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UFC 124 provided further evidence that MMA is gaining traction in its quest for mainstream acceptance. Setting a
North American attendance record for MMA, 23,152 paying spectators turned out for the highly successful Montreal
event. Stefan Struve and Dan Miller rubber stamped their contender status in their respective divisions with emphatic
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1 round victories. Miller shared the Submission of the Night bonus with local hero Mark Bocek, both scoring subs
over highly touted Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners. Fight of the Night bonus went to main eventers Georges St. Pierre
and Josh Koscheck, much to the disdain of UFC president Dana White. In the promotions ever evolving fan interaction
policy, the UFC allowed fans vote online for the Fight of the Night. “They blew it” said White, feeling Matt Riddle and
Sean Pierson’s back and forth 3 rounder was more deserving of the $100,000 for each fighter. Especially considering
both GSP and Koscheck have will be well paid for their nights work on top of earnings from The Ultimate Fighter show.
In addition to missing out on a 6-figure-bonus, Riddle can also feel he was the victim of this events wayward judging
decision. He did decidedly better than the unanimous 30-27 scorecards (in favour of Pierson) would suggest with
some going as far as saying he may have won the fight.

Don't call it a comeback!

Mac Danzig finally lived up to the reputation he created for himself in winning The Ultimate Fighter 5 with a
devastating 1st round knockout of Joe Stevenson. Danzig, possibly the most dominant TUF winner ever, stopping all 3
opponents, could not reproduce that form in the big show till Saturday night. With a clutch of quality WEC fighters
joining the lightweight division Danzig is going to have to keep producing this level performance to stay relevant in one
of the more competitive weight classes.

No-one ever doubted Thiago Alves could fight but many began to wonder if he could beat the scales. Having missed
weight against Matt Hughes and Jon Fitch, Alves was threatened by White with a move to middleweight or another
promotion, Using the Dolce Diet to make the 170 welterweight limit comfortably, this spring-boarded him to an
impressive 3 round decision over fellow banger John Howard. Notching first win since a CAT scan discovered a brain
abnormality, Alves could be one or two quality wins away from another title shot after losing to GSP at UFC 100.

More questions than answers

GSP cemented his status as an MMA pound for pound great with another bulldozing victory that has him undefeated
in his last 30 rounds in the Octagon. Is Jake Shields the only challenge left before GSP has thoroughly cleaned out
the welterweight division of viable opponents. Dominant as he is, why can't he finish fights? Did the Matt Serra KO at
UFC 69 make him a better or more cautious fighter? Is the move to middleweight the only challenge left after Sheilds?
Why is Andersen Silva being talked as his 1st fight at middleweight when it may not happen for over a year? Answers
in the comment box please.

Results

         John Makdessi defeated Pat Audinwood via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26).
         Ricardo Almeida defeated TJ Grant via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
         Sean Pierson defeated Matt Riddle via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
         Jesse Bongfeldt and Rafael Natal fought to a majority draw (28-28, 28-28, 28-29).
         Mark Bocek defeated Dustin Hazelett via submission (triangle choke) at 2:33 of round 1.
         Dan Miller defeated Joe Doerksen via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
         Thiago Alves defeated John Howard via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
         Mac Danzig defeated Joe Stevenson via KO (punch) at 1:54 of round 1.
         Jim Miller defeated Charles Oliveira via submission (kneebar) at 1:59 of round 1.
         Stefan Struve defeated Sean McCorkle via TKO (punches) at 3:55 of round 1.
         Georges St-Pierre defeated Josh Koscheck via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) to retain the UFC
          Welterweight Championship.

Bonus Awards

Fighters were awarded $100,000 bonuses
         Fight of the Night: Georges St-Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck
         Knockout of the Night: Mac Danzig
         Submission of the Night: Mark Bocek and Jim Miller (Split, $50,000 each)

Fergus Ryan, December 2010

				
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