UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada hit record for any MMA event in the U.S.
The executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Keith Kizer, revealed to the press on Tuesday that UFC 148 officially drew 15,104 attendees for a gate of $6,901,655.
It does though fall short of the UFC’s all time record of $12 million at UFC 129 in Toronto, Canada with an attendance of over 55,000.
Only 64 tickets went unsold, and the average price for the tickets sold was $507.25. The previous record for a U.S. event was UFC 66 in 2006, which brought in $5.4 million that featured Light Heavyweight Title rematch, Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz.
- All Hail Chael
Quinton Jackson was interviewed by MMA Elite about his thoughts on UFC 148, Forrest Griffin, and Chael Sonnen. This is what he had to say: “Tito won. Forrest even knew it, that’s why he ran out of the cage like a little crybaby like he always does. C’mon. Somebody told him, ‘Forrest, get your ass back to the cage! You won, idiot! We’re gonna give it to you!’ Stupid, man. I think Chael should keep his word and leave the UFC because that’s what he said he was gonna do if he lost. And he lost HORRIBLY. Bad! Chael sucks. He should go somewhere where people like his interviews, the way he talks shit on everybody. I can’t stand that boy. Fuck Chael.”
Let’s just look at where Quinton is getting all this frustration towards Forrest Griffin and Chael Sonnen. In case you didn’t know Forrest Griffin was the one to beat via unanimous decision and take away Quinton’s Light Weight Championship belt back on July 5 of 2008. Could he still be a little sore about the loss? Maybe, who knows! Let’s not forget that was a bad month for Quinton since 10 days after his loss Quinton was charged two felonies, one for a hit and run and one for evading the police. In case you forgot the details Click Here
With regards to Chael, to be fair Chael has said some things about Quinton. Here are a few quotes to refresh your memory:
March 16, 2012"I like him. Look, he's a crybaby, but I find it entertaining. I like it when he goes on his campaigns about entitlement and how he should be given easy fights. I don't agree with any of it, but, you gotta understand, everybody's gonna stumble, at times, but to miss weight at a fight poorly, when you're paid what he's paid -- he's the second highest paid fighter in the industry now that Brock Lesnar is retired -- it kind of puts him in a different ballpark. A lot of things are expected of him and he's not quite delivering. But as far as retirement talk, the guy ought to be able to have a bad performance here and there. Randy Couture, the greatest of all time, had bad performances, but he always came back."
May 3, 2012
“I think he’s going to come out one more time. You know, Quinton is really good, and I’m not sure why. I don’t have the foggiest idea what he’s good at. He can’t wrestle a lick, I don’t believe he knows any submission, he’s got no real competitive boxing or kickboxing, but he is a fantastic fighter when you stick him in the cage and you turn him loose. You know, I think he’s got a place, but he’s a crybaby, he’s a real ‘poor me’ guy. He comes in, he takes all the money, he takes all the money, he takes all the spotlight, and it’s still not enough. And, you know, it’s coming down to, you know, guys showed him respect for a lot of years but now he’s just a nuisance. You know, you want to come around me talking that crap; I’ll smack you down so fast. You know, you think you have problems with Ryan Bader, you know don’t even try that stuff with some of us that have, you know, kicked and scratched and clawed while you, you know, you’ve been eating at the trough for years. So, you know, ‘Rampage’ has a place, but you know if he doesn’t want to fight anymore, he doesn’t have too.”
Those quotes may have been why Quinton was so negative towards Chael. In response to Quinton, Chael said tonight on UFC Tonight
:“he should stick to violating female reporters. He should stick to making box office disasters, and driving the wrong way on the freeway ramped up on Mountain Dew. He's not on my level."
It is true Quinton is not on Chael’s level. Quinton Jackson in my opinion should change his name to Quinton “Lampshade” Jackson, because he is nothing more than an inanimate object that serves very little purpose within the UFC. The only difference between Quinton and a lampshade is that a lampshade actually brings light on a situation!
