UFC 155 Salaries: Junior dos Santos ($400,000), Cain Velasquez ($200,000) top payroll
Junior dos Santos did not retain his heavyweight crown in the UFC 155 headliner on Saturday night, but he did leave the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with the evening’s largest disclosed payday.
According to salary information released by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Monday, “Cigano” pocketed $400,000 in dropping a five-round verdict to Cain Velasquez, who earned $200,000 for regaining the belt he lost to dos Santos at UFC on Fox 1 in November 2011.
Additionally, former middleweight No. 1 contender Yushin Okami raked $84,000 for his unanimous decision triumph over Alan Belcher ($37,000), while Jim Miller made $82,000 in dispatching Joe Lauzon ($27,000) in a wildly entertaining co-main event.
UFC 155 results: Velasquez batters Dos Santos to recapture heavyweight title
LAS VEGAS – The rematch between Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez was the war the first fight wasn't.
Velasquez emerged victorious, retaking the heavyweight belt with a unanimous decision in the hardest-fought victory of his career.
The heavyweight title bout was the main event of Saturday's UFC 155 event at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Judges scored the bout 50-45, 50-43 and 50-44 for Velasquez, who avenged a loss to Dos Santos 13 months prior at UFC on FOX.
"It was the hardest fight I've ever been through," Velasquez said afterward. "I was so tired, but I kept thinking, 'Do it, do it, do it.'
"This is my wife's Christmas present. Baby, I got your Christmas present right here."
The smattering of boos that accompanied Dos Santos, whose face was badly swollen, at the weigh-in for the event were surprisingly present during his time at the post-fight mic.
"His game is very effective, and tonight, he was better than me," he said. "Cain Velasquez, like you said, I'm going to come back, and I'm going to take my belt again."
Fabricio Werdum earns title shot with win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in June 2013
Following his stint coaching on season two of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, Fabricio Werdum will square off against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. A win would earn him a heavyweight title shot, if UFC President Dana White is to be believed.
By the time the night is out tomorrow evening (Sat., Dec. 29, 2012) at UFC 155 in Las Vegas, Nevada, we'll know whether Junior dos Santos kept his heavyweight championship or whether Cain Velasquez pried it from his big Brazilian hands.
Because it's never too early to look ahead, we're wondering who the winner has to look forward to. After all, the 265-pound weight class is supposed to be as deep as it's ever been, right?
Well, according to UFC President Dana White, Fabricio Werdum has the opportunity to earn a crack at the crown if he can defeat Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira when the two square off following the conclusion of their stint as coaches on season two of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Brazil, which is tentatively scheduled for June 2013.
UFC 155 Weigh in results
Junior dos Santos (239) vs. Cain Velasquez (240) – for heavyweight title
Joe Lauzon (156) vs. Jim Miller (156)
Tim Boetsch (186) vs. Constantinos Philippou (186)
Alan Belcher (186) vs. Yushin Okami (184)
Derek Brunson (185) vs. Chris Leben (185)
Brad Pickett (136) vs. Eddie Wineland (135)
Byron Bloodworth (136) vs. Erik Perez (136)
Melvin Guillard (155) vs. Jamie Varner (155)
Myles Jury (155) vs. Michael Johnson (154)
Philip De Fries (245) vs. Todd Duffee (249)
Leonard Garcia (146) vs. Max Holloway (145)
Chris Cariaso (125) vs. John Moraga (126)
Illness knocks Goldberg from UFC 155 broadcast; Anik joins Rogan in booth
LAS VEGAS – The UFC will try out a new broadcast pairing on Saturday for UFC 155 – though that wasn't the plan until this week.
An illness will keep regular pay-per-view play-by-play voice Mike Goldberg at home, and Jon Anik will join analyst Joe Rogan in the broadcast booth.
UFC officials on Friday confirmed the change to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Nick Newell Unlikely to Find a Home on UFC Roster
By now just about everybody in the world has heard or read about the amazing story that is MMA fighter Nick Newell.
Newell was born with only one arm, but has managed to put together an incredibly impressive streak of wins in his MMA career, currently sitting with a perfect 9-0 record, with 8 wins coming by way of submission or knockout.
The Connecticut born fighter recently wrapped up his first major title when he won the XFC lightweight strap in early December, and just about everybody started to wonder if he would one day end up in the UFC.
As amazing as Newell’s story truly is, UFC President Dana White just isn’t sure he’ll ever have a home in the Octagon.
“Never, no,” White answered when asked if he would consider bringing Newell into the UFC fold.