UFC 86 Fighter Payouts
The UFC 86 fighter payouts have been obtained from the NSAC. The total disclosed payouts were $943,000, with Forrest Griffin getting the most-$250,000.
Ultimate Fighter set for another five seasons
When Amir Sadollah beat C.B. Dollaway to win The Ultimate Fighter title, that made seven completed seasons of the reality show. Filming for season 8 with Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as coaches has also wrapped up. The show is expected to debut sometime in September.
Now, we can expect many more seasons of the show to air in the future.
We will have twelve seasons of the Ultimate Fighter,” said Dana White, “We just finished shooting season 8.”
White still believes the show is great for grooming future UFC participants.
Ultimate Fighter is an amazing training camp for up and coming fighters,” said White.
Hungry to avenge loss, Brandon Vera to compete in two weight classes
Despite two straight losses in the UFC, Brandon Vera (8-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is still ready to take on the best in the world -- in two weight classes.
After a Vera loss to heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum in controversial fashion at June's UFC 85, critics again claimed that Vera was too small for the heavyweight division and needed to cut weight and compete at 205 pounds. In less than two weeks, Vera will do exactly that, against IFL standout Reese Andy (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 14.
But don't expect Vera to stay there for long.
Bring me a dream: James “The Sandman” Irvin
On July 19th, UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva plans to waltz into the UFC light heavyweight division and leave its top competitors in his wake.
And that’s something that James “The Sandman” Irvin is taking personally.
While Silva may be terrorizing the ranks of the UFC and beyond with a Fedoresque air of invincibility, Irvin knows a thing or two about turning out the lights.
In fact, “The Sandman” has no qualms about trading punches with the Brazilian when they face off at UFC Fight Night 14 live from the The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada later this month.
Of Irvin’s 14 victories, ten have come by way of (T)KO, a staggering 71% - including a record-tying 8-second KO of Houston Alexander at UFC Fight Night 13.
MMA rules reviewed and Dana White is not impressed
There will still be no knees the head of fallen opponents.
That’s the major news out of Montreal, where The Association of Boxing Commissions met to make some slight revisions to Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts.
It’s unclear what this might mean. The Nevada and California commissions, two of the most powerful MMA regulatory bodies, did not attend the meeting. Forty other commissions, however, did make the trek.
The Unified Rules have been used as regulations across the United States and Canada since their creation in 2001. The rules are often cited as being a major reason for the sudden explosion in the sport’s popularity.
It’s unclear if California and Nevada will adopt the rules. UFC President Dana White, in fact, made it clear that he does not intend to let changes happen anytime soon in a recent Yahoo!Sports.com interview.
Here’s a snip from White:
“There’s going to be a fight. And you know I don’t roll over easily.”
Griffin and Rampage Comment On Their Fight
Forrest Griffin may have stepped into UFC 86 as an underdog to defending champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson on Saturday night, but he left with his opponent’s respect and the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight title around his waist.
Griffin worked a picture perfect gameplan, peppering the champion with punches and leg kicks, keeping him off balance on his way to a unanimous decision victory. Despite a great effort and being the new 205lb king, Griffin still felt critical of his performance following the bout.
UFC 86 Fallout: Possible Protest, Rematch
Although Quinton Jackson lost his UFC light heavyweight title Saturday to Forrest Griffin in a grueling 25-minute bout, his camp is ready to keep fighting.
Jackson's coach, Juanito Ibarra, plans to protest the unanimous decision with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
"We got robbed," Ibarra told Sherdog.com Sunday afternoon. "We won the majority of the fight."
Judges Adalaide Byrd and Nelson Hamilton scored the bout 48-46 for Griffin, while Roy Silbert turned in a 49-46 tally for Griffin.
It's extremely unlikely that a protest would change the outcome of the fight. Ibarra isn't hopeful in that regard, but less than 24 hours after his fighter had lost in the UFC for the first time, the coach seemed determined to learn exactly how the fight was scored.
He was baffled that Byrd and Silbert gave Griffin a 10-9 advantage in the first round, during which Jackson dropped the challenger. In Ibarra's view, the knockdown warranted a 10-8 round in Jackson's favor. He believes Jackson won the third and fourth rounds on 10-9 scores, though he said Griffin deserved a 10-8 second round and a 10-9 fifth. That comes out to a 47-46 win for Jackson.
