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UFC 132 salaries: Tito Ortiz ($450K), Wanderlei Silva ($200K) lead fighter payroll
(mmajunkie.com)
Main card fighters and MMA legends Tito Ortiz and Wanderlei Silva were the top earners at this past weekend's UFC 132 event. Both competitors earned disclosed flat-rate paydays. Ortiz netted $450,000 for his upset victory over Ryan Bader, and Silva scored $200,000 in a disappointing first-round loss to Chris Leben. The two fighters combined to secure 50.9 percent of the $1,277,000 total disclosed payroll for the event.
Submitted Jul 5, 2011 1:45PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
REPORT: Spike has given up on UFC
(mixedmartialarts.com)
A source at Spike, speaking on the condition of anonymity, indicated that the company has essentially abandoned any notion of a new deal with the UFC, since it believes the UFC is "very close to a deal with G4." "They want their own channel, and this is an opportunity for their own channel," the source said. As for the Spike counter programming moves, it's "pretty obvious why we're doing what we're doing," the source said, but it hasn't resulted in any animosity between UFC and Spike employees. "We're all just doing our jobs," said the source.
Submitted Jul 5, 2011 9:02AM by emfleek - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Chael Sonnen Returns to 205lbs, Faces Lyoto Machida at UFC 136 in Houston
(fightersonlymagazine.co.uk)
A fight between Chael Sonnen and Lyoto Machida is all but a done deal. Sources close to the situation tell Fighters Only that Sonnen will be making his UFC return at light-heavyweight and is almost certain to face the Brazilian former champion. The fight is apparently being considered for UFC 136, which takes place on October 8th in Houston, Texas. No fights have been announced for that card but Jose Aldo and Kenny Florian are expected to headline. Machida is a fighter that Sonnen has long had his eye on, and not just because he is a training partner and friend of Sonnen’s favourite smack-talk target Anderson Silva. Let the discussions begin!
Submitted Jul 4, 2011 10:21PM by ChokeUout - 48 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Justin Bieber - MMA's Newest Judge
(addictedmma.com)
Justin Bieber - MMA's Newest Judge Its seems the musical anti-christ Justin Bieber has joined the rest of the worlds MMA fans by playing judge. According to Dana White, who was speaking at the UFC 132 psot fight press conference, the multi million selling popstar found himself scoring the Denis Siver Vs Matt Wiman fight in favour of the eventual loser, Matt Wiman.
Submitted Jul 4, 2011 5:55PM by rockyf - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Dominick Cruz willing to move up to featherweight to fight Jose Aldo (Video)
(mmamania.com)
Anyone else think this would be an awesome fight?
Submitted Jul 4, 2011 1:20PM by Budgellism - 34 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Spike TV adds "UFC 134 Prelims" special featuring Fisher-Tavares, Mitchell-Thiago
(mmajunkie.com)
Following August's upcoming UFC 133 broadcast, "UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami" will be the next pay-per-view event to get a "UFC Prelims" special on Spike TV. Officials recently confirmed the broadcast plans with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). The two bouts set for the one-hour special include Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares and David Mitchell vs. Paulo Thiago. URL and page headline list Mitchell-Swick as being on prelims, which is inaccurate.
Submitted Jul 4, 2011 9:59AM by pmoney - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Targeting February 26, 2012, at Saitama Super Arena for Japan Show
(mmaweekly.com)
Just last week, UFC president Dana White mentioned that the UFC would be heading to Japan sooner rather than later. Now it appears the promotion has targeted a tentative date and venue. According to sources speaking to MMAWeekly.com on Sunday, UFC officials are looking at a Feb. 26, 2012, date in Japan with the show currently targeted for the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama. While the venue has been reserved by agencies working with Zuffa in Japan, this is still just the preliminary location they are focusing on for a return to Japan. Other venues and locations are being looked at, but Saitama Super Arena is currently the most likely landing spot.
Submitted Jul 4, 2011 9:13AM by pmoney - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Urijah Faber Feels He Earned The Win At UFC 132
(fightline.com)
The fight was everything you could want from a championship bout, both men came to throw down, never gave up ground and never let the other hold much of an appreciable lead for long. It was thrilling and they were both rightly awarded the Fight of the Night bonus, but, though he has a fatter wallet and plenty to be proud of, Faber still believes his name should have been read the victor when the judges rendered their decision.
Submitted Jul 3, 2011 11:06PM by Kpro - 33 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Chael Sonnen Doesn't Want To Be The Next Man To KO Wanderlei Silva
(fightline.com)
Helwani asked Sonnen if he was surprised by the quick finish and Sonnen took the opportunity to get at least one more verbal jab in at Silva's expense. "Yeah," responded Sonnen. "The only guy that would have finished him quicker was me. …Wanderlei is going to need to do something else. I don't have any interest in getting in there with him. I don't want to be the next guy to force him to have a flashlight shined in his eyes."
Submitted Jul 3, 2011 11:05PM by Kpro - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ortiz Calls Out Griffin Following UFC 132 Triumph
(sherdog.com)
Tito Ortiz pulled his professional career off of life support Saturday night by submitting young gun Ryan Bader with a first-round guillotine choke at UFC 132. Following the triumph at the MGM Granden Arena in Las Vegas, an exuberant Ortiz called out a familiar foe as the man he would like to face in his next Octagon appearance. Though “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” would also like a shot at redemption against Rashad Evans in the future, Ortiz first wants a rematch with another former champ: Forrest Griffin.
