It was easy to see that Dana White was none to pleased with how UFC 149 played out. He could not even find solace in the fact that they blew the live gate record for the Scotiabank Saddledome out of the water with 4.1 million and having over 16,000 fans in attendance. White admitted he was embarrassed to have broken the gate with the way the main card preformed. He did praise the undercard though. The fighters did not get all the blame with a majority of Dana’s anger going toward veteran refs who failed to do what they are employed to do. Yves got the brunt of that with him letting the Kongo and Jordan fight become a clinch fest.
Luckily some fighters are in the presidents good graces as all the bonuses went to the undercard except submission of the night. The winner of that award went to Matt Riddle who pulled off a slick arm triangle submission in his fight from the standing position. Ryan Jimmo sure did delight the crowd if many other fights did not. His seven second knockout of Anthony Perosh will live on highlight reels for years to come, and the extra $65,000 is a great reward for Jimmo. The last bonus for fight of the night went to Bryan Caraway and Mitch Gagnon for their spirited fight. Caraway was most likely losing the fight going into the third round, but his submission gave him the win and secured him the paycheck.
There was two oddities about Matt Riddle and Bryan Caraway at the post fight press conference. We learned Matt riddle is not too fond of English people after his loss in Manchester, and his dislike comes with good reason. Riddle explains that after he lost he got spit on by a fan, and that the spit actually landed in his mouth. So, when he asked for a fight with Dan Hardy had dual motives. For Caraway, a mishap with braces caused him to have 4 or 5 teeth folded in from a punch during his fight. He was able to pull them back forward during the fight, and that probably was not too pleasant feeling. In the end, Dana was not too happy with the main card, but a lot of under card fighters may have proved them self ready for the main card.