Saturday, January 8, 2011

STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 13 RESULTS: Woodley Blankets Saffiedine, Amanda Nunes Is an Instant Contender - 1/7/11


STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 13: WOODLEY VS SAFFIEDINE was held Friday January 7, 2011 at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The main card aired live on Showtime.

In the headlining fight, Tyron "T-Wood" Woodley used his wrestling to cling to Tarec "Sponge" Saffiedine for the duration of the fight. Woodley dug deep and bullied the stronger fighter with technique in a fight that was fought almost exclusively in the clinch and on the ground, as the two fighters struggled for control. Solid fight that might get Woodley some criticism, but f-ck that static, this is a sport and a win gets Woodley a step closer to eventual title contention.

In the co-main event, Ovince St. Preux picked up his third Strikeforce victory in 17 weeks. Give the man a break already, Strikeforce! Before we know it, St. Preux is going to be an alternate of an alternate in the upcoming Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.

Daniel Cormier passed the test. Devin Cole brought Cormier to a decision for the first time in Cormier's career. Cormier looked really good against a game veteran opponent.

The breakout star of the night was Amanda "Lioness of the Ring" Nunes, who is now the Lioness of the Cage. Nunes put a beating on Julia "The Jewel" Budd -- quick and to the point. Budd was KTFO just 14 seconds into the first round. Immediately, the announcers began to pitch a Strikeforce Womens Middleweight Championship fight between Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos and Amanda Nunes. Strikeforce had high hopes for Budd, who got beat at her own game in the stand-up. The Muay Thai specialist looked like she drank a few too many Mai Tais after being repeatedly punched in the face by Nunes.

Kimbo Slice's highly-credentialed cousin, Dr. Rhadi Ferguson, worked over his patient, John Richard (pronounced Ree-chard), for a round after surviving an early onslaught. Ferguson submitted Richard with a kneebar in the second round.

Most of the preliminary card featured fighters making their MMA debuts or MMA rookies. Former UFC fighter John Salter, the biggest name on the undercard, dominated Casey Huffman. Dustin Ortiz improved his record to 7-0 with a TKO win over Matt "Horndog" Horning, who might want to consider curbing the sexual activity until he is able to climax what is now a 7-fight losing streak. Why Strikeforce would book a guy who lost his last 6 fights is a question best left to folks who aren't aware of the sometime pro wrestling booking strategy employed by Strikeforce.

STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 13

Tyron Woodley (8-0) won by UD over Tarec Saffiedine (10-3)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Ovince St. Preux (10-4) won by UD over Ron Humphrey (7-3)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

Daniel Cormier (7-0) won by UD over Devin Cole (18-9)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

Amanda Nunes (6-1) won by KO over Julia Budd (1-1)
[0:14] - Round 1 - punches

Rhadi Ferguson (3-0) won by SUB over John Richard (1-2)
[7:00] - 2:00 Round 2 - kneebar

Thomas Campbell (1-1) won by SUB over Jeremy Wallace (0-3)
[1:26] - Round 1 - rear-naked choke

John Salter (6-2) won by TKO over Casey Huffman (2-1)
[2:59] - Round 1 - punches

Dustin Ortiz (7-0) won by TKO over Matt Horning (20-24)
[12:10] - 2:10 Round 3 - punches

Dustin West (4-2) won by KO over Daniel Schmitt (1-2)
[0:09] - Round 1 - punches

Charles McTorry (2-0) won by SUB over Krishaun Gilmore (0-1)
[8:46] - 3:46 Round 2 - rear-naked choke

Chris Barnhizer (1-0) won by SUB over Karl Willis (0-1)
[2:35] - Round 1 - armbar

Jason Blackford (1-0) won by SUB over Jeremy Boczulak (0-1)
[6:54] - 1:54 Round 2 - heel hook

Luke Sanders (1-0) won by TKO over Josh Jarvis (0-2)
[3:15] - Round 1 - punches

Stoney Hale (4-2) won by SD over Gerric Hayes (3-5)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

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

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


MADMAN AWARDS

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Ovince St. Preux vs. Abongo Humphrey

KO OF THE NIGHT: Amanda Nunes over Julia Budd

SUB OF THE NIGHT: Rhadi Ferguson (kneebar) over John Richard

QUICKEST WIN: Dustin West over Daniel Schmitt in 9 seconds

BIGGEST UPSET: Amanda Nunes (+185) over Julia Budd

BIGGEST WINNER:) Amanda Nunes

BIGGEST LOSER:( Julia Budd

Strikeforce Challengers 13 Insane Preview Prediction Results:

