Strikeforce/EliteXC official salaries: Le and Shamrock share $500,000
Main event winner and new Strikeforce world middleweight champion Cung Le ($200,000) and former title-holder Frank Shamrock ($300,000) split 75 percent of the total fight purse from Saturday's Strikeforce/EliteXC main event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today obtained the total fighter payroll from the California State Athletic Commission.
Saturday's event, which took place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., drew 15,192 attendees (14,710 paid) for a total live gate of $1,117,855.
The total disclosed payroll for the show was $667,850.
The full amounts included:
Cung Le ($200,000) def. Frank Shamrock ($300,000)
Drew Fickett ($10,000) def. Jae S. Lim ($3,000)
Gilbert Melendez ($50,000) def. Gabe Lemley ($7,000)
Wayne Cole ($10,000) def. Mike Kyle ($10,000)
Joey Villasenor ($36,000) def. Ryan Jensen ($6,000)
Billy Evangelista ($10,000) def Marlon Sims ($2,500)
Tiki Ghosn ($8,000) def. Luke Stewart ($6,000)
Darren Uyenoyama ($4,000) def. Anthony Figueroa ($2,000)
Jesse Jones ($2,150) def. Jesse Gillespie ($1,200)
"Win" bonuses went to Fickett ($5,000), Cole ($5,000), Villasenor ($18,000), Evangelista ($5,000) Ghosn ($2,000), Uyenoyama ($2,000) and Jones ($500).
Mark Kerr and Ricco Rodriguez added to YAMMA card
Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez (27-8) has been added to YAMMA Pit Fighting's eight-man heavyweight tournament, and two-time UFC tournament winner Mark Kerr (15-6) will fight in a "Masters Superfight" YAMMA bout vs. Oleg Taktarov (15-5-2).
The full card for the event now includes:
Mark Kerr vs. Oleg Taktarov
Eric "Butterbean" Esch vs. Gary Goodridge
- FRANK MIR TO FIGHT JUSTIN McCULLY AT UFC 86
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Frank Mir will fight Justin McCully on July 5 in Las Vegas, sources close to both camps have confirmed. Bout agreements have been signed, adding the first heavyweight match-up to a card headlined by Quinton Jackson and Forrest Griffin.
Wanderlei Silva Responds To Comments Made By Rampage Jackson
"i'm always watching out for the comments here (in the blog) and in PVT (portaldovaletudo.com.br). for my surprise i saw that someone changed my nickname from Axe Murderer to Chump Murderer, but what i have to say is that the nickname is only aplied to one person because the only chump i fought was Quinton (Jackson).
Kenny Florian wasn't supposed to be a fighter.
He was a smart kid. Focused, always smiling.
His parents, immigrants from Peru, preached hard work and education. That's how his father, Augustin, had become a surgeon. He wanted Kenny to be a lawyer. He also wanted his children to be able to defend themselves, though.
The Florians were essentially the lone Latino family in a neighborhood about 25 miles outside of Boston. Augustin had earned a black belt in judo and maintained a fierce loyalty for Latino boxers. Didn't matter if his man was 1-40.
The Perfect Storm: Alexander-Irvin
It has become a grossly overused phrase, so much so that its mere utterance causes readers to cringe at its mind-numbing regularity in our sporting lexicon.
But every once in a great while, the stars really do properly align and that special mix of elements actually comes together to form the perfect storm—an awe-inspiring hurricane that wreaks unmatched havoc on the environment, leaving a lasting trail of carnage in its wake.
Many fans watch the Ultimate Fighting Championship hoping to witness just such a perfect storm inside the Octagon. They want to see “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler versus Tommy “Hitman” Hearns inside a cage. Better yet, they want to see Chuck Liddell versus Wanderlei Silva end in a knockout.
Houston Alexander Reader Q&A
MMAjunkie.com: With you having the big win over Keith Jardine, he's got the big fight coming up with Wanderlei Silva. What's your take on that fight? (from reader "Bushswinger")
Houston Alexander: Should be an interesting fight. I think Wanderlei is going to want to get inside, and Keith's not going to try to give him the opportunity to do that. If Keith can do the same thing he did against Liddell, he's got a great chance. That's a tough call. Both of those guys have a puncher's chance. It should be an interesting fight.
