WSOF does some tournament shuffling due to withdrawals
WSOF 25 goes down tomorrow night in Phoenix, but one fighter entered into the promotion's eight-man, one-night tournament and one reserve fighter have been forced to withdraw just 24 hours before their scheduled bouts. According to MMA Fighting, both Brian Cobb and Benny Madrid are out.
What investors are being told about UFC earnings (PART 3)
What do we know about the financial health of the UFC? We know the company has seen its revenues rise steadily over the years, from $4.6 million in 2001, the first year under Zuffa, LLC's management, to $522 million last year. At the same time, we have seen the company's long-term debts also rise, from zero bank debt in those early years to its current $535 million debt load. Neither debt nor revenue tells us much though about its current financial condition. Are they profitable, and if so how profitable? Are they solvent and able to meet their obligations? Without more data, revenue and debt do little to answer these questions.
All are very interesting and well worth the read.
Five fights added to Titan FC 36, including UFC heavyweight vet Jack May vs. Chase Sherman
The lineup is set for next month’s Titan FC return to Kansas City for its third event streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.
Titan FC 36 takes place Dec. 18 at Kansas City Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The main card will stream live on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, six-fight UFC veteran Tim Elliott (12-6-1) puts his flyewight title on the line against Pedro Nobre (17-1).
The complete Titan FC 36 card includes:
Tim Elliott vs. Pedro Nobre – for flyweight title
Anthony Gutierrez vs. Andrew Yates
Zak Bucia vs. David Michaud
Zach Freeman vs. Jason Witt
Kevin Croom vs. Cody Stamann
Dave Burrow vs. Grant Dawson
Gerald Meerschaert vs. TBA
Aaron Ely vs. Nick Mamalis
Jack May vs. Chase Sherman
Brian Davidson vs. Chris Pecero
Ian Lujan vs. Jose Torres
Julian Marquez vs. Cameron Olson
Brian Camozzi vs. Josh Tulley
Joe Rogan Podcast: "Cyborg would make 135 if she cut off her d#$k"
Former Strikeforce and current Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris Justino has been the victim of her fair share of body shaming and gross gender-related jokes and comments.
Most recently, Joe Rogan and fellow comedian Tony Hinchcliffe made a joke in a podcast that featured UFC President Dana White about Cyborg having male genitals. They followed up by suggesting that she could cut down to bantamweight if she relieved herself it.
Holly Holm's endorsement of company linked to banned supplements questioned
When Holly Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey on Saturday night at UFC 193, one of the most conspicuous congratulations came from Intel Pharma — not for what it said, but for what it is.
The Texas-based company, one of Holm’s sponsors, sells supplements advertised as containing substances that are banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). UFC’s independent administrator of its doping protocol is the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which adheres to WADA rules and regulations.
UFC 193 Salary, Reebok and Bouns Payout
Holly Holm: $180,000 ($25,000 to show, $25,000 win bonus, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, $30,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Mark Hunt: $170,000 ($160,000 to show, $10,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Ronda Rousey: $165,000 ($75,000 to show, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $40,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Joanna Jedrzejczyk: $100,000 ($30,000 to show, $30,000 win bonus, $40,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Kyle Noke: $95,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, $5,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva: $80,000 ($75,000 to show, no win, $5,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Gian Villante: $60,000 ($25,000 to show, $25,000 win bonus, $10,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Stefan Struve: $57,000 ($42,000 to show, $15,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Robert Whittaker: $53,000 ($24,000 to show, $24,000 win bonus, $5,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Valerie Letourneau: $44,000 ($14,000 to show, $30,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Jared Rosholt: $41,000 ($18,000 to show, $18,000 win bonus, $5,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Jake Matthews: $26,500 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
Danny Martinez: $26,500 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
Dan Kelly: $26,500 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
Richard Walsh: $26,500 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
James Moontasri: $26,500 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
Ben Nguyen: $26,500 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
Anthony Perosh: $26,000 ($16,000 to show, $10,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Uriah Hall: $23,000 ($18,000 to show, $5,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Peter Sobotta: $16,500 ($14,000 to show, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
Akbarh Arreola: $14,500 ($12,000 to show, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
Richie Vaculik: $14,500 ($12,000 to show, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
Ryan Benoit: $14,500 ($12,000 to show, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
Steve Montgomery: $12,500 ($10,000 to show, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
Steve Kennedy: $12,500 ($10,000 to show, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
Anton Zafir: $12,500 ($10,000 to show, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
UFC 193 bonuses
MELBOURNE, Australia – Holly Holm, Ronda Rousey and Kyle Noke and each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s UFC 193 event – and Holm doubled up for $100,000.
Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley get Bellator 148 opponents
They’re not fighting each other again – at least not yet – but rivals Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley have their opponents for January’s Bellator 148 event.
Bellator officials today announced Koscheck (17-10 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) meets fellow welterweight Matt Secor (7-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) in the headliner, and Daley (37-13-2 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) takes on fellow 170-pounder Andy Uhrich (11-5 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) in the co-headliner. MMAMad.com first reported the Koscheck-Secor pairing.
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Dong Hyun Kim Gets Replacement Opponent Dominic Waters for UFC Fight Night in Seoul
Dong Hyun Kim has found a new dance partner for UFC Fight Night on Nov. 28 after losing his original opponent in a fight card shuffle.
Ultimate Fighting Championship over the weekend announced that the South Korean welterweight will take on Californian Dominic Waters in a three-round tilt at Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul.
Kim’s original opponent, Jorge Masvidal, was pulled from their matchup to face Benson Henderson in the show’s main event after Thiago Alves came up injured.
UFC champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk reportedly heading to surgery for broken hand
It appears injury woes could be the only thing holding back Joanna Jedrzejczyk from dominating the UFC strawweight division for the foreseeable future.
Jedrzejczyk (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) reportedly broke her right hand for the second time in as many fights when she battered challenger Valerie Letourneau (8-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) en route to a unanimous-decision win in this past Saturday’s UFC 193 pay-per-view co-headliner.
The reigning 115-pound champ will undergo surgery in the near future to repair the damage, which is not in the same spot as her previous break, according to a report from MMAFighting.com.
Rousey’s coach: Holm wasn’t getting the better of Ronda in the striking
On Saturday night, 56,000 Australian fans witnessed the (literal) collapse of superstar Ronda Rousey when Holly Holm landed a thunderous head kick that separated the champ from her senses in the second round of the main event.
It was a surreal fight to experience. For the first time in her career, Rousey appeared lost and confused as she charged at Holm. She was outclassed in the striking department and was unable to take the fight to the ground on command. That signaled the beginning of the end for the former champion.
Rousey's coach, Edmond Tarverdyan later explained that Rousey simply followed the gameplan set ahead of the fight.
UFC leans toward Holly Holm vs. Ronda Rousey rematch, new champ agrees
The UFC doesn’t usually make fights on fight night.
But in the case of the spectacular upset seen at UFC 193, the promotion might make an exception.
UFC President Dana White said an immediate rematch between newly minted champ Holly Holm (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Ronda Rousey (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) “makes a lot of sense,” though, of course, he hedged with the usual disclaimer that he doesn’t do instant matchmaking.
White made it clear, however, that Holm’s head-kick knockout of the UFC star has upended the women’s bantamweight division.
“It changes a lot of things now,” he said. “The (potential Cristiane) ‘Cyborg’ (Justino) fight, some other stuff we were working on.”