Submitted Jul 3, 2011 2:24PM by pmoney - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC brass says Demetrious Johnson could take title shot over Brian Bowles
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – It's the inevitable question that surfaces each and every time a UFC champion wraps a belt around his waist: What's next? And so it was for Dominick Cruz (18-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) following his UFC 132 victory former WEC featherweight champ Urijah Faber. Many MMA pundits pointed to former WEC champ Brian Bowles (10-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) as the leading candidate to snag the next shot at the 135-pound belt, but UFC brass said that's not necessarily the case.
Submitted Jul 3, 2011 1:27PM by pmoney - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC boss says Condit one of the divisions best, "Natural Born Killer" not waiting for title shot
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – With his second-straight "Knockout of the Night" victory, former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit (26-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is quickly becoming a top contender in the UFC's 170-pound division. Saturday night's UFC 132 event featured a host of incredible knockout victories, but UFC president Dana White deemed Condit's first-round finish of Dong Hyun Kim the best of the bunch, awarding him the bonus and declaring him "one of the best 170-pounders in the world." But with UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre not scheduled to defend his title until late October, Condit isn't interesting in sitting around waiting for a title shot. Instead, he wants to get back in the octagon and cement his position in the division.
Submitted Jul 3, 2011 12:01PM by pmoney - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
White supports Siver's UFC 132 win; Bieber, Fertitta felt Wiman rightful victor
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – It just wouldn't be a UFC pay-per-view event if we didn't get to enjoy at least one hotly contested decision, right? At Saturday night's UFC 132 event in Las Vegas, that honor fell to Dennis Siver (19-7 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and Matt Wiman (13-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC), who battled toe-to-toe for 15 minutes in a back-and-forth affair. All three judges ultimately awarded the victory to Siver, and UFC president Dana White said after the event that he agreed with the call. However, White admitted UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta – not to mention mop-haired teen pop star Justin Bieber – believe Wiman may have been jobbed.
Submitted Jul 3, 2011 11:36AM by pmoney - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC 132 draws announced 12,947 attendance and $2.3 million live gate
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – Saturday's UFC 132 event drew an announced attendance of 12,947 and a live gate of $2.3 million. UFC president Dana White announced the figures in the night's post-event press conference.
Submitted Jul 3, 2011 12:13AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 132 bonuses: Condit, Ortiz, Cruz and Faber get $75,000 awards
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – Tito Ortiz, Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber each earned $75,000 "Fight Night" bonuses for their performances at Saturday's "UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber II" event. Condit earned the night's "Knockout of the Night" award, Ortiz picked up the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Cruz and Faber took home "Fight of the Night" honors.
Submitted Jul 3, 2011 12:10AM by Budgellism - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Famed Former Chute Boxe Coach Rafael Cordeiro Back with Wanderlei Silva
(mmaweekly.com)
Master Rafael Cordeiro once lead one of the strongest contingents of Brazilian fighters in the world under the Chute Boxe banner in Brazil. Now operating his gym Kings MMA in California, Cordeiro is reuniting with some of the fighters that he once lead at Chute Boxe. Notably, he has been working with former Pride champion Wanderlei Silva, preparing him for his UFC 132 fight on Saturday night against Chris Leben. Cordeiro lead a magical time for Silva, along with the Rua brothers, Mauricio Shogun and Murilo Ninja, and numerous other fighters when they ruled the roost at Pride in Japan. Perhaps some of that magic is back as Cordeiro had Silva training alongside Shogun once again, as well as Fabricio Werdum and many other top tier fighters.
Submitted Jul 2, 2011 2:22AM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 132 Weigh Ins
(bloodyelbow.com)
Weigh-ins for UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber 2 will take place at 7 p.m. ET live from the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bloody Elbow will have live results and video after the jump. Dominick Cruz makes his first defense of his UFC bantamweight belt against former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber. In the co-main event, Wanderlei Silva makes his long awaited return to fight TUF vanguard Chris Leben. Pay-Per-View Bantamweight: Dominick Cruz (134) vs. Urijah Faber (135) Middleweight: Wanderlei Silva (186) vs. Chris Leben (185) Light Heavyweight: Tito Ortiz (205) vs. Ryan Bader (205) Welterweight: Carlos Condit (170) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (171) Lightweight: Dennis Siver (156) vs. Matt Wiman (156) Spike TV Prelims Lightweight: Melvin Guillard (155) vs. Shane Roller (155) Lightweight: George Sotiropoulos (156) vs. Rafael dos Anjos (155) Facebook Prelims Bantamweight: Brian Bowles (135) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (136) Middleweight: Brad Tavares (186) vs. Aaron Simpson (185) Lightweight: Anthony Njokuani (156) vs. Andre Winner (155) Bantamweight: Jeff Hougland (135) vs. Donny Walker (135)
Submitted Jul 1, 2011 8:34PM by kopower - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Relationship with Dana White Won’t Stop Tito Ortiz From Being Inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame
(mmaweekly.com)
Personal feelings will not impair Tito Ortiz from getting a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame, this according to UFC President Dana White.
Submitted Jun 30, 2011 9:57PM by FastKnockout - 32 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
After Spike TV Counter-Programming Tactics, UFC Pres Says, “I Owe You One”
(mmaweekly.com)
All is fair in love and war… and television contract negotiations, evidently. The UFC and longtime broadcast partner Spike TV hit a snag in negotiations recently when the network counter-programmed a live UFC event on Versus.
Submitted Jun 30, 2011 9:56PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nik Lentz and Charles Oliveira Likely Headed for a Rematch to Settle ‘No Contest’
(mmaweekly.com)
Charles Oliveira and Nik Lentz are on the path to a second showdown after their UFC on Versus 4 bout was ruled a “no contest,” according to UFC president Dana White.
Submitted Jun 30, 2011 9:54PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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