Saturday, June 26, 2010

STRIKEFORCE: FEDOR VS WERDUM MADMAN ROUNDTABLE - Predictions, Discussion, Madness Levels for 6/26 on Showtime



Welcome to the Madman Roundtable for the STRIKEFORCE: FEDOR VS WERDUM, to be held Saturday June 26, 2010 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The main card will air live on Showtime starting at 10:00 pm EST.

For each major MMA event, we feature a roundtable discussion of the fights, including Predictions and Madness Levels. This roundtable features madmen Randy Rowles, Jerry Cattelane, Josh King, Johnny Nguyen and Ed Stewart.

Madness Levels are in parenthesis. They indicate the level of excitement a staff member has for a fight based on a scale of 1 to 10. The numbers in brackets beside the fighters' names indicate how many roundtable members picked the respective fighters to win.
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STRIKEFORCE: FEDOR VS WERDUM

PAT HEALY [1] vs. JOSH THOMSON [4]

Average Madness Level (1-10): 4.4

RANDY ROWLES – (6) Pat “Bam Bam” Healy has had some big wins in his career. Healy is the only man to defeat top Canadian Fighter Ryan Ford, and he’s done it twice. Healy also has wins over UFC fighters Dan Hardy, Carlos Condit, Mike Guymon, and former UFC fighter Paul Daley. What has held Healy back is that he’s had even more big losses. A win over former Strikeforce lightweight champ Josh Thomson would be huge for Healy and could put him within a fight of a title shot. This, however, is also what Thomson seeks – a rubber match with Gilbert Melendez for the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship. That road to redemption starts here for Thomson with a win over the tough journeyman fighter. Josh Thomson by Unanimous Decision

JERRY CATTELANE – (2) Josh Thomson by TKO in 1st Round. Not much to say here.

JOSH KING – (3) Classic Strikeforce squash fight. Josh Thomson by TKO 1st Round

JOHNNY NGUYEN – (5) Great to see The Punk back in action, as he always entertains!!! Josh Thomson by 2nd Round TKO

ED STEWART – (6) “The Punk” is gonna get punked. Pat Healy by Split Decision
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CUNG LE [2] vs. SCOTT SMITH [3]

Average Madness Level (1-10): 7

ROWLES – (9) Their first fight was one of the best fights of 2009. Scott Smith took a hell of a beating from Cung Le, who hadn’t fought in almost 2 years. Le tired as the fight went on, and Smith scored another of his patented come-from-behind victories. This time, Le will be coming into this fight without the long layoff, and with something to prove. Cung Le by KO in Round 1

CATTELANE – (6) I like Smith to learn from the last fight and tag Le earlier and more often. Scott Smith by TKO in 2nd Round

KING – (5) Scott Smith by TKO, again. Guy is tough as nails and just has to land a bit of leather.

NGUYEN – (7) This is gonna be an awesome fight!!! Cung could have won the first fight if he didn’t gas. He was kicking Scott's ass around the cage. Cung Le by 3rd Round TKO

STEWART – (8) The last fight was awesome. Cung Le landed like 10 spinning back kicks and some spinning back fists, but I’m sure “Hands of Steel” somehow learned to defend these attacks? Right? Gotta be Scott Smith by 3rd Round TKO
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CRISTIANE CYBORG [5] vs. JAN FINNEY [0]

Average Madness Level (1-10): 4.2

ROWLES – (6) Jan Finney started her career 3-6. She has since went 5-1, and is currently riding a 4-fight winning streak. All of Finney’s losses are to name fighters, and she’s coming off a big win over Adrienna Jenkins, but a legitimate title contender she is not. Finney getting this title opportunity exposes a serious lack of depth at the 145-pound mark for women’s MMA. I'm still pumped to see Cyborg fight, though. Cristiane Cyborg by TKO in Round 3

CATTELANE – (3) I AM a fan of Women's MMA and this match just makes no sense. Cyborg by 1st Round TKO destruction

KING – (2) Last betting line I saw was -2500 for Cyborg. While that's likely an absurd number, it just shows you how ridiculous this matchmaking is. Cyborg wins

NGUYEN – (6) Do I really have to say who's gonna win this??? Cyborg by 1st Round TKO

STEWART – (4) First off I’m not a male chauvinist, but women’s fighting is kind of like women’s basketball – it’s good, its just not that good. That being said, Cyborg because she is a face of the organization and she’s one tough lady. Ground and pound Cyborg 2nd Round TKO
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FEDOR EMELIANENKO [5] vs. FABRICIO WERDUM [0]

