Monday, December 31, 2007


The best mixed martial arts fighter in the world, heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, continued his winning streak today in Tokyo with a dramatic first-round submission over the South Korean giant Hong Man Choi.

Emelianenko, who spurned the American Ultimate Fighting Championship because Japanese promotions offered him more money and more freedom than UFC, showed once again that he's got both the strength and the technical precision to dominate mixed martial arts.

The 7-foot-2, 360-pound Choi gave it a game effort and landed a couple of rough strikes, badly bruising Emelianenko's face. But Emelianenko has much better MMA skills, and as soon as they went to the ground, it was clear that Emelianenko was going to win.

Although Choi was on top and landed a few solid strikes to Emelianenko's face, Emelianenko quickly got Choi's arm locked in a textbook submission hold, and Choi had no choice but to tap out.

The fight was part of a New Year's Eve event in Tokyo that has become one of the biggest annual sports traditions in Japan. Emelianenko gave the Japanese fans a good show.

Yarennoka! Results

Fedor Emelianenko def. Hong Man Choi - Armbar Submission @ 1:54 of Rd. 1
Hayato “Mach” Sakurai def. Hidehiko Hasegawa - Unanimous Decision
Shinya Aoki def. Bu-Kyung Jung - Unanimous Decision
Kazuo Misaki def. Yoshihiro Akiyama - KO (Strikes) @ 2:12 of Rd. 1
Mitsuhiro Ishida def. Gilbert Melendez - Unanimous Decision
Makoto Takimoto def. Murilo Bustamante - Split Decision
Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Luiz Azeredo - Unanimous Decision.
Mike Russow def. Roman Zentsov - N/S Choke Submission @ 2:58 of Rd. 1


WellI didn't realize he was this fuckin big.....FEDOR EMELIANENKO Q: What is your impression of Choi? FE: He's big.

Q: Do you think your punches would reach his face given his height?
FE: I'll have to get in the ring to know that.

Q: Do you have any plans on changing your strategy due to his size? FE: No. I'm going to fight like I trained for in Russia.

Q: Is he bigger than you had expected? FE: He's as big as I had imagined; He wasn't bigger than I'd expected. He smiled at me but I know he'll do his best to beat me once he gets in the ring.

Q: Do you expect any problems with the height disadvantage? FE: No, I don't expect any problems.

Qo you think you will be able to take him down? FE: I won't know without actually fighting him. I might keep the fight standing and make it a striking bout.

Q: What is your impression of K-1 and Yarennoka's collaboration for this event? FE: I've fought fighters who fought in K-1 like Semmy Schilt and Gary Goodridge so I don't feel any different about it.

Q: K-1 Dynamite, Yarennoka, and UFC are all held on December 31. Do you think you are the main attraction for this day? FE: I hope so. I trained to be the main fighter, and I want to give a good showing that would make the fans happy.


It was confirmed during the UFC 79 "Nemesis" post-fight press conference by company president Dana White that the show drew 11,075 fans for a $4.9 million gate.

According to White, that is the largest live gate for any MMA show in the United States for the year of 2007.

Sunday, December 30, 2007


LAS VEGAS -- The Chuck Liddell-Wanderlei Silva fight took years to stage, but the wait was worth it.

Liddell, 38, outslugged Silva in what the Ultimate Fighting Championship's former light-heavyweight champion called a "good old-fashioned, hand-to-hand" battle Saturday night, claiming a unanimous-decision victory in front of a sellout crowd of more than 11,000 at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

UFC 79
The fight's excitement outperformed the night's main event, which former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre won in dominant fashion in the second round. St-Pierre twisted ex-champion Matt Hughes' right arm grotesquely into an armbar and Hughes submitted with six seconds left in the round.

The victory gave St-Pierre the UFC's interim welterweight belt and a 2008 date with current champion Matt Serra, who upset St-Pierre in April, then suffered herniated back disks in November while training to fight Hughes.

"Until I get my belt back, I'm not going to consider myself champion," St-Pierre said while holding the interim belt.

Hughes, pummeled on the canvas throughout by St-Pierre, said the Canadian "is the better fighter, nothing I can say beyond that." Hughes also hinted at retirement: "I don't know how much longer I've got in this," he said.

Liddell significantly delayed any retirement talk.

He staggered Silva in the second and third rounds, rallying from a trying majority of the second round as Silva unleashed combination flurries that left Liddell (21-5) vulnerable to a third straight defeat.

"It's good to be back," Liddell said in the Octagon afterward. "He [Silva] had a lot. I hit him with a lot of stuff hard and he kept coming. As I've said for a long time, it would have been a travesty if we hadn't fought."

Two judges awarded Liddell all three rounds, and another gave Silva one round.

Silva (31-8-1), a multiple champion of PRIDE Fighting tournaments, hadn't fought since February when he suffered a stunning loss to Dan Henderson in the final PRIDE show in the U.S. The organization was purchased by the UFC later, and Silva's contract talks with the UFC labored on until the summer, delaying a Liddell showdown again.

The pair were poised to fight in 2003, but Quinton "Rampage" Jackson upset Liddell in Japan, derailing a PRIDE Grand Prix meeting.

The long wait was extended 45 seconds as both spent the early first round waiting for the other to come forward. Liddell threw the more vicious swings, and landed enough, including a left-right combo, to leave Silva's face puffy at the break.

Liddell slipped twice in the second round, and appeared to be knocked down off a Silva right with two minutes left. But the former champion shrugged off Silva's increasing barrage and unloaded his own that backed Silva into the cage.

Liddell then staggered Silva with a big right hand and a late powerful left, and Silva was left bleeding from the right eye.

In the third, Liddell mixed in a scoring back kick and backed up Silva to the cage twice more with liberal use of his powerful right, as Silva gasped for air. Liddell's fatigue was most evident at the closing bell, when he raised his arms in victory.

"I knew it was a big fight for me to get back on track of getting my title back," Liddell said.

Said Silva: "I did my best. Maybe next time."
Silva was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Earlier, light-heavyweight Lyoto Machida stamped himself a legitimate top title contender by placing Temecula's Thierry Sokoudjou in a decisive arm triangle that forced a tapout with 40 seconds left in the second round. Machida (12-0) says he's "ready for the belt now," after first knocking down Sokoudjou (4-2) earlier in the round.

Also on the undercard: Lightweight Rich Clementi forced Melvin Guillard to tap out late in the first round when Clementi positioned Guillard in a rear naked chokehold. . . . Temecula heavyweight Eddie Sanchez scored a third-round technical knockout over Soa Palelei. . . . Hollywood lightweight Manvel Gamburyan (6-3) defeated Nate Mohr by first-round ankle lock, apologizing to Mohr and speculating he broke the loser's right leg as Mohr was carried out of the Octagon. . . . Light-heavyweight James Irvin defeated Luis Cane. . . . Middleweight Dean Lister defeated Jordan Radev by unanimous decision.

Friday, December 21, 2007


The name of the event,YARENNOKA, when DECEMBER 31,2007 NYE where?, in SAITAMA, JAPAN
inside the Saitama Super Arena

-Fedor Emelianenko (#1 Heavyweight in the World)* vs. Hong Man Choi

-Hayato "Mach" Sakurai (#2 Lightweight in the World)* vs. Hidehiko Hasegawa

-Gilbert Melendez (#3 Lightweight in the World)* vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida (#9 Lightweight in the World)*

-Tatsuya Kawajiri (#4 Lightweight in the World)* vs. Luiz Azeredo

-Shinya Aoki (#5 Lightweight in the World)* vs. Gesias "JZ" Calvancante (#6 Lightweight in the World)*

-Kazuo Misaki (#8 Middleweight in the World)* vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama

-Murilo Bustamante vs. Makoto Takimoto

-Ricardo Arona (#9 Light Heavyweight in the World)* vs. TBA

-Aleksander Emelianenko (#10 Heavyweight in the World)* vs. TBA

Main card airs live in the United States on HDNet!!!!

Also, here are the WEC 31 "Faber vs. Curran" card payouts on December 12th:

Jens Pulver ($60,000) def. Cub Swanson ($5,000)

Urijah Faber ($40,000) def. Jeff Curran ($10,000)

Paulo Filho ($56,000) def. Chael Sonnen ($25,000)

Doug Marshall ($10,000) def. Ariel Gandulla ($4,000)

John Alessio ($26,000) def. Todd Moore ($4,000)

Charles Valencia ($12,000) def. Ian McCall ($3,000)

Bryan Baker ($8,000) def. Eric Schambari ($5,000)

Ed Ratcliff ($8,000) def. Alex Karalexis ($8,000)

Brian Bowles ($6,000) def. Marcos Galvao ($5,000)

Total reported pay out: $295,000 not too shabby congrats to Jens, for that super suprise quick sumission.


What’s happening in the world of mixed martial arts now…

By Loretta Hunt

UFC heavyweight Justin McCully has been offered a bout with Frenchman Cheick Kongo at UFC 81 “Breaking Point” on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, The Fight Network has confirmed with McCully’s camp. Currently overseas on a goodwill United Service Organizations tour in Iraq with fellow Team Punishment member Tito Ortiz, the 31-year-old has neither accepted nor turned down the bout, though his answer is expected Wednesday. If he accepts, McCully (8-3-2) would have six weeks to train for the contendership bout.

