So far, women more than proving their worth in UFC
The first time two women fought in the UFC octagon, it was cause for an all-out media blitz by the world's largest MMA promotion. The second time felt more like just another fight — only better.
At The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale in Las Vegas, undefeated bantamweight Cat Zingano (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) came from behind to beat former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) by third-round TKO in easily the most exciting and brutal bout on the 12-fight card.
The UFC deemed Zingano and Tate worthy of $50,000 "Fight of the Night" bonuses, and fans were reminded why female MMA fighters have a reputation for stealing the show in a male-dominated sport...
TUF 17 Finale bonuses: Zingano, Tate, Browne, Pineda earn $50,000
LAS VEGAS – Cat Zingano, Miesha Tate, Travis Browne and Daniel Pineda each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday's TUF 17 Finale event.
Zingano and Tate earned the "Fight of the Night," Browne won "Knockout of the Night" and Pineda picked up "Submission of the Night" honors.
UFC officials announced the winners at the night's post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) attended.
The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale took place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The main card aired on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook.
Hall, Gastelum, Andrews, Barnatt win $25,000 'TUF 17' season bonuses
LAS VEGAS – Uriah Hall came up short in the finals of Season 17 of "The Ultimate Fighter," but he still has something to show for his efforts during the season.
On Saturday, he dropped a split decision to Kelvin Gastelum. But Hall picked up a $25,000 bonus for the season's best knockout for his head-kick KO of Adam Cella on the season's third episode.
Bonuses of $25,000 also went to Gastelum for the season's best submission, and Dylan Andrews and Luke Barnatt for the season's top fight.
UFC officials announced the winners during Saturday's TUF 17 Finale, which took place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The main card aired on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook.
TUF 17 Finale salaries: Urijah Faber will earn event's top payday with win
With a win over Scott Jorgensen on Saturday, Urijah Faber would be the top earner at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale card in Las Vegas.
Faber (27-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is set to make $55,000 to show and another $55,000 if he wins, bringing his potential disclosed payday to $110,000. Jorgensen (14-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) could make as much as $47,000 if he were to pick up the upset victory with $23,500 to show and $23,500 as a win bonus...
The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale weigh-in results
MAIN CARD (FX, 9 p.m. ET)
-Urijah Faber (136) vs. Scott Jorgensen (135.5)
-Kelvin Gastelum (186) vs. Uriah Hall (185) - "TUF 17" tournament final
-Miesha Tate (135.5) vs. Cat Zingano (136)
-Travis Browne (239) vs. Gabriel Gonzaga (261)
-Robert McDaniel (184.5) vs. Gilbert Smith (185)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FUEL TV, 7 p.m. ET)
-Kevin Casey (185) vs. Josh Samman (184.5)
-Luke Barnatt (185) vs. Collin Hart (184.5)
-Dylan Andrews (186) vs. Jimmy Quinlan (185)
-Clint Hester (185) vs. Bristol Marunde (185.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 5:30 p.m. ET)
-Cole Miller (146) vs. Bart Palaszewski (145)
-Maximo Blanco (146)* vs. Sam Sicilia (146)
-Justin Lawrence (145) vs. Daniel Pineda (145)
* Blanco was 147 on his first attempt. He was given one hour to cut to the featherweight max and made weight on his second attempt.