UFC 148: Full Results/Recap/Meds/Salaries/Gate/Video
UFC 148. What can we say? The agony of defeat…the smell of victory…if you can’t beat them cheat them…”I want the ball coach.” “Winner’s always do.” (a quick Replacements quote for ya)
Where do we start, first off, we were underwhelmed by this event. The Facebook prelim was a good start, a good action filled 3 rounds, with some questionable judging. The Alessio and Roller fight was fun, Alessio may be on his way out of the UFC again while Roller may see a move up in competition, just a slight move up. Philippou and Fukuda went for it, up to that point, it was our favorite fight. We fully expected Melvin Guillard to save the day with an exciting fight, either winning big or losing big, but doing it BIG. Sadly, Guillard turned in a subdued performance on his way to a decision victory over Camoes, who btw deserves a step up in competition after that performance. We expected big things from Khabib Nurmagomedov and a strong showing from Tibau, we got both, Khabib wasn’t able to explode and finish Tibau like we (and many like us) expected, what he did do was go for it at every conceivable point in the fight. Tibau was just to cagey (forgive the pun) and experienced for the newcomer. We felt Tibau took the decision, but weren’t too upset by the decision for Khabib. Khabib learned a ton from that fight and should grow from it. Ivan Menjivar and Mike Easton did waht they came to do, sort of. Both guys looked good, but neither really tried to take the W in our opinion. Easton turned it on a few times to squeak out the victory. We expect more from both fighters next time out. Cody McKenzie may have fought his last UFC bout, Chad Mendes put a nasty punch right into his gut ending the fight in only 16 seconds. Cody’s striking has a bit to go still, more hours with the Diaz’s is just what the Dr. ordered. Dong Kim vs Maia ended just as quick as Kim injured his rib in the opening scramble against the cage, losing by TKO in 30 seconds or so. Quite the shame as it looked like that could have been an exciting fight.
Cung Le and Patrick Cote put on a festive bout, Cote showed his iron chin while a weary looking Cung Le tried over and over to land that one shot to finish Cote. Both fighters fought hard, giving a good back and forth bout for the fans, just not what we would call a UFC caliber fight. The same went for Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz. Ortiz and Griffin looked sluggish, and well, old. It was a grueling battle for both men with Forrest having just a bit more gas and landing a few more punches to take the W. Ortiz chose a good time to call it a career and we wish him good luck in his future endeavors. For many years, Tito Ortiz was the face of the UFC and we thank him for everything he has done in the sport we love. We were also sorry he didn’t get the W on his way out.
Anderson Silva did what he does best, land hand, foot and knee with pinpoint accuracy. Chael Sonnen came out strong and dominated the 1st round before Silva turned the table in the 2nd to TKO Chael and end the rivalry, not to mention Chael’s hopes of ever being Champ. Despite the win, Silva faced some backlash for his tactics in the Octagon™ (rubbing vaseline on his body, holding Chael’s shorts, and holding the cage before landing a questionable knee that proved to not be questionable) and his shoulder smack at the weigh ins. Anderson Silva has a way of rubbing the shine off of chrome more often than not. The big question now is, who the hell does he fight next? What did you think of the night?
Gate: $7 million
Middleweight Anderson Silva (c) vs Chael Sonnen
Anderson Silva: $200,000 (no win bonus)
def. Chael Sonnen: $50,000
Light Heavyweight Forrest Griffin vs Tito Ortiz
Forrest Griffin: $275,000 (includes $150,000 win bonus)
def. Tito Ortiz: $250,000
Middleweight Cung Le vs Patrick Côté
Cung Le: $150,000 (no win bonus)
def. Patrick Cote: $21,000
Welterweight Dong Hyun Kim vs Demian Maia
Demian Maia: $96,000 (includes $48,000 win bonus)
def. Dong Hyun Kim: $44,000
Featherweight Chad Mendes vs Cody McKenzie
Chad Mendes: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Cody McKenzie: $10,000
Bantamweight Ivan Menjivar vs Mike Easton
Mike Easton: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Ivan Menjivar: $13,000
Preliminary Card on FX
Lightweight Gleison Tibau vs Khabib Nurmagomedov
Khabib Nurmagomedov: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Gleison Tibau: $31,000
Lightweight Melvin Guillard vs Fabrício Camões
Melvin Guillard: $72,000 (includes $36,000 win bonus)
def. Fabricio Camoes: $8,000
Middleweight Constantinos Philippou vs Riki Fukuda
Constantinos Philippou: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Riki Fukuda: $28,000
Lightweight John Alessio vs Shane Roller
Shane Roller: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
def. John Alessio: $10,000
Preliminary Card on Facebook
Lightweight Rafaello Oliveira vs Yoislandy Izquierdo
Rafaello Oliveira: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Yoislandy Izquierdo: $6,000
- Fight of the Night: Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz
- Knockout of the Night: Anderson Silva
- No submission of the night was awarded.
- Chael Sonnen: Suspended until Aug. 7 with no contact until July 29 for nasal laceration.
- Forrest Griffin: Suspended until Aug. 22 with no contact until Aug. 12 for possible jaw injury. Additionally, must have CT scan of jaw and be cleared by doctor or no contact until Oct. 6.
- Cung Le: Suspended until Aug. 7 with no contact until July 29 for left eye laceration. Additionally, must have x-ray of right knee and right foot and be cleared by doctor or no contact until Oct. 6.
- Patrick Cote: Suspended until Aug. 7 with no contact until July 29 for scalp laceration.
- Dong Hyun Kim: Suspended until Aug. 22 with no contact until Aug. 7 for TKO loss.
- Cody McKenzie: Suspended until Aug. 22 with no contact until Aug. 7 for TKO loss.
- Ivan Menjivar: Must have x-ray or MRI of left knee and be cleared by doctor or no contact until Oct. 6.
- Fabricio Camoes: Suspended until Aug. 7 with no contact until July 29.
- Gleison Tibau: Suspended until Aug. 7 with no contact until July 29 for right eye laceration.
- Constantinos Philippou: Suspended until Aug. 7 with no contact until July 30. Additionally, must have left eye cleared by ophthalmologist or no contact until Oct. 6.
- Rafaello Oliveira: Suspended until Aug. 7 with no contact until July 29 for scalp laceration.