Abel Trujillo wins Knockout of the Night for sick KO of Jamie Varner (GIF)

Abel Trujillo knockoutAbel Trujillo took home $125,000 in bonuses for winning Knockout of the Night and Fight of the Night after his awesome knockout of Jamie Varner at UFC 169 on Saturday night. There really was no other choice for the awards.

Would you just look at that right cross? That is textbook. He caught Varner so wide open and just unleashed the power. That was beautiful.

Oh, and we hope Varner is fine. His body went completely limp after that punch and he was definitely out for the count.

Here’s a second angle of the knockout punch:

GIFs via @_MarcusD_ 1, 2

Alistair Overeem calls out Brock Lesnar after fight

Alistair OvereemAlistair Overeem beat Frank Mir at UFC 169 in Newark on Saturday night, and the beastly heavyweight gave fans something to look forward to by calling out Brock Lesnar after his win.

Overeem closed out his post-fight interview with UFC commentator Joe Rogan by saying he wants a rematch with Lesnar, whom he beat at UFC 141 in Dec. 2011.

“I have one more thing to say: I heard there’s word that Brock Lesnar is about to come back to the UFC. Well I’ll be here waiting for him!” Overeem said.

The rumor that Lesnar may return to the UFC started in December and has been perpetuated by Dana White, who said during the week that Lesnar wants to return to the UFC. Lesnar is paid well by WWE and has been busy with them, but White says he wants to come back when his schedule opens up.

Lesnar hasn’t fought since his loss to Overeem. His struggles with diverticulitis led him to retire from the UFC, but you better believe fans would love it if he returns and fights Overeem in a rematch. Who wouldn’t want to see that?

Here is a video of Alistair Overeem calling out Brock Lesnar after the fight:

Video via @Zombie Prophet

Dana White: Brock Lesnar wants to return to UFC

Brock Lesnar

All the rumors about Brock Lesnar returning to the UFC seem to be legitimate. Either that, or Dana White just really likes the publicity of the rumors.

TMZ caught up with UFC boss Dana White on Thursday in New York City and White said Lesnar wants to return to the UFC.

“He wants to, he wants to,” White said of Lesnar.

Brock hasn’t fought in the UFC in over two years. He beat Randy Couture at UFC 91 in 2008 to capture the heavyweight title, defended it twice, and then lost to Cain Velasquez in 2010 and Alistair Overeem on Dec. 30 2011. Lesnar had issues with diverticulitis and had surgery to remove part of his colon in 2011, and that pretty much caused him to leave the UFC.

“We’ll see what happens. [Lesnar] feels like because of his illness that he had while he was here, he wasn’t 100 percent. He’d like to take another run at it,” White said.

Lesnar has returned to WWE since leaving the UFC, but he’s open to doing both, according to White.

“He wants to do both. He’s doing well over there. When his schedule opens up, I think he’d like to fight.”

Brock said after his loss to Overeem that that was the last we’d see of him in the octagon, but White is making it seem like he could return. If I had to guess, I’d say Brock doesn’t end up returning. It sounds like he wants to, but he might realize that it’s not exactly realistic.

Dana White: Benson Henderson not automatically getting title shot

Benson HendersonDana White was not impressed by Benson Henderson’s split-decision win over Josh Thomson on Saturday night at “UFC on FOX 10.” In fact, he was so unimpressed by Henderson that he says Bendo’s performance wasn’t deserving of a title shot. Thomson, on the other hand, probably would have earned one had he been victorious.

When asked after the fight if Bendo’s performance was worthy of another title shot, White answered simply.

“No,” White said. “But, I mean, that was a Ben Henderson fight. … We’ve seen that fight a million times.

“It’s not about being more aggressive. He’s a talented fighter. He’s just one of those guys — he’s a grinder, not a finisher.”

White expressed frustration that neither Henderson nor Thomson went all out trying to finish the fight. Thomson had an excuse — he suffered a serious right hand injury in the second round — which limited his ability to throw punches. But White says that was a typical performance from Bendo, who, prior to his loss to Pettis last August, had won seven straight fights by decision.

Bendo is 0-2 in his career against Pettis, who is out until the summer after having surgery. Henderson lost to Pettis at WEC 53 in 2010 by decision and in August at UFC 154 by first-round armbar. Maybe he’s not finishing enough fights, but the guy is still really good and usually wins his bouts.

People love seeing knockouts and submissions, but should Henderson be penalized just because he’s not finishing fights? Probably not. I’m sure White will come around to giving Henderson a good fight and possible title shot when it comes down to it.

Josh Thomson thinks he suffered broken right hand against Benson Henderson

Josh Thomson

Josh Thomson suffered a broken right hand in his fight against Benson Henderson at UFC on FOX 10 in Chicago on Saturday night.

Thomson won the first two rounds of the fight by most accounts, but he was very hesitant in the third round and hardly threw any punches. UFC commentator Joe Rogan then said that Thomson told his corner between rounds that he broke his right hand. His corner apparently encouraged him to throw kicks instead.

After the third round of the fight, FOX played the video of Thomson telling his corner between the second and third round that his hand was hurting and that he broke it.

It was a tough break (no pun intended) for the former Strikeforce lightweight champion, who struggled to take down Bendo in the third but got a takedown in the fourth.

Donald Cerrone destroys Adriano Martins with knockout kick to neck (GIF)

Donald Cerrone said before his fight at UFC on FOX 10 Saturday that he needed the fight because he was broke. It’s safe to say, then, that Cerrone also desperately needed a win bonus and potential bonus for knockout of the night in order to maximize his payday. He certainly did that.

Cerrone finished opponent Adriano Martins with 20 seconds left in the first round of their fight with a vicious kick to the neck. How do you defend against something like that?

Here’s another angle of the kick:

Donald Cerrone knockout kick

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Donald Cerrone needs to fight because he’s broke ‘I’m just out of control’

Donald CerroneDonald Cerrone is expected to face Adriano Martins at UFC on FOX 10 next weekend, and by Cerrone’s admission, he’s fighting because he needs the money. Badly.

Cerrone said during an interview on Majority Draw Radio last week that he’s broke and his spending habits are “out of control.”

“What really happened is I spent all my money, so I’m broke, and I only have one choice but to fight,” Cerrone told Majority Draw Radio.

Cerrone said that he texted Joe Silva after his last fight — a win over Evan Dunham at UFC 167 in November — to say he needed a fight ASAP. That’s when they booked him for the UFC on FOX 10 card.

“I’m just out of control,” explained Cerrone. “It’s hard to have money in the bank, want something, and not get it. I just [expletive] buy it. I have no idea what saving money is.”

Cerrone also said that he has his fire back after losing it before when he got comfortable. Even though he was training, he didn’t have the same fire that he had before, which could explain his two losses in 2013.

Man, I understand that Cerrone has no idea what saving money is — and at least he recognizes his problem — but he needs to change his ways if he doesn’t want to end up on the follow-up documentary on ESPN 30 for 30 for “Broke.”

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