Average Madness Level (1-10): 8.6

ROWLES – (8) Fabricio Werdum is a legit Top 10 heavyweight fighter, and since Fedor vs Alistair Overeem didn’t happen, this is the next logical fight for Fedor in Strikeforce. That having been said, I’m not nearly as excited for this Fedor fight as I should be. Fedor Emelianenko by TKO in Round 2

CATTELANE – (6) Yes, it's Fedor. But, no, it's Werdum. I've reached the point where I don't see any non-UFC heavyweights as an interesting fight for Fedor. Fedor Emelianenko by TKO in 2nd Round

KING – (10) Put Fedor in against anyone this side of Kimbo and Pudz and I'm gleefully going to watch. Werdum is light years away from both of those two, and comes in as a multiple time ADCC champion and clearly one of the top ten heavyweights in the world. That said, he isn't Fedor. Emelianenko by TKO

NGUYEN – (9) This is gonna be an interesting fight. Werdum has a great ground game. Fedor, I just think is better than Werdum. Can Werdum take a punch? I don't think so. Fedor Emelianenko by 2nd Round KO

STEWART – (10) Well let’s see, before Fedor retires to that Russian political party seat already awaiting for him, I say he wins like every time before. Fedor is a f-cking machine. Fedor Emelianenko by KO 2nd Round
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MOST MADNESS

RANDY ROWLES: Cung Le vs. Scott Smith

JERRY CATTELANE: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Fabricio Werdum

JOSH KING: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Fabricio Werdum

JOHNNY NGUYEN: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Fabricio Werdum

ED STEWART: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Fabricio Werdum
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GROUPTHINK

Alternate Reality Fight Card (Ranked by Average Madness Levels)

1 - Fedor Emelianenko vs. Fabricio Werdum (8.6)

2 - Cung Le vs. Scott Smith (7)

3 - Pat Healy vs. Josh Thomson (4.4)

4 - Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos vs. Jan Finney (4.2)
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CONSENSUS PICKS

Fedor Emelianenko over Fabricio Werdum by TKO in Round 2

Cristiane Cyborg over Jan Finney by TKO in Round 1

Scott Smith over Cung Le by TKO in Round 2/3

Josh Thomson over Pat Healy by TKO in Round 1

PAYDAY: UFC 115 Salaries - Purse Amounts and Bonus Payout for Liddell vs Franklin


The Vancouver Athletic Commission has released the following purse payouts for UFC 115: LIDDELL VS FRANKLIN, held June 12, 2010 at the General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The salaries are as reported to the Vancouver Athletic Commission by the UFC. Winning fighters in RED. Chuck Liddell was the top earner of the night with his $500,000 payout.

The salary amounts do not include any individual fighter endorsement earnings for this event, nor do they include any undisclosed bonuses. Fighters pay out of pocket for licensing fees and related expenses. Fighters spend months training in preparation for these fights, so they are being paid for work already completed in the gym as well as their performance.

Rich Franklin made $225,000 ($70K base salary + $70K win bonus + $85 KO bonus) for 4:55 KO win.

Chuck Liddell made $500,000 for 4:55 KO loss.

Mirko Cro Cop made $235,000 ($75K base + $75K win + $85K SUB bonus) for 14:30 submission win.

Pat Barry made $11,000 for 14:30 submission loss.

Martin Kampmann made $50,000 ($25K + $25K) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Paulo Thiago made $18,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Ben Rothwell made $100,000 ($50K + $50K) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Gilbert Yvel made $30,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Carlos Condit made $137,000 ($26K + $26K + $85K FOTN bonus) for 14:53 TKO win.

Rory MacDonald made $93,000 ($8K base + $85K FOTN bonus) for 14:53 TKO loss.

Evan Dunham made $26,000 ($13K + $13K) for 15:00 split decision win.

Tyson Griffin made $28,000 for 15:00 split decision loss.

Matt Wiman made $28,000 ($14K + $14K) for 1:45 submission win.

Mac Danzig made $24,000 for 1:45 submission loss.

Mario Miranda made $12,000 ($6K + $6K) for 9:07 TKO win.

David Loiseau made $12,000 for 9:07 TKO loss.

James Wilks made $30,000 ($15K + $15K) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Peter Sobotta made $4,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Claude Patrick made $12,000 ($6K + $6K) for 6:48 submission win.

