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Demetrious Johnson's Xbox sponsorship in limbo in UFC's Reebok era
At a recent media event in downtown LA, Johnson told MMAFighting.com essentially, that his Xbox sponsorship is in limbo. "I'm still in touch with them," Johnson said. "If any opportunities come up, then if I fit that role I'll be reached out. Other than that, it's just not there." The problem with maintaining outside sponsorships in the Reebok era is that the sponsor's big payoff came when their brand was displayed on television. While fighters can still do things like personal appearances outside of fight week, the sponsorship loses value if there aren't hundreds of thousands of people watching. "All the sponsors out there, they're looking for that prime-time spot, that's what they're paying for," Johnson said. "So if any, Bad Boy, Hayabusa, whatever's out there, they're looking for that prime spot. Of course they can do stuff outside the Octagon, but they're going to make their big money inside the Octagon, that's where they get the most viewers."
Submitted Sep 8, 2015 12:56PM by GDPofMPG - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous
UFC 191 Structured Reebok Sposorship Payout Totals $192,500
Champion (1) Demetrious Johnson: $40,000 Challenger (2) John Dodson: $30,000 21 bouts and above (1) Frank Mir: $20,000 16 to 20 bouts (3) Andrei Arlovski: $15,000 Anthony Johnson: $15,000 Ross Pearson: $15,000 11 to 15 bouts (1) Joe Riggs: $10,000 6 to 10 bouts (4) Jessica Andrade: $5,000 John Lineker: $5,000 Jimi Manuwa: $5,000 Francisco Rivera: $5,000 1 to 5 bouts (11) Corey Anderson: $2,500 Jan Blachowicz: $2,500 Alex Chambers: $2,500 Clay Collard: $2,500 Paul Felder: $2,500 Nazareno Malegarie: $2,500 Raquel Pennington: $2,500 Joaquim Silva: $2,500 Ron Stallings: $2,500 Tiago Trator: $2,500 Paige VanZant: $2,500 Average fighter structured sponsorship payout: $8,750
Submitted Sep 8, 2015 12:52PM by GDPofMPG - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous
Anthony Johnson ready for 28-day turnaround if injury bug strikes UFC 192
Anthony Johnson was unsuccessful in his bid to become UFC light heavyweight champion earlier this year. He still has aspirations to hold the title, even if it means a quick turnaround. The road back to a title shot began with a second-round knockout of Jimi Manuwa this past Saturday on UFC 191’s pay-per-view main card...
Submitted Sep 7, 2015 11:55PM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Fedor to announce signing in 3 weeks, first fight will be in Japan or US
The return of Fedor Emelianenko continues to be a topic that attracts attention from pundits and fans alike, as many eagerly anticipate the end of the sweepstakes for the Russian heavyweight to determine where he will fight in the near future. According to a recent report from CombatPress.com, Emelianenko has already signed with the UFC and is awaiting an official announcement from the promotion. However, according to the Russian heavyweight, he remains fixed in negotiations for the time being. Fedor was present at FightSpirit Championship 5 in Russia as the guest of honor and revealed during a quick interview that he would announce his potential signing in the next couple of weeks. "I can not say exactly, but negotiations with the leading promoters are in place," said Fedor. "In the next two or three weeks everything will become clear."
Submitted Sep 7, 2015 10:21AM by Budgellism - 29 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez rematch likely delayed until March, per champ
LAS VEGAS – The heavyweight division has again stalled, according to UFC President Dana White. Following Saturday’s UFC 191, White said a rematch between UFC champion Fabricio Werdum (20-5-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC) and Cain Velasquez (13-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) won’t take place until spring 2016. What’s more, it was Werdum’s request to make it that way.
Submitted Sep 6, 2015 5:38PM by george112 - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 191 bonuses: You know damn well John Lineker and Francisco Rivera got paid
Raquel Pennington, Anthony Johnson, John Lineker and Francisco Rivera each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s UFC 191 event. Pennington and Johnson won “Performance of the Night” bonuses, while Lineker and Rivera earned “Fight of the Night” honors.
