UFC on FOX 5 salaries: Despite losses, Shogun Rua, B.J. Penn top payroll with six-figure purses
Former UFC champions Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and B.J. Penn topped the disclosed payroll for last Saturday's UFC on FOX 5 event, pocketing six-figure purses despite losing unanimous decisions, according to figures released to MMAFighting.com by the Washington State Department of Licensing.
Rua led the way with reported earnings of $175,000 for his co-main event loss to Swedish prospect Alexander Gustafsson ($60,000). Likewise, Penn pocketed a hard-earned $150,000 after suffering a brutal beating at the hands of welterweight up-and-comer Rory MacDonald ($42,000).
Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann heads UFC on FUEL TV 8, seven other bouts set
Former PRIDE middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva (34-12-1 MMA, 4-7 UFC) returns to Japan to face former WEC light heavyweight champ Brian Stann (12-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC).
Additionally, a batch of new contests announced for the card includes lightweights Takanori Gomi (34-8 MMA, 3-3 UFC) vs. Diego Sanchez (23-5 MMA, 12-5 UFC), welterweights Dong Hyun Kim 16-2-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) vs. Siyar Bahadurzada (21-4-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), middleweights Riki Fukuda (19-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) vs. Brad Tavares (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), lightweights Cristiano Marcello (13-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Kazuki Tokudome (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), bantamweights Takeya Mizugaki (16-7-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) vs. Bryan Caraway (17-5 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and bantamweights Alex Caceres (8-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) vs. Kyung Ho Kang (11-6 MMA, 0-0 UF
Diego Sanchez set to face Takanori Gomi at UFC on Fuel 8
According to Diego Sanchez, rumors of a bout with Takanori Gomi in Japan are true. Sanchez has been saying for a while that he was going to drop back to the lightweight division for his next bout, but it hadn't been confirmed who he'd be facing off with or where it would be. Talk of a fight with Gomi at UFC on Fuel 8 on March 3rd in Japan popped up last month, and Sanchez has apparently confirmed the news today via twitter:
The news is out SO HERE HAS IT I WILL BE FIGHTING GOMI IN JAPAN.... this is a dream of mine coming up during the pride days #dominate #yes
— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) December 13, 2012
Georges St. Pierre vs Nick Diaz in the works for UFC 158 in Montreal on March 16
Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz will likely finish their unfinished business at UFC 158, which is currently slated to take place on March 16, 2013, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. All that's required to make it official are signatures ... and good behavior.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White today (Dec. 12, 2012) confirmed that bout agreements have been fired off to Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and Nick Diaz, but warned that the deal "isn't done yet" because signatures from both fighters are still outstanding.
Honorio Banario meets Eric Kelly for featherweight title at ONE FC 7 in February
ONE FC will crown its featherweight champion when it returns to action in February.
ONE FC CEO Victor Cui on Wednesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the promotion has booked a long-awaited matchup between Eric Kelly (9-0) and Honorio Banario (7-1) for "ONE FC 7: Return of Warriors." ONE FC also on Wednesday made the fight official.
ONE FC 7 takes place Feb. 2 at Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. the Kelly-Banario fight will serve as the main event.
Edwin Figueroa-Francisco Rivera booked for UFC 156 in February
A pair of bantamweights have been booked for the UFC's Super Bowl weekend card.
Edwin Figueroa (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will meet Francisco Rivera (8-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC 156 in February. UFC officials recently announced the fight booking, saying verbal agreements are in place for the matchup.
UFC 156 takes place Feb. 2 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. The main event is a featherweight title fight between champion Jose Aldo and former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar.
Dennis Siver vs. Cub Swanson set as co-main event of UFC on FUEL TV 7 in London
A featherweight matchup seemingly guaranteed to deliver fireworks will serve as the co-main event of February's UFC on FUEL TV 7 event as Dennis Siver (21-8 MMA, 10-5 UFC) faces Cub Swanson (18-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC).
UFC officials today announced the new matchup.
Featuring a championship bout between UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao and top challenger Michael McDonald, UFC on FUEL TV 7 event takes place on Feb. 16 at London's Wembley Arena.
Bellator 84 lineup complete with two tourney finals, eight prelims
The scrapping of a planned featherweight tournament final leaves Friday's Bellator 84 season finale official with three main-card bouts, plus eight prelims.