McCully earned a unanimous decision over Antoni Hardonk (4-3) at UFC Fight night 10 on April 5 in Las Vegas. Kongo (10-3-1) is riding high after a key victory over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (22-6-2) at UFC 75 this past September in London.

The proposed match-up quells talk that Kongo might face Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 81. Meanwhile, former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia is preparing for the Feb. 2 title bout with Nogueira. The bout will be for the vacant UFC heavyweight championship, according to Sylvia’s manager, Monte Cox.

“Tim signed the contract, and we haven’t heard anything else about it -- if Nogueira has signed his contract or what,” said Cox. Cox indicated Sylvia has already begun his training camp for the championship bout.

Randy Couture (16-8) resigned from the UFC on Oct. 11, rescinding the heavyweight crown, two contracted fights and a separate services contract that included a commentator/ambassador role with the organization. The UFC has not recognized Couture’s resignation from the promotion and offered the Hall-of-Famer a title defense against Nogueira at UFC 81. Couture turned down the bout. Attorneys for Couture and Zuffa LLC, parent company to the UFC, continue to discuss the fighter’s two standing contracts with the organization behind closed doors.

On a HDNet Fight’s broadcast Dec. 15, Couture said he intended to wait out his two contracts with the UFC, the last of which ends in October 2008. Couture intends to fight former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko (25-1) after that time.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Bill Barnwell talks to the IFL head coach about Corey Hill, Matt Hughes, and how not to lose.

December 19, 2007 - If you were to try and find the greatest mixed martial arts gym in the brief history of MMA, chances are, you'd be going through Bettendorf, Iowa. Miletich Fighting Systems' gyms have spread across the country, but its original gym in Bettendorf is where you'll find Pat Miletich, former UFC Welterweight Champion and, arguably, the best coach in MMA history.

Now the coach of the IFL's Quad City Silverbacks, who will becoming a Miletich-specific team with the IFL's move to camp-based teams as opposed to cities, Miletich's protégés include former UFC champions Matt Hughes, Jens Pulver, and Tim Sylvia. Hughes recently left the camp to start his own gym closer to home, which has led to some speculation that the legendary Miletich gym, the only one to ever be featured with its own UFC pay-per-view, might cease to be the powerhouse it's been for a decade.

IGN spoke to Miletich and discussed December 29th's IFL World Grand Prix in Connecticut, the status of Corey Hill, and his thoughts on Hughes leaving his camp.

IGN: How do you feel about the IFL's switch to camp-based teams as opposed to city-based ones?

Pat: I think it's gonna work much better. I think [the IFL] giving themselves the opportunity to work with athletes from a lot of different camps is the most important thing. Being able to sign fighters from wherever they come from is much better.

IGN: Pound-for-pound, who do you think is the best fighter in the IFL at the moment?

Pat: You know, there's a lot of tough guys. I'm not gonna make any calls on that, there's a lot of guys. Nobody ever stands out to me in any organization, everyone's tough.

IGN: Any news on Ben Rothwell and the possibility that he might return to the IFL?

Pat: You know, I'm not sure what he's gonna do. Monte Cox is waiting for the end of the year for Ben's contract to run out. I'm out of the loop on that, I just train him.

IGN: Rory Markham and LC Davis are the Silverbacks fighting on the Grand Prix show December 29th. How are they looking, training and injury-wise?

Pat: In great shape, both of them are looking great in training. They're ready to go.

IGN: Markham's opponent, Brett Cooper, is making his debut on the IFL stage, and is a somewhat unheralded fighter. Is it difficult to prepare for those sort of fighters?

Pat: I think it can be tougher. We know a little about him, he's pretty well-rounded, pretty tough. Sometimes when I fought in the early days, I was glad I didn't see them on tape. There were guys who I'd watch on film after I fought them and I'd be scared! You've got really plan well and train for a guy who's good at everything. Obviously, you'd like to study for people, but in the case of Rory's opponent, we can't do that as much.

IGN: What do you think is the most important thing you instill in your fighters?

Pat: Just the work you do in the gym is what wins the fight. Fights are not won in the ring, they're won in the gym. It's an old Dan Gable saying. It's human tendency look for an easy way to do things, but nothing replaces hard work. The guys who understand that tend to become world champions.

IGN: Over the last decade, there have been periods where certain camps have seemed unbeatable, whether it be the Miletich camp, Greg Jackson's camp, or now, Xtreme Couture. Why do you think that is?

Pat: Things go in cycles. The intensity level that this sport demands can suck energy out of an entire group of guys. You go through ups and downs. When you get on a roll, that's contagious, and you do well, but when you have guys that start to lose, then people start to doubt themselves. You can see it happen if someone loses, those guys suck it up and train harder, and guys become stronger and better fast. For us, 2005 was not a great year by any means, and 2006 was a really good year, but then 2007 was a tougher year. 2004 and 2006 were the best years we had; 2005, everyone was saying my team was done, and 2006 we came back and won everything. It goes in cycles. It's tough to stay at the top.
IGN: Who do you think is the fighter in your camp that's off most MMA fans' radar screens, but has the most potential for future success?

Pat: Corey Hill.

IGN: Oh, from Ultimate Fighter…

Pat: Well, you know, he wasn't 100% truthful to get on the show, so he went in there absolutely knowing nothing about Jens Pulver or me or Jeremy Horn. It's funny because Corey Hill looks at me now and says "You were a World Champion?" And I say "Yeah, I held the title for three, three and a half years", and he says "No kidding." He doesn't know a lot about the sport, but his boxing, kicking, his submission stuff, his positional stuff, he's working on all that, and his wrestling ability and his ability to take people down when he wants to do is unreal. I don't know any 155-pounders out there who could take him down.

IGN: Really? Not even Sean Sherk?

Pat: Sean Sherk would have a lot of real trouble taking down Corey Hill, mark my words.

IGN: Wow.

Pat: There are wrestlers that are tough and ready for this sport, and he's one of the best. He's a rottweiler. No one else has that body type. He's got wide shoulders and a waist like my wife's.

Besides him, LC Davis is fighting for the 145-pound title, he's popping on the scene, everyone knows about Rockwell, Ryan McGivern is just coming into his own, Rory Markham's working a lot on his ground game, there's a lot of guys who have serious potential.

IGN: What were the circumstances that led to Matt Hughes, Robbie Lawler, and Matt Pena leaving to form their own camp?

Pat: Money. Money was one of the more motivating factors. They were offered money from a sports agent to start a facility down there using Matt's name. He's been commuting from Hillsborough, which is 3.5 hours away, and he's got kids and a family, so it's not been easy. I couldn't do it, I know that much. He decided that it was time for him and his family and his career to start up a new place closer to him to allow him to train for fights and see his family. I don't blame him.

IGN: Was it unexpected?

Pat: Not necessarily unexpected, they came to me, told me about it, told me they were working on it, and I said "Awesome, do what you gotta do."

In the end, look at Dan Gable. Growing up in Iowa, we all idolized him -- everyone who wrestled across the country idolized him.; but, probably the greatest tribute to Gable is the fact that he has so many guys that were under him who are wrestling coaches that are major colleges across the country. Iowa used to be a national power and now, there are teams that can compete with Iowa.

As I sit in the twilight of my career and I think about the guys I've trained and who have moved on to start coaching, the Matt Hughes' and Jeremy Horn's and Jens Pulver's, I'm sad to see all of them go, I'd love to see it be status quo forever, but nothing ever stays the same, and that's just the way it goes.

IGN: You visited Afghanistan in July, correct? What was that like?

Pat: We went to a couple different forward operating bases, spent some time with them, did some training, hung out with them, just thoroughly enjoyed it and saw what those guys are going through first hand and told them how all the people back home are thinking about them. Every one of them thanked us for coming, but as I was shaking their hand, they had no idea how much it meant to come over and spend time with them and how much we respect them. It's tough to think that they're spending 15 months at a time there, and I spent a week there, and I'll tell you what, to have to spend a year there… they are at the top of my shelf when it comes to respect.

IGN: Do you have any interest in having another fight, or is your neck precluding you from fighting again?

Pat: I've had some offers, but I haven't been able to make the time for it yet. The thing is, everything else in my life departs when I fight, and it'd have to be an offer that's a smart financial move for me. For example, the IFL said they would pay to get my neck fixed, and I haven't even had the chance to get it fixed yet.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Since last fighting in the Ultimate Fighting Championship almost three years ago, Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort has spent time in multiple promotions including Pride, Cage Rage and StrikeForce, but it looks like the Brazilian is hoping for a return to the UFC at some point in the near future.

Belfort recently came on Tagg Radio and confirmed a meeting he had with representatives from Zuffa and while no details were made available he sounded confident with its results and even mentioned who he’d like to fight if he returned to the Octagon.

“We had a meeting it was great,” said Belfort. “Actually what I want, everybody has pride and one thing I have unfinished business with Tito (Ortiz) being the last fight since I won the fight, most people feel I won the fight.”

