UFC 92 salaries: Quinton "Rampage" Jackson top earner with $325K
Rashad Evans: $130,000 (includes $65,000 win bonus)
def. Forrest Griffin: $100,000
Frank Mir: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
def. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: $250,000
Quinton Jackson: $325,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Wanderlei Silva: $200,000
C.B. Dollaway: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Massenzio: $5,000
Cheick Kongo: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
def: Mostapha Al Turk: $7,000
Yushin Okami: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Dean Lister: $19,000
Antoni Hardonk: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Wessel: $4,000
Matt Hamill: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Reese Andy: $15,000
Brad Blackburn: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
vs. Ryo Chonan: $18,000
Patrick Barry: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
Dan Evensen: $4,000
Chuck Liddell named as possible headliner for UFC 96
With Randy Couture recently quelling previous rumors of fourth bout with "The Iceman," the next appearance for former UFC light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell (21-6 MMA, 16-5 UFC) is still an uncertainty.
But at Saturday night's post-UFC 92 press conference, UFC President Dana White hinted that the fan-favorite could possibly headline the recently announced UFC 96 on March 7 in Columbus, Ohio.
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Cro Cop Back to the UFC If He Beats Choi on NYE?
Our buddy Robert at FreeFightVideos has a report that suggests a return to the UFC for Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic might be as simple as a win over Hong Man Choi on New Year’s Eve. Cro Cop has apparently been dropping hints lately that the fight at K-1 Dynamite will “end one chapter and start another” in his career, and insists he’s not retiring.
But Cro Cop has been increasingly vague about his plans for 2009, and when Dana White appeared on the “Best Damn Sports Show,” he stated that, “if [Cro Cop] wins, he will definitely be welcomed back into the UFC."
WAMMA Exclusive Interview in regards to Aoki/Alvarez For WAMMA Belt
DreamFighters.com: So Mike, it is official? The Eddie Alvarez v. Shinya Aoki fight is for the first ever WAMMA Undisputed World Lightweight Championship?
Michael Lynch: Yes, it is confirmed. WAMMA will officially be recognizing the winner of the Alvarez vs. Aoki match-up, which will take place December 31 in Saitama, Japan at the Saitama Super Arena during FEG’s “FieLDS Dynamtie!!”, as the inaugural WAMMA Undisputed World Lightweight Champion. The winner of the Alvarez vs. Aoki match-up will join WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko as WAMMA’s second-ever undisputed champion. Emelianenko is scheduled to defend his title against former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski during Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” event on January 24 in Anaheim, California.
Dana White opens the door for “The Pitbull” to return
Speaking to CBS Sports, White explained:
“In nine years, there’s only one fighter that I’ve lost that I didn’t want to lose. That was (Andrei) Arlovski, and it still bothers me.”
“I jumped on a plane and flew to Chicago with Lorenzo (Fertitta) and kissed his butt to try to make him not leave.”
“He wanted to box on HBO. He had a lot of different things that he wanted to do that I couldn’t let him do.”
Dana White is unhappy with Steve Mazzagatti
And when Kongo was pounding out Mostapha Al-Turk, the Beirut native’s face quickly turned into a messy site, and yet the pounding continued. Dana White criticised Mazzagatti’s actions with the following statement.
“He’s a nice guy, but he’s not a referee,”
Jardine Will Not Fight Liddell in March
Despite several reports assuring the fight, a source close to Jardine's camp says he will not lock horns with Liddell at UFC 96 on March 7 in Columbus, Oh.
Jardine will, however, return against an unnamed opponent during the "Arnold Classic" weekend card.
Nogueira Addresses KO; Talks Fight Against Couture
"It was the first knockout of my career, said the ever-gracious Nogueira at the post fight press conference. "I feel like I didn't fight well tonight; I didn't fight my distance. He had a great fight tonight. He was a great fighter. He had better distance than me, he had some good shots at the beginning of the fight that changed everything I was planning. He's just great, he had a great night tonight and fought very good... he threw some strong hands.
Nogueira was a bit somber, but appeared in good spirits following the fight; stating that he's committed to improving his game and insisting that he'll come back stronger and faster.
As for an upcoming opponent? How about Randy Couture?
