February 2012 MMA News Archive - Page 9
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UFC 143 salaries: Diaz ($200K) and Koscheck ($146K) earn top paydays
Diaz earned a flat salary, so a victory wouldn't have netted him a win bonus. The same went with Fabricio Werdum ($100,000), a recent Strikeforce import who defeated Roy Nelson for the event's only other six-figure payday. The full UFC 143 payouts included: Carlos Condit: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus) def. Nick Diaz: $200,000 Fabricio Werdum: $100,000 (no win bonus) def. Roy Nelson: $20,000 Josh Koscheck: $146,000 (includes $73,000 win bonus) def. Mike Pierce: $20,000 Renan Barao: $22,000 (includes $11,000 win bonus) def. Scott Jorgensen: $20,500 Ed Herman: $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus) def. Clifford Starks: $8,000 Dustin Poirier: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Max Holloway: $6,000 Edwin Figueroa: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Alex Caceres: $8,000 Matt Brown: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Chris Cope: $8,000 Matt Riddle: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Henry Martinez: $6,000 Rafael Natal: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Michael Kuiper: $6,000 Stephen Thompson: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Dan Stittgen: $6,000
Koscheck: I'd rather retire than fight Fitch
here is the qoute: "Josh Koscheck has ruled out the possibility of fighting Jon Fitch despite splitting from American Kickboxing Academy, insisting he would rather "quit" the sport than fight a good friend" guess that match-up is out of the window now..
Dillashaw vs. Watson rounds out UFC on FUEL TV 1's five-fight main card
A bantamweight matchup between "The Ultimate Fighter 14" finalist T.J. Dillahsaw (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and two-time UFC vet Walel Watson (9-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is the fifth and final main-card bout of next week's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event. The bout was announced in January, but its position on the evening's fight card was only recently revealed. UFC on FUEL TV 1 takes place Feb. 15 at the 10,000-seat Omaha Civic Auditorium in Nebraska. Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger clash in the welterweight headliner, and heavyweights Dave Herman and Stefan Struve meet in the co-headliner. MAIN CARD (FUEL TV) Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez Dave Herman vs. Stefan Struve Ronny Markes vs. Aaron Simpson Philip De Fries vs. Stipe Miocic T.J. Dillashaw vs. Walel Watson PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook) John Albert vs. Ivan Menjivar Jonathan Brookins vs. Vagner Rocha Sean Loeffler vs. Buddy Roberts Anton Kuivanen vs. Justin Salas Bernardo Magalhaes vs. Tim Means
Exclusive: Josh Koscheck Reveals The Reason Why He Left AKA
Following Josh Koscheck‘s win at UFC 143 on Saturday night over Mike Pierce, the former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ season 1 competitor revealed at the post fight press conference that he had split with his longtime team at American Kickboxing Academy and immediately the MMA world was taken back. Fighters switching teams or working with different training camps is nothing new, but Koscheck had been a mainstay of the San Jose based gym literally for every fight since season one of the reality show, which took place nearly 8 years ago. It was for that very reason that when he announced the split, everyone was asking why? What happened that would cause Koscheck the team he had such deep rooted seeds with? Well, truth be told Koscheck didn’t leave his entire team. As a matter of fact, his training partners are still very much a part of his family and his team. “First and foremost, my teammates over there at AKA in San Jose are my brothers. I love those guys. 8 years, we’ve basically trained ourselves and got us to the level that we are and we’ve all relied on each other and those guys are forever going to be my teammates, I’m forever going to train with them, but I’m just not going to train in San Jose with them,” Koscheck told MMAWeekly.com in an exclusive interview on Sunday...
Submitted Feb 6, 2012 8:54AM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: Fight Camp / Team, MMA Personalities
Terry Martin replaces injured Jeremy Hamilton at Superior Cage Combat 4
Hard-hitting UFC and Strikeforce veteran Terry Martin (22-9) will step in on short notice for an injured Jeremy Hamilton (8-0) and face middleweight prospect Tim Ruberg at this month's Superior Cage Combat 4 event in Las Vegas. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the change, and an official announcement is expected shortly. Featuring a main event between UFC veterans Kendall Grove (13-9) and Jay Silva (7-5), "SCC 4: Grove vs. Silva" takes place Feb. 16 at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Broadcast plans for the event are expected to be announced shortly.
