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Bite size morsels coming out of UFC 124

There was a surprisingly small amount of interesting news coming out of this event – Dana White sounds like he’s sick of being on the road and feeling behind on his work. The man who normally has an excited answer for every question actually got pissed when people were asking him what was next for Georges, Toronto, and TUF. That means even though Georges vs Jake Shields is pretty much a shoe in for the Toronto stadium show, the best we got was this:

“The fight just got over,” White said. “Like I say all the time, every time we go into the press conference, you guys are trying to make fights. I just don’t know yet.”

“I think I’m OK,” St-Pierre said. “I will see the doctor. I have some bumps and bruises, but I’m healthy. So far, with the adrenaline, I feel good. We’ll see in a few minutes when things slow down, but I think I can go back to training inmaybe two or three days.”

It also sounds like Cain Velasquez will be making his first title defense in Toronto against Junior Dos Santos, although again: no confirmation from Mr Cranky, who pulled out Scott Coker’s trusty mantra of “We’ll know in a few weeks.”

What we won’t have to wait around for is whether Joe Stevenson’s UFC career is over. He’s in a bad position – he’s lost two in a row and while he looked great against Nate Diaz, fights against any of the top five at lightweight probably wouldn’t end well for him. But despite this, it sounds like the UFC will keep him around:

“Joe Stevenson has had a bad run, but it’s just so tough to cut a guy that comes in and does what he’s supposed to do,” White said. “He’s one of those guys. He got knocked out trying to knock [Danzig] out tonight. That’s what happened.

“We’ll see what happens with Joe Stevenson. I respect him. Joe (Silva) respects him. We like him. I wouldn’t say he’s getting cut.”

This continues the UFC’s difficult balancing act between scaring fighters away from fighting risky with quick firings and encouraging them to go for broke with bonuses and reprieves. Statistically it’s going to be hard to keep up, though.

Here’s an interesting quote regarding Koscheck’s pre-fight impression of how things were going to go. Poor Kos. He keeps guessing the wrong strategy for his fights with GSP.

“This is what Koscheck said to me yesterday: I saw him at the hotel, and he was like, ‘He’s never going to stand up with me. There’s no way he’s going to stand up with me,'” White said. “Georges St-Pierre stood up with him tonight.”

Ego is a bitch … it makes you more blind than 30 GSP jabs to the face.

Awards were a very impressive $100,000, although they didn’t always go to the right people:

  • Fight of the Night: Georges St. Pierre and Josh Koscheck
  • Submission of the Night: Jim Miller and Mark Bocek
  • Knockout of the Night: Mac Danzig

GSP vs Koscheck won FOTN based on the UFC allowing people to vote for it on a website during the event. Doing it for this event was a little shortsighted on the UFC’s part since Georges St Pierre was going to win any award the public could vote on, even if it had been Knockout of the Night. The real FOTN was Matt Riddle vs Sean Pierson and Dana promised they’d ‘be taken care of.’ Extra points for that, plus for doubling up submission of the night bonuses. Both Mark Bocek and Jim Miller should be very happy their opponents underestimated them and their mad jitz skillz.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    100K just proves how dumb fans can be.

  • Schrute Boxe says:

    Pierson/Riddle only looked ‘exciting’ because the latter fighter decided to employ the popular Leonard Garcia strategy and beat up the air while eating punches.

    Alves/Howard is probably the best (i.e. most competitive) candidate for FOTN.

  • P W says:

    “The real FOTN was Matt Riddle vs Sean Pierson and Dana promised they’d ‘be taken care of.”

    For fuck’s sake! That fight was a total frustrate-o-rama. It was a smörgåsbord (yes, with fucking umlauts thrown in for good measure) of things that you should NEVER do in a cage: 1) Turn away from your opponent, 2) Run away from your opponent, 3) Give fist bumps, 4) Pause in the middle of an exchange (!) to give fist bumps, 5) Have a haircut so fucking stupid it makes old Bulgarian cleaning ladies cringe.

    Some people said Riddle’s striking looked more like sparring. Joe Rogan said it looked like shadow boxing. That’s being too generous, unless by “shadow boxing” he actually meant “punching in the air like a wacko self-proclaimed karate master at the crappiest dojo in town”.

  • Letibleu says:

    How are people supposed to vote if they have not seen all the fights on the card? The only people that see all the fights are those present at the actual event for the entire event. The people at the event will always be biased because of crowd reaction.

    FOTN for me is split between Pierson/Riddle and Alves/Howard. Both were one sided but the Alves/Howard was more technical. Alves won because he the better fighter between the 2. Riddle lost because he was trying to knock out something standing 2 feet in front of Pierson whilst simultaneously trying to knock Pierson’s fist with his face.

  • dignan says:

    I couldn’t agree more about the Riddle/Pierson fight.

    Yes, Pierson gassed a little bit, but it seemed Joe Rogan was kissing Riddle’s ass the entire fight.

    All Riddle did was show us how to take a ton of strikes without answering them.

    He looked like a complete moron hillbilly, and is headed for some serious brain damage.

    His style reminded me of Bart and Lisa fighting. “I’m going to swing my arms like this and if anyone gets hit…”

    I was glad to see the judges accurately score it 30-27, but have a feeling it would’ve gone a different way if it was in Vegas.

  • fightlinker says:

    We saw it live so didn’t hear the rogan stuff – looking forward to watching the televised show because i was bored to tears by Alves / Howard. Re: Riddle / Pierson, I agree, it wasn’t the best fight in the world but it was still the best fight of the night. Second place goes to Pat Audinwood vs. John Makdessi cause it was fun watching Makdessi use axe and crescent kicks plus what might have been a question mark kick. Truth be told it was a bit slim pickings with no clear standout.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    alves vs howard was gsp vs kos but 10 minutes shorter featuring less quality fighters

  • Lesnar.Dancer says:

    I like how Helwani asked him about Overeem winning K-1 and he started talking about Fedor and Strikeforce.

  • P W says:

    “… gsp vs kos but 10 minutes shorter…”

    I’d say that’s something positive.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    true but you forgot the other part of that statement

  • P W says:

    “true but you forgot the other part of that statement”

    No, I purposefully ignore anything that doesn’t support my case! :)

  • CRM_Stephen says:

    I thought Pierson – Riddle was FOTN. Riddle is a more technical shadow boxer than Garcia.

  • epic says:

    That Riddle fight showed me that he has no brain and enjoys getting hit in the face. He does not look UFC caliber and needs to go to strikeforce challengers.

  • dignan says:


    I completely agree. He’s got stamina for days and absolutely zero intelligence. Age just hasnt caught up with him yet.

    I could imagine seeing it in person, you might think he was trading blows with Pierson, when in fact he was doing NOTHING but burning energy. It wouldn’t surprise me if he was on some kind of serious stimulant.

  • Letibleu says:

    It looked very different live than on video. It looked more silly.

  • CAP says:

    Riddle blows and must sell Rogan his weed cuz I don’t know why he was on his nuts so bad. At least the judges got it right unanimous for Pierson.

    Kos got tooled!