Despite emotional TUF Live Finale win, Mike Chiesa says there's little time to celebrate
UFC president Dana White said it best in an off-camera conversation with Mike Chiesa just moments after "Maverick" submitted Al Iaquinta in the final bout of The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale.
"Congratulations," White told Chiesa. "Storybook ending."
Indeed it was after Chiesa survived the heartbreak of losing his father during the first week of filming of this season's edition of the reality competition show, especially since the bout took place on his mom's birthday. And yet Chiesa refused to enjoy the moment too much, viewing the result as just the beginning of his journey.
"I'm definitely happy I won the show," Chiesa said. "It's the culmination of a lot of hard work. But I've got my next line of goals set up. I'm ready to go to the UFC."
With UFC title bid nearing, Martin Kampmann eyes new plan: Get hit less
Once again, UFC welterweight Martin Kampmann was a bloody, battered mess – and once again, his arm was raised in victory.
Kampmann added to his growing legacy of come-from-behind victories with a second-round win over the highly touted Jake Ellenberger in the main event of Friday night's The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale card. But after surviving another opponent's assault, Kampmann said he's formulating a new plan moving forward.
"I would definitely prefer to get hit less," Kampmann deadpanned.
Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15 Finale bonuses and awards
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15 Finale from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, has officially wrapped, which means it's time for those select fighters who went above and beyond in their respective fights to get a little extra grease for their efforts.
To the tune of $40,000 each.
The promotion dished out its standard post-fight monetary bonuses to four out of the 22 fighters on the card, and it's probably no surprise who's headed home with a second sack of simoleons.
Submission of the Night -- Michael Chiesa
Knockout of the Night -- Justin Lawrence and
Knockout of the Night part deux -- Martin Kampmann
Fight of the Night -- Justin Lawrence vs. John Cofer
Frank Mir Received TUE For Testosterone Use For Junior Dos Santos Fight
It wasn't long ago that everyone began talking about how fans and media could breathe a sigh of relief after the Nevada State Athletic Commission e-mailed the press to say that all UFC 146 fighters' drug tests came back clean. It appeared there'd be no controversy on that front.
And then Larry Pepe tweeted this:
NSAC's Keith Kizer confirmed to me that Frank Mir met all requirements for & received TUE for TRT for UFC 146 fight against JDS.
This, of course, has led to a considerable amount of reaction.
Thiago Silva out of UFC 149: Glover Teixeira Possible as Replacement!
The UFC's injury woes continue as Brazilian light heavyweight Thiago Silva has been forced to pull out of July's UFC 149 event in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Luckily for UFC president Dana White, promotional newcomer Glover Teixeira (18-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is both healthy and hungry for a big fight after a scintillating win over Kyle Kingsbury at this past weekend's UFC 146 event.
There's just one problem: According to White, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (20-6 MMA, 4-4 UFC) – Silva's original opponent – won't take the fight.
"With Thiago hurt, we turned to Glover and asked him to go right back in to fight 'Shogun' at UFC 149," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "But 'Shogun's' people are adamantly refusing to take the fight. They want nothing to do with Glover."
Daniel Cormier has undergone surgery and is already looking toward his next bout.
After breaking his hand in his Strikeforce grand prix win over Josh Barnett, Daniel Cormier has undergone surgery and is already looking toward his next bout.
“I had the surgery on Monday,” Cormier told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “[Thursday] I go in and see my doctor, get my splint off and then I can start rehab and start preparing to fight again. He’s telling me now that in six weeks I can start punching again, but as early as Monday I can start grappling and running and everything. I’m going to try to stay in shape, and in six weeks hopefully start getting ready for a fight some time in the fall.”
Cormier first broke his hand in the grand prix semifinals against Antonio Silva. He chose not to have surgery then, but after beating Barnett and with a move to the UFC on the horizon, he elected to fix the hand this time
Cung Le vs. Patrick Cote targeted for UFC 148
With Rich Franklin (28-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC) now headed to UFC 147 for a rematch with Wanderlei Silva (34-11-1 MMA, 4-6 UFC), onetime middleweight title challenger Patrick Cote (17-7 MMA, 4-7 UFC) has been tapped to fight Cung Le (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 148.
Multiple sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that verbal agreements have been reached for the matchup.
UFC 148 takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Main-card fights air live on pay-per-view while preliminary-card fights air on FX
Shane Carwin Cleared for Contact, Targeting Return Fight in Early Fall
Shane Carwin, the bruising former UFC interim heavyweight champion, is officially on the comeback trail.
Following a lengthy recovery from back surgery, Carwin, 37, announced Wednesday he was cleared for contact and issued a request for UFC officials to slot him into a fight later this year.
