Pro wrestlers invaded UFC 116 and Ariel Helwani must have been on seventh heaven getting to interview all his favorite former WWE superstars. Fight Magazine also got some talk out of Paul Heyman and Zach Arnold muses on if the former wrestling promoter is going to jump on the MMA bandwagon. It does look like I’ll possibly have to ignore a whole lot more wrasslin’ related MMA news down the road.
Dana White reminds everyone at the press conference that the whole reason Chris Leben was even fighting last night was a) Nevada never says no to the UFC and b) Wanderlei Silva is a physical wreck:
“We talked about that. The problem is Wanderlei’s going to have knee surgery, and he’s going to be out for a while. The thing that I like, now Leben we’ll get to take some time off, heal, rest, relax. But get him right back in there. I think it’s important to keep him active, keep him busy. He looks great, and he’s completely matured as a fighter and as a person. I’m happy for him.”
Don’t be too peeved that an arm triangle choke trumped an inverse triangle / straight armbar for sub of the night awards. Dana says more money is coming for everyone who deserved it:
“What I expect of these guys is I expect these guys to go out and perform,” White said. “Let me tell you this, and I mean it, we’re writing some fucking checks tonight. We’re writing checks – more than what you heard here tonight. Guys are going to get well taken care of tonight. Tonight was the greatest night of fights I’ve ever seen. There’s going to be some happy motherfuckers skipping out of the MGM tonight, I’ll tell you that right now.”
There were several garbage trucks worth of trashy celebs attending UFC 116 but the most notable person they showed off was Nevada senator and senate majority leader Harry Reid, who’s currently fighting for re-election in the state against certifiably insane candidate Sharron Angle. No better way to win Joe Sixpack’s vote than to show up at one of those human cockfighting events, huh?
Above, Brock Lesnar the comedian. I’ve set the video to start from his ba-dum-tss moment.
Here’s Shane Carwin from his blog talking about what happened:
The game plan last night was to be patient and let the fight come to you. When I had him in trouble the ref keep saying he was going to stop it and then my body began to seize up. In between rounds I could not move my legs and had what felt like a I had a whole body cramp. My cardio was fine but my body was not. What can you do you have to stand up and face your opponent.
Heading into the second I knew I need to finish the fight or I was going to be in trouble. Much like the Champion he is I am sure Brock was thinking the same thing. I had zero take down defense as my legs were dead to me and the rest is as they say history.
And here’s Carwin’s thoughts on the ref not stopping the fight in the first:
“I felt Brock go out a few times,” he today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) via text message. “But it is the ref’s job to call the fight, and mine is to finish the fight.”