UFC 197 Athlete Outfitting pay: Demetrious Johnson tops $222,500 payout
Fighters from Saturday’s UFC 197 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $222,500.
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (24-2-1 MMA, 12-1-1 UFC) took home the night’s largest check, earning $40,000 for his first-round TKO victory over previously undefeated challenger Henry Cejudo (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC). As a title challenger, Cejudo took home $30,000, despite the loss.
UFC 197 Salaries: Jon Jones Tops Payroll with $500,000; ‘Mighty Mouse’ Nabs $195K
Newly crowned UFC interim light heavyweight champion Jon Jones took home half a million dollars for his victory in the main event of Saturday’s UFC 197.
UFC 197 Salaries
Jon Jones: $500,000
Ovince St. Preux: $55,000
Demetrious Johnson: $195,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
Henry Cejudo: $60,000
Edson Barboza: $88,000 (includes $44,000 win bonus)
Anthony Pettis: $80,000
Robert Whittaker: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
Rafael Natal: $41,000
Yair Rodriguez: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
Andre Fili: $18,000
Sergio Pettis: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Chris Kelades: $12,000
Danny Roberts: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Dominique Steele: $12,000
Carla Esparza: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
Juliana Lima: $14,000
James Vick: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Glaico Franca: $17,000
Walt Harris: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Cody East: $10,000
Marcos Rogerio de Lima: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Clint Hester: $12,000
Kevin Lee: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Efrain Escudero: $18,000
Dana White: Conor McGregor isn't back on UFC 200, 'I don't know why he'd tweet that'
The final week of April has kicked off with the MMA topic of discussion centered around -- you guessed it -- UFC featherweight champ Conor McGregor. "The Notorious" Irishman tweeted that he'd returned to UFC 200, despite Dana White's numerous public assertions that he's permanently pulled from the event.
However, much like his "I'm retired" tweet from last week, this is evidently not true. Reports by MMAjunkie's John Morgan and MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani, both of whom indicated that nothing had changed over the past few days regarding Conor's status at UFC 200.
For good measure, UFC president Dana White told TMZ Sports that McGregor remains off the card.
Former welterweight title challenger Thiago Alves says next fight will be at lightweight
Once scolded for his inability to consistently drop down to the welterweight limit, Thiago Alves is apparently going down even further to lightweight.
According to Alves (21-10 MMA, 14-6 UFC), who challenged former 170-pound champion Georges St-Pierre for the title at UFC 100 in July 2009, his next fight will take place at 155 pounds. He said he anticipates stepping in the octagon in August with an opponent for his debut in the weight class to be announced soon.
Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson headed to UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls
Fresh of an RFA title-winning victory, Devin Clark is octagon-bound with his debut set for UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
UFC officials today announced via argusleader.com undefeated Clark (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a Sioux Falls native who recently captured the RFA light-heavyweight title (watch it above), will move down to middleweight and take on Alex Nicholson (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the July 13 event at Denny Sanford Premier Center.
With the addition, the UFC Fight Night 91 card now includes:
Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman
Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister
Keita Nakamura vs. Kyle Noke
Ben Nguyen vs. Louis Smolka
Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson
Jake Matthews vs. Stevie Ray slated for The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale
Two surging lightweights will meet at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale in July.
UFC officials today announced Jake Matthews (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Stevie Ray (19-5 MMA, 3-0 UFC) are slated for the show; dailytelegraph.com.au first reported the fight.
With the addition, the TUF 23 Finale card now includes:
Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha – for women’s strawweight title
TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 23” light heavyweight tournament final
TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 23” women’s strawweight tournament final
Scott Askham vs. Anthony Smith
James Krause vs. Ross Pearson
Li Jingliang vs. Anton Zafir
Jake Matthews vs. Stevie Ray
Conor McGregor tweets he's back on the UFC 200 card
The plot thickens. Again.
Conor McGregor tweeted Sunday night that he is back on the UFC 200 card after a tumultuous few days between him and the promotion last week.
McGregor, the biggest financial draw in the sport and the UFC featherweight champion, was scheduled to face Nate Diaz in the main event of the card until last Tuesday. "The Notorious" announced he was retired on Twitter and a few hours later UFC president Dana White explained that McGregor had been pulled from UFC 200 because he wouldn't fly to Las Vegas to perform promotional obligations.
On Thursday, McGregor posted a lengthy statement on Facebook, clarifying that he wanted to focus on training after losing to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 and was willing to do some promotion now and some later. White doubled down, though, on Friday at a press conference, saying that McGregor was definitely off the UFC 200 card and the UFC was looking for a new opponent for Diaz.
Now, though, McGregor is saying he is back on UFC 200.
A request for comment from the UFC was not immediately returned Sunday night.
UFC 197 attendance: Event draws 11,352 fans for $2.3 million live gate in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS – Saturday’s UFC 197 event drew an announced attendance of 11,352 fans for a live gate of $2.3 million.
UFC 197 took place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
UFC 197 was the fourth event at MGM Grand Garden Arena this year. It ranks second in total attendance and second in live gate.
