All UFC fight-night bonuses now capped at $50,000
MONTREAL – All of the UFC traditional fight-night bonuses – for "Knockout of the Night," "Submission of the Night" and "Fight of the Night" – now will result in checks for $50,000.
That's the word from UFC President Dana White, who confirmed the recent $50,000 awards will be the standard amount. That includes this weekend's UFC 158 event at Montreal's Bell Centre.
"It was only fair," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
White: Mark Hunt earns title shot with UFC 160 knockout of Junior dos Santos
MONTREAL – The man who the UFC once tried to pay not to fight may soon find himself competing for the promotion's heavyweight title.
Following today's UFC 158 pre-event presser in Montreal, UFC President Dana White told a group of reporters that should Mark Hunt (9-7 MMA, 4-1 UFC) score a knockout win over former champ Junior dos Santos (15-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) at May's UFC 160 event, "The Super Samoan" would likely earn himself a UFC title shot.
"How is this guy not next in line?" White asked.
Dana White: UFC 'probably' will cut Nick Diaz if he fails UFC 158 drug test
MONTREAL – UFC President Dana White said the organization "probably" will cut Nick Diaz if the title challenger fails his drug test at Saturday's UFC 158 event.
White laid out the scenario following today's UFC 158 press conference at Montreal's Bell Centre, which also hosts this weekend's pay-per-view title fight between Diaz (26-8 MMA, 7-5 UFC) and UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (23-2 MMA, 17-2 UFC).
Diaz, who attended the press conference after no-showing Wednesday's open workouts, addressed the topic of drug tests during the media event. The fighter, who recently concluded a yearlong suspension after a second failed drug test due to marijuana, suggested he's taking extra precautions to assure he doesn't fail a third test.
UFC 164 set for Aug. 31 at Milwaukee's Bradley Center
The UFC returns to Milwaukee's Bradley Center on Aug. 31 for UFC 164.
UFC President Dana White today announced the new event, though there are currently no rumored fights for the card, which serves as the latest in the promotion's "Hometown Throwdown" series. The evening's main card will air on pay-per-view.
Johny Hendricks isn't going to be a douchebag and trash talk himself into a title fight like Nick Diaz
I haven't heard much about all the fights Diaz has won or how he tore through the rest of the division to get his crack at the crown. But why get caught up in details at this point? Diaz has talked his way into a title shot while Johny Hendricks, who already beat two former number one contenders during his five-fight winning streak (with three violent finishes) settles for Carlos Condit.
"Bigg Rigg" explains why (via Fight World):
"I don't trash talk because I have too much respect for everybody. But, there is a point in time where enough is enough. If I get through Carlos Condit, [Georges St. Pierre] has nothing to stand on - he can't go after anyone else except for me and I can't wait for that day. I can trash talk, but I don't know GSP. I can say he is this, this, this and this, but it doesn't mean it's true. Know what I mean? I could easily do that, but I don't want to be that kind of douchebag. His main little quote is, 'You've never faced anyone like me.' Bullshit. You've never face anyone like ME, that's why he didn't want to take the fight."
A lot of mixed martial arts (MMA) fans think Hendricks is full of hot air.
Some fighters do, too, including Nick Diaz, who told media members he didn't think anyone wanted to see St. Pierre fight the bearded brawler, which gave Hendricks the impression that Diaz isn't much of an MMA fan.
"Obviously, [Nick Diaz] has never seen me fight, because I knock people out. What does Diaz do? He talks trash, throws his hands up and that's it. I knock people out. When's the last time any of you have seen me use my wrestling? Six, seven fights ago? I used it a little bit on Josh Koscheck, but not much. That's one of my attributes that nobody's seen. For him to say [nobody wants to see Hendricks vs. GSP], he's not an MMA fan."
Jared Papazian back to bantamweight and gunning for UFC return
Jared Papazian once called his manager every day to see whether he'd been secured a UFC contract. It was so important, it consumed his life.
He's not making any calls now. Released by the industry-leading promotion after going 0-3 inside the octagon, he's back on the regional circuit. Before he picks up the phone again, he wants to have something to offer.
On Friday, Papazian (14-9) headlines BAMMA USA's "Badbeat 8" opposite Terrion Ware (3-1) at Commerce Casino in Commerce, Calif., and he hopes to rebuild his career with an impressive win.
Bellator 94 card complete with eight prelims, 155 and 205 tourney finals
The Bellator 94 card is complete with eight preliminary-card bouts ahead of three main-card fights that include two tournament finals.
The complete Bellator 94 card includes:
MAIN CARD (10 p.m. ET, Spike TV)
Saad Awad vs. David Rickels - lightweight tournament finals
Emanuel Newton vs. Mikhail Zayats - light heavyweight tournament finals
Trey Houston vs. Luis Melo
PRELIMINARY CARD (8 p.m. ET, Spike.com)
Shah Bobonis vs. Joe Taimanglo
Heather Clark vs. Felice Herrig
Jessica Aguilar vs. Patricia Vidonic
Rob Horton vs. Augusto Sakai
Edson Berto vs. Bruno Carvalho
Ivan Devalle vs. Rory Shallcross
Patrick Cenoble vs. Tony Fryklund
Kenny Moss vs. Julien Williams
Roland Delorme meets Edwin Figueroa at UFC 161 in Winnipeg
For the first time in the UFC, Roland Delorme gets a true home fight.
The bantamweight fighting out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, has a slot on this summer's card in Canada in his home city. Delorme (8-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will meet Edwin Figueroa (9-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 161. UFC officials announced the fight booking late Wednesday.
UFC 161 takes place June 15 at MPS Centre in Winnipeg with a main card on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. The main event is an interim bantamweight title fight between interim champ Renan Barao and former WEC champion Eddie Wineland.
The latest UFC 161 card now includes:
Champ Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland - for interim bantamweight title
Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Mauricio Rua
Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley
Sean Pierson vs. Anthony Waldburger
Patrick Barry vs. Shawn Jordan
Sam Stout vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac
Stipe Miocic vs. Soa Palelei
Mitch Clarke vs. John Maguire
Roland Delorme vs. Edwin Figueroa
Rory MacDonald reinjured; trainer says UFC welterweight won't rush back again
MONTREAL – Saturday could have been Rory MacDonald's coming-out party. Instead, he'll be watching UFC 158 from the seats.
MacDonald (14-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) was supposed to fight Carlos Condit (28-6 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in a rematch at UFC 158, which takes place at Bell Centre in Montreal, MacDonald's home training ground.
But a neck injury took him out of the fight – and now he will be sidelined longer than hoped after aggravating the injury by returning to training too quickly. Canada's Sportsnet first reported the development, and Tristar Gym head Firas Zahabi on Wednesday confirmed MacDonald's reinjury to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).