UFC Fight Night 88 salaries: 23-fight UFC vet Jeremy Stephens earns top payout
Jeremy Stephens, who’s fought 23 times under the UFC banner, earned the largest disclosed payout at Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 88 event.
MMAjunkie today requested and received the list of disclosed paydays from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which oversaw the event.
UFC Fight Night 88 took place Sunday at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The card aired on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Stephens (25-12 MMA, 12-11 UFC) earned a unanimous-decision victory over former bantamweight champion Renan Barao (33-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC), who moved up to featherweight for the fight, in the night’s co-headliner. Like Stephens, Barao earned $50,000 to show, and he would’ve earned a $50,000 win bonus if victorious.
Cody Garbrandt wants Bryan Caraway at UFC 203: 'I'm on a different level'
Cody Garbrandt notched the biggest victory of his young career Sunday evening at UFC Fight Night 88, knocking out the previously undefeated Thomas Almeida in Round 1.
Now, "No Love" turns his attention to his next opponent, and he already has a name and a date in mind.
"Going into this fight with Thomas Almeida, obviously Aljamain Sterling and Bryan Caraway [were] matched up [on the card] too, and they talked about the winners facing each other," Garbrandt told Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "So, I have no doubt in my mind that if Aljamain would’ve won, I’d be fighting Aljamain. Bryan won, so now why can’t I fight Bryan? Why shouldn’t I be fighting Bryan for the next in line for a title shot or that ranking up there? I think I just got ranked fifth, he’s fourth, so let’s fight Sept. 10 [at UFC 203]."
Jack Hermansson Signed to UFC, Booked for Hamburg
Jack Hermansson (13-2) has signed with the UFC. It became official today, as the UFC announced that the Swede will be facing the UK’s Scott Askham at the UFC in Hamburg, Germany on September 3. “It feels fantastic, I am looking forward to it like crazy!! ” says an excited Hermansson to MMAViking.com immediately after the signing.
UFC Fight Night 88 draws announced attendance of 5,193 for $359,000 live gate
Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 88 event drew an announced attendance of 5,193 for a live gate of $359,000.
UFC Vice President of Public Relations, Athlete Marketing and Development Dave Sholler announced the tallies at the post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie attended.
UFC Fight Night 88 took place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The card aired on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
UFC's Valentina Shevchenko caught in middle of robbery shootout in Peru
UFC fighter Valentina Shevchenko's trainer, Pavel Fedotov, was shot and taken to the emergency room after a shootout at a chicken restaurant in the Chorrilos district of Lima, Peru. Shevchenko was also present at the establishment during the chaos. The news was reported on Monday by Peruvian news outlet El Comercio.
Three armed robbers allegedly entered the establishment Sunday night, taking 5,000 soles – about 1,486 U.S. dollars – from the cash register as well as cellphones, wallets and other belongings from the customers. The robbers also assaulted anyone who resisted the robbery, splitting open the heads of three customers, according to the report.
The robbery and the shootout were captured by security cameras. Shevchenko can be seen in the video rushing to her coach's aid after the shooting ceased.
Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett headlines UFC Fight Night in Hamburg
Big heavyweight bookings continue to pour in, and a pair of former UFC champs meet in the headlining bout of UFC Fight Night in Hamburg.
UFC officials today announced that Andrei Arlovski (25-12 MMA, 14-6 UFC) meets Josh Barnett (34-8 MMA, 6-3 UFC) in the card’s featured contest, the first fight set for the Sept. 3 event at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
Ben Rothwell vs. Fabricio Werdum added to UFC 203 in Cleveland
A heavyweight clash between a pair of fighters looking to rebound from high-profile losses is set for UFC 203.
UFC officials announced Ben Rothwell (36-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) will face former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (20-6-1 MMA, 8-3 UFC) at UFC 203, which takes place Sept. 10 at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.
With the addition to the card, UFC 203 now includes:
Champ Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem
Ben Rothwell vs. Fabricio Werdum
Lucas Martins on post-victory UFC release: 'To tell you the truth, I didn't understand'
Lucas Martins still isn’t sure why he’s no longer fighting for the UFC, but regardless of the reason, he stills plans to work his way to the octagon following a baffling post-victory pink slip.
This past month at UFC Fight Night 86, Martins (16-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) picked up a split-decision win over fellow featherweight Robert Whiteford (12-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC).
The April 10 victory moved 27-year-old Martins to a respectable 4-3 in the UFC, where his losses have come to no slouches (Edson Barboza, Darren Elkins and Mirsad Bektic). Additionally, despite the judges being split, every major media outlet scored the UFC Fight Night 86 bout for Martins, according to MMADecisions.com.
Yet, a few weeks after the victory, the UFC released him.
Would former Bellator champ Zach Makovsky enter a reality show for a UFC title shot? It depends
Unlike many in the UFC’s flyweight division, Zach Makovsky knows what it’s like to wear gold around his waist.
A former Bellator champ, he’s been trying to trying to win it back ever since he signed with the industry-leader three years ago. So you’d think he’d take any necessary measures to get a title shot, especially given his rough go of things in his past four bouts. At 1-3, no one has Makovsky at the top of the list for champ Demetrious Johnson’s next outing.
But for “Fun Size,” it’s not necessarily the time to get desperate.
Before the UFC changed the parameters of the show, Makovsky could have completely revitalized his career in six short weeks by getting cast in “The Ultimate Fighter 24.” Originally slated to feature flyweights who qualified at an open tryout, “TUF 24” will now feature flyweight champions from other promotions around the world.
Luke Rockhold plans to 'lay the smack down' on Michael Bisping at UFC 199, predicts 'devastating' KO
Luke Rockhold minced no words when giving a prediction for his UFC 199 main event rematch with Michael Bisping. The UFC middleweight champ is notoriously confident, but for this one, he said there’s no doubt.
“I know that I’m going to knock Michael Bisping out in devastating fashion,” Rockhold told MMAjunkie. “I don’t think it, I know it. I know it’s going to happen. I’m going to stay composed, I’m going to find my timing, I’m going to pick my shots and then I’m going to lay the smack down.”
Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger on tap for UFC 201
It didn't take long for Matt Brown to find his next fight. Just under two weeks after losing a lopsided bout vs. Demian Maia, "The Immortal" welterweight veteran has agreed to make his return against Jake Ellenberger at UFC 201. ESPN's Brett Okamoto reported the new fight booking.
Brown (20-14) lost by 3rd round submission to Maia at UFC 198, marking his first stoppage loss since Seth Baczynski choked him out way back in 2011. It was after the Baczynski defeat that Brown would then memorably win his next 7 fights, setting himself up for a top contender bout vs. Robbie Lawler, which he would go on to lose by unanimous decision. After suffering a decision defeat to Johny Hendricks, Brown picked up a guillotine choke win over Tim Means at UFC 189.
'Kid' Yamamoto scratched from UFC Fight Night 89, Joe Soto now meets Chris Beal
Injury woes continue for Japanese MMA veteran Norifumi Yamamoto, who’s been scratched from UFC Fight Night 89.
Onetime title challenger Joe Soto (15-5 MMA, 0-3 UFC) now steps up to take a bantamweight fight with Chris Beal (10-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at the June 18 event scheduled for The Arena at TD Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The event’s main card airs live on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Featherweights Jim Alers vs. Jason Knight added to UFC on FOX 20
A featherweight matchup between two athletes looking to rebound from octagon defeat is the latest addition to the UFC on FOX 20 lineup.
UFC officials today announced Jim Alers (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) faces Jason Knight (13-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the event, which takes place July 23 at Chicago’s United Center. While the evening’s official lineup has yet to be revealed, UFC on FOX 20’s main card airs on FOX. Prelims are expected to air on FOX Sports 1 and stream on UFC Fight Pass.
With the addition to the card, UFC on FOX 20 now includes:
Holly Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira
Edson Barboza vs. Gilbert Melendez
James Moontasri vs. Alex Oliveira
George Sullivan vs. Hector Urbina
Ryan LaFlare vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Luis Henrique vs. Dmitry Smolyakov
Kailin Curran vs. Felice Herrig
Bojan Mihajlovic vs. Francis Ngannou
Frankie Saenz vs. Eddie Wineland
Darren Elkins vs. Godofredo Pepey
Tony Martin vs. Michel Prazeres
Jim Alers vs. Jason Knight
Andrea Lee settles with NSAC, Carlos Diego Ferreira still temporarily suspended
The Nevada State Athletic Commission today moved toward a nine-month suspension for Invicta FC flyweight Andrea Lee and 30 percent fine of her $3,000 purse ($900) from Invicta FC 16.
“KGB” Lee (4-2) agreed in principle to a settlement with the UFC after testing positive for a pair of diuretics – canrenone and spironolactone – after a submission loss to Sarah D’Alelio (9-6) by rear-naked choke in the third round at the March 11 event at Trinidad Pavilion at Tropicana Las Vegas. But after her reps raised questions about the language of the agreement, the commission agreed to table the matter pending approval by NSAC Chairman Anthony Marnell.
With Belal Muhammad's UFC signing, Michaud vs. Lima at Titan FC 39 becomes title fight
Belal Muhammed has signed with the UFC and, as a result, Titan FC 39 has its third title bout.
The bout between UFC veterans Douglas Lima (10-4) and David Michaud (9-2) has been upgraded from title eliminator to title fight. Promotion officials informed MMAjunkie of the change.
Titan FC 39 takes place at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, Gesias Cavalcante meets former Titan FC champion Pat Healy for the vacant 155-pound title.
The Titan FC 39 card includes:
Gesias Cavalcante vs. Pat Healy – for vacant lightweight title
champ Andre Harrison vs. Deivison Ribeiro – for featherweight title
Dhiego Lima vs. David Michaud – for vacant welterweight title
Taylor Krahl vs. Vitor Eustaquio
Kenny Gadreau vs. Micah Miller
Abdiel Velazquez vs. Alexis Vila
Sarah Alpar vs. Carina Damm
Luciano dos Santos vs. Kurt Holobaugh
Chino Duran vs. Lazar Stojadinovic
Ignacio Bahamondes vs. Preston Parsons
Raush Manfiovs. Luis Zequeira