The last fight between Belfort and Ortiz ended in a split decision win for “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” but the former UFC champion has a new idea for the fight if he and Ortiz meet again.

“Basically what I would like to do is I would like to fight him and I have a challenge for him,” Belfort stated emphatically. “The challenge would be winner take it all.”

Beyond the grudge match brewing with Ortiz, Belfort feels that his return to the UFC is necessary because of his long standing ties with the promotion and that the fighters there now are treading on his territory.

“The UFC’s my house,” Belfort said. “See a lot of guys there, they are at my house. The UFC’s my house, they come into my land. Even Tito, he came after, he came to my house.”

Fans have long clamored for Vitor Belfort’s return, but not the fighter who has struggled in many of his recent fights, they have long been begging for the warrior who blew through competition like Wanderlei Silva and Tank Abbot a few years ago.

“I know the fans want the old Vitor back,” stated Belfort. “I took care of my issues, took care of my problems so now I’m clean and ready to get back into the UFC.”

Belfort confirmed that he is no longer training at Black House in Brazil and now works only with a team of coaches and selective training partners.

Ultimately, Belfort understands the challenge in front of him, but he knows that to face the best fighters in the world he needs to be in the UFC.

“I want to fight with the best so you have to be around the best,” said Belfort.

Sunday, December 16, 2007


Randy Couture appeared at HDNet Fights on Saturday night and reaffirmed to fans that he will return to fighting, but not in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, as he will stay out until his current contract expires and wait for a fight with Fedor Emelianenko.

“I am not retired,” said Couture at the HDNet Fights show in Dallas, Texas. “I am waiting for my UFC contract to expire. I will fight Fedor Emelianenko.”

Couture’s statement will surely come as a shock to many fans who were waiting to see if the current UFC heavyweight champion would return to the Octagon, but it looks as if now he has decided sit out and wait for the dream match-up with Fedor at some point in the future.

Another embattled UFC heavyweight was a guest at the HDNet Fights show, as former champion Andrei Arlovski was present at the show and post fight press conference.

“I will fight very soon,” Arlovski stated about his fight career.

Sources close to the fighter confirmed to that Arlovski is also waiting out his UFC contract which according to them expires in April and at that time the Belarus native will look to move on to another organization.

Also at the show was former UFC and Bodog Fight middleweight contender, Matt “The Law” Lindland who was brought in by the show’s promoters to commentate as a part of the broadcast team.

While no announcement was made towards his future involvement as a fighter for the organization, Lindland’s promotion, SportFight, will be seen on HDNet next Saturday night as a part of the networks extensive mixed martial arts coverage.

Friday, December 14, 2007


But I still never heard of this guy,all I know is he's a big guy - gonna get beat down ,.,..Representatives of the Yarennoka mixed martial arts event scheduled for New Year’s Eve in Japan on Thursday officially announced that Fedor Emelianenko will indeed fight Korean fighter Hong Man Choi.

The bout had long been rumored, but was only recently finalized.

Yarennoka is a conglomeration of representatives from M-1 Global, K-1, DEEP, World Victory Road and former employees of Pride Fighting Championships.

The card has been slowly coming together and currently includes:

-Fedor Emelianenko vs. Hong Man Choi
-Kazuo Misaki vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
-Shinya Aoki vs. Gesias “JZ” Calvancante
-Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Luiz Azeredo
-Hayato “Mach” Sakurai vs. Hidehiko Hasegawa
-Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Gilbert Melendez
-Ricardo Arona vs. TBA

Thursday, December 13, 2007


Consider that these fighters get paid 8-10 thousand per fight yet only fight three times per year, have to eat, pay rent, taxes & bills to survive in the pursuit of their dream to one day be the best fighter they can be. Respect to all the fighters, man!

Speaking of heart and respect, check out what Clay Guida got for losing to Roger Huerta on his birthday.

Roger Huerta — $38,000 ($19,000 to show, $19,000 to win)
Clay Guida — $11,000
Huerta defeated defeated Guida via submission (rear naked choke) in round three

Mac Danzig — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Tommy Speer — $8,000
Danzig defeated Speer via submission (rear naked choke) in round one

Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Jared Rollins — $8,000
Koppenhaver defeated Rollins via technical knockout (strikes) in round three

George Sotiropoulos — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Billy Miles — $8,000
Sotiropoulos defeated Miles via submission (rear naked choke) in round one

Ben Saunders — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Dan Barrera — $8,000
Saunders defeated Barrera via unanimous decision

Troy “Rude Boy” Mandaloniz — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Richie Hightower — $8,000
Mandaloniz defeated Hightower via technical knockout (strikes) in round one

Matt Arroyo — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
John Kolosci — $8,000
Arroyo defeated Kolosci via submission (arm bar) in round one

Roman Mitichyan — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Dorian Price — $8,000
Mitichyan defeated Price via submission (ankle lock) in round one

Jonathan Goulet — $14,000 ($7,000 to show, $7,000 to win)
Paul Georgieff — $8,000
Goulet defeated Georgieff via submission (rear naked choke) in round one


Tonights show was a good one very happy to see Pulver prevail at his favorite 145 class, and now it looks to be Faber vs Pulver very soon they had both talkedabout it earlier in the show ..and Faber won his match tonight too, so looks like that fight will be put together very soon ...what a match , Pulver vs Faber ...thats PPV shit !!!

Charlie Valencia def Ian McCall Submission (Guillotine choke) rd 1 3:19
Brian Bowles def Marcos Galvao TKO (Strikes) rd 2 2:09
Ed Ratcliff def Alex Karalexis TKO (Strikes) 2 1:26
Bryan Baker def Eric Schambari Decision (Split) 3 5:00
John Alessio def Todd Moore Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Doug Marshall def Ariel Gandulla Submision (Armbar) 1 0:55
Paulo Filho def Chael Sonnen Submision (Armbar) 2 4:55
Jens Pulver def Cub Swanson Submission (Anaconda choke) 1 0:35
Urijah Faber def Jeff Curran Submission (Guillotine Choke) 2 4:34

Fighter links from ...heard his name mentioned tonight by commentator Frank Mir ...who is supposed to be getting ready for Brock Lesnar's intro into the UFC

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


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Dog the Bounty Hunter has been pulled off the air indefinitely by A&E. Advertisers began boycotting the show after Duane “Dog” Chapman was caught on tape making racially charged threats to his son over the phone. The National Enquirer has the details:
But the makers of Sinus Buster capsaicin pepper nasal sprays have pulled their ads and say they won't advertise on A&E until the network cancels Dog's show permanently. In addition, Yum! Brands, Inc. has said it will no longer advertise on the Bounty Hunter. Yum!'s brands include Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC. Another of the show's advertisers, Dr. Frank's pain relief, has joined the growing boycott, pulling ads for several of its products.
One of the advertisers even issued a statement that voiced his frustration with Dog:
"They should pull the show completely and never air reruns or anything with Chapman ever again," Wayne Perry, president of SiCap Industries, LLC, makers of Sinus Buster capsaicin nasal sprays says in a press release.
Okay, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, whatever that’s nothing. Minor leagues. But Sinus Buster? Damn. Dog is screwed. I mean Sinus Buster is the capsaicin pepper nasal spray. When you lose that kind of advertising dough your career is over. Talk about the kiss of death.
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Monday, December 10, 2007


This Tuesday at 7pm ET, ESPN will air a new episode of its new documentary show called “E:60.” The show follows a number of different stories involving sports, usually 5 or more stories in one episode. In a previous episode, “E:60″ ran a story exploring Mixed Martial Arts as a sport, highlighting Pat Miletich’s gym in Iowa.
On Tuesday, December 11, “E:60″ will be run a segment featuring Kimbo Slice. From the looks of the preview, the story will explore his upbringing and road to becoming a mixed martial artist. Whether you support Kimbo Slice or not, this should be an interesting segment that is brought from an unbiased standpoint.
Again, “E:60″ is aired on ESPN, Tuesdays at 7pm ET.


Rich just signed a 6 fight deal with the UFC.Franklin, who's a remarkable 22-3 (including 9-2 in the UFC), last competed in October at Cincinnati's UFC 77 event, where he was unable to win back the middleweight title from current champ Anderson Silva. The famed Brazilian first took his title in October 2006.
So what's next for 33-year-old Franklin?
He's been offered a fight with veteran Travis Lutter at UFC 82, which takes place March 1 in Columbus. However, Franklin's currently filming the movie "Weapon," in which he has a starring role with Bruce Greenwood and Tiffani Amber Thiessen. Throw in the holidays, and he may not have enough time to properly train for the March UFC event. In fact, his return could come as late as June, according to his management.