Ed Herman says Silva is ducking Sonnen
“Of course, Silva is ducking Sonnen. Why would he want to fight Chael again? He got lucky by catching Chael in that triangle arm-bar the first time,” I disagree...I'm taking Silva by KO as he'll surely work is TD defense and knock him out...especially considering how he looked against Bisping
Submitted Feb 5, 2012 10:27PM by tallica62 - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter, Interviews
Predator Côté Heads To Brazil For Next Fight
With the door back to the UFC still not open to him, former Middleweight title contender Patrick Côté (16-7) is headed south for his next bout. He’ll face Gustavo ‘Ximu’ Machado (22-8-1) March 31 on the Amazon Forest Combat (AFC) 2 main card in Manaus, Brazil. The match-up, first reported by Tatame, was subsequently confirmed to Top MMA News by Côté. Best known for having his right knee give out against Anderson Silva in 2008, the soon to be 32 year-old Côté has been unwavering in his resolve for a third shot in the UFC. Since being cut for the second time in late 2010, the Predator has won three straight.
UFC boss praises Roy Nelson's durability but unsure what his future holds
On Saturday night in Las Vegas, Roy Nelson did what Roy Nelson does best: Walk forward, opponent be damned, and wing right hands. And while his gutsy performance earned "Big Country" one-half of UFC 143's "Fight of the Night" bonus, the loss leaves Nelson at just 1-3 in his past four fights. So despite earning one of the loudest welcomes of the night from the Mandalay Bay Events Center crowd, is Nelson's spot in the UFC's heavyweight division secure? "I don't know," UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "We'll see what happens. I mean the guy brings it. He comes to fight. I just – you wonder what he could do if he really, really trained and got into it."
UFC 143 winner Barao wants title shot; boss says contender becoming Brazilian treasure
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's own media notes on Brazilian bantamweight Renan Barao (28-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) sum it up nicely: "Has best record, on paper, in all of MMA." On Saturday night, Barao earned his 28th-straight win by downing onetime title-challenger Scott Jorgensen via unanimous decision. The 24-year-old is now 5-0 under the Zuffa banner, and while UFC president Dana White isn't ready to grant him a title shot just yet, he admits the Nova Uniao product is quickly becoming one of Brazil's most popular fighters. "He's got an incredible streak going," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "He's the buzz right now in Brazil. Everybody's buzzing about that guy. We'll see what happens." Barao, of course, famously dropped his first fight as a professional and has since earned 28-straight wins. He debuted for Zuffa with a pair of WEC wins and now has three-straight UFC victories under his belt. He's a consensus top-10 bantamweight according to MMA pundits, and the win over Jorgensen only serves to reinforce that assessment. Yet with just two main-card appearances to date, he has yet to really resonate among casual MMA fans.
With Josh Koscheck's AKA relations strained, is Jon Fitch fight finally possible?
UFC 143 winner Josh Koscheck (17-5 MMA, 15-5 UFC) dropped the first hint of trouble at this past Thursday's pre-fight press conference, when he talked about the importance of "Team Me." Following his split-decision win over Mike Pierce at Saturday's event in Las Vegas, Koscheck opened the flood gates. "I'll be training out of Fresno for now," Koscheck told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I'm no longer affiliated with some of the people at the gym that I've been training at." "That gym," of course, is American Kickboxing Academy, where Koscheck has long honed his craft. Koscheck made his way up the ranks alongside fellow AKA welterweights Jon Fitch (23-4-1 MMA, 13-2-1 UFC) and Mike Swick, and the family feel of the team lead to controversial fallouts with UFC president Dana White when the triumvirate refused to fight each other. Recently, however, there have been rumblings of some discontent. Longtime AKA grappling coach Dave Camarillo left the gym in late 2011, and it appears Koscheck is now doing the same.
Chael Sonnen vs. Anderson Silva II set for June in Brazil.
LAS VEGAS – The rematch is happening. At Saturday night's UFC 143 post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White confirmed that both UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva (31-4 MMA, 14-0 UFC) and his nemesis Chael Sonnen (27-11-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet in Brazil on an as-yet-undetermined date in June. Silva was in Las Vegas for Saturday's fight card, and White said an agreement was reached during the event. Bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Brandon Vera injured, out of UFC on FX 3 rematch with Thiago Silva
A scheduled rematch between Thiago Silva and Brandon Vera will have to wait. UFC officials today announced that Vera has suffered an undisclosed injury, and a replacement is being sought for his light-heavyweight bout with Silva at May's UFC on FX 3 event. The show is scheduled for May 15 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The night's main card airs on FX.
Watch UFC 143 In The UK For Free On ESPN Freeview Weekend
The ESPN Sports network of channels in the UK is the official home of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and much like some US premium subscription networks, occasionally offer a Freeview weekend to entice new customers to sign up with them. Since 6am GT on Friday ESPN, ESPN Classic and ESPN America have been free to watch, with High Definition options available depending on your provider and setup. UFC 143 is free to watch tonight, with the Countdown to UFC 143 starting at 02:30 am GT and UFC 143: Carlos Condit vs Nick Diaz Live at 03:00 am GT.
