Monday, November 23, 2009

PAYDAY: UFC 106 Fighter Salaries - Purse Amounts and Bonus Earnings


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THE NSAC (Nevada State Athletic Commission) has released the following purse amounts for UFC 106: ORTIZ VS. GRIFFIN 2, held Saturday November 21, 2009 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, as reported to them by the UFC. Winning fighters in RED.

The salaries do not include any individual endorsement earnings for fighters for this event, nor do they include any undisclosed bonuses such as PPV percentage for main event fighters. Fighters paid out of their own pockets for licensing fees and related expenses, and spent months training in preparation for these fights. 

Georges Sotiropoulos made $20,000 ($10K + $10K) for 9:36 submission win.

Jason Dent made $8,000 for 9:36 submission loss. 

Caol Uno made $20,000 for 15:00 majority draw decision.

Fabricio Camoes made $10,000 for 15:00 majority draw decision. 

Brian Foster made $12,000 ($6K + $6K) for 8:25 submission win.

Brock Larson made $26,000 for 8:25 submission loss. 

Kendall Grove made $44,000 ($22K + $22K) for 3:59 submission win.

Jake Rosholt made $15,000 for 3:59 submission loss. 

Ben Saunders made $20,000 ($10K + $10K) for 3:24 KO win.

Marcus Davis made $27,000 for 3:24 KO loss. 

Sunday, November 22, 2009

UFC 106 RESULTS: Complete Recap and Madman Awards for Ortiz vs Griffin 2

UFC 106: ORTIZ VS. GRIFFIN 2 was held Saturday November 21, 2009 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As has been par for the course lately, another UFC main event ended in a close decision. Forrest Griffin eked out a split decision win over Tito Ortiz, meaning both guys now hold split decision wins over each. A rubber match was suggested by Griffin in his post-fight interview and I concur. A lot of people seemed to forget just how awesome Griffin-Ortiz I was and underestimated this sequel fight, which ended up being the Madman Fight of the Night. Here's looking forward to Ortiz-Griffin III in Spring 2010.

In the co-main event, and official UFC Fight of the Night, Josh Koscheck held his ground in the welterweight rankings, fending off rising star Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson. An extremely strange first round had Koscheck selling an eye injury the announcers couldn't confirm actually happened. Meanwhile, Johnson had illegally kneed Koscheck to the head while he was grounded, which resulted in Johnson losing a point and the fight coming very close to being stopped. Koscheck continued on and poked Johnson back in the eye a couple of times for good measure, unintentionally of course, but perhaps not subliminaly so. Johnson ran out of gas in the second round, and Koscheck was able to choke him out. Announcer Joe Rogan speculated Johnson might be cutting too much weight to make 170, and perhaps would be more able to utilize his incredible strength and athleticism at 185 pounds. A move up to middleweight might be the answer for Johnson. Koscheck, on the other hand, is creating more questions than answers. In his post-fight interview, Koscheck called out welterweight number one contender Dan Hardy, saying Hardy was not worthy of a title shot and should instead fight Koscheck in February as a primer for Georges St. Pierre.

Paulo Thiago and Jacob Volkmann had a very good back-and-forth fight that was a strong candidate for Fight of the Night. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira made short work of Luiz Cane, knocking him out less than two minutes into their fight, and showed excellent hands in the process. Little Nog would be a legitimate threat to winner of Lyoto Machida vs Shogun Rua.

Amir Sadollah and Phil Baroni had a bloody three-round brawl. In a coming-of-age performance, Sadollah stood toe-to-toe with the New York Bad Ass and actually bullied Baroni around with his wicked Muay Thai clinch. Sadollah is an innovative fighter, and infinitely more dangerous than his appearance would suggest. Old school versus new school. New school wins.

The preliminary card broadcast on Spike TV featured a trilogy of upsets, as Brian Foster, Kendall Grove and Ben Saunders all secured victories against the odds. UFC 106 featured a career meltdown for Brock Larson. Larson was deducted 2 points in the first round for illegal kicks to a grounded opponent. After the unprecedented penalties and early dominance by Brian Foster, Larson appeared dejected. For whatever reason, Larson tapped out of the fight well before he literally did so from strikes.

Kendall Grove pulled off a slick triangle choke on top middleweight prospect Jake Rosholt, stealing the collegiate wrestling stand-out's MMA spotlight. Ben Saunders was able to do something no one has ever been able to do against Marcus Davis in over 20 fights, and that is knock him out. Davis was out cold for the first time in his MMA career after a brutal onslaught punctuated by a couple of nasty knees to Davis' face by the lanky fighting machine Saunders. Georges Sotiropoulos put in a good workout against Jason Dent, dominating Dent on the ground in the second round after a first round of stand-up fighting. In the only untelevised bout of the evening, Caol Uno and Fabricio Camoes fought to a Majority Draw. Camoes lost a point in the second round for an upkick to a grounded Uno, which ended up costing him the fight based on the scores of 29-27 (Uno), 28-28 and 28-28. Strange night for illegal kick penalties, three fights featured four point deductions for fighters kicking grounded opponents.

Complete Results and Madman Awards After the Break