Ricardo Funch made $5,000 for 6:48 submission loss.

Mike Pyle made $38,000 ($19K + $19K) for 14:44 submission win.

Jesse Lennox made $7,000 for 14:44 submission loss.

TOP 10 OVERALL EARNERS

 1. Chuck Liddell ($500K)
 2. Mirko Cro Cop ($235K)
 3. Rich Franklin ($225K)
 4. Carlos Condit ($137K)
 5. Ben Rothwell ($100K)
 6. Rory MacDonald ($93K)
 7. Martin Kampmann ($50K)
 8. Mike Pyle ($38K)
 9. Gilbert Yvel ($30K)
 9. James Wilks ($30K)

TOP 10 BASE SALARIES

 1. Chuck Liddell ($500K)
 2. Mirko Cro Cop ($75K)
 3. Rich Franklin ($70K)
 4. Ben Rothwell ($50K)
 5. Gilbert Yvel ($30K)
 6. Tyson Griffin ($28K)
 7. Carlos Condit ($26K)
 8. Martin Kampmann ($25K)
 9. Mac Danzig ($24K)
10. Mike Pyle ($19K)

BOTTOM 5 OVERALL EARNERS

 1. Peter Sobotta ($4K)
 2. Ricardo Funch ($5K)
 3. Jesse Lennox ($7K)
 4. Pat Barry ($11K)
 5. Claude Patrick ($12K)
 5. David Loiseau ($12K)
 5. Mario Miranda ($12K)

COST BY FIGHT

Rich Franklin vs. Chuck Liddell ($640,000) + ($85,000 bonus)

Mirko Cro Cop vs. Pat Barry ($161,000) + ($85,000 bonus)

Martin Kampmann vs. Paulo Thiago ($68,000)

Ben Rothwell vs. Gilbert Yvel ($130,000)

Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald ($60,000) + ($170,000 bonuses)

Evan Dunham vs. Tyson Griffin ($54,000)

Matt Wiman vs. Mac Danzig ($52,000)

Mario Miranda vs. David Loiseau ($24,000)

James Wilks vs. Peter Sobotta ($34,000)

Claude Patrick vs. Ricardo Funch ($17,000)

Mike Pyle vs. Jesse Lennox ($45,000)

OFFICIAL UFC 115 BONUSES

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald ($85,000 each)

KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT: Rich Franklin ($85,000)

SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT: Mirko Cro Cop ($85,000)

TOTAL DISCLOSED PAYROLL: $1,285,000 + $340,000 bonuses

UFC 115 drew 17,669 in paid attendance with a $4,221,787 live gate.

According to these numbers, the average ticket price was approximately $239.

WAR ON THE MAINLAND -- 8/14/10 Fight Card with Paul Buentello vs Tim Sylvia

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PWP: WAR ON THE MAINLAND -- August 14, 2010

Powerhouse World Promotions

Location: Bren Events Center in Irvine, California

Broadcast: PPV

MAIN CARD

{Heavyweight Championship} - Vacant
Paul The Headhunter Buentello (28-12) vs. Tim The Maine-iac Sylvia (26-6)

{Light Heavyweight Championship} - Vacant
Jason The Punisher Lambert (25-11) vs. Tony Kryptonite Lopez (18-4)

{Middleweight Championship} - Vacant
Matt The Fighting Hippie Horwich (24-15) vs. Thales Leites (17-3)

Erin Beach (1-0) vs. Joao Silva (3-2)

Diego El Nino Garijo (4-1) vs. Jens Little Evil Pulver (22-13)

Gustavo Ximu Machado (18-8) vs. Rick The Holy Terror Reeves (8-3)

SWING BOUT

Jorge The Naked Man Ortiz (16-6) vs. Terry Martin (19-8)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Cleber Luciano (3-3) vs. Todd Willingham (2-4)

Sean Choice (1-1) vs. A.J. Mathews (3-0)

BELLATOR 23 RESULTS: Joe Warren and Alexander Shlemenko Win Tournaments, Zoila Frausto KTFO Rosi Sexton VIDEO

The final two Bellator Tournament Champions were crowned on Thursday June, 24, 2010 at BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 23, held at Fourth Street Live! in Louisville, Kentucky. This was the final event of the promotion's second season, and ended up being one of the best shows of the season.