Sunday, December 09, 2007


Without much fanfare, the Ultimate Fighting Championship stripped Sean Sherk of the lightweight championship. Company officials confirmed this information on Saturday before its event in Las Vegas.
Sherk, 34, had tested positive for the anabolic steroid Nandrolone, more commonly known as Decadurabolin, in his July 7 title defense in Sacramento, Calif. where he defeated Hermes Franca. Franca also tested positive for steroids during the fight. Sherk won via five round decision. The California State Athletic Commission, unlike Nevada, doesn’t have the legal authority to overturn a decision based on a positive drug test.
Sherk had appealed the test result, and on Tuesday the commission cut his one-year suspension to six months, but upheld the $2,500 fine. Sherk is eligible to fight again on Jan. 3.
Because the appeal verdict was that his test result was not overturned, it left UFC officials with little alternative, other than set a dangerous precedent had they not decided to strip Sherk of the championship, for a company that has stated a public hard line on steroid use among its competitors.
UFC president Dana White had already booked B.J. Penn vs. Joe Stevenson for the interim championship on Jan. 19 in Newcastle, England. Had Sherk been cleared, he would have faced the winner at the earliest possible date. Now the Penn-Stevenson winner would be the outright champion.
It has not been confirmed whether Sherk would still get the first shot at the winner.


Confirming speculation running throughout the past week, UFC mainstay "Big" John McCarthy announced during a media conference Friday that he will be stepping down from officiating to focus on a new broadcast career with the Fight Network. McCarthy, a former Los Angeles Police Officer, was enlisted by Rorion Gracie to referee the second Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1994. Since then, he has overseen more than 500 mixed martial arts matches. His last appearance as a contracted employee of a state athletic commission will be Saturday's "Ultimate Fighter 6" finale. Speaking to journalists following the announcement, McCarthy said that his desire to play a more active role in the growth of MMA is what prompted his decision. "The biggest problem is, I can't do both," he said. "I can't referee and take a new step in the broadcast field … [it could be looked upon] as a conflict of interests, so I had to make a choice."


Roger Huerta def. Clay Guida via Rear Naked Choke Round 3
Mac Danzig def. Tommy Speer via Rear Naked Choke Round 1
Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver def. Jared Rollins via TKO (Strikes) Round 3
George Sotiropoulos def. Billy Miles via Rear Naked Choke Round 1
Ben Saunders def. Dan Barrera via Unanimous Decision
Troy “Rude Boy” Mandaloniz def. Richie Hightower via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Matt Arroyo def. John Kolosci via Arm Bar Round 1
Roman Mitichyan def. Dorian Price via Ankle Lock Round 1
Jonathan Goulet def. Paul Georgieff via Rear Naked Choke Round 1


It appears that the “Big Plans” UFC President Dana White had in store for Quinton “Rampage” Jackson do indeed include a stint as coach on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF).
White made the major announcement during the TUF 6 Finale earlier this evening.
Joining the light heavyweight champion as the opposing coach is none other than Forrest Griffin, showcasing two of the most colorful and charismatic characters within the organization on national television.
TUF 7, which begins to shoot in January and will debut on SpikeTV sometime in April 2008, will feature 16 up-and-coming middleweight (185 pounds) fighters.
It should not matter that Jackson and Griffin are in the 205-pound class — there’s not a pool of bankable stars at that weight to carry a program that has been struggling in the ratings.Jackson and Griffin should provide the spark (and personality) necessary to get the mixed martial arts reality series back on track.
Both fighters are currently recovering from injuries in their most recent bouts. Rampage hurt his hand training for Dan Henderson and Griffin underwent shoulder surgery after his sensational upset win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
It’s fair to say that both should be fit at the conclusion of the show next year. Also Dana White has promised “Significant and Exciting Changes” to the overall format of the show. It should be interesting to see exactly what changes are in store but until we get the exact details we are left to guess, but hopefully these “exciting” changes will add some life into TUF 7 and the quality of its fights and match ups. One thing we do know is that with Rampage and Griffin as the coaches this next installment certainly won’t be lacking personality. Thanks mmamaina!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007


The Ultimate Fighting Championship will finish the 2007 fight season with a bang — and a 10-bout fight card.
The UFC has officially booked and announced a UFC 79 light heavyweight bout between James Irvin (12-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) and undefeated UFC newcomer Luis Cane (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC). A source close to Irvin told ( that the fight has been in the work for the past two months.
UFC 79, which takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, airs on pay-per-view. Former champs Matt Hughes and Georges St. Pierre meet in the night’s main event for the UFC’s interim welterweight title.
Irvin will return to action for the first time since a May UFC 71 event. There, the 29-year-old fighter suffered a significant injury when his knee buckled during a loss to Thiago Silva. The Nevada State Athletic Commision originally issued Irvin a medical suspension that ran through November pending clearance from an orthopedic doctor.
The defeat snapped Irvin’s three-fight streak, which included an entertaining second-round TKO of Hector Ramirez at UFC 65.
Cane, a 26-year-old Brazilian, is a perfect 7-0 in his two-year career. Although he’s well versed in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, he’s finished six of his seven victories via knockout.


Steroids suspension cut for UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk

LOS ANGELES - Sean Sherk's steroid suspension was cut in half, allowing the Ultimate Fighting Championship titleholder to compete starting Jan. 6.
The California State Athletic Commission reduced the one-year ban after a hearing in Los Angeles. The UFC lightweight champion was suspended for testing positive for the nandrolone in July.
The UFC already has scheduled a "interim" lightweight title match between B.J. Penn and Joe Stevenson for Jan. 19 in Newcastle, England.Steroids suspension cut for UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


IN LAS VEGAS venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada

Georges St.Pierre vs. Matt Hughes (Interim ( Phony ) UFC Welterweight Championship Match)

Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei SilvaRameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Lyoto Machida

Manny Gamburyan vs. Nate MohrRich Clementi vs. Melvin Guillard

Tony DeSouza vs. Roan Carneiro

Dean Lister vs. Jordan Radev

Doug Evans vs. Mark Bocek

Eddie Sanchez vs. Soa Palalei

Monday, December 03, 2007


Randy declined the bout against who most forsee as the future Heavyweight Champion, Minotauro Nogueira.Seriously folks, did you buy into the Couture hype thinking he was the best in the world because he won by Unanimous Decision against a crippled Tim Sylvia and TKO'ed a relative nobody who's claim to fame was a Right High Kick to the Left High Kick master in Mirko Cro Cop?Fedor would have put Couture in a coma.From MMAWeekly who broke this story about a 16-8 Can Who Quit.======================================In a meeting with Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White last Tuesday, current heavyweight champion Randy Couture turned down a proposed title defense against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 81 on Feb. 2, 2008. There was also some fence mending to be done at the meeting. Following Couture’s resignation from the UFC in October, the two went a couple of rounds through the media, disputing the basis of the resignation. With the meeting, Couture said he was able to air out the issues addressed in his decision and looks forward to a cooperative relationship with his employer of eleven years. “We’ve cleared the air, and hopefully we’ll move forward with some sort of relationship,” Couture said. “I’ve got a lot of fighters and a lot of things that hinge around mixed martial arts and the UFC as well. I want to continue to work with them and I think that they want to continue to work with me, so we’ll figure out how that happens.” The magnitude of response to his resignation shocked the five-time UFC champ.“This whole resigning thing took on a life of its own,” he said. “There were 72 media outlets trying to get a hold of me. [I was] on the cover of Yahoo, it was just insane to me. I figured I’d go away quietly, maybe MMAWeekly would cover it, Full Contact Fighter or something like that would do a blurb on it, but it would be confined to the small niche… of mixed martial arts. Truly a testament to how big the sport has gotten by the reaction of me stepping down.”Since then, Couture has been busy taking meetings for multiple film projects he is slated to begin work on in the next year. He still wants to fight No. 1 ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, but says his UFC contract makes it unlikely.“Obviously I have a contractual obligation with the UFC. There’s been some haggling and things going on with all that, and Fedor signing with M-1 made the possibility of that fight very difficult because of that and because of those contracts,” he said. The experience has underscored his need to take a step back from full-time fighting and focus on his personal life. “I think more than anything at this stage of things I want to slow down a little bit,” Couture said. “I’ve been burning it for three or four years now … I want to take some time and go on a vacation, spend some time with my wife. We’ve been married a year now and we’ve been together very, very little in that year; it’s been crazy. It’s been difficult on us. I’ve got a nice house and I don’t even get to spend any time in it hardly, so take a little time now and just smell the roses so to speak.”It appears that a fight for the now-vacant heavyweight title is in the works. It now appears that Nogueira will most likely face Tim Sylvia, who earned his contender slot with a win over Brandon Vera at UFC 77. For Couture, the lesson lies in trusting his internal compass.“I can’t focus on or account for other people and their motivations and their actions,” he said. “I have to focus on myself and just worry about that, and not let the other stuff in … it will drive you crazy.”