1 - JOHNNY 'NOODLE NINJA' NGUYEN: 5-0 (9 pts)

2 - JOSHUA KING: 5-0 (2 pts)

3 - 'MMAMADMAN' RANDY ROWLES: 4-1 (3 pts)

4 - 'EVIL' ERIC VAN DEN HAAS: 4-1 (2 pts)

5 - 'MAD' MAT PARÉ: 2-3

6 - AARON MENARD: 1-4

VEGAS ODDSMAKERS: 4-1

The power of the noodle combined with the stealth of a ninja empowered Johnny "The Noodle Ninja" Nguyen to win the Madman Roundtable. Nguyen posted a perfect 5-0 and a whopping 9 tiebreaker points to seal the deal. Joshua King also had a perfect night, but took second place overall.

Friday, January 7, 2011

STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 13 PREVIEW: Predictions, Roundtable Analysis, Betting Odds, Weigh-In Results, Stats - 1/7/11



STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 13: WOODLEY VS SAFFIEDINE will be held Friday January 7, 2011 at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The main card will air live on Showtime starting at 11:00 PM EST.

This Insane Preview features all the pertinent stats - betting lines translated into projected chance of winning percentages and monetary ratios; MMA and Strikeforce win-loss records; last 5 fights for each fighter; official weigh-in results - as well as Sherdog Fight Finder links, Madness Levels, Roundtable discussion and Predictions for all of the main card fights!

Roundtable participants are Randy Rowles (MMAmadman), “Evil” Eric Van Den Haas, “Mad” Mat ParĂ© (@The_Pinch), Johnny “The Noodle Ninja” Nguyen, Joshua King (@Anon991) and Aaron Menard (@unassail08).

Madness Levels indicate the amount of insanity inspired in anticipation of a fight on a scale of 1 to 10, a numerical translation of just how excited we are for each fight.

Striving to be the most analytically astute fight preview column possible. Let the madness begin...

UD = Unanimous | SD = Split | MD = Majority Decision | SUB = Submission | (T)KO = (Technical)Knockout
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STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 13

Welterweight Bout

TYRON “T-WOOD” WOODLEY
(-185) = projected 62% chance of winning = $1.85 bet wins $1

TAREC “SPONGE” SAFFIEDINE
(+155) = projected 38% chance of winning = $1 bet wins $1.55

TYRON WOODLEY: 7-0 (5-0 Strikeforce) – Weight: 170.2

LAST 5 FIGHTS (5-0)

WIN over Andre Galvao (5-2) by KO at Strikeforce: Diaz vs Noons 2 (10/10)

WIN over Nathan Coy (8-3) by SD at Strikeforce Challengers 8 (5/10)

WIN over Rudy Bears (12-6) by SUB at Strikeforce Challengers 5 (11/09)

WIN over Zach Light (6-10) by SUB at Strikeforce Challengers 3 (9/09)

WIN over Sal Woods (4-9) by SUB at Strikeforce: Lawler vs Shields (6/09)

TAREC SAFFIEDINE: 10-2 (2-0 Strikeforce) – Weight: 170.2

LAST 5 FIGHTS (4-1)

WIN over Brock Larson (33-5) by UD at Shark Fights 13 (9/10)

WIN over Nate Moore (6-2) by KO at Strikeforce Challengers 8 (5/10)

WIN over James Terry (8-2) by UD at Strikeforce Challengers 6 (2/10)

LOSS to Dong Sik Yoon (5-7) by SD at DREAM 12 (10/09)

WIN over Seichi Ikemoto (19-17) by UD at DREAM 10 (7/09)

Average Madness Level (1-10): 7.3

MMAMADMAN – (8) Tyron Woodley tore through his first 5 opponents with 5 submission finishes. Woodley then barely squeaked by Nathan Coy. The Mizzou All-American wrestler won a highly controversial split decision over Coy. In his last fight, Woodley blasted top prospect Andre Galvao in the opening round. Woodley never looked better. Now headlining this event, Woodley surely will be amped. Team Quest's Tarec Saffiedine is the exact type of gritty fighter than can take Woodley the distance and possibly steal a decision. Since dropping a split decision to Dong Sik Yoon in Japan, Saffiedine has taken out 3 quality fighters. Saffiedine is more than capable of winning this fight. If I have to make a pick between 2 fighters that I don’t think will finish each other, then I’ll go with the wrestler. Woodley by Unanimous Decision