Karl Amoussou vs. Chris Lozana set for Bellator 63
CHICAGO, Ill. (February 3, 2012) — Bellator Fighting Championships returns to Mohegan Sun Arena on March 30 for Bellator 63: The Assassin vs. Psycho. The Friday night affair will feature the quarterfinals of the Bellator Season 6 Welterweight Tournament, along with a host of preliminary fights featuring some of the best East Coast talent the sport has to offer. Tickets for the event go on sale at 10 a.m. EST on Saturday, February 4 and are available through Ticketmaster.com or at the Mohegan Sun Box Office. Tickets are priced from $30-$70. The event will broadcast LIVE starting at 8 p.m. EST on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. EST, with the first fight scheduled for 7 p.m. EST. The preliminary card, featuring the area’s top local talent will be streamed LIVE and FREE around the world on Spike.com starting at 7 p.m. EST. The night will be highlighted by Karl “Psycho” Amoussou (@KarlAmoussou) and Chris “The Cleveland Assassin” Lozano as the two vie for a spot in the welterweight semifinals. The Frenchman, Amoussou is known for his tenacious style and desire to finish every fight, leading to 11 finishes in his 13 career wins. For Lozano, the Cleveland Assassin looks for another shot at the Bellator title after coming up short last year against eventual tournament winner Douglas Lima. While Lozano should be a familiar name to Bellator fans after competing in the previous two welterweight tournaments, the evolution Lozano has made over the last half year should make “The Cleveland Assassin” one of the most dangerous fighters inside the Bellator cage.
Olson Cuts to Bantamweight, Meets Gibson in TPF 12 Headliner
WEC veteran Casey Olson will return to the cage after nearly two years on the shelf, dropping to bantamweight to take on Cody Gibson in the main event of Tachi Palace Fights 12. Tachi Palace Entertainment Coordinator Jeremy Luchau notified Sherdog.com of the development on Friday. TPF 12 takes place March 9 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif. “Second Coming” will also feature a featherweight title defense from Georgi Karakhanyan, as “Insane” squares off with Micah Miller.
Main card, prelims set for 'Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey' in Ohio
The lineup, including the preliminary and main cards, is set for next month's "Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey" event. The show takes place March 3 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The main card, including a title fight between female bantamweight champion Miesha Tate (12-2 MMA, 5-1 SF) and Ronda Rousey (4-0 MMA, 2-0 SF), airs on Showtime. Prelims air on Showtime Extreme.
Titan Fighting 21: Jorge Santiago vs Leonardo Pecanha booked for March 2 in Kansas City
Deerfield Beach, FL - Authentic Sports Management today announced that its own former UFC middleweight and Sengoku Champion "The Sandman" Jorge Santiago will take on former Bellator competitor and fellow Brazilian Leonardo Pecanha as the main event of Titan Fighting Championship's March 2 card in Kansas City, Kansas. "Titan Fighting 21" will take place inside Memorial Hall and HDNet will deliver the entire main card live starting at 9:00 p.m. ET. "I can't wait to fight for Titan on March 2nd and to show everybody that "The Sandman" is back and more dangerous than ever before," said Santiago. "I train with the best coaches and some of the best fighters in the world, I've never felt better or more ready, and at Titan Fighting 21 I'm going to make a fight nobody will forget - especially Leonardo Pecanha."
UFC on FOX 3 adds flyweights Louis Gaudinot vs. newcomer John Lineker
The UFC's flyweight division is kicking off quickly in 2012, and the promotion's third event on network television today received a second 125-pound affair. UFC officials today announced that Louis Gaudinot (5-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and John Lineker (19-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet at UFC on FOX 3. Verbal agreements are in place for the matchup, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly. UFC on FOX 3 takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The main card airs on FOX, and prelims are expected to air on FUEL TV. Gaudinot vs. Lineker likely will be part of the prelims.
War Machine going back to jail for another year
The fighter formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver has led a life that is fitting for a legally named War Machine. He went 1-1 in the UFC and was released for making unfortunate comments about Evan Tanner, and general difficulty. Then he signed with Bellator and was released for posting really, really unfortunate things about President Obama on his MySpace. He tried a career in porn, which was shut down when he beat up more or less an entire room of people at a party attended by porn professionals. And he recently got out of a year in County for felony assault. He signed wiih Bellator, and was planning on fightng soon, but now he reports on twitter that is going back to lock up for a year.
Brunson vs. 'Jacare,' Sayers vs. Smith added to 'Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey'
The fight card for Strikeforce's March 3 event in Ohio continues to fill, and a pair of middleweight contests were today added to the schedule. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed with sources close to the event that Derek Brunson faces former Strikeforce champ Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, and Lumumba Sayers meets Scott Smith.