(image by Mista Peter O’Toole!)
Fan judging for the Kenny Florian vs Jose Aldo fight was all over the place, but FightMetric had Aldo winning all five rounds due to more significant strikes.
Both Joe Lauzon and Dana White agree: Melvin Guillard was looking past his fight on Saturday night:
“I was back in the hotel room taking it easy and relaxing because I knew I had to tend to business tonight,” he said after the show. “I definitely think he was overlooking the whole entire thing. He was looking past me. But I like being in that position. I hope everyone overlooks me like that.”
“He came dancing in there like he won, like he just won the fight, instead of being serious,” White said of Guillard’s pre-fight posturing. “It’s one of the things I always say about this – and I’m not taking anything away from Lauzon. Lauzon fought awesome. It would be one thing if we said, ‘It went to the ground and Lauzon submitted him.’ But he rocked him twice and then submitted him.
“That kid just doesn’t have the focus that he needs. [Guillard] has got all the talent and the skills.”
While Chael Sonnen seems pretty insistent on fighting Anderson Silva in Vegas for Super Bowl weekend, the UFC ain’t so sure. No one really mentioned this, but it must be in the back of people’s minds that Chael can’t fight in Nevada right now due to his unresolved commission issues in California. In fact, Texas may be one of the few commissions willing to license him, meaning the fight just may happen at Cowboys Stadium:
“We’ve been talking to (Cowboys owner) Jerry Jones for a while about doing a fight there,” White said. “It’s just got to be the right fight. We’re definitely going there. It’s just a matter of when.”
Could Dallas host the rematch?
“I think it could,” White said. “I think we could do a big, big venue for that one.”
A reporter from Brazil practically begged Dana White to hold the rematch in Brazil, but Dana must still have visions of riots in his mind: he said something about wanting Chael to make it out of the fight alive before moving on to other topics.
Did Keith Florian’s shreiking during his brother Kenny’s fight with Jose Aldo drive you bonkers for five rounds? You weren’t the only one. “Keith Florian” trended on twitter tonight, and surprisingly enough most people weren’t fans of his cornering style. Some samples:
@BlondAmbitionTO: Keith Florian: Your grating tone and gutteral, frenzied screams are as welcoming as a yeast infection. Zip zip zip it. #ufc
@MMAOUTSIDER Keith Florian is on the top of his game. His game is yelling useless advice
@MikeGin140 Keith Florian is why I never feel too bad when Kenny loses a title fight.
@BIAHTroyMachir Imagine the loudest most obnoxious Red Sox fan you can. Whatever that is, multiply by 10, and that’s Keith Florian for you
@justinfauxmma Keith Florian almost went two rounds without me contemplating suicide at the sound of his voice, impressive.
@OLDIRTYBEAR86 Deaf people can hear Keith Florian
We’ll talk about Frankie Edgar’s amazing finish in a second, but how about a moment to discuss the amazing butt on tonight’s guest Octagon Girl Vanessa Hanson. Thanks to the Reverend for the find.
Awards for this event were set at 75k a pop, with Nam Phan vs Leonard Garcia getting Fight of the Night (and confirming our suspicions that retarded slugfests > amazing fights every time). Submission of the Night went to Joe Lauzon (even though Chael’s arm triangle was slicker) and KO of the Night goes to none other than Frankie Edgar.
The scorecard for Frankie Edgar / Gray Maynard III heading into the fourth. Based on this, what is needed for a 10-8 round is at least two rolling backflips. (via MattRoth512)
Our homebitch Esther’s UFC 135 gallery is quickly filling up over at MMAFighting.com. Above: Joe Lauzon, the goofiest badass on the planet.
In case you missed Chael Sonnen’s victory speech:
“Anderson Silva – you absolutely suck. Super Bowl weekend … the biggest rematch in the history of the sport. I’m calling you out, Silva, but we’re upping the stakes. I beat you, you leave the division. You beat me, I’ll leave the UFC forever.”
Heh, well played sir. Oh, if you were wondering if Chael was still taking testosterone leading up to this fight in Texas and if it could cause any problems, here’s how he answered that question before the event:
“I really can’t get into it because I don’t fully understand it myself. It’s one of those things you try to learn as best you go but I’m not the guy who handles that. I’m not a manager. And they don’t make it extremely clear. There’s not a web site or anything we can go to to find out. …It would be helpful if the commissions told us more. It makes it tough on a guy to follow a rule when nobody is willing to clarify what the rule is.”
The UFC 136 press conference is going as of 12:20AM EST. Above, the sad side of the podium table.