"You have to beat the champion," Ibarra asserted more than once.
Randy Couture, a coach and training partner of Griffin, gave a slight edge to the new champion.
"I thought that it was a very, very close fight," Couture said. "I thought that it was three rounds to two [for Griffin]. I thought that Quinton did enough to win two of the rounds clearly. I thought they may have been able to give Quinton a 10-8 round in the first round with the knockdown and then the second round you could have given Forrest a 10-8 round.
"And it could have went the other way. If one or two rounds went the other way, it could have been three rounds to two for Quinton. It was that close."
Forrest Griffin Gets Knocked Out...At The Poker Table
Just because you're an MMA champion doesn't mean you're gonna have it easy at the tables. The new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion was one of thousands of participants in the ongoing Main Event at the WSOP (World Series Of Poker in Las Vegas), and eventually got knocked out by a fellow champ: 2-time WSOP World Champion Johnny Chan.
The Highly Unofficial Half-Year UFC Awards - The Upsets
Unless the world gets turned upside down in the second half of 2008, it is unlikely that we will ever see a year like 2007 when it comes to upsets in the UFC Octagon. But while there aren’t any fights on the level of Matt Serra-Georges St-Pierre I, Gabriel Gonzaga-Mirko Cro Cop, Houston Alexander-Keith Jardine, or Jake O’Brien-Heath Herring on the ledger thus far this year, there have been a handful of fights that confirm the old adage that on any given night, anything can happen, especially in the UFC.
Forrest Griffin vs. Rampage Jackson Rematch Under Consideration
Bloody Elbow has learned that the UFC is considering an immediate rematch between Quinton Jackson and Forrest Griffin after the razor close decision on Saturday night. A major factor in determining whether there is such a rematch is Jackson's knee. If it is injured and he needs time off, then they'll go another direction, but a source from the Jackson camp say his leg was hurt in the fight, but sustained no damage that should keep him out for an extended period of time. Needless to say, that's not a certified medical opinion or anything, so the status of Jackson's knee remains a question mark.
UFC confirms title shot for Canadian Cote
Canada could have two UFC champions by year's end. Georges St. Pierre rules the 170-pound welterweight division. And Patrick (The Predator) Cote, GSP's friend and Montreal training partner, has been granted a crack at the 185-pound middleweight title -- probably later this year.
Cote (14-4) earned that Saturday night by winning a split decision over Ricardo (Big Dog) Almeida in the co-main event of UFC 86 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Forrest Collects $250k Purse!?
Griffin made a purse of $250,000, including a $100,000 win bonus. Jackson collected $225,000. The purses do not necessarily contain other bonuses included in fighter contracts.
The two got another $60,000 apiece for winning fight of the night honours.
"I think we're going to have to do that again. And that sucks for me," said Griffin.
"Every punch he threw hurt," added Griffin.
Said Jackson: "He really hurt my leg. ... He just whupped my ass."
UFC still going through growing pains
LAS VEGAS – When the Ultimate Fighting Championship started as a made-for-pay-per-view event in 1993, it was a learn-as-you-go proposition since nobody knew what to expect.
Over the past few years, in attempting to turn whatever it started out as being to a legitimate sport with unified rules and commission regulation, there have been a new set of growing pains. The more popular the sport gets, the more controversies there seems to be regarding judging criteria, referee stoppages and rule interpretations.
$60K UFC 86 bonuses (spoilers)
Forrest Griffin, Quinton Jackson, Melvin Guillard and Cole Miller each earned $60,000 "fight night" bonuses for their performances at UFC 86.
UFC 86 took place Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and aired live on pay per view. The bonus amounts represented an increase of $10,000 over the $50,000 payouts for winners from June's UFC 85 event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the bonuses with sources close to the winning fighters.
UFC 86 Gate Figures
According to the Las Vegas Sun the attendance was 11,172 with a gate of $3.2 million. This was slightly off of NSAC Director Keith Kizer's prediction of a Top 5 gate, with the show coming at number 6.
In other news from the post fight press conference, Dana White said the UFC is trying to go to Chicago in October and Boston in November. As previously announced, the UFC also will being doing a show from Birmingham, England in October.