Following 'serious' Outfitting Policy infractions, UFC issues 3 payment reductions
For the first time since the UFC instituted its revolutionary Athlete Outfitting Policy, a handful of the promotion’s athletes will be receiving a little less money than they might have expected based on the program’s payout tiers.
MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials that three athletes who competed at December’s UFC on FOX 17 event will receive reductions on their scheduled payments after “knowingly and seriously” violating the policy, marking the first time the promotion has taken such a step.
Dustin Poirier completes surgery for broken nose, expects to be out six weeks
Poirier (19-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC) wasted little time going under the knife following two breaks to his nose in a UFC 195 bout with Joseph Duffy (14-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) earlier this month. “The Diamond” defeated Duffy by unanimous decision, but absorbed several hard shots to the face early in the fight that sent blood leaking from his nose at a high rate for more than two rounds.
Four days after the big win, Poirier went under the knife to fix several breaks to his nasal structure.
Martin 'The Hitman' Kampmann officially retires from MMA
Following 27 professional fights, including 17 in the UFC, Martin Kampmann has officially retired from the sport of mixed martial arts.
Kampmann, 33, broke the news to UFC.com this week.
"I've known for a while," Kampmann said about his retirement. "I just haven't really made it official. I'm not sure why."
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IV ban sends Diego Sanchez back to lightweight
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) somethingweight veteran Diego Sanchez is back on the weight-cutting roller coaster, thanks to the recent ban on intravenous (IV) hydration handed down by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) last summer.
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Neil Magny attends seminar hosted by former opponent Demian Maia
For UFC welterweight Neil Magny, the roughly eight minutes he spent in the cage with Demian Maia at UFC 190 this past August was about as humbling an experience as a fighter could have.
He came into the fight riding a seven-fight winning streak, hadn’t lost in almost two years, and was feeling pretty confident about his chances against the Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist.
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Rockhold: I don't want to fight at UFC 199
UFC champ Luke Rockhold has the foresight to know that when a big fight or event is on the horizon, much of what surrounds it gets lost in the shuffle.
Rockhold (15-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) said that’s exactly what’s going to happen as July’s UFC 200 event draws near, which is why he wants his first middleweight title defense to take place on that mega-card, which airs July 9 on pay-per-view from the new Las Vegas Arena.
“I would say (I want to fight in) May, June or July, but UFC 200 would be cool,” Rockhold told MMAjunkie Radio. “I don’t want to be on UFC 199, I’ll tell you that. The hype for 200 will be so big it will take away from 199. Who wants to be on 199? I want to be on 198 or 200. That would be cool, even if I’m not main eventing.”
Tyron Woodley wants Robbie Lawler title fight, but ‘preparing myself to be heartbroken again’
For three long months, Tyron Woodley was the UFC's official No. 1 welterweight contender in waiting. But the fight game tends to have its own mind when it comes to matters like these, and after Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit set Las Vegas ablaze with an instant classic Saturday night at UFC 195, Woodley knows he may have some work to do if he wants to preserve his spot as the next in line.
"Even before the fifth round, the way that the fight was going, I already was thinking, ‘goddamnit, they're about to do this fight again,'" Woodley said Monday on The MMA Hour. "We are in the era of the rematch. People want to see a rematch every other weekend. How many rematches have you seen?
Cirkunov Welcomes Nicholson to the Octagon at UFC 196
A Light Heavyweight match-up between Latvian import Misha Cirkunov and UFC newcomer Alex “The Spartan” Nicholson is set for UFC 196: Werdum vs. Velasquez 2 on February 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. It has not been confirmed as of yet where the bout will fall on the lineup however it will likely be part of the preliminary card. The UFC confirmed the bout today on their Facebook page.
UFC 195 Medical Suspensions: Dustin Poirier, Kyle Noke Get Potential 6-Month Sits
Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight Dustin Poirier and middleweight Kyle Noke could be sidelined for six months after both men suffered broken noses at last Saturday’s UFC 195.
