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UFC 123 post-fight notes: Penn leaving career in White's hands

Maggie Hendricks
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- B.J. Penn had lost his past two fights as a lightweight, but scored a 21-second win as a welterweight. Penn said he isn't sure where he wants his career to go next.

"For first time in my career, I'm going to make Dana make the call on my weight," Penn said. White laughed and said, "It took 10 years!"

-- George Sotiropoulos is leaving Detroit as a big winner. Not only did he beat Joe Lauzon, he won an $80,000 Fight of the Night bonus with Lauzon, and was already given his next bout. White announced that Sotiropoulos will fight Dennis Siver at UFC 127 in Sotiropoulos' native Australia.

-- The other $80,000 bonuses were given to B.J. Penn for Knockout of the Night and Phil Davis for "Submission of the Night."

-- White was not happy with the judges decision on the Tyson Griffin/Nik Lentz decision. Though Lentz was given the split decision, White said that "Tyson got [expletive]."

-- Though Quinton "Rampage" Jackson asked for an immediate rematch, White shot that notion down, saying that Jackson won that fight. Jackson said that he is leaving his career in the UFC's hands.

"I don't own the UFC, homey. I just fight here," Jackson said.

-- Jackson walked out to the theme song for Pride, the now-defunct Japanese promotion where he made his name as a fighter. He used it to remember the energy of the crowd, and how he used to fight for honor when he fought in Pride.

-- Phil Davis said that his unique submission is going to be called the "Mr. Wonderful."

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