Joe Warren earned a Season 3 Bellator Featherweight Championship bout with Season 1 winner Joe "The Hammer" Soto. Warren edged out previously unbeaten Patricio "Pitbull" Freire on two of the judges' scorecards for the split decision victory. Alexander "Storm" Shlemenko caught Brian "The Beast" Baker for a TKO and earned a Season 3 Bellator Middleweight Championship fight with Season 1 winner Hector Lombard. This is a fight I cannot wait to see!

Here's a summary of the title fights that have been set up by the four tournaments held in Season 2:

{Middleweight Championship}
Hector Lombard (25-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (30-4)

{Welterweight Championship}
Lyman Good (10-0) vs. Ben Askren (6-0)

{Lightweight Championship}
Eddie Alvarez (20-2) vs. Pat Curran (13-3)

{Featherweight Championship}
Joe Soto (9-0) vs. Joe Warren (5-1)

Zoila "Warrior Princess" Frausto scored a brutal knee to the face knockout over Rosi Sexton to set the pace for the third season's Bellator Women's 115-lb Tournament. Sexton was lackadaisical with her defense against Frausto, who is a stone cold killer, and Sexton paid dearly. Here's the video:



In other news, Brent Weedman smoked John Troyer with an armbar, while Stoney Hale vaporized Mike Fleniken with a rear-naked choke at the 4:20 mark of the second round.

BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS XXIII

Nick Mamalis (10-4) won by TKO over Albert Rios (12-5)
[4:40] - Round 1 - punches and elbows

{Featherweight Tournament Championship}
Joe Warren (5-1) won by SD over Patricio Freire (14-1)
[15:00] - 3 Round - (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

{Middleweight Tournament Championship}
Alexander Shlemenko (30-4) won by TKO over Bryan Baker (13-2)
[2:45] - Round 1 - punches

Zoila Frausto (7-1) won by KO over Rosi Sexton (10-2)
[2:00] - Round 1 - knee and punches

Brent Weedman (15-4) won by SUB over John Troyer (10-5)
[4:55] - Round 1 - armbar

Daniel Straus (11-3) won by UD over Chad Hinton (6-2)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

Stoney Hale (3-1) won by SUB over Mike Fleniken (1-1)
[9:20] - 4:20 Round 2 - rear-naked choke

Kurt Kinser (2-0) won by TKO over David Overfield (6-2)
[2:30] - Round 1 - punches

Complete MMA win-loss records with total fight time in brackets.

UD = Unanimous | SD = Split Decision | SUB = Submission

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

PAYDAY - Strikeforce: Los Angeles Salaries - Purse Amounts, Payout for 6/16/10


The CSAC (California State Athletic Commission) has released the following purse payouts for STRIKEFORCE: LOS ANGELES, held Wednesday June 16, 2010 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Calfornia, in conjunction with the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The salaries are as reported to the CSAC by Strikeforce. Winning fighters in RED. Renato "Babalu" Sobral was the top earner of the night with his $100,000 payout.

The salary amounts do not include any individual fighter endorsement earnings for this event, nor do they include any undisclosed bonuses. Fighters pay out of pocket for licensing fees and related expenses. Fighters spend months training in preparation for these fights, so they are being paid for work already completed in the gym as well as their performance.

Renato "Babalu" Sobral made $100,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Robbie Lawler made $85,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos made $10,000 for 2:38 TKO win.

Marius Zaromskis made $5,000 for 2:38 TKO loss.

Tim Kennedy made $30,000 for 3:35 submission win.

Trevor Prangley made $30,000 for 3:35 submission loss.

K.J. Noons made $25,000 for 15:00 split decision win.

Conor Heun made $4,000 for 15:00 split decision loss.

Jeremy Umphries made $1,500 for 7:27 submission win.

R.J. Clifford made $2,000 for 7:27 submission loss.

Hugo Sandoval made $1,500 for 5:43 TKO win.

Marcus Kowal made $1,000 for 5:43 TKO loss.

