UFC 148 payouts and salaries: Forrest Griffin tops Anderson Silva with $275k payday
UFC 148 fighter payouts for those who competed at the "Silva vs. Sonnen 2" pay-per-view (PPV) event this past Saturday night (July 7, 2012) from the MGM Grand Garden Casino in Las Vegas were released to MMAmania.com earlier today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Longtime UFC veteran and former 205-pound division champion Forrest Griffin beat out main event headliner and middleweight champion Anderson Silva with a $275,000 payday, which he earned for his unanimous decision win over Tito Ortiz ($250,000) in their light heavyweight rubber match.
"The Spider" banked a flat fee of $200,000, to go along with the rumored multimillion dollar incentive needed to convince him to rematch Chael Sonnen ($50,000) in the first place. That's not far off from the $150,000 check Cung Le will be cashing for outpointing Patrick Cote ($21,000).
Translator Explains How 'Freak Accident' Led to Dong Hyun Kim's Loss at UFC 148
Dong Hyun Kim managed to last just 47 seconds before clutching his ribs and verbally tapping out of his UFC 148 bout against Demian Maia. Upon first glance, the prevailing thought was that Kim suffered a rib injury on the receiving end of a Maia takedown, which ensuing video replays appeared to support.
However Brian Rhee, Kim's translator and the manager of fellow countryman Chan Sung Jung, visited "Stun Gun" in the hospital following the event, and according to him, it was actually a "severe muscle spasm" that occurred 30 seconds into the bout which ultimately proved to be Kim's undoing.
Mark Munoz Will Call for Title Shot With Win Over Chris Weidman at UFC on Fuel 4
Now, make no mistake about it Mark Munoz isn’t looking to become Chael Sonnen when it comes to pre-fight trash talk, but he is ready to be very vocal about a subject he’s become quite passionate about.
Fighting for the UFC middleweight title.
“I think that’s setting it up to where should I win that fight [against Chris Weidman], I should be getting a title shot. I’m looking to win the fight, I’m looking to win it with flying colors, and I’m definitely going to be requesting after the fight a title shot,” Munoz told MMAWeekly Radio recently.
“The thing is I’ve always said that I’m going to let my fighting do the talking, and my fighting has done the talking, but now I’m going to do both. I’m going to state my case. I’m going to let the fighting do the talking and I’m also going to verbalize it and say I deserve a title shot.”
Michael Bisping Tells Brian Stann to Sign the Contract and He’ll Get Knocked Out
Michael Bisping isn’t backing away from his desire to one day face UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, and he’s willing to go through Brian Stann to get there.
“Brian Stann, it looks like your balls have grown a little bit. Listen mate, respect you’re a great fighter you really are, you’re a fantastic individual, I have nothing but respect but if you step into that Octagon with me you’re going to get your ass kicked so just know that,” said Bisping.
“So when you sign that contract, you’re going to get knocked out, you’re going to get beat down, You’re going to get cut up, you’re going to get bloody, you’re going to get messed up, you’re going to get beat. Period.”
Full text of Bisping's comments about Anderson Silva below:
“Chael Sonnen is a wrestler, he outwrestled him in the first round. The second round he got outstruck because he’s not a striker. I can do both of these, I can wrestle and I can strike. It was an illegal knee, definitely an illegal knee. So maybe it should have been a disqualification. I know a thing or two about illegal knees. But yeah, listen, congrats to Anderson Silva, it was an amazing performance. He’s the champ, man. He’s the champ and I want to fight that guy, I want to fight him.”
“Anderson Silva proves time and time again that he’s the man. He’s the best but I want to fight him. I’ve been around here for a long time, and I think I can beat him, I really do. It’s easy to take Anderson Silva down. Chael is an amazing wrestler, he went to the Olympics I think. Not everybody can do that. I’m not that level of wrestler, I can wrestle a little bit, but I’m not like Chael Sonnen. I can kick box a damn sod better than Chael Sonnen can. I won’t get knocked out in the second round like Chael Sonnen did, that’s a fact.”
