CageNotes: “UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez” Results and Recap

Written by Tom Ngo
February 22nd, 2010

MMA fans were bombarded with a slew of new information at the conclusion of Saturday night’s “UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez” event. Thankfully, 5thRound.com has created our infamous CageNotes to help spotlight the weekend’s significant moves.

UFC 110 took place inside the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia, marking the MMA organization’s debut Down Under. The card was headlined by a heavyweight clash between former champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and the up-and-coming Cain Velasquez.

Here are the night’s Quick Results:

Preliminary Bouts:

James Te Huna Defeated Igor Pokrajac via TKO at 3:26 in the 3rdRound
C.B. Dollaway Defeated Goran Reljic via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Chris Lytle Defeated Brian Foster via Submission (Knee Bar) at 1:41 in the 1stRound
Krzysztof Soszynski Defeated Stephan Bonnar via TKO (Cut – Doctor’s Stoppage) at 1:04 in the 3rdRound

Main Bouts:

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic Defeated Anthony Perosh via TKO (Referee Stoppage) at the end of the 2ndRound
Ryan Bader Defeated Keith Jardine via KO (Punch) at 2:10 in the 3rdRound
George Sotiropoulos Defeated Joe Stevenson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Wanderlei Silva Defeated Michael Bisping via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Cain Velasquez Defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira via KO (Strikes) at 2:20 in the 1stRound

UFC 110 Fight Night Bonuses:

Fight of the Night:

George Sotiropoulos and Joe Stevenson ($50,000/each)

Submission of the Night:

Chris Lytle ($50,000)

Knockout of the Night:

Cain Velasquez ($50,000)

UFC 110 Post-Fight Press Conference and Notes:

Attendance and Gate:

UFC president Dana White reported that 17,831 fans packed the Acer Arena on Saturday night, garnering the UFC $2.5 million at the gate.  Although the numbers are unofficial, UFC 110 was the second fastest sell-out in company history so the final tallies shouldn’t be too far off.

“Our first trip to Australia was very successful,” White said.

White stated that UFC 110 is now the highest-grossing sporting event in Acer Arena history, and the MMA powerhouse also took over the top spot for merchandise sales for a live show as well.

Due to their overwhelming success, the brash Prez all but promised the Aussies an annual event.

Fighter Notes:

Stephan Bonnar was pushing for a rematch after being handed a controversial TKO loss from a forehead cut he suffered through an accidental head-butt.

Krzysztof Soszynski acknowledged the head-on collision, however gladly accepted the win regardless.

After his 2ndRound TKO victory over Anthony Perosh, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic claimed that he’s once again one of the world’s top heavyweights. He then went on to sarcastically challenge the UFC president to a fight.

Ryan Bader handed Keith Jardine his third straight loss on Saturday night, it was his fourth defeat in five tries.  While Bader propelled himself up the ranks, Jardine may have fought his last Octagon scrap as he’s likely destined for a smaller promotion to try and recapture his Mojo.

George Sotiropoulos, who was a 2-to-1 underdog entering the bout, pulled off the night’s biggest upset as he easily handled former lightweight top contender Joe Stevenson. Although he’s won five straight and has a 12-2 record, White said to slow down with the “Sotiropoulos is the 155-Pound Top Contender” campaign.

Michael Bisping was a tad bitter during the presser as he believed he should have taken home a unanimous decision victory.

“I don’t know,” Bisping said. “It was a close fight. Personally, I think I won rounds one and two.”

He too was pushing for a mulligan, however White stated that Japanese sensation Yoshihiro Akiyama has been calling for Wanderlei Silva’s head and “The Axe Murderer” is fully prepared to answer the bell.

Nobody had a bigger night than heavyweight Cain Velasquez. Not only did he pocket an extra 50K for his devastating 1stRound knockout of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, but he cemented himself as the next in line behind the Shane Carwin/Frank Mir winner at UFC 111.

However, White said that Cain better start training as if it’s his turn to challenge champion Brock Lesnar for his belt, just in case the injury bug happens to ravage another major UFC fight card.

“We’ll see what happens with Mir and Carwin – see who wins that – and if the guys come out unscathed, they’ll fight for the title,” White said of the UFC’s heavyweight bracket. “If not, then Cain Velasquez will get that slot.”

Questions Created from UFC 110 fallout:

1. Michael Bisping has lost two of his last three contests. It will be interesting to see who the organization decides to feed him next to make sure their most popular British employee remains that way.

2. Although he was finally able to collect a win, did Wandy really look like a fighter that can legitimately challenge Anderson Silva for his title?

3. Where does former interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira go from here? The soon-to-be 34-year-old has already fought the who’s who of MMA and has nothing left to prove. Although he looked more nimble than he did against Mir at UFC 92, he was repeatedly beaten to the punch by the more athletic and explosive athlete on Saturday night – certainly can be seen as a sign of things to come.

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