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.