1. Jon Fitch is upset that Shields gets a shot:Interview with ESPN before UFC 121, Fitch was visibly upset that Shields would get a title shot before him. “I would like to fight the winner of that [Shields v Kampmann] fight. The next title shot is going to be four-to-six months after the Koscheck vs. GSP fight in December. That’s a long time for the top guys not to be fighting. I myself like to stay busy, so I’d like to fight the winner of that fight. It makes a lot of sense, the fans get to see an extra fight, it’s win-win.” And while Fitch has a point, it’s not a money-making point. Shields vs. GSP is better than Fitch vs. GSP 2. Yes, I don’t think Koscheck will defeat GSP.
2. Fight Night bonuses for UFC 121: Four fighters earned an extra $70,000 for their performances at UFC 121 on Saturday night. Cain Velasquez, Diego Sanchez, Paulo Thiago and Daniel Roberts earned “Fight Night” bonuses. Velasquez took home the “Knockout of the Night” for his TKO victory over Brock Lesnar, Diego Sanchez and Paulo Thiago earned the “Fight of the Night,” and Roberts took home the “Submission of the Night” for his Anaconda Choke of Mike Guymon. All impressive performances. Especially that choke. Wow. Roberts is legit.
3. Anderson Silva vs. GSP: Lorenzo Fertitta told MMAJunkie.com that he wants to see the superfight between Anderson Silva and GSP. “I want to see that fight. That’s probably the one fight I really want to see the most. GSP has to get past Koscheck; Anderson Silva has to get past Vitor Belfort. If that happens, there’s a really good likelihood that we could see that fight – probably some time next summer…If these guys keep winning their fights, I think it will definitely happen.” And I think it’s definitely stupid. GSP has already said he walks around at about 185lbs. Anderson walks around about 215lbs. GSP could beat several middleweights. He can’t beat the best fighter in the world. End of story.
4. Carwin comes to the defense of Lesnar: On his personal blog, Shane Carwin came to the defense of his one time foe. “Those of you writing Brock off should consider this, the man walked into the UFC at the top level (who does that?) and won and defended the UFC HWT Belt. He took a beating from me and came back and found a way to win, he nearly lost his life and he came back and found a way to win, he is 4-2 in MMA and some of the wins are UFC title DEFENSES.” Very well put. Brock is far from done. He needs to work on his hands and work on getting hit. That’s it. He has all the tools to win that belt again.
5. Tito Ortiz might be released: With Tito Ortiz losing to Matt Hamill at UFC 121, dropping him to 0-4-1 in his last five fights, Dana White told ESPN’s MMA Live that he’s contemplating Tito’s future with the company. “I think the fight tonight was [about] Tito Ortiz’s relevancy in the light-heavyweight division. I don’t know the exact number, but he’s lost like four in a row. And I think we know what happens when you lose four in a row in the UFC. This is the big leagues, man.” Somehow I don’t think he’ll be released. Maybe after another loss he would be, but not yet. Dana then gave himself a window by saying that Tito didn’t look horrible and that it’s probably just being rusty. So I would expect Tito to open up a PPV sometime in the future.