"Yep. For sure I would accept this fight against Randy Couture," Nogueira said. "He's a great fighter. He just lost his last match but he's a true legend in this sport and I'd love to fight him. It would be a good promotion; we're both very experienced fighters and it would be a nice match."
Rampage Jackson Talks Changes; Wanderlei Silva
When Quinton "Rampage" Jackson left Juanito Iberra and the US to train at Wolfslair Academy in England, he also claims to have left behind baggage that has prevented the UFC former champion from realizing his enormous natural potential.
He claims to live a spartan lifestyle now, complete with zero distractions and an overhaul of his diet and workout routines.
Pros Picks: Griffin vs. Evans
Sherdog.com spoke with dozens of professional fighters and trainers to get their take on the clash between “The Ultimate Fighter” season one and two winners. Who will get it right?
TUF 8 Finale Drug Tests Clean
NSAC executive director Keith Kizer has announced that all 12 fighters given post-fight drug tests at the TUF 8 Finale passed. The fight winners and main event fighters were all tested.
Jackson vs. Silva: The psychology of being KO'd
Jackson vs. Silva: The psychology of being KO'd
Posted by Robert Rousseau 12/25/08—2:15 AM
When Quinton “Rampage” Jackson takes on Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva at UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008, Jackson has something to prove. New fans may not realize this, but while fighting for Japan’s PRIDE organization in both 2003 and 2004 Rampage was knocked out rather viciously by his soon-to-be UFC 92 opponent. After the second knockout, in fact, Rampage didn’t look like the same fighter in defeating Murilo “Ninja” Rua by controversial decision and then getting stopped by his brother, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua by TKO.
In other words, it took him awhile to get over that second defeat at the hands of Silva.
“It didn’t have the outcome that I wanted to have (in earlier fights against Silva) but this is my time to make it right in my mind,” Rampage recently said at a UFC 92 conference call. “I’m a little bit older and more mature now. I’m a lot better with my skills and everything. So I feel like this time right here, this is the time where I can go and give it my all, my hundred percent.”
The fact is that Rampage certainly has grown in all facets of his game since those losses to Silva. In fact, his cardio and technical striking skills have improved to the point that he’s hardly the same fighter. So when he says, “this is a whole new Rampage,” he’s not making that up. Still, it’s widely believed that coming back from a knockout is a difficult thing. It gets in your head. Of course, that ideology is usually used to address fighters coming back from being knocked out in their last fight, something that is not plaguing the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. On the other, losing to someone in the past by way of submission or decision is one thing. These were two nasty knockout losses (particularly that last one). And like this time, Rampage had believed it would be his time to overcome Silva way back then.
So how much do those knockouts plague him? Well, he certainly has gone on record to say that he needs to make this whole situation right in his mind. The question is, how do you go about beginning to do that from a training angle?
Change things up, that’s how. For Rampage, that in part meant traveling over to the Wolfslair Academy in England, home of Michael Bisping. “My training went really well. . . I had some really excellent sparring partners and stuff like that. So I was really happy about that. . .You know, a lot of people don’t want to do that (train with good sparring partners) because there’s a good chance they’ll get their ass kicked when they step out of their element. So I got some guys who fight like my opponent and training went very well this time. . . It was kind of like a cold area so I had to man up and really work my ass and train hard,” Rampage said.
In the end, this is a different fight than those these two rather legendary competitors partook in several years ago. Even Silva agrees to that. Still, the questions are plentiful. How much better is Jackson on his feet than before? Has Silva lost skills since their previous encounters? Will Rampage choose to try and take his opponent down and ground him down to bits? If he gets hit with a big shot, will the past come back to haunt him in his own mind? Will he begin to doubt himself?
Or will he make this whole situation right in his mind, as he plans to?
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir should be great. Forrest Griffin vs. Rashad Evans will be a match between two fighters that always demonstrate tremendous heart. But this fight, for hardcore MMA fans, has been a long time coming and could be the most interesting one of the night.
Rampage doesn’t appear to have thrown a rock in the water with his opponent’s name on it like Georges St. Pierre did before his rematch against Matt Serra. Regardless, we’ll find out if he was able to exercise his Wanderlei Silva demons on December 27, 2008.