UFC 97 bonuses: Rua, Soszynski, Stout and Wiman each earn $70K awards
MONTREAL - Sam Stout, Matt Wiman, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Krzysztof Soszynski each earned $70,000 "fight night" bonuses for their performances at "UFC 97: Redemption."
UFC 97 took place Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal and aired live on pay-per-view. The bonus amounts were up significantly from the $60,000 awards issued at UFC 96 in March but down slightly from the $75,000 issued at UFC 83, the organization's first trip to Canada.
The UFC announced the bonuses at the UFC 97 post-fight press conference and were confirmed by MMAjunkie.com
Bob Cook steps in as match-up consultant for Strikeforce
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has received a report that another AKA trainer has stepped up to assist with the matchmaking duties at Strikeforce.
Crazy Bob Cook has just confirmed via telephone to FiveOuncesOfPain.com that he has been enlisted as a match-up consultant for the organization.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com recently first reported the news that American Kickboxing Academy trainer Javier Mendez had decided to step down from his position as the matchmaker for Strikeforce.
Doing His Job At 185, Silva Again Has Eyes On 205
On the eve of a possible record-breaking win streak against a heavy underdog, talk of Anderson Silva’s next move is already in the air.
He’s a big enough middleweight to make the jump up to light heavyweight – he’ll probably walk into the Octagon tomorrow at around 200 pounds – but equally important, Georges St. Pierre is big enough to make the jump to middleweight.
Flanked by two of the light heavyweight division’s biggest stars at the pre-fight press conference for UFC 97 – Chuck Liddell and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua – it was clear Silva had options, both big for the UFC.
“The experience fighting at 205 was a good experience for us,” Silva said via translator Ed Soares. “It’s in our plan to fight more at 205 pounds.”
Wanderlei Silva Declares War on Anderson Silva
“He is too cocky. I hope he can read this. … I never talked anything bad about him; I always respected him. He has always been my friend, always respected me, but now he came with that statement. I can’t understand that. I didn’t come down to 185 to face him. Actually I didn’t have that intention. …
UFC Crackdown on Streaming Piracy?
MMAPayout.com has posted before on the UFC”s efforts to stem the tide of piracy of their PPV broadcasts. Up to this point these efforts have mainly been through going after bars and restaurants that illegally show their cards. This campaign is done mainly through the efforts of Joe Hand Promotions, who handles the bar and restaurant PPV business for the UFC.
The UFC may be going a step further into these efforts, judging from information put out by BayTSP, which provides online copyright monitoring, enforcement, measurement and monetization services for the entertainment industry, software and videogame makers and the publishing industry. The company recently announced:
One global sports franchise and two of the largest pay-per-view event promoters in the world have signed with BayTSP to protect and monetize broadcasts valued at more than $5 billion annually, the company announced today.
The logical companies to attach to this information would be the UFC and WWE for the PPV event promoters and Manchester United Football Club for the global sports franchise. The crackdown has already been cited by some as a possible reason behind the precipitous drop in traffic at the streaming site Justin.tv.
Brazilian slugger Luis Cane predicting UFC 97 finish of Steve Cantwell
Brazilian slugger Luis Cane (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is a man of few words. He prefers to let his hands do the talking.
And in his main-card opening bout with Steve Cantwell (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC 97 in Montreal, Cane plans to let his hands ask for a title shot.
"This fight is an important step," Cane recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I really want to be among the top of the division, and this fight should pave the way to putting me there."
UFC 97 Weigh-In Results
The weigh-ins for UFC 97 have just been completed. Both Anderson Silva and Thales Leites made weight with Silva coming in at 182, but prelim fighter David Bielkheden missed weight. He has some extra time to drop 1 pound to get to the limit.
Don Frye Returns To Action May 2
The latest UFC/MMA legend to make a recent return to fighting is Don Frye. He'll return to action at Shark Fight Promotion's Shark Fight 4 event in Texas on May 2. No, he won't be fighting sharks-his opponent is 7-2 Rich Moss.
