UFC 139 Results/Recap/Live Gate/Medicals/Bonuses

This week there is no need for my ‘If I ruled the Universe’ post fight recap and results, despite some of the fights going against my predictions, I wouldn’t change anything but the Torres fight (I want to see him ferocious again). It was one of the greatest cards in UFC history.

If you missed it, you will be one of the unlucky few who has to hear the rest of us talk, and talk, and talk about it relentlessly for the rest of your life. Seriously, it was that good. Hendo vs. Shogun was better than Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar I, yes, it was that spectacular. Going all 5 rounds, Shogun and Hendo showed the world what true grit and determination really is. Earning them FOTN Bonuses. Not only did the fight earn Hendo some extra cash, it gave him a possible title shot at whichever weight he chooses, be it 185 or 205…oh, I can’t wait.

Wanderlei Silva and Cung Le put on one hell of a a match, complete with vintage Pride Wanderlei finishing his opponent with a Muay Thai clinch and knees, he finished Cung Le with knees to the face in a Muay Thai clinch! Do I have to repeat that again? Yes? Ok. He finished Cung Le with knees to the face in a Muay Thai clinch! Did I mention they also got FOTN Bonuses? Well they did too. When was the last time 2 fights got FOTN Bonuses?

Who could forget Urijah Faber? After being criticized for having ‘too many title shots’ he came out and made a statement all over Brian Bowles broken body. Once again, a vintage display by a vintage Faber. He was explosive, delivered elbows from all angeles, standing he rocked Bowles, on the ground he GnP’d him sensless, picked him up and slammed him for good measure and finally submitted him with authority. If Urijah Faber was Eric Cartman he would have yelled ‘Respect my Authortay!’ in Brian Bowles face as he was strangling the life out of his body. Yes, it was that Epic. That performance earned him Sub of the Night and another well deserved title shot. Look out Dominick Cruz.

On the undercard, Ryan Bader brought the pain, snapping his 2 fight losing streak with a brutal KO of Jason Brilz, putting Bader back on track in the LHW division. Bader looked dominating, relaxed and his stand up is improved. Expect him to move up in competition for his next fight. Bader has a great future ahead of him in the LHW division. Michael McDonald KO’d Alex Soto in 56 seconds of the first round. A brilliantly timed punch followed up by a Muay Thai clinch and knees (sound familiar?). Gleison Tibau and Rafael dos Anjos put on a bout that on any other card would have won FOTN, Tibau is ready for the next stage in the LW division. I’d like to see him face Melvin Guillard now. Seth Baczynski finsihed Matt Brown by submission in the first 42 seconds of round 2 capping off a very good fight, which followed my favorite non main card moment of the night. Danny Castillo TKO’d Shamar Baily in brutal fashion. When Rogan interviewed him, he called Baily out for not making weight, giving excuses for it and saying he couldn’t lose the last 2 pounds. He called it unprofessional, disrespectful and total bullsh!t. I couldn’t have agreed more. It was in his words, the reason he came out so strong and finished Baily. Good on you Castillo.

While watching the main event, I could’t help but think, ‘Man, this should have been the UFC on Fox fight’. Then the 4th round came, and I realized it was just too much for the non MMA educated Jay Leno watching/loving middle America audience who tuned into see Cain vs. JDS. It would have blown their minds, leading them to have knee jerk reactions, thus hurting the sport in the long run. Apparently after the fight Dana White had a similar thought.

From 411mania.com:

“Those of us who are in this room and people who have been watching this for a long time just incredibly appreciate what those two did tonight in there, and you can understand what they went through and what’s going on. The rest of the world would go, ‘Oh my God. What was that?'”

Live Gate: 13173 attendees

Attendance: $1.268 million

PPV #’s: We will update as the info is released.