"I informed UFC Matchmaker (Joe Silva) that I would like to fight in early fall 2012," Carwin wrote on his website. "I would like to be able to fight every three or four months. Barring injury I intend to leave the UFC octagon and head back to the Grudge Training Center to continue the climb."
Phil Davis now meets undefeated newcomer Wagner Prado at UFC on FOX 4
An undisclosed injury has forced Chad Griggs (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) to withdraw from UFC on FOX 4.
In his place goes Wagner Prado (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who now fights light heavyweight Phil Davis (9-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) at the Aug. 4 event, which takes place at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The event's main card airs live on FOX while prelims go to FUEL TV and Facebook. The promotion has yet to confirm broadcast assignments for the fight card.
MMAWeekly.com first reported the shift, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed it with a source close to the event.
Nick Diaz Reportedly Received $300,000 Bonus For Not Missing UFC 143 Press Conferences
Some interesting details are emerging about Nick Diaz's punishment from the NSAC. There was talk of him losing part of a "bonus" as punishment for failing his drug test after UFC 143 for the presence of marijuana metabolites and the NSAC is now saying that the bonus in question wasn't a part of his "Fight of the Night" bonus for the fight but something else entirely.
Brett Okamoto of ESPN Tweets:
Most likely, Nick will be fined 30 percent of $200k and $65k *bonus* ... the order for that should come down within next two weeks.
The $65k bonus was not a fight night bonus. It was part of a $300k bonus Diaz received from the UFC for not missing 143 press conferences
According to Kizer, he was told Diaz lost PPV incentives after noshowing St. Pierre pc. The $300k bonus made up for those losses at 143.
It's very interesting that the UFC wanted to "make it up to him" for losing out on the Georges St. Pierre fight, which was his fault to begin with.
Dana White declined to comment on the situation to ESPN.
Update: Okamoto just explained a bit more:
The $300k bonus was supposedly made out for more than just attending press conferences, but that was the main crux acc. to Kizer.
Injuries lead to Story-Jardine, Brown-Ramos, Gambino-Siler at UFC on FX 4
Injuries have led to changes to next month's UFC on FX 4 event.
UFC officials today announced newcomer Brock Jardine (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced injured Papy Abedi (8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and now meets fellow welterweight Rick Story (13-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC).
Two other recently reported changes are now official: Matt Brown (14-11 MMA, 7-5 UFC) has replaced injured Matt Riddle (6-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and meets fellow welterweight Luis Ramos (19-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC), and UFC newcomer Joey Gambino (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced Jimmy Hettes (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and fights featherweight Steven Siler (20-9 MMA, 2-0 UFC).
UFC on FX 4 takes place June 22 at Revel Atlantic City in New Jersey. The night's main card airs on FX, and FUEL TV carries the preliminary card. All three of the above fights are slated for the prelims.
Rich Franklin steps into UFC 147 headliner against Wanderlei Silva
Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva II is set.
UFC officials today announced that Franklin (28-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC) has replaced injured Vitor Belfort (21-9 MMA, 10-5 UFC) and now meets Silva (34-11-1 MMA, 4-6 UFC) in the 190-pound-catchweight headliner of next month's UFC 147 event, which is scheduled for five rounds.
Belfort scratched from the card this past week due to a hand injury.
UFC 147 takes place June 23 at the 25,000-seat indoor arena "Mineirinho" (Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drumond) in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The night's main card airs on pay-per-view, and FX is expected to carry the prelims.
Franklin and Silva first fought at UFC 99, where Franklin picked up a unanimous-decision victory via 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 scores. Franklin had been scheduled to fight Cung Le (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at July's UFC 148 event. There's no word on his possible replacement.
UFC Champion Jon Jones' DWI Came With Two Passengers In The Car
More details are emerging now in regards to the Jon Jones DWI case from last week. It appears that Jones was not alone in the car when he smashed his Bentley into a pole while under the influence of alcohol.
Loretta Hunt tweets the information:
Binghamton PD has confirmed there were two passengers in car with Jon Jones when he hit a pole on May 19. Jones pleaded guilty to DWI yest.
Matt Brown replaces Matt Riddle, meets Luis Ramos at UFC on FX 4
Matt Brown (14-11 MMA, 7-5 UFC) has replaced Matt Riddle (6-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and now meets fellow welterweight Luis Ramos (19-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at next month's UFC on FX 4 event.
Brown today announced the fight via Twitter, though MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) could not immediately reach Riddle's representatives for the reason he was removed from the card.
UFC on FX 4 takes place takes place June 22 at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.