Dana On Europe: "We're Coming To France Definitely"
From MMA to MM-Eh now to Le UFC...at yesterday's UFC 97 Press Conference, Dana White revealed that the next stop on UFC's European expansion after Germany is France. Although no date is set Dana says they're next after Germany in June. France does not regulate MMA but an official ban was lifted in '08 and a show there could be overseen by UFC and, more specifically, UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner, the former head of the NSAC.
Dana Backs Off Liddell Retirement Talk
At yesterday's pre-UFC 97 Press Conference, Dana White backed down off statements made last month about Chuck Liddell perhaps being done after tomorrow's fight against Mauricio Rua, even if Liddell impresses. Now Dana says Chuck will be with UFC until Dana is "dead".
A Carmichael Dave Exclusive: Dana White on Fedor Emelianenko
Carmichael Dave: You really need to stop with this Fedor stuff. Jeez…
Dana White: Stop what? He is far from the pound-for-pound best in the world!
Carmichael Dave: Dana, the dude (Emelianenko) has never lost (ed. note: other than a cut stoppage early in his career that was later avenged with a first round TKO)….If you signed him tomorrow, you’d be swinging on those nuts….come on!
Dana White: You have to consistently fight the best in the world in order to get my respect.
Carmichael Dave: He consistently beat 3 UFC Heavyweight Champion’s asses: Noguiera twice, Andrei Arlovski, and Tim Sylvia.
Rampage Jackson: "Rashad got a big mouth"
“I did the UFC a favor and fought Jardine because Rashad wouldn’t fight me; that’s why I fought Jardine, because I was supposed to fight Rashad after the fight with Wanderlei. Since Rashad got a big mouth and got in my face, you already know who I want to fight. I’m thinking it might be a boring fight, but what do I know?”
Pros Picks: Liddell vs. Rua
A few years back, a showdown between Chuck Liddell and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua would have been a fight fan’s dream matchup. Liddell was the defending UFC light heavyweight champion and at the top of his game while laying out opponents like kitchen tile. Rua was on a meteoric rise through Pride Fighting Championships’ ranks, rivaling Liddell’s fistic floor masonry in Japan. Before Zuffa bought out Pride, it seemed like a full-scale tilt between these two explosive knockout artists would never materialize.
Thankfully the fight will finally come to fruition this Saturday at UFC 97 in Montreal, but like Liddell’s stellar conquest of Rua’s former Chute Boxe teammate Wanderlei Silva, the matchup is being purchased off the shelf a few years after its expiration date. Looking at his most recent bouts, Liddell’s age appears to be catching up to him and the 39-year-old icon just might be a bit past his fighting prime.
Rua, 27, has had a rocky transition to the cage, where his stamina has been harshly tested. Once feared for his heavy, looping punches, Liddell has been knocked out at the hands of Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans in the last two years. Rua was soundly beaten by Forrest Griffin and nearly suffocated in a near hilarious, though triumphant, scuffle with fighting fossil Mark Coleman.
Luckily for the fans though, Liddell-Rua should still be an all-out war, a skirmish that could wind up being a “fight of the year” candidate when all is said and done. Will Liddell’s experience and hunger to recapture his title, along with a new striking coach, earn him another highlight-reel knockout? Will Rua have made the necessary adjustments to avoid exahaustion and finally get on the tear that UFC fans expected from him from the start?
Many professional trainers and fighters think they have the answer to those questions. Sherdog.com recently polled dozens of the pros in an attempt to get a read on the pulse of the MMA elite. Some were a little hesitant to comment on the fight, but the brave ones put their names and reputations on the line and boldly picked a winner.
Larson Official For UFC 98, Fight Dropped To Prelim
UFC 98 is now again officially complete with the official announcement that Brock Larson will replace the injured Josh Koscheck and face Chris Wilson. As a result of this change, the Larson-Wilson fight has been dropped from PPV to prelim, with James Irvin vs. Drew McFedries promoted to PPV as the replacement.