UFC 96 produced a lot of great fights and it’s yet another successful event for the UFC despite an ailing economy.
Here are some post UFC 96 news and notes:
– UFC 96 drew 17,033 attendees to the Nationwide Arena on Saturday night for a gate of $1.8 million, UFC president Dana White said
– Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Keith Jardine and Matt Hamill each earned $60,000 “fight night” bonuses for their performances at UFC 96: “Jackson vs. Jardine.” Jackson and Jardine earned “fight of the night” bonus checks for their exciting main event fight. Hamill earned a “knockout of the night” bonus check for his brutal knockout victory over Mark Munoz. UFC 96 ended without a single submission victory so there was no “submission of the night” bonus.
– Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans, the proposed light-heavyweight title bout for UFC 98 in May isn’t guaranteed just yet. An injury or simple fatigue could keep Jackson out of the UFC 98 title fight, in which case Lyoto Machida would get the title shot.
Rampage didn’t sound thrilled about fighting again in just a little over two months.
“I want my belt back, but I got to talk to my manager and talk some things though. Then I’ll tell Dana what’s up,” he said.
Dana White said at the UFC 96 post fight press conference that they would wait a few days to give Jackson a chance to assess how he felt coming out of a tough fight and noted if Jackson turned it down, that Machida had already verbally accepted.
– As reported earlier, the UFC announced during the UFC 96 broadcast that Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar will now be pushed back to July 11 at UFC 100 in Las Vegas. Mir and Lesnar were originally scheduled to unify the heavyweight championship at UFC 98 but Mir had to pull out due to a knee injury.