TOP 5 OVERALL EARNERS

 1. Renato "Babalu" Sobral ($100K)
 2. Robbie Lawler ($85K)
 3. Tim Kennedy ($30K)
 3. Trevor Prangley ($30K)
 5. K.J. Noons ($25K)

BOTTOM 5 OVERALL EARNERS

 1. Marcus Kowal ($1K)
 2. Hugo Sandoval ($1.5K)
 2. Jeremy Umphries ($1.5K)
 4. R.J. Clifford ($2K)
 5. Conor Heun ($4K)

COST BY FIGHT

Renato "Babalu" Sobral vs. Robbie Lawler ($185,000)

Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos vs. Marius Zaromskis ($15,000)

Tim Kennedy vs. Trevor Prangley ($60,000)

KJ Noons vs. Conor Heun ($29,000)

Jeremy Umphries vs. RJ Clifford ($3,500)

Hugo Sandoval vs. Marcus Kowal ($2,500)

TOTAL DISCLOSED PAYROLL: $295,000

STRIKEFORCE: LOS ANGELES drew 5,259 paid attendees with a $418,061 live gate.

According to these numbers, the average ticket price was approximately $79.50.

Monday, June 21, 2010

UFC 118: EDGAR VS PENN 2 Poster and Fight Card for 8/28/10 in Boston with Randy Couture vs James Toney

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UFC 118: EDGAR VS PENN 2 -- August 28, 2010

Location: TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts

Broadcast: PPV

MAIN CARD

{Lightweight Championship}
Frankie The Answer Edgar (12-1) vs. BJ The Prodigy Penn (15-6)

Randy The Natural Couture (18-10) vs. James Lights Out Toney (0-0)*

Kenny KenFlo Florian (13-4) vs. Gray The Bully Maynard (9-0)

Demian Maia (12-2) vs. Mario Miranda (10-1)

Marcus The Irish Hand Grenade Davis (17-6) vs. Nate Diaz (12-5)

UFC PRELIMS LIVE ON SPIKE TV

Joe J-Lau Lauzon (18-5) vs. Gabe Godzilla Ruediger (17-5)

Nik The Carny Lentz (18-3) vs. Andre Winner (11-3)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Dan Miller (11-4) vs. John Salter (5-1)

Nick Slick Osipczak (5-1) vs. Greg Soto (7-1)

Amilcar Alves (11-1) vs. Mike Pierce (12-3)

*James Toney has a 72-6 professional boxing record

PAYDAY: UFC The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale Salaries - Purse Amounts and Bonus Payouts for TUF 11 Finale on Spike TV


The NSAC (Nevada State Athletic Commission) has released the following purse payouts for UFC: THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER 10 FINALE, held Saturday June 19, 2010 at The Pearl at the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas, NV, as reported to them by the UFC. Winning fighters in RED. Chris Leben was the top earner of the night with his $95,000 payout.

The salary amounts do not include any individual fighter endorsement earnings for this event, nor do they include any undisclosed bonuses. Fighters pay out of pocket for licensing fees and related expenses. Fighters spend months training in preparation for these fights, so they are being paid for work already completed in the gym as well as their performance.

Court McGee made $41,000 ($8K base salary + $8K win bonus + $25K SUB bonus) for 8:41 submission win.

Kris McCray made $8,000 for 8:41 submission loss.

Matt Hamill made $77,000 ($26K base salary + $26K win bonus + $25K FOTN bonus) for 15:00 majority decision win.

Keith Jardine made $80,000 ($55K base salary + $25 FOTN bonus) for 15:00 majority decision loss.

Chris Leben made $95,000 ($35K base salary + $35K win bonus + $25K KO bonus) for 9:17 TKO win.

Aaron Simpson made $13,000 for 9:17 TKO loss.

Dennis Siver made $34,000 ($17K base + $17K win) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Spencer Fisher made $26,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Rich Attonito made $16,000 ($8K + $8K) for 9:25 TKO win.

Jamie Yager made $8,000 for 9:25 TKO loss.

John Gunderson made $10,000 ($5K + $5K) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Mark Holst made $6,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Brad Tavares made $16,000 ($8K + $8K) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Seth Baczynski made $8,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Kyle Noke made $16,000 ($8K + $8K) for 8:12 TKO win.

Josh Bryant made $8,000 for 8:12 TKO loss.

Chris Camozzi made $16,000 ($8K + $8K) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

James Hammortree made $8,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Travis Browne made $12,000 ($6K + $6K) for 4:32 TKO win.

James McSweeney made $8,000 for 4:32 TKO loss.

