Okay, word is Eddie Sanchez got awarded knockout of the night somehow, which of course means he got a $50,000 bonus. For those number crunchers among you, that basically doubles what Sanchez made on the fight. Now you all know me: I’m apparently a big communist pinko for suggesting that lower level fighters get paid more than the scaps the UFC drops from the dinner table. But in the case of Eddie Sanchez, I think he’s getting paid too fucking much.
In fact, I think that Sanchez’ bonus should go to the people he REALLY knocked out: the MMA fans who had to suffer through his bullshit fight with Soa Palalei. The only award that fight should have won was ‘Worst Fight of the Night’ … to remind you of how terrible this fight was let me quote my own liveblog of the experience:
Eddie pushes Soa back with strikes but spins him against the cage and now he’s the one pushing someone against the cage. I slap myself to try and stay awake. Although I give this a 10 out of 10 for quality hugging. Yep. That’s some good tender hugging. Yes, struggle to hug. Hug to struggle. It’s all good baby. Aw Yamasaki, why you stopping the hugging?
They’re split, and Eddie is throwoing shitty jabs. Soa finally pushes Eddie against the fence and Eddie starts yelling “Yeehaw, come on boy! Yeah boy!” I’m not making this up. Yamasaki is equally disturbed and splits it.
In two and a half rounds, Mario Yamasaki seperated the fighters due to inaction 5 fucking times. Nuff said! And it’s not like Sanchez couldn’t have finished it. Right off the bat in the second round it was obvious Palalei was toast, but Eddie just didn’t have the balls to stand on the outside and finish him off. It was like watching Stephen Hawking drop a game of Connect Four to an eight year old. Sure, Eddie’s not Hawking, but wouldn’t it be cool if he was? I’d love to hear “Yeehaw, come on boy!” coming out of Hawking’s voicebox computer. In fact, I think it would sound a little something like this.