UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami may be a “free” event that airs on tape-delay in the United States and England, but the fighters that scored the post-fight bonuses made out with pay-per-view type bonus checks to the tune of $60,000 each.
OBERHAUSEN, Germany – A promise is a promise, especially when it’s advertised. Although underwhelmed by Yushin Okami’s unanimous-decision victory over Nate Marquardt, UFC president Dana White said the Japanese fighter will get a title shot at the middleweight belt. “Was that the most exciting fight I’ve ever seen? No,” White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “It was not. But he went in there against a very tough opponent in Marquardt and won.”
The amount of knees that could be thrown inside the octagon are nearly limitless if Alistair Overeem makes the jump from Strikeforce to the UFC. His debut would just be a collection of knees perpetually thrown at whoever Joe Silva deems worthy to be the receiver of perhaps the hardest strike in the history of the heavyweight division. That would not be a good day at work. There’s no point in my life in which I would wake up knowing that by the end of the day, I will take an Overeem knee directly to my face. It’s the equivalent of knowing that your world will eventually end — and there’s nothing you can do about it.
OBERHAUSEN, Germany – There’s a reason heavyweight contender Roy Nelson will not appear at UFC 125, and it’s not because the UFC is unable to find him a new opponent. UFC president Dana White today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Nelson (15-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is currently contractually bound to another fight promotion.