The full list includes:
“UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz” – 14,898 ($8,100,000 live gate)
“UFC 197: Jones vs. Saint Preux” – 11,352 ($2,300,000 live gate)
“UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit” – 10,300 ($2,003,986 live gate)
“UFC Fight Night 82: Hendricks vs. Thompson” – 7,422 ($1,435,000 live gate)
‘Kid’ Yamamoto to Make Octagon Return at UFC Fight Night Ottawa on June 18
Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto will seek his first Octagon triumph when he faces Chris Beal at UFC Fight Night Ottawa on June 18.
Promotion officials announced the bantamweight bout on Friday. UFC Fight Night takes place at TD Place Arena in Ottawa and is headlined by a welterweight clash between Rory MacDonald and Stephen Thompson. The evening’s main card airs on Fox Sports 1.
The K-1 Hero’s 2005 middleweight grand prix tournament champion, Yamamoto began his UFC tenure with consecutive losses to Demetrious Johnson, Darren Uyenoyama and Vaughan Lee. Most recently, the Krazy Bee representative’s bout with Roman Salazar at UFC 184 was declared a no contest after Salazar couldn’t continue due to an accidental eye poke. Yamamoto is 18-6 as a pro, including 13 wins via KO or TKO.
Four Bouts Announced For UFC Fight Night In South Dakota on July 13th
The card for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first-ever trip to South Dakota is beginning to take shape.
The promotion confirmed the following matchups Thursday following an initial report from the Argus Leader: Louis Smolka vs. Ben Nguyen at flyweight; Kyle Noke vs. Keita Nakamura at welterweight; Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman at middleweight and Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister at lightweight.
Sioux Falls native Ben Nguyen meets Louis Smolka at UFC Fight Night 91 in S.D.
The UFC’s first event in South Dakota will feature a native of the “Mount Rushmore State,” even though he fights out of Australia.
Ben Nguyen (14-5 MMA, 2-0 UFC), who was born in Sioux Falls, S.D., will meet Louis Smolka (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) in a flyweight bout at UFC Fight Night 91. UFC officials announced the fight today following an initial report from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.
McGregor Breaks Silence, Ends Lengthy Retirement
But in a post to his Facebook page Thursday, the UFC featherweight champ wrote that he’d like to leave a certain part of the sport behind: the relentless promoting of his bouts.
"I have become lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art of fighting," McGregor wrote. "There comes a time when you need to stop handing out flyers and get back to the damn shop."
Ricardo Lamas booked for fight with Max Holloway at June's UFC 199 in California
Two of the world’s top featherweights are set to fight when the UFC returns to Southern California in June.
Former title challenger Ricardo Lamas (16-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) will take on Max Holloway (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) at UFC 199. Promotion officials announced the new booking today on FOX Sports 1’s “UFC Tonight.” A middleweight bout between Hector Lombard Hector Lombard (34-5-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) and former PRIDE champ Dan Henderson (31-14 MMA, 8-8 UFC) also was made official.
With the addition to the card, UFC 199 now includes:
Champ Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman – for middleweight title
Champ Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber – for bantamweight title
Bobby Green vs. Dustin Poirier
Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos
Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic
Luiz Henrique da Silva vs. Jonathan Wilson
“Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim vs. Polo Reyes
Tom Breese vs. Sean Strickland
Mehdi Baghdad vs. John Makdessi
B.J. Penn vs. Dennis Siver
Clay Guida vs. Brian Ortega
Jessica Andrade vs. Jessica Penne
Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard
Max Holloway vs. Ricardo Lamas
Chael Sonnen thinks Conor McGregor made 'a big mistake'
As everyone is by now aware, Conor McGregor tweeted that he was retiring. Shortly afterwards, Dana White announced that the UFC had removed McGregor from his scheduled bout at UFC 200. And for the rest of the afternoon and evening, MMA fans the world over desperately scoured the internet to figure out what precipitated all of this.
Well Chael Sonnen thinks he knows. Last night after all the hoopla, Sonnen did a Facebook live chat where he answered many listener comments surrounding McGregor's situation and talked about his knowledge of the behind the scenes workings.
"I don't have any inside info on this. Just being around the business since the 90's, I know how it works. I know how this whole thing went down. And if I tell you what I think, I guarantee I'm 98 percent right if not 100.
"Conor had a deal with the UFC. And Conor's now going back and trying to renegotiate and it just doesn't work that way. It can't. You can't write everything down, you can't get your contracts done all the time in this business. There's 500 guys under contract. There's not even that many employees in the UFC. I think there's like 340 employees with 500 fighters. There's 53 shows scheduled for a year that only has 52 weeks in the year. You have to be able to make a phone call, count on whatever the guy says, hang up the phone and that's the end of it. You have to be able to do that.
"Conor has a contract, he made a deal, somewhere he didn't sign it. Let the promotion go out, let the money get spent and then realized ‘I've got the upper hand. Now I can come back and renegotiate. Who's going to tell me no when the advertising is already done?' That's what he did. Guaranteed. With no inside knowledge, guaranteed that's what happened."