TOP 10 OVERALL EARNERS

 1. Chris Leben ($95K)
 2. Keith Jardine ($80K)
 3. Matt Hamill ($77K)
 4. Court McGee ($41K)
 5. Dennis Siver ($34K)
 6. Spencer Fisher ($26K)
 7. Rich Attonito ($16K)
 7. Brad Tavares ($16K)
 7. Kyle Noke ($16K)
 7. Chris Camozzi ($16K)

TOP 10 BASE SALARIES

 1. Keith Jardine ($55K)
 2. Chris Leben ($35K)
 3. Matt Hamill ($26K)
 3. Spencer Fisher ($26K)
 5. Dennis Siver ($17K)
 6. Aaron Simpson ($13K)
 7. Court McGee ($8K)
 7. Kris McCray ($8K)
 7. Rich Attonito ($8K)
 7. Jamie Yager ($8K)
 7. Brad Tavares ($8K)
 7. Seth Baczynski ($8K)
 7. Kyle Noke ($8K)
 7. Josh Bryant ($8K)
 7. Chris Camozzi ($8K)
 7. James Hammortree ($8K)
 7. James McSweeney ($8K)

BOTTOM 5 OVERALL EARNERS

 1. Mark Holst ($6K)
 2. James McSweeney ($8K)
 2. James Hammortree ($8K)
 2. Josh Bryant ($8K)
 2. Seth Baczynski ($8K)
 2. Jamie Yager ($8K)
 2. Kris McCray ($8K)

COST BY FIGHT

Court McGee vs. Kris McCray ($24,000) + ($25,000 bonus)

Matt Hamill vs. Keith Jardine ($107,000) + ($50,000 bonuses)

Chris Leben vs. Aaron Simpson ($83,000) + ($25,000 bonus)

Dennis Siver vs. Spencer Fisher ($60,000)

Rich Attonito vs. Jamie Yager ($24,000)

John Gunderson vs. Mark Holst ($16,000)

Brad Tavares vs. Seth Baczynski ($24,000)

Kyle Noke vs. Josh Bryant ($24,000)

Chris Camozzi vs. James Hammortree ($24,000)

Travis Browne vs. James McSweeney ($20,000)

OFFICIAL UFC TUF 11 FINALE BONUSES

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Matt Hamill vs. Keith Jardine ($25,000 each)

KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT: Chris Leben ($25,000)

SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT: Court McGee ($25,000)

TOTAL DISCLOSED PAYROLL: $406,000 + $100,000 bonuses

UFC TUF 11 Finale drew 1,708 in paid attendance with a $430,250 live gate.

According to these numbers, the average ticket price was approximately $252.

VIDEO: Former WWE Wrestler Dave Batista Says He Will Fight in Strikeforce - Updated with Denial from Strikeforce




Dave Batista, real name David Michael Bautista Jr., was a 6-time world heavyweight champion as a professional wrestler in the WWE. Bautista's contract with the WWE recently expired, and he has now told TMZ that he will soon be making his MMA debut for Strikeforce.

UPDATE: Luke Thomas of Bloody Elbow, via his MMANation Twitter, reported the following quote from Strikeforce -- "The report is not correct. Batista is not signed." Additionally, the MMAjunkie talked to Strikeforce spokesperson Mike Afromowitz and wrote this:

Afromowitz declined to comment on anything beyond the denial of a signed deal. But additional sources told MMAjunkie.com officials have had informal talks with Bautista and may eventually offer a contract.
It looks like Dave Bautista wants to attempt to follow in the footsteps of UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar and Strikeforce's Bobby Lashley, both who made successful transitions from pro wrestling to MMA. Lesnar and Lashley were both successful collegiate wrestlers, though, while Batista has a bodybuilding background and is 41 years old. Nevertheless, assuming Bautista isn't just angling for a Strikeforce contract by saying this, he might just be making his Strikeforce debut later this year in the heavyweight division, but it won't be against Fedor Emelianenko, who Bautista says he wants no part of.

It has been rumored Dave Bautista would be fighting in an exhibition MMA bout for charity. It looks like he may have expanded upon that idea once he started training, and now wants to compete on a professional level. Surely MMA message boards will be on fire today with some mad pro wrestling hate once this news disseminates.

Here's a video of Dave Bautista working out at the Affliction Training Center.



WEC 49 RESULTS: Jamie Varner Gets Repeatedly Kicked in the Nuts and Then Screwed Over by Ref and Judges - 6/20/10

WEC 49: VARNER VS SHALORUS was held Sunday June 20, 2010 at the Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The main card aired live on the Versus network. The headlining fight featured a showdown between two top-ranked WEC lightweights in Jamie Varner and Kamal "Prince of Persia" Shalorus.

