Referee Yves Lavigne admits he screwed up

As PRO MMA (promma.info) was covering UFC 96 this past Saturday night, we were witness to one of the strangest moments inside the Octagon in recent memory. The curious thing is, it had nothing to do with the actions of a fighter, rather it had to do with a peculiar call made by referee, Yves Lavigne, during the match between Matt Brown and Pete Sell.

Brown started the fight with a head kick that was partially blocked, but then hit Sell with a big left right combination that dropped him. Brown continued to land punches until Lavigne stepped in between the fighters and grabbed hold of Matt Brown to stop the assault, but then Lavigne seemed to have a change of heart and backed off after he saw Sell moving and starting to recover. Then much to the shock of Brown and everyone else, he ordered the fight to continue.

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Winners & losers – UFC 96 fighter salaries

The total disclosed payroll for UFC 96 that took place on March 7 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, was $762,000. Number one light heavyweight contender, Quinton Jackson was the big winner of the night, taking home $225,000 plus a $100,000 win bonus for a total of $325,000. 

In stark contrast to Jackson’s salary, the low man on the totem pole was Ryan Madigan. He received a flat $3,000 to lose to “the Barn Cat.”

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UFC 96 post-fight press conference & interview with Rampage (videos)

Will Rampage take his title shot in May?
Will Rampage take his title shot in May versus Rashad Evans?

From fighter interviews and previews, to the post-fight press conference and more, we here at PRO MMA (promma.info) bring UFC fans the most complete coverage possible of every UFC event. UFC 96 bonuses are announced and the fighters take questions from the media at the post-fight presser. UFC President, Dana White, expresses his displeasure about the late stoppage of the Pete Sell vs. Matt Brown fight and goes on to talk about MMA referees in general and who he thinks does an admirable job. Keith Jardine says that a referee told him after the fight he lost the decision in the last ten seconds. All this and much more…
UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE post-fight press conference part 1
UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE post-fight press conference part 2

Interview with Rampage and Evans vs. Rampage in-ring trash talk video after the jump…

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Dana White UFC 96 video blog #5

Here it is; PRO MMA (promma.info) is proud to feature the UFC President’s final video blog for UFC 96. Viewers get to see Dana and other people’s reaction at cage-side when the referee in the Matt Brown vs. Pete Sell fight stepped in to stop the fight for a TKO but then apparently changed his mind and allowed it to go on, and go on, and go on, while Sell continued to take enormous amounts of punishment.

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Gabriel Gonzaga delivers KO blow

So Gabriel Gonzaga lost last night against the behemoth that is Shane Carwin. He started out good but he left himself open to take a punch from a freight train. In honor of Mr. Gonzaga who will likely never get a title shot now, PRO MMA (promma.info) is proud to present this little gif of … Read more

UFC 96 – Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Keith Jardine, and Matt Hamill earn $60K “Fight Night” bonuses

“Fight Night” bonuses were given out to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Keith Jardine for “Fight of the Night”, while Matt Hamill earned “Knockout of the Night” with his highlight reel head kick KO of Mark Munoz.

The UFC’s trip to Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio was a success despite what many considered to be a lackluster main event, and the absence of any belt on the line. The fighters were awarded $60,000 for their efforts, which is down from $65,000 that was handed out at UFC 94 in January.

Although there were no title fights taking place at UFC 96, there were several story lines to follow, in addition to some very important fights to determine top billing in a couple of divisions.

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UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE weigh-ins video

The UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE weigh-ins took place on Friday March 6 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. This is the complete video of the weigh-ins. We here at PRO MMA (promma.info) will have live round by round updates and results of UFC 96 starting at 7pm CST/5pm PST tonight, Saturday, March 7. … Read more

UFC 96: JACKSON vs JARDINE live round by round results

UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE took place Saturday, March 7, 2009, in Columbus, Ohio. PRO MMA (promma.info) provided live results for the preliminary card beginning at 7pm CST/5pm PST and round by round updates for the main card starting at 9pm CST/7pm PST.

Quinton Jackson secured his position as number one contender for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title with a win over Keith Jardine in the main event. He will face the champion, Rashad Evans on May 23, 2009.

The PRO MMA (promma.info ) “Knockout of the Night” unquestionably goes to Matt Hamill for a devastating head kick KO that knocked Mark Munoz out cold. It was unexpected, extremely loud, and a beautiful example of the progression this wrestler turned MMA fighter has made. Here are the full results:

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Dana White UFC 96 video blog #4

Here is Dana’s fourth installment of his UFC 96 video blogs dated 3-6-09. Highlights include stare downs at the weigh-ins between Rampage and Jardine, Rampage getting his butt kicked prior to the fight with Jardine, Buster Douglas, and Dana kissing babies and shaking hands. Tonight is the night. Don’t forget, PRO MMA (promma.info) will be … Read more

PRO MMA staff picks for UFC 96

UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE takes place tonight, March 7, in Columbus, Ohio. We have collected the predictions for each fight from the PRO MMA (promma.info) staff elders. Check them out and then share with us your thoughts on who looks like they know what they are talking about and which staff member may be way off in left field with their pick (be nice). Here are the ‘PRO MMA STAFF PICKS’ for UFC 96:

Aaron Riley (27-10-1, 1-2 UFC) vs. Shane Nelson (11-3, 1-0 UFC)
DENNY: Riley brings in a ton of experience with numerous organizations including more than one stint with the UFC. Nelson is TUF 8 veteran, but will be over matched in this fight. Riley by decision.
EDDIE: Riley. Definitely too experienced and will put Nelson away. 1rd TKO.
MATT: Aaron Riley out pointing Nelson on the feet for a Unanimous Decision Victory.
JACK: Due to Aaron Riley’s experience and having been in there with so many top fighters, I have to go with him as the winner. Nelson has only fought outside Hawaii one time in his whole career, he has never really fought anyone with a name, and this will be a huge stage and experience for him that could also affect his nerves.

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