Bektic vs. Kawajiri, Sanchez vs. Scoggins set for TUF 22 Finale in Las Vegas
December’s TUF 22 Finale in “Sin City” continues to build with the addition of two new bouts.
Mirsad Bektic (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is set to meet Tatsuya Kawajiri (34-8-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) in a featherweight bout, and Joby Sanchez (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) meets Justin Scoggins (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at flyweight. UFC officials recently announced the new bookings.
With the additions to the card, The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale now includes:
Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes
Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Evan Dunham vs. Joe Lauzon
Ryan LaFlare vs. Mike Pierce
Mirsad Bektic vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Joby Sanchez vs. Justin Scoggins
‘Rowdy’ Bec Rawlings Calls Out Paige VanZant
UFC strawweight Paige VanZant is coming off of another dominating performance at UFC 191 this past Saturday, this time over TUF 20 competitor Alex Chambers. She beat her up for almost three full round before locking in an armbar in the third round.
Then, ‘Rowdy’ Bec Rawlings jumped in and put her name in the hat, asking VanZant what she has going on on Jan. 17, for UFC Fight Night 81.
Thomas Almeida, Anthony Birchak to meet in Sao Paulo
Thomas Almeida's next fight will be in his hometown.
The top prospect will meet Anthony Birchak at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3 on Nov. 7 in Sao Paulo, the UFC confirmed Wednesday with MMA Fighting's Guilherme Cruz. The fight was first reported on Twitter by Front Row Brian.
Urijah Faber: Bryan Caraway backed out of a fight with me
LOS ANGELES -- Add Urijah Faber to the list of fighters who don't like Bryan Caraway.
The former WEC featherweight champion thought he had a main event fight lined up with Miesha Tate's boyfriend at the TUF 22 Finale in Las Vegas on Dec. 11. But according to Faber, the brash Caraway backed out of the fight.
Jim Miller vs. Michael Chiesa Targeted for UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on Dec. 10
The UFC is targeting a lightweight matchup between Jim Miller and Michael Chiesa for its Dec. 10 event in Las Vegas.
UFC Tonight reported the bout on Wednesday, although the Las Vegas-based promotion has yet to officially make an announcement. The UFC Fight Night card will take place at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan and airs on Fight Pass; it is the first of three consecutive cards the promotion will hold that weekend.
Dana White: Miesha Tate has to 'knock a couple more people off' before Ronda Rousey
Miesha Tate’s prospect of another UFC title fight against women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey have gone from bad to worse.
UFC President Dana White publicly announced Tate (17-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) as the No. 1 contender to Rousey’s (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) title following her unanimous decision victory over Jessica Eye at UFC on FOX 16 in July.
Rousey made her sixth consecutive title defense against Bethe Correia the following week at UFC 190 in Brazil, and White again declared that Tate would be next in line to challenge “Rowdy” for UFC gold.
The situation took a sudden shift, however, when Holly Holm was announced as the next challenger to Rousey’s belt. The pair is set to fight at UFC 193 in Melbourne on Nov. 14.
Report: Alvarez fighting Pettis on January 17th, possibly in Boston
Former champions will apparently come together for a big fight in January. One-time UFC champ Anthony Pettis looks set to return from his title defeat at the hands of Rafael dos Anjos back in March at UFC 185. His opponent for his return, according to Combate, will be former Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez, fresh off a huge win over Gilbert Melendez in Mexico at UFC 188.
While the fight makes sense for both men and would be a great booking, it's not 100% official yet. In fact, responding to reports, Eddie Alvarez didn't seem to know anything about it, but didn't deny it either:
I can't sit right Now !! Boston !! Me and Pettis ?? are You fucking Kidding me !!! East coast lets Gooooo!!! This will be something special
Daniel Cormier: Alexander Gustafsson's biggest accomplishment 'a fight he lost'
Daniel Cormier said he doesn’t understand why UFC 192 opponent Alexander Gustafsson gets so much credit for his loss to Jon Jones nearly two years ago.
At UFC 165 in September 2013, Gustafsson (16-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC), who’s set to challenge Cormier (16-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) for his UFC light-heavyweight title at UFC 192, gave ex-champ Jones arguably the most competitive fight of his career.