Saturday, December 01, 2007


Russian Bear` makes triumphant return to the ringNicknamed the ‘Russian Bear’, Oleg Taktarov has crushed American John Marsh at Moscow’s first ever Russia versus the U.S. mixed martial arts spectacle. The Ultimate Fighting Championship winner, Taktarov is mostly known in Russia as an actor having appeared in movies alongside Robert De Niro and Will Smith.
The actor, self-defence teacher and businessman, Oleg Taktarov has returned to his first love - the ring.The 40-year-old is back on top of the bill at a full contact martial arts event for the first time in almost 10 years.A former two-time world Sambo champion, Taktarov moved to the U.S. in 1994 from the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod, with the aim of becoming an actor.However, he got sidetracked into the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which he won in 1995. This victory shot him into the Hollywood limelight. Appearances in movies alongside the likes of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Will Smith followed.But the lure of the mat was too much and after nine years of waiting the Bear is growling again.Californian native and another veteran, John Marsh was his opponent.Despite the tight opening round, the Russian Bear won the clash, securing a five wins, two losses overall record.The crowd at Moscow’s Hodynka arena certainly savoured the end of what was a fine night for Russia.And the man of the moment told RT he has a very simple, yet lucrative plan for the future. “I want to do one big movie and one big fight, one big movie and one big fight,” he said.

Friday, November 30, 2007


Daredevil Evel Knievel dies in Florida
Dec 1, 2007 11:12 AM
Daredevil Evel Knievel, who dodged death in spectacular motorcycle leaps and crashes in a life full of showmanship, has died at age 69, according to his lawyer and a message on his Web site.
"I just spoke with him last night. He seemed to be in good spirits," said Knievel's lawyer, Richard Fee, adding he died in the Tampa Bay area of Florida where he recently made his home.
The front page of the tempestuous showman's official Web site read simply "Robert Craig 'Evel' Knievel October 17, 1938 - November 30, 2007."
The site quickly became inaccessible as it presumably suffered a deluge of hits.
Knievel had been ill for some time, suffering from a lung disease.
He recently gave what he said "may be the last interview I ever do" to the December issue of Maxim magazine and battled rap singer Kanye West for infringing his trademark in the "Touch the Sky" video, in which West appears as "Evel Kanyevel" and wears a white jumpsuit like the one Knievel made famous.
The two reached a settlement on Tuesday.
In his heyday, the king of all daredevils dressed like a superhero in a red, white and blue leather jumpsuit with a cape and cane, his hair sculpted back in a tall pompadour.
Knievel's greatest stunt turned out to be a failure when on September 8, 1974, he tried to ride a rocket-powered motorcycle across the Snake River Canyon in Idaho.
With a nationwide pay-per-view television audience watching, the parachute deployed when his Skycycle X-2 was only about two-thirds across, sending the cycle into the canyon wall. It landed partly in the river but Knievel walked away with minor injuries.
In a typical stunt, Knievel would race up a ramp and soar over a dozen or more buses or cars parked side by side.
"Anybody can jump a motorcycle," he once told Esquire magazine. "The trouble begins when you try to land it."
Knievel broke more than 40 bones, including his back seven times. His final years were plagued by pain resulting from his numerous accidents, as well as pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring of the lungs.
"God never made a tougher son of a bitch than me," Knievel told USA Today in an interview published in January 2007.
The reporter described Knievel, who was 68 at the time, as feeble and reliant on an oxygen tank and an implanted drug pump to relieve his pain.
His famous nickname came courtesy of a jailer who dubbed him "Evil Knievel" after run-ins with the police as a youth. To avoid being seen as a bad guy, Knievel later changed the spelling to "Evel" as his daredevil career took off.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


I hate to have to chose which UFC I want to watch when I want to watch them all but heres the plan for now ..Jan. 19’s UFC 80 event that takes place in Newcastle, England, will be shown on pay-per-view — not on free television as a Spike TV broadcast.
MMAjunkie was told of the UFC’s broadcast plans by a representative from one of the nation’s biggest cable companies, who said a Zuffa LLC representative contacted the company about the pay-per-view broadcast.
Zuffa, the UFC’s parent company, was initially concerned about the cable company’s ability to broadcast two major events — UFC 80 and a Roy Jones Jr. vs. Felix Trinidad boxing match — via pay-per-view on the same day. The Jones-Trinidad fight takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Although the cable-company representative says that UFC 80 will likely be shown (via tape delay) in its normal pay-per-view broadcast slot at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, the UFC says that it’ll be a live pay-per-view event. The event starts at 3 p.m. ET (8 p.m. GT) in Newcastle.
UFC 80, which takes place at the Metro Radio Arena, is headlined by an interim lightweight title fight between B.J. Penn and Joe Stevenson. UFC President Dana White opted to create the interim title while Sean Sherk deals with the appeal of a failed UFC 73 drug test and what might be a suspension after the hearing. The two champs will meet in a title-unification bout once Sherk’s suspension ends.
UFC 80 also features main-card bouts of Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Fabricio Werdum, Marcus Davis vs. Jess Liaudin, and Kendall Grove vs. Jorge Rivera.
Two weeks after the UFC 80 broadcast, a UFC 81 event also airs on pay-per-view.
For the rich enjoy, I however have to chose the besat card for my money!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

UFC 78

UFC 78 - Validation Ultimate Fighting Championship

Date -November 17, 2007

Location -Prudential Center, Newark, NJ

Rashad Evans def. Michael Bisping via split decision

Thiago Silva def. Houston Alexander via KO,

R1Karo Parisyan def. Ryo Chonan via unanimous decision

Ed Herman def. Joe Doerksen via KO, R3

Frankie Edgar def. Spencer Fisher via unanimous decision

Thiago Alves def. Chris Lytle via doctor stoppage (cuts), R2

Joe Lauzon def. Jason Reinhardt via rear naked choke, R1

Marcus Aurelio def. Luke Caudillo via TKO, R1

Akihiro Gono def. Tamdan McCrory via armbar, R2


At the post-UFC 78 press conference it was announced that former Pride 183lb. and 205lb. champion, “Dangerous” Dan Henderson will face Anderson “the Spider” Silva at UFC 82. UFC 82 is set for March 1st at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Dan Henderson has been on the record of late stating his desire to stay at the 205 lb. weight class, while UFC president Dana White has been very vocal about wanting him to make the cut. It appears that White has gotten his wish and also that a contract extension between Henderson and the UFC has been sorted out.
In his last fight Henderson lost a tough fought unanimous decision to UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson while UFC middleweight champ, Anderson Silva will be coming off a second round TKO over Rich Franklin.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007


Hawaiian superstar BJ Penn has waited six years for another shot at the lightweight title that eluded him in 2002. On January 19, 2008, at the Metro Arena in Newcastle, England, “The Prodigy” finally gets his chance for redemption when he challenges Joe “Daddy” Stevenson for the Interim World Lightweight Championship at UFC 80: RAPID FIRE. Also featured on this star-studded card, which was made official today by the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization, is a heavyweight showdown between top contenders Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga and Fabricio Werdum.“BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson are two of the top lightweights in the world,” said Dana White, UFC President. “Penn is the former world welterweight champion and Stevenson is unbeaten in the UFC as a lightweight. Both of these guys are known for their ground games and their will to win, so not only will it be a great fight, but the winner will become the interim world lightweight champion.”


Former NCAA and WWE Champion Brock Lesnar's first MMA opponent in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's heavyweight division will be... ...former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir. The fight will take place at UFC 81 on February 2, 2008, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV. "It's an interesting matchup," UFC President Dana White told "Lesnar is a great wrestler, a good athlete, and this is definitely gonna be a big test for him. Frank Mir is a former world champion who is coming off a big win over Antoni Hardonk, and he's looking to get his career back on track while Lesnar's looking to walk into the UFC and prove what type of fighter he's gonna be by trying to knock him off."

