"Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson" official salaries: headliners share $85,000
Josh Thomson upset Gilbert Melendez for the Strikeforce world lightweight title at this past Friday's "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson" event, but Thomson couldn't edge the former title-holder when it came to his payday.
Thomson earned a reported base salary of $35,000 ($15,000 of which was a win bonus) for the event; Melendez earned an event-high $50,000.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today acquired the list of salaries from Bill Douglas of the California State Athletic Commission.
Urijah Faber vs Mike Brown WEC 36 fight possible on September 10
After his career-defining win over Jens Pulver, Urijah Faber (21-1) will likely return to the cage to defend his WEC featherweight title against Mike Brown at WEC 36 on September 10, according to MMAWeekly.com.
“The California Kid” outstruck and outwrestled “Lil Evil” for five rounds at WEC 34 last month en route to a unanimous decision victory over the former UFC champion. He was clearly the faster fighter and had Pulver hurt in the second round, demonstrating that his striking prowess has caught up with his superb wrestling pedigree.
Fighter Salaries: Minimum Fighter Payouts
The first problem to be addressed is that of the minimum payouts for UFC fighters. I believe the lowest payout figures to be released this year were a few $3000 show/win contracts like the one given to Goran Reljic at UFC 84. Many have been quick to criticize the UFC for these payouts as they question a fighter's ability to make ends meet on such low income.
Following yesterday's introduction, the interests of both parties are fairly obvious. A major interest of the fighters is to be able to provide for themselves and their families. And from a business perspective, it's probably within the UFC's interest to provide top-notch fights while also not having to pay anything more than it has to.
This article is a MUST READ imo. Very insightful piece.
Dana White Makes The Case For Jesse Taylor
The UFC’s decision to include the newly-mature Jesse Taylor on their July 19 Fight Night has taken some heat lately. That’s because taking the moral high ground only works if you stick to it even when you desperately need to throw together a show designed to screw with your competitors. But Dana White is doing his best to make the decision to bring Taylor back into the UFC sound like a reasonable one. He’s also trying to battle the perception that the UFC encouraged the fighters to destroy the house and generally act the fool for the cameras.
Nate Marquardt Pulls The Old ‘Don’t Be Scared, Homey’ on Thales Leites
Here’s an interesting trend in MMA: a guy beats you in a fight through either a decision or somewhat questionable stoppage. You immediately demand a rematch, but he’d rather not do that because he wants to move on with his career and continue climbing the ladder in the division. So you do what any rational person would do. You accuse him of being scared to fight you again.
Leonard Garcia's Federal charges DROPPED.
"i just wanted to post this to let everyone know that i had the ferderal charges dropped i am still dealing with the state but the charges arent as serious as they seemed so i hope to be back in the cage soon real soon im just waiting on my excellent manager sven (boogie) bean to get that straightened out for me i am gonna be the wec lightweight champ soon this is something i feel strongly about so im telling everyone that is my goal and my dream and that is what im going to do so i will give it my all to do what i say im gonna do"
-From Leonard's Myspace.
I think many people owe him an apology after bad-mouthing him before he was even proven guilty.
Wrestling Icon Dan Gable Teaching "Wrestling for Mixed Martial Arts"
Olympic wrestling legend Dan Gable and United States Olympic wrestling coach Mike Duroe will be holding a “Wrestling for Mixed Martial Arts” seminar Saturday, July 26 in Moorhead.
The Seminar will be held at Minnesota State Moorhead‘s Alex Nemzek Hall from 9 a.m. to noon.
The event is open to wrestlers and martial artists of all ages. The seminar teaches wrestling applications for use in mixed martial arts.
Brock Lesnar Talks About Safety in MMA
"Just like football, basketball or hockey, the risk of getting injured in competition is there. But everybody that gets in the octagon is very well-trained. Also, in this sport, if I feel like my arm's going to get snapped, I can tap out before I get injured. In other sports, I don't have that option.
If a linebacker's coming across and I'm carrying the ball, I don't have the opportunity to stop. I've been hurt more as a pro wrestler and as an amateur wrestler than I have in this. I was hurt more as a pro wrestler than anything else, because I worked 300 nights a year and they didn't care if I was hurt or not."
Nakamura Out Of UFC
Kazuhiro Nakamura has been cut by UFC after losing both his fights for the promotion. His next move isn't yet known but he's expected to have plenty of opportunities elsewhere.
Hendo Talks Vera Booking, Upcoming Fights
Despite having a potential Brandon Vera fight taken away and likely facing Rousiimar Palhares next, Dan Henderson has his sights set next on a rematch with Anderson Silva but hasn't ruled out returning to 205 and a possible Wanderlei Silva rematch if the fans want it.
Joachim Hansen added to DREAM.5
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned through an unnamed source that Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen is expected to fight at DREAM.5 on Monday, July 21 in a Lightweight Grand Prix tournament reserve match.
While an opponent has not been confirmed for Hansen, sources have also indicated that he is likely to face Kultar “Black Mamba” Gill.
DREAM.5 is scheduled to emanate from Osaka, Japan at Osakajo Hall and will feature the DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix Semifinals and Finals.
Fighter Salaries: Addressing The Problems
As a follow-up to Fighter Salaries: The Problems With Revenue Linking, in the coming days I will be examining potential suggestions that could help to improve the hotly contested MMA issue that is fighter pay. For the sake of convenience - and also because they are the "800 lbs. gorilla in the room" - most of this discussion will focus on the UFC. While I certainly do not believe that the UFC and MMA are interchangeable, the sport's biggest organization is almost always at the forefront of every debate regarding the sport and the industry.