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UFC 140 Post-Fight News & Notes: Four-Man Flyweight Tournament, Lesnar-Overeem Rumors, Brittney Palmer in Playboy

Rundown of post-fight news and notes from UFC 140…

— Despite reports that tickets weren’t selling well for UFC 140, 18,303 UFC fans still showed up at the Air Canada Centre for a $3.9 million live gate.

— Chan Sung Jung, aka The Korean Zombie, pocketed an extra $75,000 for knocking out Mark Hominick in a record-tying 7 seconds (still not sure why Duane Ludwig’s 4 second KO at UFC Fight Night 3 isn’t recognized as the fastest). Frank Mir earned the “Submission of the Century” (Dana’s words, not mine) for snapping Big Nog’s arm with quite possibly the nastiest kimura we’ve ever seen. Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida picked up the Fight of the Night bonus.

— As expected, Dana White announced that the UFC will be adding a 125 lbs. flyweight division this year. The weight class will debut at UFC on FX 2 with a four-man tournament to determine the first UFC flyweight champion. The match-ups will be Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall and Joseph Benavidez vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani. It’s not official, but MMA Junkie is reporting that UFC on FX 2 will take place on March 4 in Sydney, Australia.

— Rumors started flying tonight that Alistair Overeem may be pulled out of his fight against Brock Lesnar at UFC 141. The rumor apparently started with the following tweet Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole sent out earlier tonight.

Hearing could be a change in UFC 141 main event. Overeem may be out of the fight.

Ariel Helwani asked Dana White if the rumors were true at the UFC 141 press conference, but Dana shot them down like it was crazy talk. Nevertheless, Overeem does have business with the NSAC on Monday. The agenda says that Overeem is requesting a fight license, however Josh Gross is hearing there’s more to it, possibly related to a pre-fight drug test. That’s all anyone knows for now, but hopefully there’s nothing to it and Overeem doesn’t get pulled. That would seriously suck.

If he does though, Frank Mir said at the post-fight presser that he feels healthy enough to fill in for Overeem if need be.

“If the rumors that you’re hearing are true, I wouldn’t mind having to step in for Overeem and taking on Brock,” said Mir. “I’m pretty healthy and three weeks isn’t bad turnaround.”

— The exact nature of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s injuries are unknown, but Dana White told Ariel Helwani that he heard that both his shoulder and elbow were damaged. It also looks like his arm is broken in an x-ray the UFC tweeted after the fight. Big Nog is flying back to Vegas with Dana and will have surgery in LA this week. Both Frank Mir and Dana White said they knew Big Nog wouldn’t tap. Definitely a tough loss for Nogueira, but he at least appeared to be in good spirits despite the outcome.

The extent of Tito Ortiz’s injuries aren’t known either but it sure looked like Lil’ Nog might have broken one or two his ribs judging by the way Tito was wincing in pain immediately after the fight was called. Dana was non-committal about the last fight on Tito’s contract, but you have to imagine they’ll give it to him when he recovers, right?

— In case you didn’t notice, Brittney Palmer was back tonight as a UFC Octagon girl. You know where else you’ll be seeing Brittney? In Playboy. Ariel Helwani confirmed with “sources close to Playboy” that Ms. Palmer will appear in the March issue. She follows in the footsteps of UFC Octagon girls Rachelle Leah and Arianny Celeste who also posed nude in the magazine.

— For the first time in his short career, Jon Jones actually looked beatable when Lyoto Machida was able to get the best of the him in the first round. That quickly changed though in round two was Jones had enough of Machida’s crafty striking and put him on his back. A forehead slicing elbow and a standing guillotine later, Machida was an unconscious, bloody mess and once again Jon Jones racked up another win and retained his title. It caps off one of the greatest years ever for a mixed martial artist with wins over Ryan Bader, Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson and Lyoto Machida. The run has undoubtedly earned Jones a little time off and he wasn’t afraid to ask for it. He wants to take 4-5 months and Dana said he’s definitely cool with it. Dana added that Rashad Evans will definitely get the next shot if he beats Phil Davis, but wasn’t as definitive about Davis if he wins. Sounds like there’s still room for Dan Henderson to slide into that number one contender’s spot if things don’t work out with Evans.

— Despite a ton of fan backlash, Dana White said he is not changing his mind about Miguel Torres. It doesn’t mean he’ll never be let back in, but he’s definitely cut for now.

Image via Tracy Lee for Yahoo! Sports

  • Aaron_johnson425

    I’ve been arguing that Rashad should have gotten the next crack at Jones, but realistically Hendo has a better chance of winning.

    I’m so disappointed that Jones won. I was really hoping that Machida would bring this cocky kid back down to earth. He’s telented for sure, but I’m already sick of the bandwagon and his fake little image.

    • Matt Silliman

      I agree, something and jones seems fake. He might be sincere but it seems to rub people the wrong way. Regardless, he is good and he finishes fights EVERY time. He’s not just beating the best 205 has to offer, he’s destroying them. It’s scary to think someone could win four fights against guys like this and finish all of them.

      If he gets past rashad, Hendo, and Davis who else at 205 is there?

      • Jacob Berezansky


        • Eric Vega

          Silva Vs. Jones is never happening. Jones would have to set aim for the heavyweight division.

      • Jacob Berezansky

        And Tito Ortiz of course.

      • Aaron_johnson425

        We’ll see where Jones is in a year. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype. But the same people hyping Jones now were the same ones talking about the “Machida era” or how Brock Lesnar was “unstoppable”. And we saw those myths debunked. He’s good. But it’s way too early to start calling him the best. After all, Jones did get lit up in the first round. And his vaunted counterstriking consisted of him flailing his limbs as he ran for his life. He adjusted well and got the win over a quality opponent. But it was proven that he’s not invincible.

    • Aalvarez10460

      I think Machida was the best chance we had. Were you watching those kicks Jones was throwing in the first round, I don’t think Hendo’s fast enough to jump out the way the way Machida was. 

  • Mr Kitty

    I only have a single issue with Jones and that’s the the way he handled the Rashad situation. They both agreed to never fight one another and then Jones said something to the effect that he would fight Rashad while giving an interview. And we all know the fall out from that, Rashad leaving Jackson’s etc etc etc. But I’m not hearing that from other people. I’m hearing people say he’s fake, he’s arrogant, and I think people need to cut him some slack. I mean he’s still really young, he’s literally been thrust into the spotlight over night. Give him some time to mature before writing him off.

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