Hey remember when Dana White said they wouldn’t release bonuses until fighters cleared their drug tests? Well that didn’t last very long. Perhaps the checks are held until testing comes back, but the announcements are still made now. That certainly makes a lot more sense than keeping mum on the subject until midway through next week when lab results are in and no one gives a shit any more.
Here’s the bonuses, which were bumped up to 60k a pop as a subtle “Shut the fuck up” to all the websites out there. There was a lot of talk over the past few weeks regarding the UFC tightening their belt with lower and lower bonus amounts, so I guess Dana thinks he can prove people wrong or at least throw them off guard with this latest spike in pay.
Fight of the Night: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Tim Sylvia
Submission of the Night: Frank Mir
Knockout of the Night: Chris Lytle
You can’t argue with the Frank Mir submission … managing a kneebar while being pounded upon by a giant freak is a feat to behold. And given the lack of a real competitive war on the card, I’m also down with Sylvia vs Nogueira getting the nod for fight of the night. I’m sure everyone is still just in shock over the fact that Tim Sylvia fought. He really fought. Wow. Blows my frackin’ mind. But Chris Lytle getting KO of the night? That’s just robbing Tim Boetsch, you fuckers.
Look at it like this: Chris Lytle’s opponent was a UFC virgin who’s record was padded with wins over a bunch of guys who have under .500 records. I haven’t seen a more disgraceful matchup in a long time. It’s almost to the point where the NSAC should be ashamed for even sanctioning that fight. Tim Boetsch’s record wasn’t exactly stellar either, but at least he was fighting someone with similar experience and skill in David Heath.
The point is, Boetsch’s win was much more impressive because you got the feeling going in that Heath was supposed to win, the same way Lytle was supposed to win. To me that makes Boetsch’s KO better. Pardon me if I’m not impressed by a salty veteran knocking the fuck out of a UFC virgin. How about we put Lytle up against a 14 year old next time so we have more excuses to give him bogus bonus money? I hate Chris Lytle so much. So very much.