The night's main card airs on FX, and FUEL TV carries the preliminary card. Brown vs. Ramos is expected to be part of the prelims...
Manager: Antonio Silva's fight-altering UFC 146 cut required just three stitches
That cut – the one changed the course of the fight and left Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva drenched in blood at this past weekend's UFC 146 event – wasn't as bad as it looked.
"It wasn't really a big cut," Silva's manager, Alex Davis, told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "It was right between the eyes. It's a very fleshy part. It bleeds a lot. He's a big guy, and his head is very well irrigated, so it was a blood bath.
"But it only (needed) three stitches. It wasn't that bad, but it looked bad on TV."
UFC 146 medical suspensions: Velasequez draws possible six-month term for left hand
The full list of suspensions arising from UFC 146 include:
-Cain Velasquez: Needs X-ray of left hand. If broken, he is suspended until November 20 unless cleared by doctor. Suspended at minimum until June 26 with no contact until June 17
-Antonio Silva: Needs X-ray of nose. If broken, he is suspended until November 20 unless cleared by an ear, nose and throat doctor. Suspended at minimum until July 23 with no contact until July 11 for lacerations
-Jamie Varner: Needs X-ray of right hand. If broken, he is suspended until November 20 unless cleared by doctor. Suspended at minimum until June 26 with no contact until June 17
-Jason Miller: Needs clearance of right thumb and left knee by orthopedist or sports doctor or suspended until November 20. Suspended at minimum until July 11 with no contact until June 26 for tough fight
-C.B. Dollaway: Needs X-ray of left thumb. If broken, he is suspended until November 20 unless cleared by doctor. Suspended at minimum until June 26 with no contact until June 17
-Jacob Volkmann: Needs clearance of left elbow clearance of right thumb and left knee by orthopedist or suspended until November 20
-Frank Mir: Suspended until July 23 with no contact until July 11 for TKO loss
-Dave Herman: Suspended until July 23 with no contact until July 11 for TKO loss
-Shane Del Rosario: Suspended until July 23 with no contact until July 11 for TKO loss
-Duane Ludwig: Suspended until July 23 with no contact until July 11 for TKO loss
-Lavar Johnson: Needs evaluation of left elbow by orthopedist. Suspended at minimum until July 11 with no contact until June 26
-Edson Barboza: Suspended until July 11 with no contact until June 26 for TKO loss
-Stipe Miocic: Suspended until June 26 with no contact until June 17
-Darren Elkins: Suspended until June 26 with no contact until June 17 for left ear hematoma
-Diego Brandao: Suspended until June 26 with no contact until June 17 for tough fight
-Mike Brown: Suspended until June 26 with no contact until June 17 for left forehead laceration
-Daniel Pineda: Suspended until June 26 with no contact until June 17 for tough fight
Wanderlei Silva Trashes Vitor Belfort As Either 'Scared' Or Amateur
UFC Middleweight and former Pride champion Wanderlei Silva is anything but happy with Vitor Belfort after hearing that an injured hand has forced Belfort out of their scheduled UFC 147 headliner. Silva took to his twitter account to vent (translation via Tatame.com):
"(Fighting me) with one hand (laughs)? We are professionals. It's a great irresponsibility not to be careful on training, a great disrespect towards the fans. I'm really sad. I'm ready to knock you out, you have nowhere to run. This fight is happening. I guess you got scared of me. Nobody trains so hard that breaks his hand. We use the best equipments, gloves, bandages."
UFC 146 salaries: Dos Santos, Mir and Velasquez lead $1.2 million payroll
Junior Dos Santos: $200,000 (no win bonus)
def. Frank Mir: $200,000
Cain Velasquez: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Antonio Silva: $70,000
Roy Nelson: $40,000 (includes $20,00 win bonus)
def. Dave Herman: $21,000
Stipe Miocic: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Shane Del Rosario: $20,000
Stefan Struve: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
def. Lavar Johnson: $26,000
Darren Elkins: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Diego Brandao: $15,000
Jamie Varner: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Edson Barboza: $18,000
C.B. Dollaway: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Jason "Mayhem" Miller: $45,000
Dan Hardy: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Duane "Bang" Ludwig: $18,000
Paul Sass: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Jacob Volkmann: $20,000
Glover Teixeira: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Kyle Kingsbury: $12,000
Mike Brown: $52,000 (includes $26,000 win bonus)
def. Daniel Pineda: $10,000
Now, the usual disclaimer: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, which can oftentimes be a substantial portion of a fighter's income. They also do not include any other "locker room" or special discretionary bonuses the UFC oftentimes pays. They also do not include portions of the pay-per-view revenue that some top-level fighters receive.