“You’re a fool to bet against Anderson, and for me personally, I want to fight the guy because I want to see how I can do against him. I’ve beaten a lot of guys, but I want to fight that guy. I want to see – I think I can do better. And I’m never going to know that until I get in there with him. Yes, I want to fight him. Yes, I want to get paid for a title shot, I want the main event, I want all that. But for me personally, for my mind and soul, I want to fight the guy to know how I would do. Because I think I can do better than Chael Sonnen did, in fact I know I can do better than what Chael Sonnen did.”
Dana White Might Consider Women’s MMA in the UFC If They Can Find More Like Ronda Rousey
There appears to be a crack opening in UFC President Dana White’s stance about women’s MMA hitting the Octagon, but it’s going to take some serious science to make it happen.
White has always maintained the stance that until there is a lot more depth in the women’s division, he could never envision a time when the ladies would share the same stage as the men inside the UFC Octagon.
“I love Ronda Rousey. I don’t know where women’s MMA is going,” White admitted.
“She’s the example, she’s the level, we get a bunch of women at her level we’ll see what happens.”
Report: Chael Sonnen will appeal loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 148
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) may have tied a ribbon on its UFC 148 pay-per-view (PPV) event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena last Saturday night (July 7, 2012) in Las Vegas, Nevada, but the fight between Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen is far from over.
It's kind of a slippery issue.
Sonnen, who was on the wrong end of a second round technical knockout (TKO) stoppage, plans to file an appeal against his loss to "The Spider" with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), claiming Silva's crushing knee intended to strike the head of a downed opponent.
And part of it did, according to longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) reporter Jonathan Snowden, who today (July 9) tweeted news of the appeal while rubbing elbows with the cast and crew of The MMA show with Mauro Ranallo.
See video of the blow in question by clicking here. Did Silva's thigh make contact with Sonnen's face?
The appeal comes in stark contrast to Sonnen's post-fight comments, who not only admitted to joining his Brazilian nemesis in a clothing tug-of-war, but also downplayed the intentions of the knee that signaled the beginning of the end to his championship rematch:
"Yeah, Anderson grabbed my trunks but I grabbed his right back. It goes both ways. We can't sit and nit pick some of that stuff. It's a two man sport. It's kind of like moving the chains in football, it evens itself out. What goes around comes around. Anderson grabbed my shorts tonight, I'll grab someone else's shorts down the road."
On the knee on the ground:
"You know, I don't make those decisions and I hate those rules anyway. You know, I'm an old school guy before we had rounds and weight classes and all that stuff. We're in a lot better spot now, I don't propose we should go back to that but I don't care about legal or illegal. I could see him, I could see it coming. That's just the way it goes."
UFC Rio 3 already has his first fight: Glover Teixeira x Rampage Jackson
The UFC has officially confirmed with exclusivity to SPORTV.COM on Monday, the first fight of the UFC Rio 3, held in October in Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian Glover Teixeira, unbeaten in 16 fights, will face the controversial American Quinton " Rampage "Jackson in the category of true duel-medium-heavy weights. It was not decided yet if the confrontation is the co-main event of the night, but he is already considered a big draw for the tournament, since it may represent the last fight of Rampage Jackson UFC.
Dana White says UFC planning event in Russia 'sooner than you'd think'
The UFC may be going to Russia, and according to president Dana White, it could be soon.
Following Saturday's UFC 148 event in Las Vegas, White said the promotion is targeting a trip to Russia, though he did not elaborate on a timeframe for the potential new market.
White joked about how he personally would be received in Russia, given his contentious history with the management team of the nation's most popular MMA product, Fedor Emelianenko. White, of course, attempted to sign the legendary Russian to the UFC several years ago but was unsuccessful.
"I don't know how well I'd do in Russia," White said. "But yeah – we're actually taking an event to Russia very soon. Very soon. Sooner than you'd think."