Friday, November 02, 2007


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Saturday, October 27, 2007


For everyone who followed pro wrestling from childhood, there was always a lingering question: How would certain guys, not necessarily the biggest stars but the ones who are known by fans as real-life tough guys, do if the battle was real?The question was more on people’s minds during old-school pro wrestling’s heyday than in recent years, largely because the Ultimate Fighter has answered a lot of questions about putting guys with different backgrounds into an arena and seeing what styles come out on top.In the early days of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, many amateur champion wrestlers fared well simply through takedowns and the ability to control and keep opponents on their back.But in today’s mixed martial arts, you have to be a well-rounded fighter, with knowledge of wrestling or judo for balance, jiu-jitsu for submission awareness and avoidance, and both boxing and kickboxing techniques.Brock Lesnar isn’t coming to UFC to answer any age-old questions. He’s coming because it’s a sport he’s watched since its inception, and now after more than a year of full-time training, after trying pro wrestling and pro football, he feels that it’s the sport he was put on earth to participate in.Lesnar, 30, who is expected to debut for UFC on Feb. 2 in Las Vegas against an opponent not yet named, is the most famous and likely the most expensive newcomer the UFC has ever signed.“I’ve had one MMA fight, and he was a tuna can or whatever,” said Lesnar about his debut, a fight on June 2, when he dismantled 1996 Olympic judo silver medalist Min Soo Kim of South Korea in a K-1 Hero’s event at the Los Angeles Coliseum. “What I want to prove is Brock Lesnar should be taken seriously. This isn’t a joke for me. I’m spending countless hours trying to learn every discipline, so when I step into the octagon, I’ll be well prepared. I’m not setting myself up for defeat. That’s not my mentality.“Lesnar beat Kim in just one minute, nine seconds, immediately taking him down, and knocking him out with punches from the top. Little was learned about the state of Lesnar’s all-around game. What was learned is Lesnar is incredibly quick for his size, which anyone who saw him wrestle amateur already knew, and he has an explosive takedown.We also learned he has natural punching power when on top of his opponent on the ground. The velocity of his short punches on top were said by ringside onlookers to be similar to Fedor Emelianenko.As for the rest of his game, those questions are yet to be answered. We know he’s fast. We know he’s strong. We know he’s a disciplined athlete and a hard trainer. Can he take a punch or block a kick? Is his overall striking game good? Can he avoid submissions? Can he apply submissions?Some hearing that a former World Wrestling Entertainment champion is coming into UFC would automatically jump to the conclusion that it’s a freak-show attraction and nothing more than a gimmick to sell tickets.They would be partially correct. It is a ploy to sell tickets, but as a national heavyweight champion in junior college in 1998, and NCAA Division I champ at Minnesota in 2000, Lesnar’s athletic ability can’t be questioned.He brings to the table more than wrestling credentials. He’s a freak as an athlete. His combination of size, strength and speed is on the level of an NFL first-round draft choice. But none of that guarantees he’ll be a great fighter.Several previous NCAA champions have entered MMA with mixed results. Randy Couture (Oklahoma State) and Matt Hughes (Eastern Illinois) became legends. Lesnar’s freestyle wrestling is better than Couture’s, and he’s a guy who cuts weight to make the 265-pound weight limit, a huge heavyweight as opposed to a small heavyweight trying to use wrestling to manhandle bigger foes.But many wrestlers haven’t fared as well. And while you can talk about his college wrestling all day long, the fact is, he’s in UFC this early and getting a two-year contract because he can wrestle and because he was a star in pro wrestling. K-1 paid him $500,000 on the books for his debut, and every MMA group looking to make itself a name had to have interest in him.Lesnar was only one facet of a news conference held Thursday by the company and headed by company president Dana White, covering a multitude of issues, including signing a new three-year contract with Spike TV, the failure to reach a deal with HBO, and the present and future of Couture.“Brock Lesnar is the real deal,” White said. “He’s a young guy, athletic, great credentials and he’s done the right things to make the transitions. Guys I know who are training with him say he’s going to be a great fighter.“Lesnar walked out on the WWE in 2004, shortly after signing a new $1 million-per-year guaranteed contract through 2010 because he grew to hate the arduous travel schedule. And, in the back of his mind, he wanted to play pro football before the window of opportunity closed. After never playing the sport since high school, he asked the WWE to let him out of his contract, saying he wanted to play in the NFL. WWE agreed, but in his release papers, the company decreed he couldn’t participate in either pro wrestling with a rival organization, or MMA, anywhere in the world for the duration of the contract.Lesnar went to the Minnesota Vikings camp and played in several preseason games in 2004 before being a late cut. But the Vikings were impressed enough to recommend him for NFL Europe, but one of the key reasons he left wrestling was that he was never home to see his family, in particular his young daughter, and his wife, former well-known wrestling personality and Playboy cover model Rena “Sable” Mero. Plus, he now admits, he was relieved the day he was cut. He was so far behind when it came to football that he realized it wasn’t for him.“You have to feel confident and I didn’t,” Lesnar said about his brief NFL experience. “I realized I was unprepared at the Vikings training camp. I was thinking to myself, ‘What am I doing here?’ Because of my lack of experience, I felt it wasn’t for me.“The next problem was his WWE release. He began wrestling in Japan, even though the release prohibited it, leading to a lengthy court fight. He argued that the WWE was keeping him from making a living during the prime of his athletic life.In the settlement, Lesnar was allowed to do basically anything he wanted to do. Although he doesn’t talk bad about WWE today, Lesnar said he liked the wrestling itself, just grew to despise the travel and didn’t like what it was doing to his body.In MMA, Lesnar says he has found his true calling. Time and circumstances simply didn’t allow it to happen until now.“I’ve never felt fighting isn’t for me,” he said. “It’s come fast and feels natural. People who have been around like Pat Miletich, Sean Sherk and Greg Nelson (his current main trainer) have all said this comes naturally to me, and it’s nice to hear that from people of that caliber.“Lesnar feels the difference between him and college wrestling stars who didn’t make it in MMA is that he knows that college wrestling alone will never make him UFC champion. Instead of concentrating his training on what he does best — his wrestling — his focus is on the other aspects of the sport.“I know and understand my wrestling capabilities aren’t going to make me a champion in this sport,” he said. “I train wrestling, but I spend more time training my hands and training jiu-jitsu.“My No. 1 goal is to win my first fight, and work my way to being heavyweight champion.“Lesnar was 55-3 in two years at Minnesota after being 51-2 at Bismarck Junior College. He finished second in the Division I tournament to Stephen Neal in 1999, who ironically accomplished what Lesnar didn’t in becoming an NFL player (with the New England Patriots) without playing high school ball. In 2000, Lesnar was NCAA champion.Largely because of his physique and natural power, several pro wrestling organizations were interested in him. Lesnar had already decided he wasn’t going to pursue the Olympics. MMA was near death at this point, and as much as he wanted to do it a few years earlier, he didn’t consider it an option.After winning the championship, he decided he had three viable options. He could stay in college one more year, get his degree, and play football for the Golden Gophers. He could join the WWE, which offered him $250,000 guaranteed per year to start, an almost unheard of figure for somebody who had never worked their way up the ranks. Or he could try out for the NFL, as Tony Dungy, then coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a Golden Gophers alum, recruited him after watching him dominate on the college mats.“I was a kid from South Dakota who didn’t have two nickels to rub together and the WWE deal was a sure thing,” he said. “They guaranteed me the money and football only offered me a tryout. I chose WWE. But I always regretted I didn’t at least do the tryout first.“White said he was going to heavily market Lesnar’s debut to the pro wrestling audience.“I think a lot of people are going to be curious to see if he can really fight,” said the UFC president. “He’s an athlete capable of fighting. Not to say the rest of them (pro wrestlers) aren’t athletes. I think a lot of WWE fans are going to tune in to see if this guy can really fight.“White acknowledged that he never had any interest in using pro wrestlers, although he did negotiate with Kurt Angle, an Olympic gold medalist before going pro, in the past.UFC also announced the signing of a three-year contract renewal with Spike TV, that gives the network cable exclusivity on the product through 2011. The contract calls for two seasons of Ultimate Fighter in 2008 and 2009, and one each in 2010 and 2011. It also calls for a weekly live TV fight that would debut in 2010. It also calls for a minimum of four UFC Fight Night specials, a similar schedule as the current deal, as well as 13 new episodes per year of UFC Unleashed.The agreement would allow UFC to negotiate a deal with a broadcast network or a premium channel like HBO, but not a rival cable channel like ESPN.White also bent over backward to praise Couture, noting he still considers him heavyweight champion and no matter what has happened, is looking to settle things with him.“The title isn’t vacant until Randy Couture tells me face-to-face he’s retired,” White said. “Randy Couture is a guy I have a ton of respect for. I’m going to try and work this out.“

Friday, October 26, 2007

UFC 77 and it's PAY OUTS

Anderson Silva def. Rich Franklin via TKO (strikes) Round 2, 1:07
Tim Sylvia def. Brandon Vera via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Alvin Robinson def. Jorge Gurgel via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
Stephan Bonnar def. Eric Schafer via TKO (strikes)Round 2, 2:47
Alan Belcher def. Kalib Starnes via TKO (strikes)Round 2, 1:39
Yushin Okami def. Jason MacDonald via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 20-27)
Demian Maia def. Ryan Jensen via submission (rear-naked choke)Round 1, 2:40
Josh Burkman def. Forrest Petz via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Matt Grice def. Jason Black via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

and now the pay outs...hmmm not very high......

Matt Grice & Alvin Robinson should seriously consider taking their talents to an organization that "Respects" them, as Randy Couture has said he didn't receive from the UFC... Now I get it.UFC, please clean up your act and pay the fighters a living wage in the very least.This makes me sick.Anderson Silva — $120,000 ($60,000 to show, $60,000 to win)Rich Franklin — $45,000Tim Sylvia — $200,000 ($100,000 to show, $100,000 to win)Brandon Vera — $100,000Alvin Robinson — $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win)Jorge Gurgel — $7,000Stephan Bonnar — $44,000 ($22,000 to show, $22,000 to win)Eric Schafer — $6,000Alan Belcher — $22,000 ($11,000 to show, $11,000 to win)Kalib Starnes — $7,000Yushin Okami — $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)Jason MacDonald — $17,000Demian Maia — $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 to win)Ryan Jensen — $4,000Josh Burkman — $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)Forrest Petz — $6,000Matt Grice — $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win)Jason Black — $8,000Anderson Silva received $40,000 for his KOMatt Grice & Jason Black received $40,000 each for the Fight of the Night which paying viewers did not get to see.Maia received $40,000 for submission of the night.Total base payout = $652,000 + Fight bonuses ($160, 000) = $812, 000.Ticket sales = $2,519,850 from the 16, 000+ in attendance.This leaves $1,707,850 gross profit to pay for the expenses of running such an event. Pay per view monies are factored in as a separate revenue stream altogether.

