UFC 201 Fighter Salaries: Robbie Lawler Tops Payroll, Even in Defeat
Following a blockbuster week of three consecutive events on three consecutive nights to open July, the UFC closed out the month with another champion losing his belt.
Robbie Lawler has been through five five-round wars in his eight most recent UFC bouts, but his UFC 201 headlining bout wasn’t one of them.
robbie-lawler-ufc201-scrum-750Instead of going to war with Tyron Woodley, Lawler was the victim of a sneak attack. Woodley took out the champ in 2:12 of the first round, knocking Lawler out for only the second time in his career.
Rafael Dos Anjos Likely to Fight Tony Ferguson in November
An intriguing lightweight bout with plenty of championship implications is rumored to be targeted for November. According to a report from Champions.co, former Ultimate Fighting Championship ace Rafael dos Anjos is likely to face Tony Ferguson on the finale of “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3.”
The event is slated for Nov. 5 in Mexico, though UFC officials have yet to officially announce the matchup.
Dos Anjos captured the 155-pound crown by edging Anthony Pettis over five rounds at UFC 185. The Brazilian successfully defended the belt in spectacular fashion by knocking out Donald Cerrone in the first, but in his most recent outing, dos Anjos was stopped in the opening frame at the hands of former Bellator MMA champ Eddie Alvarez.
Palhares, Sokoudjou featured on KSW 36 in October
KSW, Poland’s premier mixed martial arts promotion, announced on Monday afternoon that controversial UFC veteran Rousimar Palhares will headline their upcoming show in October.
According to the press release, the Brazilian submission specialist infamously known for malicious behaviour and unsportsmanlike conduct during fights, will meet former middleweight champion Michal Materla.
Palhares, who won the WSOF middleweight title against Steve Carl and defended it against Jon Fitch and Jake Shields, was stripped of the title and suspended for two years by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for holding onto submissions for too long. Barred from competition in North America, Palhares debuted in Venator FC in May and suffered a KO loss to relative unknown Emil Weber Meek.
Rizin announces both mother, son competing on Sept. 25 show
In what looks to be a first-time ever occurrence in a major MMA promotion, both a mother and her son will be competing on the same stage next month.
Rizin announced on Monday that Miyu Yamamoto, 41, a three-time world champion in women's freestyle wrestling, would make her MMA debut on their Sept. 25 show at the Saitama Super Arena.
Her son, Asen Yamamoto (0-1), 19, will face Kizaemon Saiga, on the same show. Yamamoto lost his pro debut on New Year's Eve's Rizin show to Kron Gracie, the son of Rickson Gracie. Asen Yamamoto was an age group wold champion at 17 under the name Asen Sasaki.
Both are members of Japan's "royal family" of wrestling, with patriarch Ikuei Yamamoto, who competed for Japan in the 1972 Olympics. Miyu Yamamoto was well known in Japan in the 90s because of her looks and being the daughter of the former Olympian, particularly after capturing a world championship at the age of 17 in 1991. In 1994, she did a freestyle wrestling match at the biggest women's pro wrestling event in history at the Tokyo Dome before 32,500 fans. She later won world championships in 1994 and 1995.
3 more added to UFC Fight Night 96, including Sergio Pettis vs. Louis Smolka
It’s been a busy day for the UFC’s return to Oregon this fall, and now the card has three more bouts added to the lineup.
According to a report from The Oregonian at OregonLive, a trio of fights are set for UFC Fight Night 96 in Portland: Sergio Pettis (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Louis Smolka (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) at flyweight; Nate Marquardt (34-16-2 MMA, 12-9 UFC) vs. Tamdan McCrory (14-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) at middleweight; and Walt Harris (8-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov (16-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at heavyweight.
Luis Santos meets ex-champ Igor Svirid in ONE Championship 46 main event in Indonesia
ONE Championship will return to Indonesia later this month with a former champion in the main event.