Medical Suspensions:

Dan Henderson: suspended 180 days with 180 days no contact for a possible right thumb fracture, suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact for a “hard bout,” needs MRI/CT scan for clearance.
Mauricio Rua: suspended 180 days with 180 days no contact for a possible facial and skull fracture, suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for a “hard bout,” and suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact for eyebrow laceration
Michael McDonald: suspended 180 days with 180 days no contact for possible fracture on right ring finger
Gleison Tibau: suspended 180 days with 180 days no contact (or until cleared by X-ray) for possible fracture on right thumb
Wanderlei Silva: suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact (or until cleared by physician) for eyebrow laceration
Martin Kampmann: suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact (or until cleared by physician) for forehead and right eyebrow laceration
Rick Story: suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact (or until cleared by physician) for chin laceration
Cung Le: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO loss and suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact (or until cleared by physician) for possible nasal fracture
Brian Bowles: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for submission loss
Jason Brilz: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO loss
Alex Soto: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO loss
Tom Lawlor: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for submission loss
Shamar Bailey: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO loss

Fighter Salaries:

Prelim Card:

Danny Castillo: $35,600 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Shamar Bailey: $8,000*

Seth Baczynski: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Brown: $12,000

Miguel Torres: $60,800 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Nick Pace: $4,000*

Gleison Tibau: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Rafael Dos Anjos: $16,000

Chris Weidman: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Def. Tom Lawlor: $12,000

Michael McDonald: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. Alex Soto: $6,000

Ryan Bader: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Jason Brilz: $13,000

Main Card:

Stephan Bonnar: $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus)
def. Kyle Kingsbury: $10,000

Martin Kampmann: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
def. Rick Story: $19,000

Urijah Faber: $64,000 (includes $32,000 win bonus)
def. Brian Bowles: $19,000

Wanderlei Silva: $200,000 (no win bonus)
def. Cung Le: $350,000

Dan Henderson: $250,000 (no win bonus)
def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua: $165,000

* – Bailey and Pace were each fined 20% of their show purse for missing weight, Bailey in the amount of $1,600 and Pace $800. The money went to their opponents.

$70,000 bonuses:

  • Fight of the Night: Brazil Wanderlei Silva vs. South Vietnam Cung Le and Brazil Maurício Rua vs. United States Dan Henderson
  • Knockout of the Night: United States Michael McDonald
  • Submission of the Night: United States Urijah Faber

Preliminary card (Facebook)

  • Catchweight (158 lb) bout: United States Shamar Bailey vs. United States Danny Castillo
    Castillo defeated Bailey via TKO (punches) at 4:52 of round 1. This bout aired on the Spike broadcast following the Bader vs. Brilz fight.
  • Welterweight bout: United States Matt Brown vs. United States Seth Baczynski
    Baczynski defeated Brown via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:42 of round 2. This bout aired on the Spike broadcast following the McDonald vs. Soto fight.
  • Catchweight (141 lb) bout: United States Miguel Torres vs. United States Nick Pace
    Torres defeated Pace via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
  • Lightweight bout: Brazil Gleison Tibau vs. Brazil Rafael dos Anjos
    Tibau defeated dos Anjos via split decision (28–29, 29–28, 30–27).
  • Middleweight bout: United States Tom Lawlor vs. United States Chris Weidman
    Weidman defeated Lawlor via technical submission (D’Arce choke) at 2:07 of round 1. This bout aired on the Spike broadcast following the Bailey vs. Castillo fight.

Preliminary card (televised)

  • Bantamweight bout: United States Michael McDonald vs. Mexico Alex Soto
    McDonald defeated Soto via KO (punches) at 0:56 of round 1.
  • Light Heavyweight bout: United States Ryan Bader vs. United States Jason Brilz
    Bader defeated Brilz via KO (punch) at 1:17 of round 1.

Main card

  • Light Heavyweight bout: United States Stephan Bonnar vs. United States Kyle Kingsbury
    Bonnar defeated Kingsbury via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–25, 30–27).
  • Welterweight bout: Denmark Martin Kampmann vs. United States Rick Story
    Kampmann defeated Story via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 29–28). A mistake was made by one of the judges during the event, scoring the fight 29–28 in favor of Story, initially resulting in a split decision. The call was reversed after the end of the event.
  • Bantamweight bout: United States Urijah Faber vs. United States Brian Bowles
    Faber defeated Bowles via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:27 of round 2.
  • Middleweight bout: Brazil Wanderlei Silva vs. South Vietnam Cung Le
    Silva defeated Le via TKO (knees and punches) at 4:49 of round 2.
  • Light Heavyweight bout: Brazil Maurício Rua vs. United States Dan Henderson
    Henderson defeated Rua via unanimous decision (48–47, 48–47, 48–47).