EVIL ERIC – (8) As an amateur, Woodley attended the open tryouts for TUF 9 and was one of the final cuts just before the show started. Several months later he signed with Strikeforce and most of his professional MMA fights have been with the organization. His 7-0 professional record features 5 wins via submission and only one by decision (though a controversial one against Nathan Coy - the split decision considered by some to be the Robbery of the Year). He'll have his hands full with Saffiedine, a practitioner of Shihaishinkai Karate, Muay Thai and BJJ, who has only lost one of his last 10 bouts. Elaine Benes might love The Sponge but I'll take T-Wood in a close battle between two promising prospects. Woodley by Unanimous Decision

MAD MAT – (7) I am a big Saffiedine fan, cashed in on his last 3 fights and got plus-money on his last encounter with Brock Larson. Woodley is a wrestling beast that lots of people want to see go far in the welterweight division. I was one of those people before the Nathan Coy fight. He won a split decision that he should have lost. I had money on Woodley and was 100% sure it was a loss before the decision was announced. Woodley was gassed in the 3rd round and getting murdered, he barely survived. Tarec has a very well rounded game and is coming off a decision win over the 33-5 Larson, who is a good wrestler, not of Tyron's caliber, but still worthy. Tarec has a an endless gas tank and grinds out decisions. It won't be easy, maybe won't happen, but I see him outlasting and outworking Woodley after losing the first round. +185 is tasty. Saffiedine by Decision

NOODLE NINJA – (7) This is gonna be a very entertaining fight! (I hope!) Both men are good, but someone is going to have to lose unfortunately. Woodley by 2nd round TKO

JOSHUA KING – (7) Woodley seems more the blue chipper here. I'll take Woodley by Unanimous Decision

AARON – (6.75) This fight has a lot of potential in it. Tyron Woodley is a decorated collegiate wrestler out of University of Missouri. Tarec Saffiedine is not even 25 and he has accomplished so much in his 12 fight career. Tarec showed impressive takedown defense in his last fight out vs Brock Larson, who is also an accomplished wrestler. Saffiedine definitely has the edge as far as striking goes, and Woodley I would give the definite wrestling advantage. Saffiedine needs to keep that jab out there and make sure Woodley realizes every time he shoots for a takedown he will pay with either a knee or a stiff Jab. I see Saffiedine using his superior stand-up and takedown defense to steal this fight on the score cards (29-28). Saffiedine by Unanimous Decision

PICKS: TYRON WOODLEY [4] – TAREC SAFFIEDINE [2]
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Lightweight Bout

OVINCE ST. PREUX
(-245) = projected 67% chance of winning = $2.45 bet wins $1

RON “ABONGO” HUMPHREY
(+185) = projected 33% chance of winning = $1 bet wins $1.85

OVINCE ST. PREUX: 9-4 (3-0 Strikeforce) – Weight: 204.8

LAST 5 FIGHTS (5-0)

WIN over Benji Radach (21-6) by UD in Strikeforce (12/10)

WIN over Antwain Britt (11-5) by UD at Strikeforce Challengers 12 (11/10)

WIN over Jason Day (19-11) by KO at EFC 5 (7/10)

WIN over Claudio Godoi (5-8) by TKO in Washington Combat (5/10)

WIN over Chris Hawk (4-6) by TKO at Strikeforce: Nashville (4/10)

RON HUMPHREY
: 7-2 (1-2 Strikeforce) – Weight: 205.4

LAST 5 FIGHTS (3-2)

LOSS to Mike Kyle (18-8) by SUB at Strikeforce Challengers 9 (7/10)

WIN over George Bush III (5-2) by SUB at Strikeforce Challengers 7 (3/10)

LOSS to Brett Rogers (11-2) by TKO in Strikeforce (4/09)

WIN over Nick Thomas (0-1) by TKO in ISCF (12/08)

WIN over Carlos Moreno (5-4) by KO in Iron Ring (2/08)

Average Madness Level (1-10): 5.75

MMAMADMAN – (6) This one is maddeningly hard to pick. I’ve always underestimated Ovince St. Preux before, picking him to lose in his last 2 wins. I feel like I’m going bandwagon picking St. Preux now that he’s the favorite. I’m just not that sold on Abongo Humphrey. He choked out George Bush, a Volkmann-esque fantasy fulfilled I’m sure, but otherwise has lost to bigger, tougher guys in Strikeforce. Brett Rogers and Mike Kyle were too much for Humphrey. I wouldn’t put St. Preux up there with those two two names, but this will be his third fight in 3 months, so St. Preux is definitely in fight mode. St. Preux went 6-0 in 2010. At some point he has to break down, but I think he gets past Abongo first. St. Preux by TKO in Round 1

EVIL ERIC – (7) The Ghanaian American against the Haitian American – both played football in university and now ply their trade knockin' suckahs out! The momentum factor certainly favors OSP, winner of 6 straight, while Humphrey has dropped 2 of his last 3 matches. Look for those trends to continue as St. Preux beats Abongo like a drum. St. Preux by TKO in Round 2

MAD MAT – (7) I love Abongo. I don't wanna make the mistake of betting with my heart again, but I WANT him to win this fight. St-Preux is an exciting fighter, but Strikeforce is overusing him as if he was the next big thing – 3 fights in under 2 months already. We saw his limited gas tank in the Britt fight, alas, Britt's tank was even smaller. St-Preux looked better last time around against Radach, but that was a gross mismatch in size and should have ended in the 1st round. Abongo lost to Mike Kyle, who would surely make quick work of St-Preux, and he also lost to Brett Rogers, who is a much bigger heavyweight. This is a coin flip with plus money on Abongo, worth it. If Abongo loses this, my analysis of his next fight will be very angry and different than this one! Humphrey by TKO Round 2 (I would love that guillotine right off the bat in the 1st round though)

NOODLE NINJA – (4) I’ve been hearing a lot about Ovince being an up-and-coming prospect. Let's see if he can keep it up. St. Preux by Decision

JOSHUA KING – (4) Both seem to have heavy hands. I'll take St. Preux in what feels like a coin flip.

AARON – (6.5) Abongo Humphrey is coming off a 2nd round Submission loss to a top 205 contender in Strikeforce, Mike Kyle. Ovince St. Preux is coming off an impressive tear, winning 6 fights in 2010. One thing of note is how much St. Preux gasses in these fights, also of note is that he played football at the University of Tennessee from 2001-2004 as a linebacker and a defensive end. I think Humphrey has the heavier hands and Ovince is the much quicker fighter. This fight is a toss-up in my book. Abongo Humphrey has the advantage of having faced far superior competition. St. Preux does, however, have the athleticism advantage. Based upon the heavy hands of Abongo, I will take Humphrey to win a (T)KO stoppage in the first round

PICKS: OVINCE ST. PREUX [4] – ABONGO HUMPHREY [2]
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Heavyweight Bout

DANIEL CORMIER
(-800) = projected 84% chance of winning = $8 bet wins $1

DEVIN COLE
(+500) = projected 16% chance of winning = $1 bet wins $5

DANIEL CORMIER: 6-0 (3-0 Strikeforce) – Weight: 249

LAST 5 FIGHTS (5-0)

WIN over Soa Palelei (10-3) by SUB at XMMA 3 (11/10)

WIN over Jason Riley (9-4) by SUB at Strikeforce: Houston (8/10)

WIN over Tony Johnson (5-1) by SUB at KOTC: Imminent Danger (8/10)

WIN over Lucas Browne (6-2) by TKO at XMMA 2 (7/10)

WIN over John Devine (6-4) by KO at Strikeforce Challengers 7 (3/10)

DEVIN COLE: 18-8 (Strikeforce Debut) – Weight: 239.2

LAST 5 FIGHTS (4-1)

LOSS to Aaron Rosa (15-3) by UD at Shark Fights 13 (9/10)

WIN over Trevor Smith (5-1) by TKO at Rumble on the Ridge 12 (8/10)

WIN over Jason Riley (9-4) by KO at UMMAXX 10 (3/10)

WIN over Garren Smith (0-1) by TKO in BKP (12/09)

WIN over Josh Bennett (15-12) by TKO in BKP (8/09)

Average Madness Level (1-10): 5.8

MMAMADMAN – (6) Daniel Cormier is a beast. Soa Palelei is no joke and Cormier tapped him out with strikes. Cormier is the reigning Heavyweight Champion in both King of the Cage and Australia’s XMMA. Bold prediction – by 2012, Cormier will be the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion. Cormier by TKO in Round 1

EVIL ERIC – (8) Round 3 is only a rumor to Cormier – his 6-0 mark is comprised of three straight (T)KOs followed by three straight submissions (2 of those from punches!), and only in his debut did he go to Round 2. This former amateur wrestler has some serious power! His next victim is veteran Devin Cole, who has won 18 of his 27 bouts but he will surely be pummeled here. Enjoy the beatdown! Cormier by TKO in Round 1

MAD MAT – (5) This is a no-brainer, -800 for Cormier... Highly decorated wrestler, 6-0, all finishes by mostly TKO, 5 in the first round. He helped Velasquez train for Lesnar. What else can I say! Cole is 18-8, has only beaten 2 big names in his career in Travis Wiuff and Mike Kyle, but that was 5 years ago and Kyle is a natural light heavyweight. Speaking of which, Rafael Cavalcante knocked out Cole 4 years and he is also a LHW. Only worry here is that Devin is 5 inches taller than Cormier, but 4 of the 6 opponents Daniel beat were 4 to 6 inches taller... Cormier by TKO in Round 1 (a submission due to strikes should count as a TKO also)

NOODLE NINJA – (3) I’m gonna go with my gut on this pick. Cormier by Decision

JOSHUA KING – (7) Exciting to watch Cormier develop as a fighter. I think he should win this with ease. Cormier by TKO, 1st

AARON – (6) Let me try to make a case for Devin Cole. He is, to date, the toughest opponent Daniel Cormier has faced. He is (18-8-1) with 10 of his wins coming by way of (T)KO. The guy has power in his hands and will appreciate a 5-inch height advantage over the impressive Daniel Cormier. Daniel Cormier is a former Olympic heavyweight wrestler. He smothers people and once he gets the fight to the ground, it’s lights out. However, no one has tested his chin yet, the only person coming close was Tony Johnson Jr. in KOTC back in the summer. I am interested to see how Daniel will react when Cole punches him in the face. I will step out on a limb and say Cole will pull off the first major upset of 2011 with a KO victory over Cormier

PICKS: DANIEL CORMIER [5] – DEVIN COLE [1]
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VIDEO: Jacob Volkmann vs President Obama on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno




The Tonight Show with Jay Leno featured a funny clip of Jacob Volkmann's post-fight interview with Ariel Helwani at UFC 125: Resolution. When asked by Helwani who he'd like to fight next, Volkmann called out President Barack Obama, saying “Someone’s gotta knock some sense into that idiot.” This, of course, was not the brightest idea, but the man is nicknamed "Christmas" for looking like Lloyd Christmas from Dumb and Dumber. Turns out it's actually illegal to make a threat to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States.

According to MMA Weekly, Jacob Volkmann received a visit from the Secret Service three days after his infamous interview. Volkmann has not been charged with a crime for his relatively tame comments, but he has now gotten the late night comedy show treatment. Here's video of the original UFC 125 post-fight interview with Volkmann:

Thursday, January 6, 2011

VIDEO: BJ Penn vs Jon Fitch Fan-Made Preview Trailer for UFC 127 in Australia



NickTheFace does his thing once again with this fan-made trailer for UFC 127: PENN VS FITCH. After losing back-to-back lightweight championship fights to Frankie Edgar, B.J. Penn made a successful return to welterweight at UFC 123 with a 21-second knockout of Matt Hughes. Jon Fitch has won 5 straight fights since losing by decision to Georges St. Pierre in a UFC Welterweight Championship fight in August 2008. A win over Penn could be the catalyst needed to earn Fitch a second shot at the 170-pound title.


COMPLETE UFC 127 FIGHT CARD

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

BRACKET: Strikeforce World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament with Fedor Emelianenko and Alistair Overeem


With the UFC's heavyweight division currently in a state of flux, as UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez is sidelined with a significant shoulder injury and former champ Brock Lesnar is pondering his future, Strikeforce has announced plans to deliver on a proposed 2011 World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament.

The heavyweight division is Strikeforce's most stacked division, but with M-1 Global wanting to renegotiate Fedor Emelianenko's Strikeforce contract after every fight, Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem pursuing his dream of winning the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix, and Josh Barnett struggling to get relicensed in the United States after multiple positive steroid tests, it began to seem like Strikeforce was never going to get their ducks in a row to actually pit their top heavyweights against each other. It now appears that's all about to change, as 8 of the best heavyweight fighters on the planet will participate in a single-elimination tournament over the course of 2011.

