That was an entertaining night of fights. I liked that there wasn't a main event that went to the decision, and that every win was by a highlight reel submission or knockout. It will be interesting to see how the pay-per-view numbers shake out, but I did have a bit of anecdotal evidence about the buy rates. When I called my cable company to order the fight, I was on hold for quite a while. The operator said that the phones were ringing off the hook for the fight. Again, it's anecdotal, but I've never had to wait for an operator when trying to order a fight.
As usual, one of the more entertaining, non-fight aspects of the evening was figuring out what statement from our announcers was the most ridiculous. Though they seemed a little toned down -- maybe they don't have to be so outlandish when the fight card is actually good -- but they still had some gems:
"There they are! Those crazy dudes from Tapout!" Crazy, or obnoxious and opportunistic. Whatever.
Is Goldberg pronouncing Rafael Dos Anjos' name correctly? They went back and forth, pronouncing the "J" as in "jar," "J" as in "Jose," and "J" as in they had no idea what they were saying.
"A little north-south here. A little smell my butt." Rogan during the Dos Anjos/Stephens fight
"I'm here with one of the baddest rappers in the world ... buy it! Don't download it, bitches!" Rogan, with Fifty Cent. Just a few minutes after their interview, Joe Stevenson walked in to "Wanksta," by Fifty. Does Fifty sing along to his own songs? Hmmm.
"If you're playing a video game, he's like the last dragon you have to beat, but like a really, really big dragon." Rogan, about Brock Lesnar
"A poke! I don't think it was a poke, I think he got hit in the groin. Here's the replay. Why do I like watching this?" Rogan during the Gurgel fight