An excellent WEC event ended anticlimactically in a nutshot-heavy draw. Yes, a dreaded draw to close out the night, a promoter's nightmare. Kamal Shalorus, along with the UFC's Melvin Guillard and Sengoku's Maximo Blanco, may be the hardest hitting lightweight fighter in all of MMA. Shalorus' body is compact and his legs are like tree trunks. It's like he was designed to fight. He was born in Iran, so who knows?

What was not apparent watching Kamal Shalorus fight Jamie Varner was that Shalorus is an Olympic wrestler. Against Varner, Shalorus chose to stand and exchange strikes. Specifically, kicks to Varner's groin. Shalorus' strategy against the quicker fighter was to kick Varner's legs repeatedly to nullify his speed. The problem was Shalorus caught Varner three times in the groin when trying for inside kicks. Each nutshot was progressively worse, but Shalorus was only penalized a point for the second violation. The third time was a direct hit, but referee Josh Rosenthal did not take a point away, saying to Shalorus that he understood it was not intentional. A precedent had been set with the point deduction and Shalorus continued to throw the inside kick, knowing he was risking another unintentional foul. Varner could've refused to continue in the third round in an effort to save his family lineage, so Shalorus definitely should've lost another point. Rosenthal's error in judgment would end up factoring into a split draw decision. Had Shalorus rightfully lost another point, Varner would've won by split decision. Regardless, Varner still should've won the decision without the additional point loss.

After the first two scores were read, one each for Kamal Shalorus and Jamie Varner, and I heard Cecil Peoples' name as the third judge, I thought some crazy shit was about to go down. And indeed it did, with Peoples ruling the fight a draw, which made the fight a split draw. On the Madman Scorecard, I had Varner winning the fight 29-27. Varner won the striking game that was the first two rounds, hitting Shalorus with some really hard shots. I'm not sure it's possible to knock out Shalorus. Varner had him stumbling, but Shalorus would just take shot after shot, and shrug it all off with a primal chest-pounding scream.

With the point deduction from Kamal Shalorus in the second round, I had the fight 20-17 going into the final round, which meant it would've been near impossible for Shalorus to win on the scorecard. Shalorus finally pulled out his wrestling in the third round, and took Jamie Varner, who could barely walk from all the leg kicks and groin shots, down with ease to win the final round. Varner had Shalorus visibly stunned several times in the fight. How a judge could've given every round to Shalorus is mind boggling. Varner said he broke his hand and foot in the fight, so it's going to be a while before we see Varner-Shalorus 2 to settle this unfinished business.


The co-main event featured Canadian fighters Mark "The Machine" Hominick and Yves "Tiger" Jabouin. In the Madman Fight of the Night, the two Canucks had a spirited back-and-forth battle. Jabouin threw an insane assortment of punches, elbows and kicks at Hominick, who juked, jived and flat out ate some brutal shots. Jabouin showcased spinning back fists, kicks and elbows, high kicks, low kicks, side check kicks, just a barrage of strikes that would've taken almost any man down. Unfortunately, Jabouin was not fighting a man. He was fighting The Machine. And The Machine won. This was a sick fight that you should seek out if you haven't seen.

WEC 49 BONUSES: WEC Awards $10K Bonus Payout for Best Performances 6/20/10

WEC 49: VARNER VS SHALORUS was held Sunday June 20, 2010 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The WEC gave bonuses for WEC 49 in the amount of $10,000. After each of their events, the WEC awards performance-based bonuses to at least 4 fighters. The bonus payouts for WEC 49 were all awarded to main card fighters.

Mark "The Machine" Hominick and Yves "Tiger" Jabouin were awarded Fight of the Night bonuses for their co-main event fight that was loaded with explosive offense. It was fitting this fight between two Canadians won best fight honors in the WEC's debut in Canada. This fight likely edged out Eddie Wineland vs Will Campuzano, which was also an excellent back-and-forth fight.

Knockout of the night went to Eddie Wineland, who KO'd Will Campuzano with a body shot in the second round. Mark Hominick was also eligible for this with his TKO win over Yves Jabouin.

Submission of the Night went to Josh Grispi, for choking out L.C. Davis with a guillotine. Davis went to sleep rather than tap, so the result was a technical submission. There were 4 more submission finishes on the card that Grispi beat out for the $10K. Chris Horodecki used a rear-naked choke to finish Danny Downes, Karen Darabedyan tapped to an armbar from Will Kerr, Erik Koch caught Bendy Casimir in a triangle choke, and Renan Barao armbarred Anthony Leone in the opening fight.