Submitted Sep 6, 2015 6:56AM by JLS1980 - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 191 weigh-in results: Champ Demetrious Johnson, John Dodson on mark for rematch
The full UFC 191 weigh-in results included: MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) Champ Demetrious Johnson (124.5) vs. John Dodson (125) – for flyweight title Andrei Arlovski (237.5) vs. Frank Mir (266) Anthony Johnson (205) vs. Jimi Manuwa (204) Corey Anderson (205) vs. Jan Blachowicz (205) Alex Chambers (11) vs. Paige VanZant (116) PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET) Paul Felder (155.5) vs. Ross Pearson (155.5) John Lineker (135.5) vs. Francisco Rivera (136) Jessica Andrade (134.5) vs. Raquel Pennington (136) Clay Collard (146) vs. Tiago Trator (146) PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET) Joe Riggs (185.5)* vs. Ron Stallings (184) Nazareno Malegarie (156) vs. Joaquim Silva (154.5) * Riggs was 187.5 on his first attempt, but hit 185.5 on his second try.
Submitted Sep 5, 2015 1:16AM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
No, Fedor Emelianenko did not sign with the UFC today
The UFC’s “Go Big” news conference today in Las Vegas seemed the perfect place to announce the acquisition of heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko. But alas, there’s no deal to announce, UFC President Dana White said. “No,” the UFC executive said when asked if he might use the occasion to drop the news. “Next question.” The answer was not what the hardcore fans in attendance wanted to hear, and they immediately let White know with a chorus of boos. Emelianenko (34-4), after all, is the white wale that’s eluded the promotion and kept them from satisfying the long-burning question of how “The Last Emperor” would fare in the UFC’s octagon. “If I had something to tell you, we would have told you,” White cried out to fans. “Today’s ‘Go Big.’ If I had it, I’d tell you. I don’t got it. What do you want me to say?”
Submitted Sep 5, 2015 1:15AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Three cards in three days in Las Vegas: UFC Fight Night 80 set for Dec. 10
Doing shows on back-to-back nights in the same city apparently is so old hat for the UFC by now, the promotion is raising the bar in December. With UFC 194 set for Dec. 12 in Las Vegas, the UFC recently set the TUF 22 Finale for the night before, Dec. 11. Today, UFC President Dana White announced the promotion will do a third show on Dec. 10, also in Las Vegas. Although no headliner or other fights were announced, the card, presumably UFC Fight Night 80, will take place at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. The card will stream on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Sep 4, 2015 4:44PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk meets Valerie Letourneau at 'UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm'
UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (10-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) will meet Valerie Letourneau (8-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) – not Claudia Gadelha (13-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), as originally planned – at UFC 193. UFC officials today announced the bout, which takes place Nov. 14 at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne and is expected to set a UFC attendance record. The main card, including a headliner between women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. The latest UFC 193 card now includes: Champ Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm – for women’s bantamweight title Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valerie Letourneau – for strawweight title Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva Michael Bisping vs. Robert Whittaker Akbarh Arreola vs. Jake Matthews Kyle Noke vs. Peter Sobotta Anthony Perosh vs. Gian Villante Ricardo Abreu vs. Daniel Kelly Steven Kennedy vs. Richard Walsh Jared Rosholt vs. Stefan Struve Brendan O’Reilly vs. William Macario Danny Martinez vs. Richie Vaculik Ryan Benoit vs. Ben Nguyen
Submitted Sep 4, 2015 4:38PM by Budgellism - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bellator 142 lineup complete with 20 combined MMA, kickboxing fights in San Jose