Ex-middleweight titleholder Igor Svirid (10-2) will take on Brazil’s Luis Santos (62-9-1) in the headlining bout of “ONE Championship 46: Titles and Titans.” The promotion recently announced the main event, as well as five other bouts for the card.
ONE Championship 46 takes place Aug. 27 at Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia. The card will stream as an online pay-per-view.
Also booked for the card: Jake Butler (7-1) vs. Marcin Prachnio (11-2) at light heavyweight; Edward Kelly (7-3) vs. Vincent Latoel (16-17-2) at featherweight; Sami Amin (5-3-1) vs. Anthony Engelen (4-2) at featherweight; Yohan Mulia Legowo (8-4) vs. Sunoto Peringkat (4-2) at featherweight; and Bernard Soriano (2-2) vs. Mario Wirawan (5-3) at bantamweight.
Kelly Faszholz meets newcomer Ketlen Vieira at UFC Fight Night 96 in Portland
A UFC newcomer is on the bill for the promotion’s return to Oregon this fall.
Newly signed women’s bantamweight Ketlen Vieira (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is set to meet Kelly Faszholz (3-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 96. The promotion recently announced the new booking.
UFC Fight Night 96 takes place Oct. 1 at Moda Center in Portland. The card will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. The UFC’s most recent trip to Portland was in August 2009 for UFC 102.
GSP wants to fight new UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre expressed his interest in fighting new welterweight champ Tyron Woodley.
There's a new UFC welterweight champion in town. Tyron Woodley planted Robbie Lawler with his vaunted right hand and knocked him out in the 1st round of the UFC 201 main event. After winning the title, Woodley wasted no time calling out both Nick Diaz (whose 18 month suspension is over today) and Georges St-Pierre, deeming them both to be "money fights."
While we don't know how Diaz feels about the prospects of the champion wanting to fight him, GSP is evidently interested in taking on Woodley, as reported by MMAFighting.com. GSP was asked via text if he was interested and wanted the fight with Woodley, and he replied "yes" both times.
A year-and-a-half later, Nick Diaz is free — and his name has only appreciated
Believe it or not, it was 10 months ago that Nick Diaz, armed only with his amendment rights in the face of a bureaucratic hydra, was handed down a five-year suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for a positive marijuana test. That set up the #FreeNickDiaz campaign, and a petition to the White House, and ultimately a reduced sentence to a year-and-a-half, which expires today, Aug. 1, 2016 — retroactive to the last time he fought on Jan. 31, 2015.
Diaz is free. He’s ready to return a day ahead of his 33rd birthday.
Yet what a different fight world he comes back to from the one he left. For starters, the UFC is in different hands. The Fertittas are out, the William Morris people are in. Reebok is all that the people wear these days, and USADA is knocking at people’s door at 7am without calling ahead first. That’s the new clime.
Khabib offered a fight by UFC officials: ‘Expect good news soon’
UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov revealed that the UFC brass has offered him a fight that he considers to be “good news.”
After weeks of campaigning for a long-awaited title shot in the lightweight division, Khabib Nurmagomedov informed his fans that he will have "good news" for them in the near future.
According to the Dagestan native, the UFC reached out to his management with a fight offer. He plans to reveal the news in the coming days.
"I would like to answer some questions that have come, and they are mainly linked to my next fight," Khabib said on his Instagram page. "Soon I will have a fight and I have already proposed a duel. There are some things that I can not tell you, but expect good news soon."
'Baby Slice' Kevin Ferguson Jr., Joey Davis get opponents for Bellator 160
Kevin Ferguson Jr. -- a.k.a. "Baby Slice" in homage to his late father "Kimbo Slice" -- will make his Bellator debut on Aug. 26 at Bellator 160.
And he'll be facing MMA newcomer, Johnny Tomasian. It confirmed through Bellator officials by MMA Fighting. MMA Junkie was the first to report the fight.
