Shane Carwin got about as close as he could possibly get to wrapping UFC gold around his waist, but still going home empty handed. That is going to weigh on his mind heavily for quite awhile. How he bounces back will be interesting. It will be more of an emotional test than a physical one. We’ve seen plenty of fighters falter after coming so close to achieving their ultimate goal, yet coming up short. Of course, we’ve also seen many come back better than before. I’m guessing Shane is the latter, but time will tell.

On the flip-side, Brock Lesnar got about as close he could possibly get to losing his title, but still came away the victor. I’m not really sure how it’s possible for any man to eat Shane Carwin’s punches like Lesnar did, survive and still win the fight. Love him or hate him, there’s no questioning the man has the heart of a champion.

“I stand before you a humble champion, but I’m still the toughest S.O.B. around.”

Both men deserve props for the performances they put on tonight. It’s not often that fights live up to the hype, but this one certainly did.

Moving on, you can check out the UFC 116 post-fight press conference streaming on Brock Lesnar was a very happy and gracious man, especially thankful to Josh Rosenthal who gave him the opportunity to weather Carwin’s storm. Brock didn’t have any inappropriate outbursts tonight like UFC 100, but he did make light of it when Ariel Helwani asked how he was going to celebrate.

“I’m gonna watch DirecTV, drink Bud Light, and get on top of my Harley Davidson.”

Shane Carwin went to the hospital after the fight for hyperventilating, but word is he was cleared and made it to his after-party.

Dana White was so blown away by tonight’s action he declared UFC 116 as “one of the best nights of his UFC career.” Everyone is getting paid!

The image above came from Esther Lin’s UFC 116 photo gallery at MMA Fighting. Check it out, it’s awesome.

That’s it for now. I’ll have plenty more tomorrow in a post-fight news and notes post.