Shogun, BJ Penn, Joe Lauzon: The Morning News Roundup – 8.5.12

Jim Genia

Man, what a show last night, huh?  After a string of events that had me questioning whether I should bother paying my cable bill, UFC on FOX 4 knocks it out of the park.  The UFC's resident karate man earned himself a shot at the light-heavyweight belt, Joe Lauzon did what Joe Lauzon does, and Mike Swick returned after a lengthy layoff to rack up a win via knockout.  All your morning news pertains to info gleaned from the post-fight presser, so let's get right to it.

  • UFC president Dana White didn't have nice things to say about Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at the post-fight press conference.  Well, he didn't exactly say anything that bad, but, you know, you kind of don't want your boss talking about you like this.


  • Rory MacDonald is injured and out of his UFC 152 fight with B.J. Penn.  Oh noes!


  • For putting on yet another exciting fight and finishing opponent Jamie Varner, UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon pocketed a cool 100 grand in bonus money last night.  For all you bean counters out there, that's $50,000 for Submission of the Night and $50,000 for Fight of the Night.  That's going to make for a pretty decent barbecue at Chez Lauzon in Massachusetts.


  • Mike Swick took home the Knockout of the Night bonus for sending DaMarques Johnson into La-La Land.  Nice comeback, no?


  • Brandon Vera's got nothing to be ashamed about.  He was the heavy underdog going into his fight with Shogun, and fought his heart out.

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