use to be able to comment anonymously,and they had to change their rules cuz the comments were worst than a gay porn site(no kidding!)
What's wrong with these ppl?I don't know!
ghostboner- March 22, 2010 at 12:58 pm
I might be the only one but I think it is pretty dam cool that Dana decided to hand out three Ko of the night bonuses. Sucks for the one loser who would normally get the other half of FOTN, but was there really even a FOTN candidate? I suppose it could have been on the portion of the undercard that we didn't see.
831 Son- March 22, 2010 at 11:41 am
Bout time the UFC comes to the bay. I am going for fucking sure.
And im also more pumped for when John Howard and Anthony Johnson finally fight.

But what the fuck is with all the commercials that are on during the UFC. Fight Nights on spike are the same fucking way and its stupid.
KidDinomite- March 22, 2010 at 11:30 am
-100 Mike Goldberg

For announcing every other ten minutes that the UFC on Versus is free. Yeah, we know, that's why we're watching.
Videodrome_NOW- March 22, 2010 at 11:10 am
These are fucking great comments. Going to have to give props to:
GroundFighterMMA-i've been to Oakland and the city, thought i was going to get eaten alive
H.O.N.K.Y.K.O.N.G-the most intelligent jokes I've heard in a while. the yes cartwheel joke, alone, was all worth it. cheers.
agentsmith-Xenu=Badass. and the beaver thing.

But no props to you ShogunVK. That was all one sentence and that means you get the Hooked on Phonics award!

Shields and Diaz as package deal "cuz they frum the same gym, homeys." Fuck testing for weed. Can i get an amen?
macreadysshack- March 22, 2010 at 9:45 am
@Jimbonics Yeah, not re-signing Hendo was a fucking travesty. I think DW's rationale on the Shields thing is that Shields is a natural 170 pounder and if Hendo, a natural 185/205er beats him it's basically meaningless to him. He thinks Shields still has a lot of value at 170. I hate Jake shields. I hate his weird Jay Leno jaw, bleached teeth and boring ass style in the ring and out. There's no arguing with his effectiveness, though. I can't personally see why DW would want another dud personality around, whatever his record is. I think DW's blinded by his own competitiveness.
Unabomberman- March 22, 2010 at 9:39 am

Just chain shit to volcanoes and drop nukes on it. That'll do.

As for Vera, what a pussy. He just took an elbow to the eye and called it a day. Back in the day, Christians would fight lions with nothing but their bare hands and their beards, in the roman coliseum, and would never quit. Lame.
macreadysshack- March 22, 2010 at 9:37 am
@ agentsmith Holy shit, that's exactly what he looks like! The animal, I mean.

BTW, that's exactly what would have happened to the 'old Brandon Vera'. Hey, at least he kept his promise.
ShogunVK- March 22, 2010 at 8:47 am
What a strange night of fight seemed to me and my friends their were to many commercials but other then that it was good as for a update on Veras injury initial reports say his face is broken in 3 places and was not allowed to board his plane due to his Injury ...OUCH !!!!
agentsmith- March 22, 2010 at 8:29 am
If that pudgy fuck Buentello doesn't get cut after that shitshow, I'm going to sacrifice a virgin and/or kitten to Xenu.

Is it just me, or does he look like a shaved beaver? I mean the animal.
fACE7biter- March 22, 2010 at 7:35 am
Why would they give Jones Knockout of the Night? He didn't knock out Vera anymroe than Alessio knocked out Irvin. Idiots. I can understand splitting the Bonus between JDS and Doomsday though, especially Doomsday. He threw a fucking IED in Roberts' face.

Far as Kongo goes, I didn't find him all that boring. It seemed like he's really trying to turn his weak ground game into something atleast comparable to his stand up. Can't blame a guy for trying to be a complete package and get back to contendership.

My prediction is Dos Santos fights Cain Velasquez for the end all be all #1 contender to the winner of Mir/Carwin Vs. Lesnar. Jon Jones should fight the loser of Machida/Shogun.
dranokills- March 22, 2010 at 7:04 am
Well Steff, it's been this way ever since ASSfliction.

Don't worry, soon it will be all about his strikeFARCE.
jimbonics- March 22, 2010 at 7:04 am
So.... DW wouldn't resign Hendo... but will gladly take Jake Shields after Hendo beats him? Here I was thinking the UFC was trying to distance itself from boring wrestlers.
h.o.n.k.y.k.o.n.g- March 22, 2010 at 7:00 am
I honestly thought Gonzaga would do better, seeing as how he broke his foot off in Cro Cop's ass, but in doing so, forced Cro Cop to literally break his own foot off in his OWN ass, thereby making Gonzaga a foot-break-ass master.

Then JDS broke his foot off in Gonzaga's ass. Weird.

I'd like to thank Dana White for inspiring me to make everything I say somehow ass-related. You're my hero, Uncle Fester.

I'm now going to turn to Rampage for religious advice.

PS. Did anyone see Jones do the "Yes Cartwheel" just before his fight? Pretty sweet. I knew it'd catch on sooner or later.
Crap Factory- March 22, 2010 at 6:59 am
Any word on what Vera's injury is? That elbow was vicious!
Old_Bald_and_Irish- March 22, 2010 at 6:59 am
I think it's pretty clear that this will be Shields' last fight for Strikeforce. Personally, I kinda feel that DW may be right that Strikeforce never really capitalized on Jake as a champ. Then again, Strikeforce only has about 12 months of post Elite XC under their belt. Strikeforce has done a lot in a short time, so I can't fault them for letting a few things slip through the cracks.

Frankly, Shields vs Hendo will be a defining fight for Jake. Unless his striking/boxing has REALLY INPROVED, he's gonna have a really tough time against Dan. If Jake can beat Dan, it will be pretty incredible.
Steffmeister- March 22, 2010 at 6:40 am
What's with DW's crazy facination about sticking things up guy's ass'es!?
GroundFighterMMA- March 22, 2010 at 6:38 am
GroundFighterMMA- March 22, 2010 at 6:35 am
"The next "UFC on Versus" event will take place August 1st in Oakland, California. No fights have been announced yet."

Other than the Fight that will break out in the audience. Bay Area 4 Lyfe!
FlashinLeather- March 22, 2010 at 6:26 am
So anyone with a submission or a knockout is getting an OF THE NIGHT is this suppose to be a special award again?