Monday, October 15, 2007


After a seven-month absence from competition, successful back surgery, and a small fall into relative obscurity, former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia (23-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) makes his return to the octagon next weekend at UFC 77. There, he’ll take on undefeated heavyweight contender Brandon Vera.However, the 31-year-old Miletich fighter — whose obsession with the heavyweight belt became one of MMA’s biggest inside jokes — now says the title is something he’s not necessarily worried about. Sylvia says he just wants to compete.“I want to get get another fight as soon as possible,” Sylvia told during last week’s UFC 77 media conference call. “Win or lose, as long as I come out healthy, I want to fight as early (as possible) in 2008.“So, if he posts a victory over Vera next weekend, he won’t ask for a title shot?“No, I mean, that’s in the UFC’s cards,” Sylvia said, just hours before current champ Randy Couture announced his resignation from the UFC.Sylvia assumed the earliest he — or anyone else — could fight the champ for the title would be in February. Couture, who scored a unanimous-decision victory over Sylvia to win the belt at UFC 68, broke his arm back in August during a victory over Gabriel Gonzaga and was expected to headline a Feb. 2 event on SuperBowl weekend.However, after the 44-year-old UFC Hall of Famer complained of the UFC’s inability to sign Fedor Emelianenko and claimed the organization lied to him about what other fighters were being paid, Couture quit — and threw the entire heavyweight title picture into disarray.Regardless of what the UFC decides to do with the now-vacant title, Sylvia will surely be a part of the plans. Love him or hate him, the fighter is one of the most-accomplished heavyweights in the sport today. In an eight-year career with 26 professional fights, Sylvia has never been knocked out. In fact, he’s been stopped just twice — once by an Achilles lock in a fight with Andrei Arlovski (a fight which went only 47 seconds), once by armbar in a fight with Frank Mir. And while fans criticize his sometimes-safe and calculated game plans, the fact of the matter is that Sylvia has only gone to decision in five of his 23 career victories.After his loss to Couture in March, Sylvia underwent extensive back surgery. He now says he’s completely healthy — and that the procedure had nothing short of spectacular results. Feeling good, he’s now ready to compete, whether it’s for the title or not.“Surgery obviously went well, or I wouldn’t have taken this fight because Brandon’s a tough guy,” Sylvia said. “Surgery went awesome. As soon as I came out of anesthesia, I jumped out of bed. The nurse told me to settle down, but I couldn’t because the pain was all gone… I’m now just ready to get back in there and fight again.“

Wednesday, October 03, 2007


Great article breaking down the future of the light heavyweight division from Fox Sports.So the question becomes, what to do from here?First off, you look at the championship picture. Jackson is expected to be ready in March. Griffin is also banged up, with a bum shoulder and a lot of cuts. It's not the perfect direction and many will be critical of it because of the resentment of the idea the company gives Griffin preferential treatment as a homemade star. But for business, Jackson vs. Griffin is the way to go. On paper, it's an exciting fight. Jackson is the favorite but Griffin operates better as the underdog. The public will buy this fight more than any other the company can offer today. Every fan poll of the match they want leads you to this conclusion, and Griffin's not being expected to win in early 2008 becomes a selling point in its favor.
\u003cbr\>And with UFC, you can't try and build it up over time because everyone can and will lose before you get to your destination if you hold matches off.\u003cbr\>\u003cbr\>Jardine vs. Alexander is a natural rematch. It's the man who cost Jardine the title shot vs. a fighter coming off the Liddell win in a rematch. Another win by Alexander will prove he's for real. Another win by Jardine and he'll have earned a title shot. Right now, the UFC is looking at a different direction with Alexander, so he's going to have to win one match before this is under consideration. Keep your fingers crossed on this one.\u003cbr\>\u003cbr\>Liddell vs. Silva. Everyone wants the match. Both are coming off two straight losses. The only holdup is whether Liddell's ribs, battered by Jardine's kicks, will recover in time for Dec. 29, when UFC has booked Silva to debut. Stylistically, Liddell has always seemed to have the advantage in this match-up. He's got a better chin. He's the bigger man. He can counter Silva's wild style. But at this level, there is no result you can count on, particularly when both men have major question marks. And if Liddell doesn't win, at least he's lost to a guy who holds two wins over Jackson and can immediately be put into title contention.\u003cbr\>\u003cbr\>The winner of Ortiz-Evans vs. Rua. Rua is out for a few months and the winner of Ortiz-Evans won't be ready until the spring. If Ortiz beats Evans, a Rua win will be seen to the public like a big deal because Ortiz is one of the biggest names. If Evans beats Ortiz, it'll be a real baptism-under-fire if the old Rua comes back. In this series, two wins by Ortiz, unlikely as that might be, puts a money player into legitimate title contention, and that means big business. Two wins by Evans and he'll at least be seen as a top-tier star. And if Rua wins, he'll have rehabbed his image pretty well.\u003cbr\>\u003cbr\>LIKE THIS STORY?\u003cbr\>\u003ca href\u003d\"\u003dOTC-K9B140813162&ATT\u003d209#\" target\u003d\"_blank\" onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\"\>",1]
And with UFC, you can't try and build it up over time because everyone can and will lose before you get to your destination if you hold matches off.Jardine vs. Alexander is a natural rematch. It's the man who cost Jardine the title shot vs. a fighter coming off the Liddell win in a rematch. Another win by Alexander will prove he's for real. Another win by Jardine and he'll have earned a title shot. Right now, the UFC is looking at a different direction with Alexander, so he's going to have to win one match before this is under consideration. Keep your fingers crossed on this one.Liddell vs. Silva. Everyone wants the match. Both are coming off two straight losses. The only holdup is whether Liddell's ribs, battered by Jardine's kicks, will recover in time for Dec. 29, when UFC has booked Silva to debut. Stylistically, Liddell has always seemed to have the advantage in this match-up. He's got a better chin. He's the bigger man. He can counter Silva's wild style. But at this level, there is no result you can count on, particularly when both men have major question marks. And if Liddell doesn't win, at least he's lost to a guy who holds two wins over Jackson and can immediately be put into title contention.The winner of Ortiz-Evans vs. Rua. Rua is out for a few months and the winner of Ortiz-Evans won't be ready until the spring. If Ortiz beats Evans, a Rua win will be seen to the public like a big deal because Ortiz is one of the biggest names. If Evans beats Ortiz, it'll be a real baptism-under-fire if the old Rua comes back. In this series, two wins by Ortiz, unlikely as that might be, puts a money player into legitimate title contention, and that means big business. Two wins by Evans and he'll at least be seen as a top-tier star. And if Rua wins, he'll have rehabbed his image pretty well.LIKE THIS STORY?

This leaves Henderson vs. Machida. Henderson's relentless style and aggressiveness may be the counter to Machida's usual boring matches. Plus, if Machida can get past him, people have no choice but to care about him.The beauty of these scenarios is that in every case, no matter who wins, you've got somewhere to go.Jackson-Griffin is the biggest money match available today, so you should make sure and do it right away. And when all of these matches are over, you'll wind up with four very legitimate contenders, no matter who wins. Barring injuries at the wrong time, the mess created over the past week that killed the biggest money match may have set them up for a series of strong business matches that could go well into 2009.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

UFC 78 COMING TOGETHER..... is reporting that Thiago Alves is likely to be added to the card for UFC 78 on Nov. 17 in Newark, NJ.
Alves, currently on a three fight win streak, last fought for the UFC at UFC Fight Night 11 in September, defeating Kuniyoshi Hironaka via verbal submission at 4:04 of round 2. It was his first fight back back from suspension after he had tested positive for a banned diuretic at UFC 66.
Junkie does not name an opponent for Alves at UFC 78 but the rumors section at lists Ryo Chonan as a possible opponent.
Chonan, a veteran of both PRIDE and DEEP, recently signed with the UFC and holds a win over current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Despite his submission victory over Silva at PRIDE Shockave 2004, Chonan plans to compete in the UFC’s 170 lbs. division.
According to Junkie, Alves’ bout could be televised on the main card. If he’s in fact matched up with Chonan, that would increase Alves’ odds of fighting on the main card.
Additional matches rumored for UFC 78 include:
- Thiago Alves vs. Ryo Chonan
- Karo Parisyan vs. Hector Lombard
- Spencer Fisher vs. Frankie Edgar (Edgar has confirmed the match)
- Tamdan McCrory vs. Akihiro Gono
- Joe Lauzon vs. Jason Reinhardt
- David Terrell vs. Ed Herman
A main event has yet to be signed for the card but according to reports, it’s believed that the UFC is trying to sign a rematch between Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz for the card.