Pascal Krauss vs. Gunnar Nelson added to UFC on FUEL TV 5 in Nottingham
Gunnar Nelson (9-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a promotional newcomer from Iceland, will meet German welterweight Pascal Krauss (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC on FUEL TV 5.
Nelson mentioned the bout on Twitter. Sherdog first reported the bout.
UFC on FUEL TV 5 is set for Sept. 29 at Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England. The main card airs live on FUEL TV (Saturday afternoon in the U.S.) following prelims on Facebook.
Krauss vs. Nelson likely will be part of the prelims.
Nelson brings an undefeated record to the UFC. After a draw in his 2007 promotional debut, he's won nine consecutive fights, all via stoppage (six submission and three knockouts). The Renzo Gracie jiu-jitsu black belt, who also holds a karate black belt, is a veteran of the European fight circuit, though he's fought just once since late 2010.
Luke Rockhold: Anderson Silva's win 'looked dirty' after greasing and grabbing shorts
"I call it like I see it and [the win] just looked dirty to me. [Silva] greased himself again. After the Vitor [Belfort] fight I saw him grease himself. I wasn't very fond of that first one. He did it again, blatantly. And then the shorts grab. And then finally the knee, it ended up legal, but it looked like bad intentions. All that together, it just wasn't very champion-like for me. I want to see a respectful champion out there. I know emotions might get high with all the crap talking, but you gotta keep those separate and gotta fight clean."
Tito Ortiz: 'I went out on my shield' in UFC 148 loss to Forrest Griffin
Less than 12 hours after his induction ceremony into the UFC Hall of Fame, Tito Ortiz (16-11-1 MMA, 15-11-1 UFC) was unceremoniously ushered out of the octagon for the final time.
Despite a gutsy effort that saw him continue to push forward throughout the 15-minute affair (and with little regard for his obvious fatigue), Ortiz wound up on the losing end of a unanimous decision. Despite the negative result, Ortiz said he has no regrets following what he insists was his final UFC fight.
"I went out on my shield as true warriors do," Ortiz said at Saturday night's post-UFC 148 press conference.
UFC boss wants Cung Le at UFC on FUEL TV 6 in Macau
With his win over Patrick Cote (18-8 MMA, 4-8 UFC) at Saturday's UFC 148 event, Cung Le (8-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) may already have his next fight in the works.
Le, a 40-year-old former Strikeforce champion, picked up his first UFC victory following a promotional-debut loss to Wanderlei Silva in November.
With Le now back in the win column, UFC president Dana White wants him to return for UFC on FUEL TV 6, which takes place Nov. 10 in Macau.
The UFC recently announced it's heading to the special administrative region of China for the first time. Currently, no fights are booked for the fall card, but White hopes the South Vietnamese-born Le will be involved.
Champs not pushing Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones, but UFC boss not ruling out
By vanquishing chief rival Chael Sonnen at Saturday night's UFC 148 event, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (32-4 MMA, 15-0 UFC) moved one step closer to cleaning out the company's 185-pound division.
In the past, every Silva win meant post-fight questions regarding a potential bout with welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre, but nowadays, MMA fans and pundits alike only want to know if "The Spider" will ever face 205-pound titleholder Jon Jones.
Both Silva and Jones have expressed no interest in such a superfight, but UFC president Dana White doesn't seem quite so sure.
"He said he wouldn't fight Chael again, either," White said with a smile following Saturday night's post-event press conference.
Alistair Overeem: UFC heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos is afraid to fight me
Former Strikeforce champ Alistair Overeem is ready to put the frustration of a failed drug screen behind him, and after a fruitful meeting with Dana White, it appears UFC brass is comfortable doing the same.
And while an NSAC ruling means Overeem can't compete in the octagon until late December at the absolute earliest, that isn't the stopping the "Demolition Man" from making plans – and challenges.
"Junior Dos Santos is the champion for a reason," Overeem said. "But I'm going to get my hands on him, and when I do, he's all mine."
