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UFC 110 2/20 in Australia at Acer Arena

By Zach Arnold | February 20, 2010

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Event results: Sherdog | MMA Weekly | MMA Junkie

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About whether or not UFC does well with merchandise…

The show set the Acer Arena’s all-time merchandise record,which means beating numbers for a number of sold out WWE events. The old record was set by an Iron Maiden concert.

UFC, in fact, may have had more fans who bought merchandise than the total amount of cash Strikeforce made in merchandise sales (number: 8,000.)

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178 Responses to “UFC 110 2/20 in Australia at Acer Arena”

  1. Brad Wharton says:

    Perosh is garbage. What a crappy fight

    Meh, what do you expect on a day’s notice?

  2. Alan Conceicao says:

    The UFC can send guys over to keep on retainer. They did that for Rolles Gracie’s fight at UFC 109. Apparently they decided to save the money, and we’ve got Perosh instead.

  3. Michaelthebox says:

    Would CroCop vs. Beltran be an improvement? There just aren’t many fighters you can put up on short notice against a guy of Cro Cop’s caliber, and still have any sort of competitiveness.

  4. Alan Conceicao says:

    Pretty much anyone with a pulse is an improvement over Perosh, who is atrocious. Wes Sims is better. I’m stunned that James Te Huna is no longer the worst guy on the show.

    Honestly, they should shunt that fight off the PPV and make Lytle/Foster the guaranteed bout. I mean, if you’re going for meaningless guys throwing bombs, at least that will go 3 minutes and probably entertain. This fight is a joke.

  5. john says:

    Alan why the hate against the Aussie guys? Both Anthony and Jamie are good fighters.

    You saying \’Wes Sims is better\’ is obvioulsy trolling. Anthony is a multiple ADCC veteran and is a good fighter.

  6. Claude says:

    It appears that the stakes have become so high that fighters are pulling out at the slightest hint of pain or injury. This is more fallout from the UFC being the only legit game in town. You can\’t count on any card to be what it says it will be.

  7. Michaelthebox says:

    Of course its a joke, Alan. The question is, is there a single fighter in the world the UFC could get to fly to Australia on retainer to potentially step in on one day’s notice against Cro Cop where the fight wouldn’t be a joke. Beltran may be a better fighter than Perosh, but Beltran vs. Cro Cop is equally crap as a fight.

  8. rainrider says:

    Haseman/Sinosic off?

    I’ve been looking foward to the battle between “the original Aussie MMA legend” VERSUS “the original Aussie unpaid hero (according to Frank Trigg)”.

    I really wish that Zuffa could find someone to replace Sinosic because I don’t think Haseman will get another shot at this level of competition very soon. I guarantee that Haseman is a lot better fighter than his Dutch cousin, Hardonk.

  9. Dave says:

    Sorry John, somebody needs to be crazy blunt here, regardless of his grappling accomplishments Perosh is simply not a good MMA fighter. He is not on the UFC level and is clearly being used because he trains with Sinosic.

  10. Wolverine says:

    Pat Barry was offered the fight, but there was not enough time to fly him to Australia. It’s a gimmie fight for CC, but I’d rather see that than the whole fight scrapped.

  11. Wolverine says:

    Oh and at least we know that Perosh actually trains, you couldn’t say that about Wes Sims.

  12. Alan Conceicao says:

    Alan why the hate against the Aussie guys? Both Anthony and Jamie are good fighters.

    By the standards of Australia, perhaps. Perosh doesn’t belong in any major promotion’s ring. Neither does Te Huna. I don’t think either one could go a round with David Heath or Ryan Jimmo.

    Of course its a joke, Alan. The question is, is there a single fighter in the world the UFC could get to fly to Australia on retainer to potentially step in on one day’s notice against Cro Cop where the fight wouldn’t be a joke. Beltran may be a better fighter than Perosh, but Beltran vs. Cro Cop is equally crap as a fight.

    Just because the fight is announced as cancelled on little notice doesn’t mean
    the UFC only had a day to find an opponent. And Beltran would automatically be better than Perosh, who is fighting on this card because he’s around and cheap.

  13. Wolverine says:

    Alan this a Duke Roufus quote at the UG

    “Sucks has been ill since tuesday afternoon, he is still bad today. Lost a lot of weight & did not eat much for 48 hrs. He is upset!

    Pat was totally down. It was not an official offer, I just suggest it the UFC Brass. To late to get, meds, visa, etc.

    Mirko looks ready to battle

  14. Alan Conceicao says:

    I saw that. Hey, its the UFC’s choice to not do any sort of prep for that. I know for a fact they had Jon Madsen on call in case Beltran couldn’t go at UFC 110, and in this case, they didn’t bother to keep anyone on retainer. Apparently Cro-Cop cut himself too and has stitches in, but still wants to fight. This would be a sane time to scrap Cro-Cop from the card, move him to UFC 111 or 112 against a credible opponent, and just move up a different fight (like Gogic/Dolloway or Foster/Lytle).

  15. Alan Conceicao says:

    I meant UFC 109 there, not 110 as to them keeping in contact with Jon Madsen.

  16. Wolverine says:

    Yes, UFC should have back-up fighters in each weight division on each show, becasue someone can get sick few days before a fight.

    That’s ridiculous.

  17. Alan Conceicao says:

    Yes, UFC should have back-up fighters in each weight division on each show, becasue someone can get sick few days before a fight.

    I just cited an example of them doing that. Strikeforce did it too when Diaz skipped out against Hieron and they had Jesse Taylor ready to take the spot.

  18. A. Taveras says:

    What is it with MMA and injuries? I can’t remember a stretch like this in boxing.

  19. Wolverine says:

    Strikeforce couldn’t find an opponent for Lawler for the December show.

    They also knew that Diaz didn’t take the test earlier than on Tuesday/Wednesday week before the fight and the event was in Califronia, not Australia.

  20. edub says:

    A. Taveras- There’s been a few. A lot less training(not amount,.. variety)will also help.

    Good job to Perosh for stepping up. With cro-cop slowed by his knees these days maybe Anthony can get a takedown.

  21. Fluyid says:

    And then there’s this. How is a guy allowed to go into a fight with stitches in his face?

    “Just 24 hours after learning that his kickboxer opponent Ben Rothwell is out ot UFC 110 and will be replaced by a ground fighter, Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic has reportedly had more bad news. According to sources in Croatia, he has received a bad cut in a pre-fight sparring workout and has had to have stitches.

    Croatian website MMA Axion reported this morning that Filipovic was sparring with his team mate Sasa Mucnjak when he received a bad cut above the eyeline. The cut was stitched and Filipovic has declined to pull out of the fight, saying he will not let weeks of hard preparation go to waste.”

    http://www.fightersonlymagazine.co.uk/news/viewarticle.php?id=3973

  22. 45 Huddle says:

    “What is it with MMA and injuries? I can’t remember a stretch like this in boxing.”

    It’s a combination of grappling and fighters not training properly. Probably add in a little pre fight testing from the camps themselves…. And this seems to be the norm now…

  23. Wolverine says:

    Sustaining a cut two days before the show is just plain stupidy or some kind of behind the scenes drama with the promoter (Shamrock, Hansen).

  24. Zheroen says:

    All I know is that it couldn’t possibly be the result of scheduling way too many events due to greed.

  25. Alan Conceicao says:

    The rumor mill is that UFC management knew about Rothwell’s illness before he flew out this past week to Australia, as he informed them in advance. Apparently he wasn’t feeling any better this week. Also heard a rumor that it was staph that took him out.

  26. Wolverine says:

    Zheroen

    Do you suggest that in the pre-TUF era, when they did 6 cards a year there were less injuries?

    It’s simple: more events = more fights = more fighters get hurt. In boxing there is usually one meaningful fight on the card, when the main eventer is injured the whole card is scrapped or moved. No one cares about undercard bouts.

    Alan

    There are also some crazy rumours about Fedor not fighting on the CBS show and Cain having a serious neck injury.

  27. 45 Huddle says:

    If they fought in the US, I’m sure they could have gotten a better substitute for Rothwell….

  28. A. Taveras says:

    Hopefully the issue is inexperience across the training world. I’d like to think that after a few more years with this kind of schedule the trainers and other staff learn how far is far enough.

  29. Alan Conceicao says:

    It’s simple: more events = more fights = more fighters get hurt. In boxing there is usually one meaningful fight on the card, when the main eventer is injured the whole card is scrapped or moved. No one cares about undercard bouts.

    No one cares about undercard bouts in the UFC either. I mean, really; how many buys are affected by Rothwell dropping out? If the answer is “zero”, then the fight is irrelevant.

    I think its an illusion caused by the number of shows too.

  30. Wolverine says:

    You’re right, most of the fans don’t care about undercard fights in both boxing and MMA. However, hardcore MMA fans notice undercard injuries in MMA, while they’re not aware of the same thing happening in boxing. Although the point about grappling/wrestling causing more injuries is valid.

  31. Fluyid says:

    I’m still interested in whether Cro Cop has this reported cut and whether he’ll be allowed to fight with it, since it’s reportedly bad enough that it would be a fight-stopper had it occurred mid-fight.

  32. edub says:

    “You’re right. Rashad Evans KOing Liddell had nothing to do with his gameplan and preparation; it was all about overwhelming athleticism. How could I have forgotten? He’s nothing like the scrappy Shogun; far more explosive.”

    So now you’re just trying to take what I say and turn it around to fit your own argument. I never said it was just athleticism, or explosiveness.