“The Mauler” came out on the losing end of a unanimous decision, but since that fight, he’s received praise for pushing Jones to his limit during the dramatic five-round affair.
Geane Herrera calls out Ian McCall for UFC on FOX 17
The flurry of bookings recently announced for December’s UFC on FOX 17 event have put the number of fights on the card at 10. There should be a few slots left – as long as the promotion doesn’t have anything else up its sleeve.
If there’s room, up-and-comer Geane Herrera (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) would like to put his name in the hat. The flyweight badly wants to redeem himself for a loss in his UFC debut this past month – and against a big name in the division: Ian McCall (13-5 MMA, 2-3-1 UFC).
“If they put me on that card, I will pack that house, and I will give them a show like I always do,” Herrera told MMAjunkie Radio.
Thomas Almeida vs. Anthony Birchak added to UFC Fight Night 77 in Sao Paulo
Just after signing a contract extension with the UFC, Thomas Almeida has his next assignment.
Almeida (20-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) will get a bout in his home city in two months when he meets Anthony Birchak (12-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in a bantamweight bout at UFC Fight Night 77. UFC officials announced the new booking tonight.
With the addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 77 now includes:
Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson
Patrick Cummins vs. Glover Teixeira
Tom Lawlor vs. Fabio Maldonado
Yan Cabral vs. Johnny Case
Gilbert Burns vs. Rashid Magomedov
Gleison Tibau vs. Abel Trujillo
Viscardi Andrade vs. Gasan Umalatov
Matheus Nicolau Pereira vs. Bruno Rodrigues
Piotr Hallman vs. Alex Oliveira
Thomas Almeida vs. Anthony Birchak
UFC 191 salaries: Anthony Johnson event's top earner with $230,000 purse
Anthony Johnson was the top earner at this past weekend’s UFC 191 event and was one of four men to make six figures. Johnson, who scored a TKO victory over Jimi Manuwa at the event, edged out Andrei Arlovski by $5,000 to take the top spot on disclosed payouts. Johnson also took home one of the event’s four $50,000 performance bonuses to raised his overall take for the event to $280,000.
Demetrious Johnson's Xbox sponsorship in limbo in UFC's Reebok era
At a recent media event in downtown LA, Johnson told MMAFighting.com essentially, that his Xbox sponsorship is in limbo.
"I'm still in touch with them," Johnson said. "If any opportunities come up, then if I fit that role I'll be reached out. Other than that, it's just not there."
The problem with maintaining outside sponsorships in the Reebok era is that the sponsor's big payoff came when their brand was displayed on television. While fighters can still do things like personal appearances outside of fight week, the sponsorship loses value if there aren't hundreds of thousands of people watching.
"All the sponsors out there, they're looking for that prime-time spot, that's what they're paying for," Johnson said. "So if any, Bad Boy, Hayabusa, whatever's out there, they're looking for that prime spot. Of course they can do stuff outside the Octagon, but they're going to make their big money inside the Octagon, that's where they get the most viewers."
UFC 191 Structured Reebok Sposorship Payout Totals $192,500
Demetrious Johnson: $40,000
John Dodson: $30,000
21 bouts and above (1)
Frank Mir: $20,000
16 to 20 bouts (3)
Andrei Arlovski: $15,000
Anthony Johnson: $15,000
Ross Pearson: $15,000
11 to 15 bouts (1)
Joe Riggs: $10,000
6 to 10 bouts (4)
Jessica Andrade: $5,000
John Lineker: $5,000
Jimi Manuwa: $5,000
Francisco Rivera: $5,000
1 to 5 bouts (11)
Corey Anderson: $2,500
Jan Blachowicz: $2,500
Alex Chambers: $2,500
Clay Collard: $2,500
Paul Felder: $2,500
Nazareno Malegarie: $2,500
Raquel Pennington: $2,500
Joaquim Silva: $2,500
Ron Stallings: $2,500
Tiago Trator: $2,500
Paige VanZant: $2,500
Average fighter structured sponsorship payout: $8,750