UFC 148 bonuses - Silva, Griffin, Ortiz each bank $75,000
LAS VEGAS – Anderson Silva, Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz each earned $75,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday's UFC 148 event.
Silva earned the "Knockout of the Night" award and Griffin and Ortiz picked up "Fight of the Night" honors. With no submissions on Saturday's sold-out pay-per-view card, there was no "Submission of the Night" bonus.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the winners and bonus amounts at the night's post-event press conference, where they were announced by UFC president Dana White.
UFC 148 took place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The event's main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
After being dominated in the first round against Chael Sonnen, Silva defended his middleweight title by stopping Sonnen with a second-round TKO. Sonnen took Silva down six seconds into the fight and kept him down, looking for ground-and-pound. But in the second, Silva took advantage of a Sonnen slip, landed a knee to the body and followed it with strikes to the head while Sonnen covered up.
In the co-main event, Griffin and Ortiz completed the rubber match of their trilogy with a back-and-forth battle that saw Griffin win a close unanimous decision, 29-28 on all three judges' scorecards. The fight was Ortiz's last before retirement.
Chael Sonnen: ‘The Better Guy Wins Every Night, the Better Guy Won Tonight’ (UFC 148 Video)
LAS VEGAS – The rift between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen became one of the most heated rivalries in the history of the UFC. They finally settled the score in the Octagon at UFC 148 on Saturday night, Silva once again getting the better of Sonnen.
Despite all the craziness, the American Gangsta shtick, and the bravado heading into the fight, Sonnen showed his humility afterwards, giving Silva his due.
“The better guy wins every time,” said Sonnen. “The better guy won tonight.”
Check out Chael Sonnen’s comments from Saturday night’s UFC 148 post-fight press conference…
Forrest Griffin Apologetic After Stealing Tito Ortiz’s Moment (UFC 148 Post Video)
LAS VEGAS — Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz finished their trilogy of fights on Saturday night at UFC 148, Griffin coming out on top two fights to one. Not only was it the end of their trilogy, the fight also marked then end of Ortiz’s career.
Interrupting Ortiz’s moment with UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan after the fight, Griffin was apologetic at the UFC 148 post-fight press conference, disappointed not only in his fight performance, but also his post-fight actions.
Check out Forrest Griffin’s UFC 148 post-fight press conference remarks and apology to Tito…
UFC 148 to set Nevada gate record
Saturday night's eagerly anticipated UFC middleweight championship rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen is expected to set a record gate for mixed martial arts in Nevada.
Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer told ESPN.com that UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena will earn near $6.5 million in gross ticket sales, besting a 2006 rematch in the same venue between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz by $1.1 million.
The gate for Silva-Sonnen 2 will be barely more than half the $12.1 million record figure UFC established in 2011, when 55,724 fans packed Toronto's Rogers Centre to watch Georges St. Pierre defend the welterweight title against Jake Shields. However, UFC 148 is the first MMA event in Nevada that will register among the state's top 35 boxing gates. Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s split decision over Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 tops the list at nearly $18.5 million in gross sales.
Zuffa, which owns and operates UFC, maintains 33 of Nevada's top 35 MMA gates. Before being purchased by Zuffa in 2007, Pride, Japan's most successful MMA organization, delivered consecutive $2 million gates at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Under Zuffa ownership in 2001, UFC's first card in Nevada -- the first MMA event sanctioned by the NSAC -- featured a main event between Ortiz and Vladimir Matyushenko, which brought in a paltry $816,660.
UFC 148 salaries: Tito Ortiz or Forrest Griffin will earn event's top disclosed payday
Tito Ortiz or fellow UFC 148 co-headliner Forrest Griffin will be the top earner at Saturday's event.
Ortiz is set to take home a flat $250,000 in his retirement fight. Rubber-match opponent Forrest Griffin, meanwhile, earns $125,000 to show and will earn an extra $150,000 as a win bonus if victorious.
MMAjunkie.com today confirmed the payouts with Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer.