Signal to Noise: UFC 162's best and worst
There was much to love and hate about UFC 162. The successful return of Frankie Edgar was a welcome sight, but the languid performance of Chris Leben and the odd reaction of some Anderson Silva fans have been difficult to tolerate.
It's time we separate the winners from the losers, the best from the worst and the signal from the noise...
Ex UFC and current Bellator fighter involved in altercation, friend hospitalised
According to Band Santa Catarina, Renovacao Fight Team featherweight prospect and training partner to former Bellator tournament champion Maiquel Falcao, Kaue Mena, is in serious condition following an altercation outside a gas station in Southern Brazil.
From the video it appears that Falcao got into some kind of disagreement with a pair of women inside the gas station. Words were exchanged and he appears to push/slap one of them away. After that a host of men enter and begin fighting with Falcao and his friends. The fight spills out into the the gas station parking lot where one of the men fighting Falcao hits him with what appears to be a piece of wood...
UFC 162 salaries: Chris Weidman gets $48K, ex-champ Anderson Silva paid $600K
It pays to be the champ. Or at least, it used to.
New UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman earned a disclosed payday of $48,000 for his weekend win over Anderson Silva. The ex-champ, meanwhile, earned $600,000.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today obtained the list of disclosed fight purses from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
UFC 162 took place July 6 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card, including Weidman's second-round TKO victory over Silva, aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Weidman, who opted not to renew his UFC contract until after the title fight, is likely to get a handsome raise from his current pay, which included $24,000 to show and $24,000 as a win bonus. Silva, meanwhile, would have earned an additional $200,000 as a win bonus.
The full list of disclosed UFC 162 paydays included:
Even in defeat, ex-UFC champ Anderson Silva still holds all the card
The way it normally works in the fight business, the person who gets knocked out shows up at the press conference later, trying to convince the promoter, the media and the fans that he deserves a rematch.
Not the other way around.
But then, there was nothing normal about the main event of UFC 162 in Las Vegas, so why should the immediate aftermath be different?
UFC 162 bonuses: Weidman, Swanson, Siver, Edgar, Oliveira earn honors
LAS VEGAS – Chris Weidman, Cub Swanson, Dennis Siver, Frankie Edgar and Charles Oliveira each earned bonuses, believed to be $50,000 each, for their performances at Saturday's UFC 162 event.
UFC 162 Weigh In Results - Silva vs Weidman
UFC 162 ‘Silva vs. Weidman’ Weigh-In Results:
Anderson Silva (184) vs. Chris Weidman (185)
Frankie Edgar (146) vs. Charles Oliveira (144)
Tim Kennedy (186) vs. Roger Gracie (186)
Mark Munoz (185) vs. Tim Boetsch (186)
Cub Swanson (144) vs. Dennis Siver (145)
Chris Leben (186) vs. Andrew Craig (186)
Norman Parke (156) vs. Kazuki Tokudome (155)
Gabriel Gonzaga (262) vs. Dave Herman (242)
Edson Barboza (155) vs. Rafaello Oliveira (155)
Seth Baczynski (170) vs. Brian Melancon (170)
Mike Pierce (171) vs. David Mitchell (171)
White Ranks Hendo above Belfort for Anderson rematch
Those are tough fights to make. I’m not saying that Vitor couldn’t get the next shot, or couldn’t get a shot soon, but if you’re Anderson Silva… ‘I wanna fight (Georges St. Pierre) or Jon Jones or somebody different.’ You could make a better argument that Dan Henderson should get the next shot. He hasn’t looked impressive and he hasn’t won, but (Silva) didn’t beat him as bad as he did Vitor.”
Dana White on Fighter Pay: “When you look at the lives we’ve changed, I’m (expletive) proud of it”
In the 13 years that Zuffa has owned the Ultimate Fighting Championship, it has taken the promotion from the brink of extinction to one of the hottest sports properties on the planet.
Over the course of that time, they’ve also provided the opportunity for numerous fighters to not only make a living in their chosen sport, but to thrive. Several have gone on to become millionaires, and many have cemented legacies.
But along with any success story come the critics who believe that things can always be better...
Anderson Silva vs. Roy Jones Jr.? The boxer and Dana White are talking
Anderson Silva hasn't been shy about saying he's interested in a fight against boxer Roy Jones Jr. And the buzz around that potential may reach a fever pitch this weekend.
UFC President Dana White on Thursday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) Jones will be the UFC's guest on Saturday at UFC 162 in Las Vegas – and that the two are "talking."