As always, Iron Forges Iron is first up with teh gifs. At one point, ZombieProphet had a gif of a knockout finish up less than five minutes after it happened. Now that’s dedication.

Also impressive in speed is MMA Fighting, who have some pics from Esther Lin up already. Here we see Big Nog knocking Brendan Schaub out and showing that young pup what’s what. As a side note, my family is up from Tennessee and this was the only fight my mom picked wrong the whole night, based soley on fighter sexiness. I guess she likes beefcakes because she even picked Stanislav Nedkov to win.

No stream for the UFC Rio press conference (Chael was right about the internet thing I guess), but fortunately there’s news streaming out of the twitters.

Bonuses: 100k a pop
Fight of the Night: Barbosa / Pearson
KO of the Night: Big Nog
Sub of the Night: No submissions!! So no bonus

Our good friend Hywel Teague surfaced at UFC Rio and got this pimp video of the crowd at the HSBC Arena just after Anderson Silva won. They blew Montreal and Toronto out of the water, hands down. Can’t imagine how it’s going to be when the UFC does it’s 100,000 person Sambodrone thingamabob!

Here’s a decent reason why Forrest Griffin may have performed so badly last night:

“His wife is literally getting ready to deliver their baby in Las Vegas right now,” White said after thanking Griffin for taking the fight against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on the UFC 134 card. “We’re going to try and get him home as fast as we can.”

Gah, sounds like we’re still not uber-close to Anderson Silva vs GSP … Dana White is using the ‘there’s a few guys each has to beat’ line again:

“I think there’s a couple other fights out there for him at 185 [pounds],” the UFC president said of Silva before admitting that both GSP and the middleweight champ are “getting into a position here where that fight’s going to make sense.”

If it does materialize soon, the biggest problem, according to White, might be finding the right venue to host the dream fight.

“I honestly believe, there’s a couple more fights for Anderson and Georges, and if they both win, I honestly don’t know if there’s a stadium big enough for that fight.”

Whatchoo talkin bout, Dana? Sambodromo! Sambodromo!