If it wasn’t bad enough that Karo Parisyan’s short, jiggly abortion of a performance got shown TWICE last night, he’s also out of a job:
“I’ll never put a fighter in harm’s way,” White said. “But Karo came in here tonight and proved he can’t compete at this level anymore.”
The way Dana tells it, it was Karo contacting him about getting back in the UFC, not the other way around. Let’s hope the guy gets another shot … when he’s actually ready for it this time.
Fightmetric has the Jackson / Machida fight as a draw on the 10-point must system and Machida as the winner via their arcane winner-ness calculation. As far as I can tell, this is based completely off more ‘significant’ leg kicks in the first round, which seems ridiculous when you remember Quinton Jackson nearly decapitating the dude with uppercuts. Leg kicks are important, but let’s not get crazy now.
Fortunately, Dana White says there will be no immediate rematch. Thank you, baby Jesus.
As for BJ Penn’s future, he’s being somewhat laissez-faire:
“You know what? For the first time in my career, I’m going to let Dana make that call,” Penn said. “Whatever Dana says, we’ll go with that.”
That left the boss in shock.
“Holy [expletive],” White gasped.
Which has already led to a proposed fight between BJ Penn and Jon Fitch at UFC 127 in Australia.
A lot of people want to retool the entire judging system over Rampage / Machida. Some are saying this is exactly why we need five round main events. Others say this all could have been ‘fixed’ by half point scoring, or even a 20-point must system.
And hey, even though he didn’t need it, Rampage still had a reason for losing ready to go:
“None of you guys know this, but this fight was almost canceled a few days ago because I caught a fever from my son and was throwing up and everything and had to cut weight,” he said. “I was like, ‘I almost didn’t make it to the fight.’ But I didn’t want to let my fans down. I really wanted to come in and do everything I had and give it my all since Detroit was so pumped for this fight.”
Ariel Helwani’s post-123 interview with Dana White. Sounds like the ‘big make-up’ fight Dana was talking about post-UFC 112 is officially dead.
The Palace at Auburn Hills can hold a staggering 24,000 people, so I was very interested to see how attendance did for UFC 123. The answer: 16,400 people for a 2.1 million gate.
Australia > Germany. The UFC is going to feed Dennis Siver to George Sotiropoulos in Australia. It’s not a shoe-in victory, but we all know what direction this is supposed to go.
This quote from Pat Miletich before the Penn / Hughes 3 fight seems extra relevant now:
Jonathan Snowden: When you have two top fighters, the littlest things can be huge. What was the difference between Hughes and Penn on that night?
Pat Miletich: B.J. was hungry man. He came out and got Matt early and that’s what you have to do with Matt. Guys are not going to win a long drawn out battle with Matt. If you don’t get Matt early or get Matt hurt early, you’re in for a really crappy night because he’s going to wear you down. His strength and his power – it’ll wreck you.