With 20 total fights spread across a cage and a ring on one venue floor, the card now is complete for Bellator 142. Billed as “Bellator: Dynamite 1,” Bellator 142 features MMA fights, as well as Glory kickboxing matches, on one night. The preliminary card features 12 total fights, most featuring local up-and-coming Northern California fighters. The finalized Bellator 142 card includes: MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET) Champ Liam McGeary vs. Tito Ortiz – for light-heavyweight title TBD vs. TBD – light-heavyweight tournament final Saulo Cavalari vs. Zack Mwekassa – for vacant Glory light heavyweight title Paul Daley vs. Fernando Gonzalez – Glory kickboxing match Hadley Griffith vs. Kerri-Anne Taylor Melendez – Glory kickboxing match Mike Bronzoulis vs. Josh Thomson Muhammed Lawal vs. Linton Vassell – light-heavyweight tournament opening round Phil Davis vs. Emanuel Newton – light-heavyweight tournament opening round PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6:30 p.m. ET) David Blanco vs. Victor Jones Alysia Cortez vs. Gloria Telles – amateur fight Mauricio Alonso vs. Nick Pica T.J. Arcangel vs. Jose Palacios – Glory kickboxing match Brandon Hester vs. DeMarco Villalona Israel Delgado vs. J.J. Okanovich Carlos Eduardo Rocha vs. James Terry Josh Paiva vs. Matt Ramirez Gabriel Carrasco vs. Joe Neal Marlen Magee vs. Adam Piccolotti Thomas Diagne vs. Mike Malott Francis Carmont vs. Philipe Lins – light-heavyweight tournament alternate bout
Submitted Sep 4, 2015 4:37PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Report: Tate vs. Nunes targeted for December
It seems that Ronda Rousey's next title challenger will emerge one month after he own title defense. Amanda Nunes vs. Miesha Tate is targeted to go down in December, though no event has been officially settled so far, as Combate reported. Riding a two-fight win streak with a TKO over Shayna Baszler and a submission over Sara McMann, Nunes is one of the most powerful strikers in all of the division, also knocking out Sheila Gaff and Germaine de Randamie before being stopped herself by strikes against Cat Zingano a year ago.
Submitted Sep 4, 2015 2:32PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Yet another UFC 194 biggie: Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson
Well, fight fans: Be sure to circle Dec. 12 on your calendars – because UFC 194 is shaping up to be one hell of a card. UFC officials today announced welterweight contenders Demian Maia (21-6 MMA, 15-6 UFC) and Gunnar Nelson (14-1-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) have joined the already-loaded lineup. With the addition, the latest UFC 194 lineup now includes: Champ Jose Aldo vs. interim champ Conor McGregor – for featherweight title Champ Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold – for middleweight title Yoel Romero vs. Ronaldo Souza Max Holloway vs. Jeremy Stephens Urijah Faber vs. Frankie Saenz Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson Warlley Alves vs. Colby Covington Marcio Alexandre Jr. vs. Court McGee John Makdessi vs. Yancy Medeiros Kevin Lee vs. Leonardo Santos Magomed Mustafaev vs. Joe Proctor
Submitted Sep 4, 2015 9:30AM by Budgellism - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ryan Couture vs. Nick Gonzalez Added to Bellator 143 Prelims
Ryan Couture will face Nick Gonzalez in a preliminary lightweight bout at Bellator 143. Promotion officials announced the contest on Thursday. Additionally, three other preliminary matchups were added to the Sept. 25 card: Abram Torres faces Daniel Cervantes; Saul Elizondo meets Amador Ramirez and Steve Garcia clashes with Eduardo Bustillos. Bellator 143 takes place at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, and is headlined by a bantamweight scrap pitting Joe Warren against L.C. Davis. The evening’s main card airs on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while the preliminary draw streams immediately prior on Spike.com.
Submitted Sep 4, 2015 4:27AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
RFA 31: Smith vs. Marunde, featuring two title fights, set for Oct. 9 in Las Vegas
RFA is back with RFA 31, which features a pair of title bouts at the top of the card. The event takes place Oct. 9 at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The main card will air on AXS TV. Gilbert Smith (11-4) will defend his RFA welterweight title against challenger Bristol Marunde (16-9) in the main event. The co-main event will see Zoila Frausto (12-4) face off with Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger (5-1) for the vacant RFA strawweight title.