Ferguson Jr. made his amateur debut in Massachusetts in Warrior Nation: XFA XII, defeating Tom Brink via a first-round knock out in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Since that time Ferguson Jr. has relocated from Hartford, Conn., to Long Beach, California, to train at Team Bodyshop.
World Series of Fighting event set for Madison Square Garden on New Year’s Eve
World Series of Fighting has announced a Big Apple event at Madison Square Garden on New Year’s Eve.
With the recent legislative victories achieved within the Big Apple, the major MMA promotions will begin to flock to the sleepless city to provide fans the long awaited chance to witness professional mixed martial arts at the highest levels. The World Series of Fighting CEO Carlos Silva has just announced that the top promotion has scheduled a New Year’s Eve event at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City.
UFC Fight Night 95 official for Sept. 24 in Brasilia
The UFC will return to Brazil in September for UFC Fight Night 95.
During Saturday’s UFC 201 broadcast, officials formally announced the long-rumored event.
UFC Fight Night 95 takes place Sept. 24 at Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
No fights are yet official for the card, though matchups will likely be formally announced in the coming weeks.
UFC 201 bonuses: Rose Namajunas and Karolina Kowalkiewicz take home FOTN honors
It was Tyron Woodley's night in Atlanta.
Not only did the American Top Team fighter defeat Robbie Lawler to take home the UFC's welterweight title at UFC 201 on Saturday, he also took home $50,000 in bonus money.
Woodley was awarded a Performance of the Night honor for his knockout of Lawler, which took place at the 2:12 of the first round. It was only the second time in Lawler's 16-year professional career that he'd been finished via KO. The first came against Nick Diaz at UFC 47 in 2004.
Also taking home bonus money for a POTN was Jake Ellenberger, who needed a win in the worst way in his fight against perennial top 10 fighter Matt Brown. Ellenberger, who'd lost five of his previous six bouts, finished Brown early with a body kick (and subsequent punches) at 1:46 of the first round. It was the first knockout for the 31-year old Ellenberger since 2013, when he put away Nate Marquardt at UFC 158.
‘TUF Brazil 3’ vet Ricardo Abreu receives 2-year ban following failed drug test
UFC anti-doping partner USADA today announced that middleweight and “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” veteran Ricardo Abreu has received a two-year suspension for failing an out-of-competition drug test.
Abreu, 32, tested positive for 19-norandrosterone (19-NA) and 19-noretiocholanolone – both metabolites of banned anabolic steroids listed by WADA as “non-specified substances” – following a test performed June 3, USADA officials stated in a press release.
Abreu (5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was above the “decision limit of 3 ng/mL” for 19-norandrosterone, USADA officials stated. The metabolite previously has been connected “andro” supplements, which contain the banned muscle-building hormone androstenedione.
Chad Mendes says failed USADA drug test was due to psoriasis cream
Link provided by MMAFIGHTING.COM, a simple question for you all is do you believe him or not. If so, then I suppose you believe him to be a juicer because of his build or something. If not, do you think that this is another case that examples failures of USASA? If so, possible solutions? I for one believe him, way more so than Silva, even more so than Romero.
With McCall-Scoggins scrapped, Benoit-Serrano to UFC 201 main card and Grabowski-Hamilton to FS2
With the recent cancellation of a UFC 201 bout, Saturday’s fight card has undergone some subsequent changes.
UFC 201 takes place at Philips Arena in Atlanta, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.
The official UFC 201 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley – for welterweight title
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Rose Namajunas
Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger
Erik Perez vs. Francisco Rivera
Ryan Benoit vs. Fredy Serrano
PRELIMINARY CARD (FS2, 8 p.m. ET)
Ed Herman vs. Nikita Krylov
Jorge Masvidal vs. Ross Pearson
Damian Grabowski vs. Anthony Hamilton
Wilson Reis vs. Hector Sandoval
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)
Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic
Cesar Arzamendia vs. Damien Brown