Thursday, December 24, 2009

PHOTO: Gina Carano ♥ Christmas



Gina Carano made a rare Facebook/Twitter update yesterday to spread some Christmas love to her fans. Carano's last update was her Halloween costume, so this is a rare holiday treat indeed.


Monday, December 21, 2009

PAYDAY - Strikeforce: Evolution Fighter Salaries - Purse Amounts and Bonus Earnings


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THE CSAC (California State Athletic Commission) has released the following purse amounts for STRIKEFORCE: EVOLUTION, held Saturday December 19, 2009 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, as reported to them by Strikeforce. Winning fighters in RED. Hometown fighter Cung Le was the top earner of the night.

The salaries do not include any individual endorsement earnings for fighters for this event, nor do they include any undisclosed bonuses. Fighters pay out of pockets for licensing fees and related expenses, and spend months training in preparation for these fights.

The $200 salary listed below for Daisuke Nakamura is the correct amount as reported to the CSAC by Strikeforce. Nakamura is also contracted with DREAM, which has a fighter-exchange agreement with Strikeforce. Nakamura is likely being paid the remainder his salary from DREAM in Japan. 

Alexander Crispim made $4,000 ($2K base salary + $2K win bonus) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

A.J. Fonseca made $2,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Justin Wilcox made $5,000 (no win bonus) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Daisuke Nakamura made $200 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Antwain Britt made $10,000 ($5K + $5K) for 5:00 TKO win.

Scott Lighty made $5,000 for 5:00 TKO loss.

PAYDAY: WEC 45 Fighter Salaries - Purse Amounts and Bonus Earnings


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THE NSAC (Nevada State Athletic Commission) has released the following purse amounts for WEC 45, held Saturday December 19, 2009 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, as reported to them by WEC. Winning fighters in RED. Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone was the top earner of the night.

The salaries do not include any individual endorsement earnings for fighters for this event, nor do they include any undisclosed bonuses. Fighters pay out of pockets for licensing fees and related expenses, and spend months training in preparation for these fights.

Erik Koch made $4,000 ($2K base salary + $2K win bonus) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Jameel Massouh made $3,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Brad Pickett made $16,000 ($3K + $3K + $10K SUB bonus) for 9:36 submission win.

Kyle Dietz made $3,000 for 9:36 submission loss.

Brandon Visher made $6,000 ($3K + $3K) for 4:45 TKO win.

Courtney Buck made $3,000 for 4:45 TKO loss.

Chad George made $5,000 ($3K + $2K) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

John Hosman made $3,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Zack Micklewright made $4,000 ($2K + $2K) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Muhsin Corbbrey made $4,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Bart Palaszewski made $10,000 ($5K + $5K) for 15:00 split decision win.

Anthony Pettis made $3,000 for 15:00 split decision loss.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

VIDEO: King Mo is Ready for Fedor - Strikeforce: Evolution Post-Fight Interview with Muhammed Lawal



Interview with Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal after his STRIKEFORCE: EVOLUTION fight with Mike Whitehead. Lawal won by KO in the first round.


STRIKEFORCE: EVOLUTION RESULTS - A Christmas Miracle for Scott Smith - Complete Recap and Madman Awards

STRIKEFORCE: EVOLUTION was held Saturday night, December 19, 2009 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The main card aired live on Showtime. 

In traditional Scott "Hands of Steel" Smith fashion, he completely defied the odds for yet another amazing come-from-behind victory. Smith took a brutal beating from the hometown fighter Cung Le in the first round, with a clear 10-8 score for the Californian Sanshou legend. Smith took repeated shots to the head while covering up on the ground. Many a referee may have stepped in to stop the fight, but thankfully "Big" John McCarthy was presiding. McCarthy gave Smith some time to ride out the storm, and Smith managed to survive the first round. Le started to show signs of fatigue at the end of the second round, but again had won the round, meaning Le could almost certainly lose the third round and still win the fight.

Scott Smith's finest moments have come during the brink of defeat, though, so he is never to be counted out of a fight. Unfazed by the previous ten minutes of getting kicked around the cage, Smith continued to slodge forward. Perhaps literally tired from beating up Smith so much, Cung Le moved a little slower in the third round, and may have let down his guard a bit. This provided Smith with the opportunity he'd been been waiting for, i.e. took a beating for. A left hook and a right cross dropped Le. Smith followed up with some finishing shots on the ground, and Le was flat on the canvas with Smith laying on top of him, completely exhausted and overcome with emotion. Smith's cornermen actually had to pick him up off of Le to celebrate the biggest win of the former Union Steelworker's fight career.



Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez regained the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship from Josh "The Punk" Thomson in a 5-round unanimous decision victory. Melendez had lost the title to Thomson via the same result in 2008. On this night, Melendez was the better fighter, which Thomson agreed with in his post-fight interview. In their first fight, Thomson totally dominated, making for a fairly boring 25 minutes. This time around, things were much more competitive, which resulted in an excellent fight. If not for the Hollywood theatrics of the main event, this fight would've been a gimme for the Madman Fight of the Night. Scott Smith made sure that wouldn't happen, though, when he pulled another rabbit out his hat against Cung Le. As such, Melendez will just have to settle for being the new Strikeforce Lightweight Champion.



Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza showed his grappling prowess against Matt "The Law" Lindland, tapping out the veteran fighter in the first round with an arm-triangle choke. Lindland's MMA demise continues, as he's now lost 3 out of his last 4 fights.



In the opening televised bout, Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal scored a KO win over "Iron" Mike Whitehead in a heavyweight bout. Despite the fact that Whitehead weighed in over 40 pounds heavier, King Mo was the brute in this match-up, bullying Whitehead into sleepytime. Afterwards, Lawal, who previously fought at light heavyweight, was asked what at weight class he intends to fight next, and he replied that he's a moneyweight. "I fight where the money is," proclaimed King Mo.



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Complete Results and Madman Awards after the Break

WEC 45 RESULTS: Complete Recap and Madman Awards for Cerrone vs Ratcliff

WEC 45: CERRONE VS. RATCLIFF was held Saturday night, December 19, 2009 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone was penalized 2 points for unintentional low blows, and was warned multiple times for grabbing the fence, once which resulted in referee Herb Dean restarting the fighters on their feet to take away the ground position advantage Cerrone had attained by grabbing the fence to avoid being taken down himself. Despite the sloppiness of Cerrone's fouls and the multiple fight pauses due to Ed "9mm" Ratcliff getting kneed in the balls, this main event fight on Versus ended up being the Madman Fight of the Night.

Anthony "The Assassin" Njokuani continued his rise in the WEC lightweight division with another spectacular win. Njokuani lived up to his executioner moniker, making short work of the debuting Chris "The Polish Hammer" Horodecki, who appeared out of his element, perhaps affected by nerves participating in the biggest fight of his career. Horodecki made the fatal mistake of turning his back on Njokuani and ate a nasty high kick that lead to the finish. Here's hoping for Cerrone vs Njokuani 2, they fought previously in Ring Fire with Cerrone winning by submission. This WEC rematch could be for lightweight number one contender status.

Joseph Benavidez finished off Rani Yahya in just over a minute and a half into the first round. Benavidez looked really good in this fight and is now a prime candidate to fight Miguel Torres at WEC 47 in Columbus.

In the opening televised bout, Scott "Young Guns" Jorgensen used his superior grappling to outpoint Takeya Mizugaki for the unanimous decision victory. This was a big win for Jorgensen, who is now a significant player in the bantamweight division. If Joseph Benavidez doesn't get Miguel Torres at WEC 47, then Jorgensen has shown he's ready to step up for a fight of that significance.

Two preliminary bouts made their way onto the Versus broadcast. Courtney "Don't Give A" Buck proved he came to fight, but his lack of experience ended up costing him against Brandon "The Viper" Visher, who improved his record to a perfect 13-0 with a TKO win late in the first round. British import Brad "One Punch" Pickett locked up a Peruvian Necktie for a submission win over Kyle "K-Deezy" Dietz in the second round of their undercard fight that aired on Versus.

In unaired preliminary bouts, Erik "New Breed" Koch started off the night with a unanimous decision victory over Jameel "The Real Deal" Massouh, who fell to 0-3 in WEC, making him not all that real deal-y after all, and should almost certainly result in his exit from the promotion. Chad "The Savage" George and Zack Micklewright also scored unanimous decision victories, over John "The Goat" Hosman and Muhsin "The Technician" Corbbrey, respectively. Bart "Bartimus" Palaszewski picked up the final decision of the undercard, edging out Anthony "Showtime" Pettis by split decision.

Five out the ten fights ended up resulting in upsets. Erik Koch, Chad George, Zack Micklewright, Bart Palaszewski and Scott Jorgensen all defied the gambling odds and set themselves up for future bigger fights in WEC. Three top-tier fighters made significant strides at WEC 45 -- Anthony Njokuani, Joseph Benavidez and Scott Jorgensen all seriously improved their stock values, and any could be on their way to being a championship contender in 2010.

Complete Results and Madman Awards after the Break.