Submitted Sep 4, 2015 4:25AM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Debuting heavyweights Luiz Henrique, Francis Ngannou meet at UFC on FOX 17 in Orlando
A pair of UFC heavyweight newcomers are set to tango on the UFC’s final dance card of the year in Florida. Luiz Henrique (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet fellow promotional debutant Francis Ngannou (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC on FOX 17 in December. UFC officials recently announced the new booking. With the addition to the card, UFC on FOX 17 now includes: Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone – for lightweight title Junior Dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem Nate Diaz vs. Michael Johnson C.B. Dollaway vs. Nate Marquardt Tamdan McCrory vs. Josh Samman Danny Castillo vs. Nik Lentz Hayder Hassan vs. Vicente Luque Jim Alers vs. Cole Miller Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman Luiz Henrique vs. Francis Ngannou
Submitted Sep 4, 2015 4:24AM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Recently signed Sage Northcutt draws Francisco Trevino at UFC 192 in Houston
Just a few days after his win at Legacy FC 44 earned him a UFC deal, Sage Northcutt now knows his opponent. Northcutt (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will face fellow welterweight Francisco Trevino (12-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in his promotional debut at UFC 192 a month from now in his home state of Texas. The Houston Chronicle first reported the fight booking. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement. The UFC 192 lineup now includes: Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson – for light heavyweight title Ryan Bader vs. Rashad Evans Johny Hendricks vs. Tyron Woodley Jessica Eye vs. Julianna Pena Ali Bagautinov vs. Joseph Benavidez Angela Hill vs. Rose Namajunas Shawn Jordan vs. Ruslan Magomedov Daniel Hooker vs. Yair Rodriguez Chris Cariaso vs. Sergio Pettis Alan Jouban vs. Albert Tumenov Derrick Lewis vs. Viktor Pesta Sage Northcutt vs. Francisco Trevino
Submitted Sep 4, 2015 4:23AM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Max Holloway vs. Jeremy Stephens added to December's loaded UFC 194 card
Max Holloway wanted one more fight before the end of the year after after an opponent injury marred his last victory. He got his wish in the form of a UFC 194 showdown with Jeremy Stephens. UFC officials today announced the featherweight matchup between Holloway (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) and Stephens (24-11 MMA, 11-10 UFC) for the Dec. 12 event. With the addition, the latest UFC 194 lineup now includes: Champ Jose Aldo vs. interim champ Conor McGregor – for featherweight title Champ Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold – for middleweight title Yoel Romero vs. Ronaldo Souza Max Holloway vs. Jeremy Stephens Urijah Faber vs. Frankie Saenz Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson Warlley Alves vs. Colby Covington Marcio Alexandre Jr. vs. Court McGee John Makdessi vs. Yancy Medeiros Kevin Lee vs. Leonardo Santos Magomed Mustafaev vs. Joe Proctor
Submitted Sep 4, 2015 4:20AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Urijah Faber returns to bantamweight, meets Frankie Saenz at UFC 194
After a one-fight stint at featherweight earlier this year, Urijah Faber will drop back to bantamweight to fight Frankie Saenz at UFC 194. The 135-pound bout between Faber (32-8 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and Saenz (11-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) was announced on FOX Sports 1’s “FOX Sports Live.” With the addition, the latest UFC 194 lineup now includes: Champ Jose Aldo vs. interim champ Conor McGregor – for featherweight title Champ Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold – for middleweight title Yoel Romero vs. Ronaldo Souza Max Holloway vs. Jeremy Stephens Urijah Faber vs. Frankie Saenz Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson Warlley Alves vs. Colby Covington Marcio Alexandre Jr. vs. Court McGee John Makdessi vs. Yancy Medeiros Kevin Lee vs. Leonardo Santos Magomed Mustafaev vs. Joe Proctor
Submitted Sep 4, 2015 4:19AM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit title fight headlines UFC 195 on Jan. 2
UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and former interim titleholder Carlos Condit will attempt to make their title fight happen for a second time. The matchup has been re-booked for the main event of UFC 195. FOX Sports 1’s “FOX Sports Live” announced the 170-pound contest for the Jan. 2 event at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The main card airs on pay-per-view...
Submitted Sep 4, 2015 1:19AM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
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