MMAjunkie.com: I know you never want to talk too much about specific strategy or specific gameplan, but can you comment on what we should expect to see from you guys this fight? Are we going to see anything different? (from reader "Riley")
Mick Doyle: Expect to see gogoplatas and flying armbars.
Joe Lauzon one IT guy you don't want to anger
A word of warning to office workers everywhere: The next time you feel the urge to curse the geeky-looking IT guy you think caused your laptop to crash, breathe deeply and avoid the smart-alecky comment.
The Mister Peepers-looking guy could be another harmless nerd, but, then again, he could also be Joe Lauzon.
Lauzon is the baby-faced one-time network administrator who looks like he's still in junior high but fights like he's the toughest guy on the block.
Which, in most cases, it turns out he is.
UFC Angling For an ABC Deal?
With EliteXC readying its blockbuster cards on CBS and Strikeforce getting some late-night love from NBC, the UFC is running out of major networks to sign with. But if the latest “informed speculation” turns out to be true, we could eventually see some Octagon fights on ABC. MMAPayout passes along this unconfirmed report:
The UFC and ESPN are discussing a potential strategic partnership. Representatives from each company reportedly met for what were described as extensive discussions last week in New York and Bristol, Connecticut. While Spike is the official cable home of the UFC, there is no longer an ABC Sports division, only ESPN on ABC, leading to speculation that such a partnership could lead to live events on ABC.
Kurt Pellegrino – Batman Battles Back
When it comes to competing and fighting, Kurt Pellegrino blames everything on his father. That’s just fine in the lightweight contender’s eyes, as fighting has become more than just a hobby or an outlet – it’s a way of life and the way he supports his wife and daughter.
“My father taught me to become a winner,” said Pellegrino. “He said it’s all right to lose, but it’s better to win. In fact, me and my dad had a long talk about that, and I told him ‘I am the way I am because of you and it’s a good thing and I’m happy about it.’”
Frankie Edgar – Laying it on the Line
Motivation. It comes in different forms for different people in vastly different situations. For rising lightweight star Frankie Edgar, it can hit him on his daily drive to the gym.
“You drive past a construction site and it’s raining and its cold out, and I don’t want to be there,” laughs the former union plumber, whose success in the UFC in the past year has allowed him to put his day job to the side and become a full-time fighter.
And every time he gets reminders of the rigors of the 8 to 4 life in the plumbing business, he works that much harder in the gym so he won’t have to return there. But to him, fighting isn’t work.
UFN Conference Call Recap
UFC held the conference call for Wednesday's UFN today in Denver. Kenny Florian & Joe Lauzon were the featured guests.
No Dana, busy on another call. Anyone think he's talking to Fedor's management?
Monson vs Russow
"PRIDE veteran and former UFC contender Jeff Monson (24-7) will meet established veteran heavyweight Mike Russow (9-1) in the main event of Adrenaline MMA's debut the show."
Going from Sylvia to a rumored Fedor fight to a guy I've never heard of.
MMA Analytics 03.31.08: EliteXC/Strikeforce Thoughts
Strikeforce's main event bout could go down on the nominee ballot as one of the best matchups of the year. It provided us with excitement, anticipation, and a fantastic striking war between two iron chinned athletes. We'll talk about the main event and the rest of the card including some analysis on what's next for the fighters in EliteXC/Strikeforce in this edition of MMA Analytics.
‘Shogun' Recuperating After Surgery
Mauricio Rua is recovering in Brazil after surgery a few weeks ago on his knee.
"The surgery was very quick, lasted 50 minutes, was quiet," Rua told Sherdog.com. "Now I hope for healing and I think here in about two months I can return to training slowly, very cautiously."
The Brazilian light heavyweight ruptured the ACL in his left knee while preparing at his academy for a bout against Chuck Liddell . "Shogun" said he had tried to explode into a maneuver while training with Vitor Miranda , and his knee moved strangely.
"Depending on my recovery, I think that I can fight again in September or October," Rua said. "We always talked with Dana White and also would like to thank him because the UFC offered me a doctor, a physical therapist -- all to get me help. They have been very attentive with me."