First of course is the usual, Fight Night Bonuses, which are handed out at every UFC event. For submission of the night, newly minted flyweight contender John Moraga clutched the $65,000 with a guillotine late in the third round. Returning UFC heavyweight Todd Duffe showed he belonged with a first round knockout of Philip De Fries, as that giant uppercut earned him some extra cash for his effort. Lastly, it was a no brainer, after Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon finished their bout that they would be taking home fight of the night honors. For Miller it is validation after coming back from a long layoff, and for Lauzon it just adds to his large collection of bonuses.
In terms of the fights, Leonard Garcia will not be cut, despite his fourth straight loss. Boetsch’s loss all but gives Bisping the green light for a title shot, as long as he can get past Vitor Belfort. Rubber match between Velasquez and JDS has not been ruled out, but as White explained, “JDS will need to win at least one to get a rematch“. Speaking of Anderson Silva, Dana White announced that the terms of Silva’s new 10-fight contract are pretty much locked, and that the company will have it signed shortly. Also, White regrets putting Leben on the opening main card bout. The fight was not supposed to be there originally, but White made the choice, regardless of Joe Silva’s objections.
The fight to get MMA legalized in New York seems to be coming to an end. Dana White announced they are planning an event for Madison Square Garden in November of 2013, which would serve as the UFC’s 20th anniversary. White said they already have a fight in mind for the event, but would not divulge any names at this point. The person they likely have in mind is Jon Jones, who hails from New York. Lastly, Nate Marquardt can breathe easy, because win or lose in January, he is assured a spot in the UFC welterweight division when Strikeforce dissolves.