All 4 of these fighters are $10,000 richer thanks to their WEC 49 performances.

OFFICIAL WEC BONUSES

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Mark Hominick vs. Yves Jabouin

KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT: Eddie Wineland

SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT: Josh Grispi

Sunday, June 20, 2010

SRC 13 RESULTS: Spoilers - Sengoku Raiden Championship XIII in Japan 6/20/10

SENGOKU RAIDEN CHAMPIONSHIP 13 was held Sunday June 20, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. The event did not air live in North America on HDNet, as is often the case, but instead will air on tape-delay on HDNet on Friday June 25. The main event featured Masanori Kanehara defending his SRC Featherweight Championship against Marlon Sandro, the current Featherweight King of Pancrase, who was coming off a 9-second KO victory at SRC 12.

*SPOILERS* After the Break

UFC TUF 11 FINALE RESULTS: Court McGee Wins The Ultimate Fighter Middleweight Tournament - 6/19/10 Recap


The UFC TUF 11 FINALE was held Saturday June 19, 2010 at The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card aired live on Spike TV and featured the TUF 11 middleweight tournament final as the main event.

Five years ago, Court "The Crusher" McGee was brought back to life by EMTs after being clinically dead from a drug overdose. McGee had a couple of relapses after his near-death experience, but finally kicked heroin addiction in 2006, and has been clean since. McGee is now the eleventh season winner of The Ultimate Fighter and has secured himself a six-figure contract with the UFC. McGee choked out fellow finalist Kris "Savage" McCray with a rear-naked choke in the second round of this main event fight. McGee was a member of Team Liddell on the show, and dedicated his win to his coach.

In the co-main event, Matt "The Hammer" Hamill outpointed Keith "The Dean of Mean" Jardine in the Madman Fight of the Night. Jardine came out strong and won the first round, but slowed in the final rounds, while Hamill turned up the heat. Hamill used grappling and dirty boxing to bloody up Jardine in the second round. Jardine accidentally caught Hamill with a finger to the eye and was deducted a point by referee Herb Dean. Although one judge scored the bout a draw, the two other judges scored the fight in favor of Hamill, winner by majority decision. This was an excellent fight that showcased just how tough Hamill is, and proved he's fully capable of competing in the UFC's light heavyweight division. This was Jardine's fourth straight loss in the Octagon, which definitely puts him on the bubble as to whether or not he'll fight in the UFC again. Jardine won the official UFC Fight of the Night, so this could end up being his saving grace, combined with the UFC wanting to keep him out of Strikeforce.

In the night's biggest upset according to the betting lines, veteran fighter Chris "The Crippler" Leben reminded everyone why he shouldn't have been a +290 underdog in the first place. Leben fell victim to Aaron "A-Train" Simpson's wrestling in the first round, but connected with some heavy shots in the second round that resulted in a fight stoppage. This was a huge win for Leben, and calls into question just how much success Simpson, one of the best wrestlers currently in the game, will be able to have fighting in the upper echelon of the UFC middleweight division.

UFC TUF 11 FINALE BONUSES: $25K Bonus Payout for The Ultimate Fighter 11 Awards

The UFC handed out bonuses for The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale in the amount of $25,000. After each of their events, the UFC awards performance-based bonuses to at least 4 fighters. The bonus payouts for the TUF 11 Finale were all awarded to main card fighters.

Matt "The Hammer" Hamill and Keith "The Dean of Mean" Jardine won Fight of the Night honors for a 3-round bloody battle that saw Hamill fight through a staph infection, a broken hand and a poke to the eye to win the majority decision.

Knockout of the Night went to Chris "The Crippler" Leben and his relatively tame TKO over Aaron "A-Train" Simpson. Travis Browne and Rich Attonito were also eligible for the award, but Leben scored the prize likely for the huge upset nature of his victory. The Madman KO of the Night went to Browne, but alas there is no 25 grand with this award.

Submission of the Night went to Court "The Crusher" McGee for his rear-naked choke victory over Kris "Savage" McCray to win The Ultimate Fighter 11 tournament. McGee was the only fighter on the card to capture a submission victory.

All 4 of these fighters are $25,000 richer thanks to their UFC TUF 11 FINALE performances.

OFFICIAL UFC BONUSES

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Matt Hamill vs. Keith Jardine

KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT: Chris Leben

SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT: Court McGee