UFC 104: "Machida vs. Shogun" is officially in the books and it turned out be a exciting yet controversial night of fights for the promotion's first visit back to Los Angeles since May 2006. Here are some interesting tidbits that came out of the post-fight press conference for the event:
-UFC 104 drew an estimated 16,000 spectators to the Staples Center in Los Angeles for a $1.9 million gate, according to UFC President Dana White. Official figures from the California State Athletic Commission will be released in the coming weeks.
-The UFC dished out $240,000 in bonus money and $120,000 of it went to Pat Barry as he earned two bonus awards. Other preliminary card fighters, Antoni Hardonk and Stefan Struve, each earned the other $60,000 "Fight Night" bonuses for their outstanding performance at UFC 104.
Barry and Hardonk earned "Fight of the Night" honors for their back and forth heavyweight bout, which opened up the Spike TV telecast of the select UFC 104 preliminary card bouts. Barry earned another $60,000 for "Knockout of the Night" for his impressive second-round TKO win over Hardonk. Struve took home "Submission of the Night" for his first-round triangle choke submission win over Chase Gormley.
-UFC President Dana White also mentioned that Anthony Johnson would have won "Knockout of the Night" for his first-round knockout win over Yoshiyuki Yoshida if he had not missed weight for his bout. Johnson weighed in at 176 pounds, which is five pounds over the 171-lbs. welterweight limit, and was forced to forfeit 20% of his purse.
-Johnson said that he became overweight after he suffered an injury, which caused his weight to ballon due to inactivity.
-White felt Referee Steve Mazzagatti made a bad stoppage in the Cain Velasquez vs. Ben Rothwell heavyweight co-feature. Mazzagatti stopped the contest 43 seconds into the second round, just as Rothwell was getting back to his feet.
-White is unsure on what will be next for undefeated heavyweight sensation Cain Velasquez following his dominating win over Rothwell.
-The most talked about topic coming out of the event is UFC light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida earning a very controversial unanimous decision win over Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Fans at the Staples Center immediately booed Machida following the decision and fans worldwide have voiced their displeasure with Rua not being ruled the victor. White said he thought "Shogun" won and will be seeking to book a rematch as soon as possible. Both Machida and Rua stated they want a rematch as well.