Josh Thomson might be retired right now if not for Scott Coker's Bellator vision
Thomson was only making $5,000 per fight in sponsorship money with the Reebok tiered, tenure structure. He said that three sponsors alone are paying him more than $35,000 for his Bellator debut and there are more to come. Thomson also said he was making up to $90,000 in sponsors per fight during his run as one of the best lightweights in the UFC and Strikeforce.
"I had no intentions of testing the waters in the free-market until I heard that we were about to lock down a sponsorship deal," Thomson said. "They took away our sponsors. That was the only deal."
Nick Diaz fined $165,000, suspended five years by NSAC for UFC 183 positive drug test
After a protracted hearing that featured plenty of boring legalese from both sides, Diaz, 32, was fined $165,000 (33-percent of his $500,000 purse) and suspended for five years for what amounts to his third positive drug test in Nevada. The first came after a submission win over Takanori Gomi in 2007, followed by another in defeat to Carlos Condit in 2012.
note: 5 years, god damn son, thats like prison time almost
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."
UFC 191 Structured Reebok Sposorship Payout Totals $192,500
Demetrious Johnson: $40,000
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
Justin Wren has returned from the Congo, but his fight for the Pygmies has just begun
Justin Wren stroked his prodigious beard, scratched the dry, red skin on his arm and squinted.
"It's kind of crazy we're here," he said. "All that green."
The ivy-covered coffee shop patio about two miles from the campus of UCLA brought Wren back to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. And, more specifically, the vision he had that led him to the African nation in the first place.
Four years ago, Wren was an MMA fighter struggling with addiction and depression, looking for something else of value in his life. During a spiritual retreat, he found it even if he didn't know where it was.
Wife: Ronda Rousey dating hubby while UFC investigates him for domestic violence
Looks like Ronda Rousey's personal life just became a lot more public. Over the past couple weeks, rumors have been cropping up around the internet that the UFC's biggest star and 135 lb champ has been dating one of the promotion's current persona non grata. The man in question? Current UFC heavyweight Travis Browne, who is under investigation by the UFC after his wife publicly accused him of domestic violence back in July.
FMJ tries to pick up fighter's girl, backs down
There is some dispute over whether UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey could beat the greatest boxer of his generation Floyd Mayweather Jr. How about FMJ vs. undefeated UFC male bantamweight Aljamain Sterling?
On a recent periscope session, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman related how Mayweather did not want to find out, when the boxer tried to pick up Sterling's girl.
Hector Lombard gets submitted inside 2 minutes at the BJJ event in Atlanta
(sorry this is off topic from MMA, thought I would share since Lombard has been suspended from the UFC)
Following his dominant win at UFC 182, Hector Lombard's UFC title aspirations came to an abrupt halt when he tested positive for designer steroid desoxymethyltestosterone in a post-fight screening. Not content to sit out the 1 year ban issued by the NAC, Lombard made a decision to compete at the highest level in the world of submission grappling, accepting an invitation to compete at the illustrious ADCC 2015 in Brazil. Over the weekend, Lombard entered the first of his planned ADCC warm-up tournaments and things didn't go to plan for the Judo Olympian.
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Rousey, Cerrone nominated for ESPY award
Today ESPN released the full list of nominees for this year's ESPY awards, including Ronda Rousey and Donald Cerrone, the only two mixed martial artists to be nominated:
Ronda Rousey was nominated for 'Best Play' which will be voted on in bracket style where she will square off against Gerald Green's dunk in the first round. Rousey was also nominated for 'Best Fighter' and 'Best Female Athlete' for which she won last year.
This is the first year that Donald Cerrone has been nominated and he is also nominated for 'Best Fighter', which not only also includes Rousey, but boxers Terrence Crawford, Gennady Golovkin, and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.