UFC on FUEL TV 5 this past Friday was full of comebacks and drama packed from the day weigh-ins took place, until UFC President Dana White made his closing remarks at the post-fight press conference. Here’s a brief Monday morning review of what went down.
Dennis Hallman was cut from the UFC this weekend, but was given his show and win money. He was supposed to face Thiago Tavares, but had a break down while trying to make weight after he passed out in the process. Turns out, Hallman’s been going through a nasty custody battle and only took the fight in hopes of making some money to cover legal costs. The UFC told him that if he gets a couple of wins in smaller promotions, he can make his way back to the UFC.
Also, Jeremy Stephens was arrested on Friday morning by Minnesota police. Apparently there was a warrant out for his arrest in Iowa. Rumors flew all day Friday about whether or not he’d make bail and be able to fight Yves Edwards. Though the UFC brass tried their hardest to make the fight happen and get his release issued, their attempts failed and Stephens-Edwards was cancelled.
EVO Agents released a statement on Jeremy’s behalf. Click here to read the full details of why he was arrested and what will happen next.
During the fights, impressive performances were put on by Mike Pierce and Michael Johnson who both won their fights via second round knockout. Johnson took home Knockout of the Night honors for his come from behind win over Danny Castillo in the second. Josh Edwards proved to fans that he had as much right as anyone to be on the main card when he submitted Josh Neer in under a minute, his performance earned him a Submission of the Night bonus.
John Dodson moved on to become the next challenger for Demetrious Johnson’s Flyweight title after defeating Jussier Formiga via second round TKO. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva also proved he can win in the UFC after knocking out the previously undefeated Travis Browne. Browne threw a jump kick in the fight and came down awkwardly. Directly after he landed, he was seen grabbing behind his left knee which seemed to have come up lame. In the post-fight presser he admitted that his “left hamstring popped like three times.”
Also in the post-fight press conference, Dana White indicated that there is a possibility that Ronda Rousey vs Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos happens in the UFC by stating “We’re working on it” and adding that he has been spending a lot of time with Ronda lately.
White wrapped up his comments in the presser about whether or not a superfight between Silva and Georges St. Pierre is on the horizon. His answer, “I haven’t even talked to Georges St. Pierre or Anderson Silva about those guys fighting each other. If things all work out that way, we’ll see what happens, but there’s no guarantee that fight’s going to happen.”