    Scrappy Shogun eh? Never heard that one. You make that one up too little buddy?

  33. Alan Conceicao says:

    So now you’re just trying to take what I say and turn it around to fit your own argument. I never said it was just athleticism, or explosiveness.

    And yet that’s all we hear about when it comes to Rashad from the UFC’s announcers. Which is the point being made. He is not “explosive”. He’s the opposite of explosive, unless you want to just have explosive mean “talented”.

  34. edub says:

    “And yet that’s all we hear about when it comes to Rashad from the UFC’s announcers.”

    Since about the Salmon or Jason Lambert fight all we have heard is how is entire game has improved.

    He is not “explosive”. He’s the opposite of explosive, unless you want to just have explosive mean “talented”.

    So what is your definition of explosive? I was under the assumption they both kinda meant the same thing. Do just have an aversion to the word “explosive”?

  35. Jeremy (Not that Jeremy) says:

    What’s the status of the sport in Australia? I gather that there’s an audience, but is there legislation and licensing boards?

    If not, that certainly explains why no one would gainsay Cro Cop if he wants to fight (and get his guaranteed payday no doubt).

    I’m in agreement with those above who are giving some slack due to the timeline, the remoteness of Australia (if it takes 12 hours to get there, that’s a serious impediment), and the fact that getting a work permit, visa, and just finding someone who is in credible shape in a pretty thin weight class where the more reputable fighters are all booked months ahead at this point is difficult. That’s whether you’re talking about two days or a week ahead.

  36. Claude says:

    what time does it start in Aus?

  37. 45 Huddle says:

    Cro Cop looks shot. He doesn’t have it anymore…. The old Cro Cop would have KO’d him in the 1st….

  38. Jonathan says:

    What is Minotauro’s entrance song? I have heard it before but do not know the name.

  39. Tomer Chen says:

    “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones. And 🙁 at Nog…

  40. Jonathan says:

    Poor Minotauro! Bustamante…get in there.

    I do not want see Minotauro fight after this.

    I am thinking of Muhammad Ali.

  41. 45 Huddle says:

    I thought Cain was going to win by decision…

    This guy is the real deal.

    When people wonder why I hate Strikeforce…. Just imagine what would happen if Strikeforce didn’t sign Fedor…

    Fedor vs. Lesnar
    Fedor vs. Mir
    Fedor vs. Carwin
    Fedor vs. Cain

    The real Heavyweight talent is currently in the UFC….

  42. Jonathan says:

    Gosh dammit 45 Huddle. Every single fucking post you put on here brings down other organizations, especially Strikeforce. Just keep your opinions to yourself, because I am sick of it.

    And hadn’t you left this website? Those were the best two weeks ever on here without your BS.

    Is there NOT A topic that you cannot twist into hating Strikeforce?

  43. 45 Huddle says:

    i speak the truth….

  44. Jonathan says:

    And I never got that e-mail from you.

    And you don’t speak the truth so much as spout hate.We had a great night of fights and all you can do is down other organizations.

    And trust me, everyone who spends 5 minutes on this website realize that you hate everything in this world that is not the UFC.

  45. Isaiah says:

    It is kind of weird that we just saw a very good show, and all 45 can think to say about it is how much he hates another completely unrelated promoter. It’s like walking out of Avatar and saying, “man, that movie just makes me think of what a lousy director Kevin Smith is. And he’s fat, too.”

  46. 45 Huddle says:

    My comment had everything to do with what was seen tonight….

  47. EJ says:

    Congrats to Cain he just became a star after destroying Nog, gotta say almost every big fight the UFC HW division just gets better and better.

  48. IceMuncher says:

    For months we argue about the strength of the HW divisions, but now we have a top prospect in the UFC realize his potential and as a result the UFC’s HW division is looking really strong right now.

    If in the course of the next two years we have one fighter emerge dominantly from the pack of Carwin, Cain, Dos Santos, Lesnar and Mir, can we continue to rank Fedor #1?

  49. EJ says:

    Depends who’s we?, in reality Fedor is basically living off reputation and has for years he’ll continue to be overated by hardcored just like most fighters outside of the UFC.

    In the end whoever the UFC champion is after surviving what has become a deep very talented division over the past few years will be the best HW in the world to most mma fans.

  50. Jonathan says:

    IceMuncher,

    To answer your post, which I think is well thought out, I would say that not until they have done what Fedor has done…and especially for as long as Fedor has done. I think that plays a large role in it….who he has beaten over a long period of time. Very few of the HWs you listed have been consistent winners against high opposition going on 10 years.

    Fedor has.

    Also, what happens if a dominant heavyweight does not emerge, and the Heavyweight division in the UFC looks like the light heavyweight divisions, with the champion losing the belt within a fight or two of winning it? Just a question.

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