I am setting a date.
I am setting a date, and on that day I will stop drinking. That will be the day I begin to be a better man. That will be the day I begin to find the best of me. That will be the day I begin to find the best of what life can be. I want to find the magic. Join me. If you want to make a change in your life, join me. If any of you want to find the best of yourself, join me. If you want to find your own magic, join me. I am going to quit drinking, get back into training, and step into the Octagon again, and when I do, it will be dedicated to all of you who have the courage to believe in the best of what you can be, all of you who have the courage to stand up with me and face your fears and weaknesses. We will stand shoulder to shoulder, an unconquerable army. BELIEVE in what you can do, and it will happen.
I am setting a date.
It has been said that I am done, that I will never fight again. It has been said that I have no chance of ever being a champion again. I refuse to accept that. I challenge you to believe in yourself. I challenge you to do what they say can not be done. Join this army of unconquerable souls.
It’s not about fighting inside of the Octagon anymore for Tanner. Although that may be his ultimate goal and the light at the end of the tunnel that keeps him on the correct path, battling alcoholism is Evan’s biggest issue at the moment. Tanner has given us some great moments inside the Octagon.
Being the middleweight champion of the UFC and only knowing MMA techniques through instructional DVDs is a pretty impressive feat. If Tanner can kick his drinking habit and make a return to the Octagon, then that will be his most impressive feat of all. Should he return, win or lose, he will be able to hang his head high.
We’re all rooting for you, Evan. Hope to see you back in the Octagon


Strikeforce at the Playboy mansion looked pretty successful, and got a shit load of pulicity..good for MMA !
The Sept. 29 show took place on Hugh Hefner’s world-famous estate and was streamed live on Yahoo! Sports. The invitation-only event drew nearly 1,000 spectators who paid $1,000 per ticket. It was the first-ever MMA event held at the Playboy Mansion.
The total official payout for the event’s 24 fighters was $229,183.50.
Full payouts includes:
Gilbert Melendez ($30,000) def. Tetsuji Kato ($6,000)
Joe Riggs ($29,500)* def. Eugene Jackson ($15,000)
Josh Thomson ($24,500)# bonus def. Adam Lynn ($6,000)
Billy Evangelista ($6,000)^ def. Clint Coronel ($3,000)
Jorge Masvidal ($18,182.50) def. Matt Lee ($1,000)
Bobby Southworth ($20,000)# def. Bill Mahood ($1,000)
Falaniko Vitale ($20,000) def. Ron Fields ($7,000)
Daniel Puder ($20,000) def. Richard Dalton ($3,000)
Dewey Cooper ($500) def. Adam Smith ($500)
Daniel McWilliams ($1,000) def. Eddy Millis ($4,000)
Luke Stewart ($7,500)+ def. Sam Liera ($3,000)
Anthony Figueroa ($2,000) def. Miguel Linares ($1,500)* — $15,000 win bonus, # — $10,000 win bonus, + — $4,000 win bonus, ^ — $3,000 win bonus
As with other fight organizations, a disclaimer should be issued. The above figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, which can oftentimes be a substantial portion of a fighter’s income — nor do they include other special bonuses paid by Strikeforce.

Saturday, September 29, 2007


Nakamura who cleared more than Jardine!Then busted on a drug test ? WTF?

Keith Jardine $14,000 def. Chuck Liddell $500,000

Forrest Griffin $44,000 def. Shogun Rua $150,000

Jon Fitch $44,000 def. Diego Sanchez $22,000

Lyoto Machida $50,000 def. Kazuhiro Nakamura $20,000

Tyson Griffin $24,000 def. Thiago Tavares $9,000

Rich Clementi $24,000 def. Anthony Johnson $5,000

Jeremy Stephens $6,000 def. Diego Saraiva $3,000

Christian Wellisch $14,000 def. Scott Junk $4,000

Matt Wiman $16,000 def. Michihiro Omigawa $5,000

Total fighter Payroll = $954,000

Friday, September 28, 2007


Despite what former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell told UFC President Dana White after his loss to Keith Jardine at UFC 76, Liddell’s trainer, John Hackleman, says his fighter will not be retiring anytime soon.
Hackleman made the comments during a radio interview with Steve “Mr. Sunshine,” who does a radio show in Las Vegas on FoxSportsRadio1460. The audio of the 15-minute interview is available at
After a split-decision loss to Jardine in UFC 76’s main event, White told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports that fighters need a certain hunger to be an elite fighter and “I just didn't see a Chuck Liddell who was as hungry as he used to be.” White also said he felt a retirement was pending.
Nonsensness, said Hackleman.
He specifically mentioned Wanderlei Silva and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua as possible opponents for Liddell at UFC 79 in December. Additionally, Hackleman stated that Liddell would be back to training on Monday.
Liddell, who had held the UFC's light heavyweight title since April 2005, suffered a first-round technical knockout to Quinton Jackson at May’s UFC 71 event. With his loss to Jardine, he has back-to-back defeats for the first time in his career.

Thursday, September 27, 2007


MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson pleaded guilty Monday to charges of drug possession and driving under the influence stemming from a traffic stop last year as he was leaving a nightclub.
Tyson quietly acknowledged to a judge that he had cocaine and was impaired when he was stopped for driving erratically in Scottsdale on Dec. 29.
He pleaded guilty to a single felony count of cocaine possession and a misdemeanor DUI count and faces up to four years and three months in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 19. A felony charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and a second misdemeanor DUI charge were dropped, according to the terms of a plea agreement.
Defense lawyer David Chesnoff said Tyson has been clean and sober for eight months.
"It's obvious this was a crime he was committing against himself," Chesnoff said.
Police stopped Tyson after the boxer had spent the evening at Scottsdale's Pussycat Lounge. An officer said he saw Tyson wiping a white substance off the dashboard of his black BMW, and that his speech was slurred. Authorities said they found bags of cocaine in Tyson's pocket and in his car.
Tyson told officers later that he used cocaine "whenever I can get my hands on it," and that he preferred to smoke it in Marlboro cigarettes with the tobacco pulled out, according to court documents. He also told police that he used marijuana that day and was taking the antidepressant Zoloft, the documents state.

Since his arrest, Tyson checked himself into an in-patient treatment program for what his lawyer called "various addictions." Defense lawyer David Chesnoff had said previously that he had try to keep the boxer out of prison.
In 1986, Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history when, at 20, he knocked out Trevor Berbick. He lost his title four years later when he was knocked out by James "Buster" Douglas. By 1997, Tyson's career hit a low point when he bit Evander Holyfield's ear during a fight.
Tyson, 41, recently had been trying to revive his career with a series of boxing exhibitions.
County Attorney Andrew Thomas said earlier this year that Tyson should be put behind bars if convicted, noting that Tyson was convicted of rape in Indiana in 1992 and pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault charges in Maryland in 1999. "He has run out of second chances," Thomas said.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

I'M BACK WITH MORE UFC/MMA news and commets !!!

Sorry I've been away ,I got all caught up in Myspace ...but there are still huncreds of people coming here every week so NOW I will try to keep this up to date , thanks to all the people who have hung in there since my last post about UFC 72

Lets start with UFC 76 results ...
Keith Jardine def. Chuck Liddell via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Forrest Griffin def. Mauricio Shogunâ Rua via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 3, 4:45

Jon Fitch def. Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

Lyoto Machida def. Kazuhiro Nakamura via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Tyson Griffin def. Thiago Tavares via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Rich Clementi def. Anthony Johnson via submission (guillotine choke)Round 2, 3:05

Jeremy Stephens def. Diego Saraiva via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Christian Wellisch def. Scott Junk via submission (heel hook) Round 1, 3:19

Matt Wiman def. Michihiro Omigawa (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

And now ....what was the paid outs??

UFC 76 salary figures from the California State Athletic Commission.

UFC 76 took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. on Saturday, Sept. 22, and featured Keith Jardine’s upset split-decision victory over Chuck Liddell. Jardine earned $14,000 for the victory, and Liddell earned $500,000 in defeat.

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who earned $150,000 — $106,000 more than Forrest Griffin, who submitted him in the third round.
Lyoto Machida earned $50,000 for a victory over Kazuhiro Nakamura ($20,000).

The total payroll for the event was $954,000 (though 68 percent of it went to Liddell and Rua).
The full amounts included:
Keith Jardine ($14,000) def. Chuck Liddell ($500,000)
Forrest Griffin ($44,000) def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua ($150,000)
Jon Fitch ($44,000) def. Diego Sanchez ($22,000)
Lyoto Machida ($50,000) def. Kazuhiro Nakamura ($20,000)
Tyson Griffin ($24,000) def. Thiago Tavares ($9,000)
Rich Clementi ($24,000) def. Anthony Johnson ($5,000)
Jeremy Stephens ($6,000) def. Diego Saraiva ($3,000)
Christian Wellisch ($14,000) def. Scott Junk ($4,000)
Matt Wiman ($16,000) def. Michihiro Omigawa ($5,000)

Now, the usual disclaimer: the figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, which can oftentimes be a substantial portion of a fighters income. They also don’t include any bonuses the UFC sometimes pays for Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night, and Submission of the Night which pays $40,000 each — and other assorted pay-per-view and performance-based bonuses.

In other words, these are simply base salaries reported to the CSAC and do not represent the total amounts earned by each fighter.

Gimme a holla if your glad I'm back......I know hunderds of you come a week , lets hear from you !!