Rad Martinez (14-2 MMA, 4-0 BFC) vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev (11-1-1 MMA, 2-0 BFC) was moved off this past Friday's Bellator 83 event when Shamhalaev got food poisoning. The bout held a hopeful spot at Bellator 84 this week, but Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney on Tuesday said he spoke too soon when announcing it this past week.
Six years later, 'TUF: Brazil 2' coach Nogueira expecting different Werdum
To put it simply, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (34-7-1 MMA, 5-3 UFC) knows Fabricio Werdum (16-5-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is not the same man he faced in 2006 – not even close.
So when the two meet this summer following a stint as opposing coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2," Nogueira said he's expecting a completely different fight.
"Each fight is different," Nogueira told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I know it's not going to be the same fight. I don't think it's going to come to boxing like the last fight."
With no time to screw around, TUF 16 Finale's Pyle plans to be 'serious threat'
"It was just a mental thing for me," Pyle said. "There were things that weren't right in my camp that I was unhappy about, and I brought that to the fight with me. It was an amateur move for being in the game as long as I have. It just didn't even seem like I was there fighting. The fire was gone.
"No excuses. The kid caught me and stung me pretty good, and the next thing I know they were pulling him off of me. I thought I was OK in that turtle position, but I look back at the film, and I was on my way out. It was a fair stoppage, no doubt. No complaints. No excuses. I just mentally f---ed myself in that fight."
Bellator moves to Thursdays
Via Bellator Press Release:
Emanating from The University of California’s Bren Center in Irvine, CA, featherweight world champion Pat Curran defends his title against explosive knockout artist Patricio Pitbull, while lightweight world champion Michael Chandler battles former Olympian Rick Hawn in their highly-anticipated Bellator Championship showdown.
The action-packed night also features the Bellator debut of decorated MMA veteran Renato “Babalu” Sobral, who will fight in the quarterfinals of the Light Heavyweight Tournament against Russian submission ace Mikhail Zayats.
“Our Thursday, January 17th premiere on Spike will be an incredible night for MMA fans; two epic world title fights and an amazing collection of tournament fights” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Spike TV is the home for MMA and this event will be a great way to kick off that homecoming.”
Seven-Time UFC Veteran Mark Hominick Retires
Ten-year MMA veteran Mark Hominick (20-12 MMA, 3-4 UFC) has competed for the last time.
The 30-year-old Canadian and Shawn Tompkins protege announced on Tuesday's new edition of FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight" that he's hanging up the gloves in favor of chasing other options.
"I truly got to live my passion and follow my dreams by competing in mixed martial arts, especially under the Zuffa banner, but UFC 154, that's the last fight I'll be in the octagon, as I'm retiring and looking to move on to the next phase of my career," Hominick said.
Hominick actually made his UFC in March 2006, when he claimed a submission win over Yves Edwards. He returned in June of that year with a decision win over Jorge Gurgel.
Hominick then transitioned to the WEC, where he fought five times before returning to the UFC octagon.
The high point of Hominick's UFC career came at April 2011's UFC 129 event, where he fought valiantly in front of a Canadian crowd during a failed title bid against UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Despite sporting a massive hematoma, Hominick pushed until the final bell, and a UFC record 55,724 fans rose to their feet in appreciation of his effort.
The decision loss was the last time he would step in to the cage with his longtome trainer and friend Tompkins, who passed away unexpectedly in August 2011.
Hominick returned to action at December 2011's UFC 140, but a reckless attack led to a stunning seven-second loss to Chan Sung Jung. Hominick would go on to drop decision losses to Pablo Garza and Eddie Yagin and finish his career on a disappointing four-fight losing streak.
Evangelista Santos vs. Pete Spratt Set As The Main Event Of The First Legacy FC Show Of 2013
Evangelista Santos (18-15) and Pete Spratt (25-21) will meet each other in the main event of the first Legacy FC show of the 2013.
Santos, a former PRIDE and Strikeforce fighter, will make be making his return after being away from action for the last 18 months. Spratt looks to find continued success in Legacy FC after securing a 25 second KO last summer.
Other fights on the card include: Jared Rosholt (4-1) vs. Richard Odoms (7-0), Nick Gonzalez (18-10) vs. Kevin Aguilar (4-1), Billy Buch (3-1) vs. Patrick Ybarra (2-0) and Johnny Ray Rodriguez (2-1) vs. Johnny Rodriguez (2-1).
Legacy FC 17 takes place from the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, TX. The show occurs February 1 with the main card airing on AXS TV.