- All Hail Chael
Earlier today Sonnen hosted the weigh-ins for UFC on Fuel 4. He spoke with Jay Glazer about how he has moved on from what happened Saturday night and isn't looking to make any decisions on the future just yet. Below is some quotes from their discussion:
"We don't do instant replay in this sport and we shouldn't. It comes down to a judgement call and wherever the referee says the knee landed officially, that's where the knee landed. That's an excellent official, they all are, he made his call and that's the way it goes and I will never complain or look back."
"The referee's judgement is what stands. I trust in that and it works both ways. I've thrown knees before, the referee makes his decision, that is the decision and we would never appeal it, except with knees. If we would have a chance to re-do it, that's a different thing, but we would never go and appeal the decision. Part of competing is you got to know how to lose. It's really easy to win, but you've got to know how to lose. Sometimes you have to man up, swallow it, and walk out."
"I don't think any athlete should even begin to talk like that or even think like that," he said. "You let about 30 days go by. Anything in life, you don't want to make a decision based on emotion. You have very big highs and very big lows in this sport. You don't want to make any drastic decisions. I think it's an insult to the fans when guys like to come out and say ‘I'm retired.' What they really mean is ‘Hey, I'll see everyone in 18 months because I'm coming back.' I don't want to see that. When I get to that point in my career I'll make a statement and never look back."
In reference to Chael throwing the spinning back fist, Glazer asked "What were you thinking?" Chael responded with "You know, I really wish that I knew, and I don't know. Listen, had that landed, we'd all be talking about what a wonderful spinning punch it it was, but it didn't and I fell down like a doofus."
"It's very rare in a competition where a guy will fall apart and come back within the same night. ... In my first fight with Anderson, he fell apart, and then at some point he said, you know what I think I can win this thing. And I really admire that in him. I look up to that in an athlete. He does that, Randy Couture does that really well. And Anderson did that in this fight as well. In the first round, he offered very little resistance and he came back strong."
Chael always whether it's trash-talking, a win, or after defeat he just simply tells it how it is.
- All Hail Chael
This is an opinion based honor. There is no committee, no award and no place in the hall of fame. As such, everyone has their own opinion and it is correct to their own personal logic. Not even the all-powerful Dana White repeating it as
often as he can will make it so.
The great sensei Steven Segal told Ariel Helwani in a pre-fight interview that he taught Anderson some moves that were previously thought to be illegal; I think I spotted some of those moves.
The obvious rubbing of Vaseline on your chest and shoulders is illegal, or is it. The penalty for doing so is to be quickly rubbed by the referee with a towel. From what I saw the technique employed by the ref wouldn’t have removed all the water from a squirt gun spray let alone the viscous petroleum jelly Anderson rubbed on himself. Not breaking the rule but pushing it to its fullest extent, good one sensei Pant Load.
The grabbing of the shorts, sure it’s against the rules, but what is the penalty? Depending on the ref, the amount of times you commit it and the duration of the grab, not much. I’ve seen a point taken away for far less obvious grabbing; I heard at least two warnings with no disciplinary action. Re-watch the fight; at one point Anderson is trying to perform a wardrobe malfunction on Chael while hitting him with a punch. To me the fight changed from that point on. Sensei Pant Load obviously used the vagueness in the holding the short rule to his fighters advantage, you’re on your way to becoming a legend in MMA.
The questionable knee, did he intend to hit his head? We don’t have rules on intent. From what I saw it looked legal and as Dana White said if the ref doesn’t call it “it is what it is”. Sensei gets no credit for this one, but I’m sure he’ll take some anyways.
If you are the GOAT, would you stoop to greasing yourself like Arnold Schwarzenegger in a 1980’s bodybuilding
competition and certainly if you are the greatest of all time you wouldn’t need to pull the pants off your opponent while you punch him in the face.
Would the outcome have been any different? We’ll never know. Did Anderson technically break the rules? Not according to the official inside the cage that had the power to uphold those rules. Did Anderson tend to his legacy that he claims to be so careful of, certainly not.
Is Anderson Silva the Greatest Of All Time? Since this is an opinion based award, certainly not.
- All Hail Chael
Chael and Silva weigh in about the 26 min mark!