Win or lose, Cain Velasquez set to bank $400,000 at UFC 160
Cain Velasquez (11-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) hopes to walk away from tonight's UFC 160 event with the UFC heavyweight title around his waist. Whether he's successful or not, he'll find himself $400,000 richer.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with sources close to the event that Velasquez is scheduled to make a flat $400,000 paycheck at UFC 160 with no win bonus on the line.
UFC 160 weigh-in results: Velasquez, Silva set for main event
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Cain Velasquez (240) vs. Antonio Silva (263) - for heavyweight title
Junior dos Santos (239) vs. Mark Hunt (264)
James Te Huna (206) vs. Glover Teixeira (205)
T.J. Grant (155) vs. Gray Maynard (156)
Donald Cerrone (155) vs. KJ Noons (156)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET)
Mike Pyle (170) vs. Rick Story (169)
Dennis Bermudez (146) vs. Max Holloway (145)
Colton Smith (170) vs. Robert Whittaker (171)
Khabib Nurmagomedov (158.5)* vs. Abel Trujillo (155)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6:35 p.m. ET)
Nah-Shon Burrell (172)** vs. Stephen Thompson (170)
Brian Bowles (135) vs. George Roop (135)
Estevan Payan (145) vs. Jeremy Stephens (146)
* Nurmagomedov has two hours to cut to the lightweight max of 156 pounds. ** Burrell has two hours to cut to the welterweight max of 171 pounds.
Jon Fitch says TRT is a ‘joke’ devised to re-boost the testosterone of past steroid users
Michael Bisping says it's "cheating," Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen are on it and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White says he will "test the shit" out of fighters who need it.
Of course, I'm talking about the highly-debated and always controversial testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) that seems to be constantly grabbing mixed martial arts (MMA) media headlines.
Now, former No. 1 UFC welterweight contender, Jon Fitch, is giving his take on the issue, labeling the treatment a "joke." Furthermore, Fitch has come to the conclusion that TRT is simply a way to allow former steroid abusers to re-boost their testosterone.
The former Purdue Boilermaker also calls "bullshit" on any MMA fighter using the age-old excuse that they need the treatment in order to complete with the younger fighters.
Using himself as a prime example, the 35-year old says his testosterone levels are just as good as any of the young stars of today thanks to the simple fact that he didn't "wreck" his body with any performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
Speaking to Fight Hub TV, Fitch touched on TRT as well as looked ahead to his debut with World Series of Fighting (WSOF) and talked about his sudden and unexpected release from the UFC ranks.
"HA! TRT? It is a joke. This is devised to let guys who have used steroids in their past re-boost their testosterone since they abused their bodies when they were younger. The guys using it, the ones who use the excuse of, ‘I am too old to compete with young guys,' - that's bulls***! I am 35 years old, and I promise, I would and will bet money that my testosterone levels are just as good as a younger fighter. You know why? Because I have not wrecked my body with steroids, never used ANY type of PED and train healthy and properly to compete."
White says champ Jon Jones could be out 'six weeks or six months'
LAS VEGAS – Jon Jones has been one of the UFC's most active champions, but his length of time for his return after his most recent title defense may turn out to be lengthy.
Jones (18-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) injured his toe in his UFC 159 win over Chael Sonnen (27-13-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC). But now it appears the damage could have him on the shelf for perhaps even a half-year.