I dunno how much news is going to be coming out of tonight’s event. It’s bigger than your average Fight Night but not as big as a UFC ppv so we’ll see how things go. For now let’s start with who got them 30k bonuses:
Knockout of the Night: Melvin Guillard, and I’m sure Dana White is extra happy his Little Slugger Who Couldn’t is finally acheiving some of his potential. It’s hard to feel sorry for Mark Hominick on a night where he did as much as he possibly could to earn his title shot. But I still think the ref robbed George Roop of the right to be properly KTFO and Hominick a chance of competing in the KO of the Night sweepstakes.
Submission of the Night: Yves Edwards. We need to recall every dictionary in America so a picture of Yves choking out Cody McKenzie can be put next to the word ‘Irony.’ I’d say Cody spiced it up even more by not tapping, and that’s why I’m happy they got…
Fight of the Night: Cody McKenzie vs Yves Edwards. We hear the words ‘Classic striker vs grappler match-up’ way too much, especially since a lot of those matchups rarely end up being classic. Unless your definition of ‘classic’ means the shitty fights from the dark ages of MMA. This really was everything it was meant to be – Yves had it on the feet, Cody controlled it on the ground, and just as soon as you thought one guy was going to take it the other guy turned it around. Add an amazing finish and you got yourself a solid fight worth FOTN honors.
Even though we love Cody McKenzie, it’s hard to feel anything but a warm post-coital glow about that fight. It helps that I can’t remember the last FOTN winner who ended up also getting cut afterwards.
Those wondering about Pat Barry’s “Matt Mitrione, you’re fired” comment, he was playing off the time Matt fired his agent during a post fight interview with Joe Rogan.
CageWriter.com is the first site that seems to have some decent photos from tonight’s event, including a shot of new ring girl Allison Diehl looking like she wants to bite your dick off. I’d complain, but let this be a lesson in democracy – if you don’t vote, then you give up the right to complain afterwards. I didn’t vote because I refused to let Hooters penetrate my Facebook account. Now look what we’re stuck with. LOOK! More evidence that democracy just doesn’t work.
Here’s a look at the shirt you get if you donate $100+ to the Intrepid Fallen Heros Fund.
Here’s another picture of Hooters Ringgirl-elect Allison via MsTracyLee’s website. She’s also got a picture of all four ring girls. You get extra points for guessing which one’s most likely to get fired based on the amount of fear in their eyes.
For people with cellphones and a fear of entering credit card numbers into the internet, you can text “TROOPS” to 27722 to make a $10 donation.
Dana White respectfully disagrees with one of the judge’s scorecards for Wiman / Miller.
Twitter is a wonderful place to find sketchy links to sites like this that already have videos from tonight’s event.
Partial fundraising numbers are starting to roll in:
Immediately after Saturday’s show, Edelman said more than $600,000 had been donated simply via phone lines during the Spike TV broadcast. Millions more are expected to come through online donations and other avenues, including a UFC-related auction, over the next few days. (Make a donation at www.fightforthetroops.com.)
“We determine the need, and so far, we’ve never failed in raising the money we need,” he said. “So we just keep doing it until we have enough. We have about $13 or $14 million for research. We’d like to get to $20 million. And we’ll do whatever we need to to get there.”
2008’s Fight for the Troops event raised a total of over 4 million bucks, so here’s hoping people have been using the web and texting to throw a few bucks the Fallen Heros Fund’s way.
For those of you who like statistics, Compustrike has numbers up for all the main card fights from last night plus Yahya / Brown and Lowe / Friere. The most interesting number? It only took Mark Hominick 9 landed punches to smash George Roop’s face in.
More modest comments from Melvin Guillard, the guy who recently rode his bike for three rounds against Jeremy Stephens:
“Honestly, I feel I should be next in line,” Guillard said. “It’s been a long time coming.”
More pictures of the crowd from Tracy Lee over at Cagewriter. It’s starting to feel like she was the only photographer at the event.