The Nevada Athletic Commission on Monday released its list of medical suspensions from the event, which took place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
UFC 195 Medical Suspensions
Robbie Lawler: Suspended until March 3; no contact until Feb. 17.
Carlos Condit: Suspended until March 3; no contact until Feb. 17.
Andrei Arlovski: Suspended until Feb. 17; no contact until Feb. 2.
Kyle Noke: Must have fractured nose cleared by doctor or no contest until July 2. Minimum suspension no contest until Feb. 2; no contact until Jan. 24. (Left elbow strain)
Drew Dober: Suspended until Feb. 2; no contact until Jan. 14.
Scott Holtzman: Suspended until March 3; no contact until Feb. 17.
Dustin Poirier: Must have fractured nose cleared by doctor or no contest until July 2. Minimum suspension no contest until Feb. 17; no contact until Feb. 2.
Joseph Duffy: Suspended until Feb. 2; no contact until Jan. 14. (Lacerations)
Joe Soto: Needs follow-up exam with retinal specialist, due May 1.
Sheldon Westcott: Must have left knee cleared and right hand X-rayed; if positive then must be cleared by doctor or no contest until July 2. Minimum suspension no contest until Feb. 2; no contact until Jan. 24.
Edgar Garcia: Suspended until Feb. 2; no contact until Jan. 24.
UFC Champ Holly Holm signs multiyear contract extension
Unbeaten women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm this weekend inked a contract extension with the Ultimate Fighting Championship which will keep her with the promotion through 2016 and beyond.
ESPN.com reports that Holm signed her new deal Saturday in Las Vegas, where she attended UFC 195 to cheer on Jackson-Wink MMA teammate Carlos Condit.
Newcomer Randy Brown meets Matt Dwyer at UFC on FOX 18
The UFC found a fighter, and welterweight newcomer Randy Brown has found a fight on MMA’s biggest stage.
Brown (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), an undefeated 170-pound prospect, has signed with the UFC and is slated to meet Matt Dwyer (8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at UFC on FOX 18.
The latest UFC on FOX 18 card includes:
Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader
Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Andrew Holbrook vs. Sage Northcutt
Josh Barnett vs. Ben Rothwell
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Diego Ferreira
George Sullivan vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Tony Martin vs. Felipe Olivieri
Alex Caceres vs. Masio Fullen
Iuri Alcantara vs. Jimmie Rivera
Damon Jackson vs. Levan Makashvili
Kevin Casey vs. Rafael Natal
Randy Brown vs. Matt Dwyer
UFC 195 salaries: Lawler ($500K), Condit ($315K) earn top disclosed payouts
The total disclosed payroll for the event was $1,723,000.
The full list of disclosed UFC 195 payouts included:
Robbie Lawler: $500,000 (no win bonus)
def. Carlos Condit: $315,000
Stipe Miocic: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Andrei Arlovski: $250,000
Albert Tumenov: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Lorenz Larkin: $36,000
Brian Ortega: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Diego Brandao: $36,000
Abel Trujillo: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Tony Sims: $12,000
Michael McDonald: $40,000 (includes $20,00 win bonus)
def. Masanori Kanehara: $14,000
Alex Morono: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Kyle Noke: $26,000
Justine Kish: $20,000 (includes $ win bonus)
def. Nina Ansaroff: $10,000
Drew Dober: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Scott Holtzman: $12,000
Dustin Poirier: $84,000 (includes $42,000 win bonus)
def. Joseph Duffy: $20,000
Michinori Tanaka: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Joe Soto: $20,000
Sheldon Westcott: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Edgar Garcia: $10,000
Stipe Miocic will get next heavyweight title shot after UFC 195 win
If the MMA world wanted Stipe Miocic to be more vocal, it got exactly that on Saturday night.
Miocic tore through former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in just 54 seconds at UFC 195, then called for his title shot in a fiery post-fight rant, demanding to know whether he and UFC president Dana White were now "on the same page."