The first two Heavyweight World Grand Prix quarterfinal fights will take place at STRIKEFORCE: FEDOR VS SILVA on February 12, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Fedor "The Last Emperor" Emelianenko will fight Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva and Andrei "Pitbull" Arlovski will fight Sergei Kharitonov.

The second two quarterfinal fights, Alistair "The Reem" Overeem vs Fabricio "Vai Cavalo" Werdum and Josh "The Babyfaced Assassin" Barnett vs Brett "The Grim" Rogers, will take place at STRIKEFORCE: OVEREEM VS WERDUM on April 9, 2011.

MiddleEasy has already put together an awesome trailer for the tournament.


VIDEO: UFC 126: Anderson Silva vs Vitor Belfort Preview Trailer for 2/5/11



UFC 126: SILVA VS BELFORT will be held Saturday February 5, 2011 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will air live on PPV.

The main event features UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva defending his title against Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort. Light heavyweight fan favorites Rich "Ace" Franklin and Forrest Griffin will do battle in the co-main event. Also featured will be a fight between two of the fastest rising stars in the light heavyweight division, Ryan "Darth" Bader and Jones "Bones" Jones.


COMPLETE UFC 126 FIGHT CARD

Monday, January 3, 2011

INJURY REPORT: UFC 125 Medical Suspensions Issued by NSAC - 4 Broken Noses Highlight Injuries at Resolution


The NSAC (Nevada State Athletic Commission) has issued medical suspensions for fights held at UFC 125: RESOLUTION on Saturday January 1, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

For entertainment purposes, names are listed here as they appear on the official NSAC report. Official remarks are highlighted.

These suspensions are for medical purposes only, as a result of injuries sustained by fighters in UFC 125 fights, and are in no way conduct-related.

FRANK JAMES EDGAR (Toms River, New Jersey) has been suspended for 6 months due to a broken nose. Edgar can be cleared to fight earlier by a doctor, but regardless, he must serve a minimum suspension of 60 days with no contact ordered in training for 45 days. Edgar fought to a draw with Gray Maynard.
Edgar must have nasal fracture cleared by an ENT Dr or no contest until 07/01/11; minimum suspension no contest until 03/03/11, no contact until 02/16/11
BRADLEY GRAY MAYNARD (Las Vegas, Nevada) has been suspended for 30 days due to cuts to his face, with no contact ordered in training for 3 weeks. Maynard fought to a draw with Frankie Edgar.
Suspend Maynard until 02/01/11
No contact until 01/23/11 – facial lacerations
CHRIS CYRUS LEBEN (Kailua, Hawaii) has been suspended for 45 days, with no contact ordered in training for 30 days. Leben lost by technical knockout to Brian Stann.
Suspend Leben until 02/16/11
No contact until 02/01/11
BRANDON MICHAEL VERA (Chula Vista, California) has been suspended for 6 months due to a broken nose. Vera can be cleared to fight earlier by a doctor, but regardless, he must serve a minimum suspension of 60 days with no contact ordered in training for 45 days. Vera lost by decision to Thiago Silva.
Vera must have nasal fracture cleared by an ENT Dr. or no contest until 07/01/11; minimum suspension no contest until 03/03/11, no contact until 02/16/11
MARCUS PAUL DAVIS (Bangor, Maine) has been suspended for 6 months due to a broken nose. Davis can be cleared to fight earlier by a doctor, but regardless, he must serve a minimum suspension of 60 days with no contact ordered in training for 45 days. Davis lost by knockout to Jeremy Stephens.
Davis must have nasal fracture cleared by a Dr. or no contest until 07/01/11; minimum suspension no contest until 03/03/11, no contact until 02/16/11
JOSH RICHARD GRISPI (Plympton, Massachusetts) has been suspended for 6 months due to a possible broken jaw. Grispi can be cleared to fight earlier by a doctor, but regardless, he must serve a minimum suspension of 45 days with no contact ordered in training for 30 days. Grispi lost by decision to Dustin Poirier.
Grispi must have jaw x-rayed, if positive must be cleared by an Oral, Maxillo, Facial Dr or no contest until 07/01/11; minimum suspension no contest until 02/16/11, no contact until 02/01/11
PHIL GEORGE BARONI (Las Vegas, Nevada) has been suspended for 6 months due to a broken nose. Baroni can be cleared to fight earlier by a doctor, but regardless, he must serve a minimum suspension of 60 days with no contact ordered in training for 45 days. Baroni lost by technical knockout to Brad Tavares.
Baroni must have nasal fracture cleared by a Dr. or no contest until 07/01/11; minimum suspension no contest until 03/03/11, no contact until 02/16/11
DIEGO NUNES (Gardena, California) has been suspended for 3 weeks due to a bruise to his left eye, with no contact ordered in training for 2 weeks. Nunes lost by decision to Mike Brown.
Suspend Nunes until 01/23/11
No contact until 01/16/11 – left eye contusion
GREGORY FRANCIS SOTO (Ocean, New Jersey) has been suspended for 6 months due to an injury to his left shoulder. Soto can be cleared to fight earlier by a doctor. Soto lost by submission to Daniel Roberts.
Soto must have orthopedic clearance on left shoulder injury or no contest until 07/01/11


The following fighters received no medical suspensions and have been cleared to fight and/or resume training immediately:

-BRIAN MICHAEL STANN (Alpharetta, Georgia) won by technical knockout over Chris Leben.

-THIAGO ANDERSON DA SILVA (Coconut Creek, Florida) won by decision over Brandon Vera.

-DONG HYUN KIM (Busan, South Korea) won by decision over Nate Diaz.

-NATHAN DONALD DIAZ (Stockton, California) lost by decision to Dong Hyun Kim.

-CLAYTON CHARLES GUIDA (Mattenling, Illinois) won by submission over Takanori Gomi.

-TAKANORI GOMI (Tokyo, Japan) lost by submission to Clay Guida.

-JEREMY DEAN STEPHENS (San Diego, California) won by knockout over Marcus Davis.

-DUSTIN GLENN POIRIER (Carencro, Louisiana) won by decision over Josh Grispi.

-BRADLEY K.S. TAVARES (Las Vegas, Nevada) won by technical knockout over Phil Baroni.

-MIKE THOMAS BROWN (Coconut Creek, Florida) lost by decision to Diego Nunes.

-DANIEL LAMAR ROBERTS (Daly City, California) won by submission over Greg Soto.

-JACOB JOSEPH VOLKMANN (White Bear Lake, Minnesota) won by decision over Antonio McKee.

-ANTONIO DE CARLO McKEE (Lakewood, California) lost by decision to Jacob Volkmann.

PAYDAY: UFC 125 Salaries - Purse Amounts and Bonus Payouts for Resolution - 1/1/11


The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has released the following salary payout amounts for UFC 125: RESOLUTION, held January 1, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

These are the fighter purses as reported to the NSAC by the UFC. See note at bottom of this article for more details on fighter salaries.

UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar was the top earner of the night with his $162,000 payout. Winning fighters in RED.

FRANKIE EDGAR made $162,000 ($51K show + $51K win bonus* + $60K FOTN bonus) for 25:00 draw.

GRAY MAYNARD made $112,000 ($26K show + $26K win* + $60K FOTN bonus) for 25:00 draw.

BRIAN STANN made $42,000 ($21K show + $21K win) for 3:37 TKO win.

CHRIS LEBEN made $46,000 for 3:37 TKO loss.

THIAGO SILVA made $110,000 ($55K show + $55K win) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

BRANDON VERA made $60,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

DONG HYUN KIM made $70,000 ($35K show + $35K win) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

NATE DIAZ made $33,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

CLAY GUIDA made $122,000 ($31K show + $31K win + $60K SUB bonus) for 9:27 submission win.

TAKANORI GOMI made $50,000 for 9:27 submission loss.

JEREMY STEPHENS made $96,000 ($18K show + $18K win + $60K KO bonus) for 12:33 KO win.

MARCUS DAVIS made $31,000 for 12:33 KO loss.

DUSTIN POIRIER made $8,000 ($4K show + $4K win) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

JOSH GRISPI made $15,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

BRAD TAVARES made $16,000 ($8K show + $8K win) for 4:20 TKO win.

PHIL BARONI made $25,000 for 4:20 TKO loss.

DIEGO NUNES made $20,000 ($10K show + $10K win) for 15:00 split decision win.

MIKE BROWN made $23,000 for 15:00 split decision loss.

DANIEL ROBERTS made $24,000 ($12K show + $12K win) for 3:45 submission win.

GREG SOTO made $8,000 for 3:45 submission loss.

JACOB VOLKMANN made $24,000 ($12K show + $12K win) for 15:00 split decision win.

ANTONIO McKEE made $15,000 for 15:00 split decision loss.

* - Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard were both awarded their win bonuses despite the draw outcome of their main event fight.

TOP 10 OVERALL EARNERS

 1. Frankie Edgar ($162K)
 2. Clay Guida ($122K)
 3. Gray Maynard ($112K)
 4. Thiago Silva ($110K)
 5. Jeremy Stephens ($96K)
 6. Dong Hyun Kim ($70K)
 7. Brandon Vera ($60K)
 8. Takanori Gomi ($50K)
 9. Chris Leben ($46K)
10. Brian Stann ($42K)

TOP 10 BASE SALARIES

 1. Brandon Vera ($60K)
 2. Thiago Silva ($55K)
 3. Frankie Edgar ($51K)
 4. Takanori Gomi ($50K)
 5. Chris Leben ($46K)
 6. Dong Hyun Kim ($35K)
 7. Nate Diaz ($33K)
 8. Clay Guida ($31K)
 8. Marcus Davis ($31K)
10. Gray Maynard ($26K)

BOTTOM 5 OVERALL EARNERS

 1. Greg Soto ($8K)
 1. Dustin Poirier ($8K)
 3. Antonio McKee ($15K)
 3. Josh Grispi ($15K)
 5. Brad Tavares ($16K)

COST BY FIGHT

Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard ($154,000) + ($120,000 bonuses)

Brian Stann vs. Chris Leben ($88,000)

Thiago Silva vs. Brandon Vera ($170,000)

Dong Hyun Kim vs. Nate Diaz ($103,000)

Clay Guida vs. Takanori Gomi ($112,000) + ($60,000 bonus)

Jeremy Stephens vs. Marcus Davis ($67,000) + ($60,000 bonus)

Dustin Poirier vs. Josh Grispi ($23,000)

Brad Tavares vs. Phil Baroni ($41,000)

Diego Nunes vs. Mike Brown ($43,000)

Daniel Roberts vs. Greg Soto ($32,000)

Jacob Volkmann vs. Antonio McKee ($39,000)

OFFICIAL UFC 125 BONUSES

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard ($60,000 each)

KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT: Jeremy Stephens ($60,000)

SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT: Clay Guida ($60,000)

TOTAL DISCLOSED PAYROLL: $872,000 + $240,000 bonuses

UFC 125 drew 12,688 in attendance for a $2,174,780 live gate.

According to these numbers, the average ticket price was $171.40.

NOTE: 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 their work already completed in the gym as well as their performance on fight night. In my opinion, a fighter can NEVER be overpaid, and most fighters are often underpaid given the risk they incur in the workplace.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

UFC 125 RESULTS: No Resolution to Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard, Stann Takes Out Leben, Guida Chokes Out Gomi - 1/1/11


UFC 125: RESOLUTION was held New Year's Day, Saturday January 1, 2011, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card aired live on PPV and 3 preliminary bouts aired live on Ion Television.

In the main event, UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie "The Answer" Edgar retained his title by default after his championship fight with Gray "The Bully" Maynard was ruled a draw. Maynard had Edgar stumbling all over the Octagon in the opening round, landing 43 punches to Edgar's head in one of the clearest 10-8 rounds you'll ever see.

At several points in the opening stanza, it appeared Gray Maynard was about to win, but Frankie Edgar somehow managed to recover each time and miraculously came back to decisively win the second round. One judge actually scored the rest of the fight, all 4 rounds, for Edgar. Although the result was inconclusive, this fight far exceeded expectations for its entertainment value. Not a whole lot of people were expecting this one to be Fight of the Night. It now looks like WEC Lightweight Champion Anthony "Showtime" Pettis will have to wait until after Edgar-Maynard 3 for his chance to unify the titles.

In the co-main event, decorated military veteran Brain "All American" Stann scored the biggest win of his career with a TKO over badboy Chris "The Crippler" Leben. Stann became only the second person ever to finish Leben by knockout, with the first being Anderson Silva. Coming into this fight, Stann was unranked and Leben was borderline Top 10, so Stann covered a lot of ground with this victory in establishing himself as a middleweight contender.

Brandon "The Truth" Vera got a significant dose of truthiness from Thiago Silva, who beat up Vera for 3 rounds and left him with a disgustingly disfigured broken nose. Vera has now lost 3 straight fights in the Octagon and will likely be receiving his UFC walking papers. All but 2 of Vera's career fights have been in the UFC or WEC, so assuming he does get released, we're about to see a new chapter in the fight career of Vera. Due to a back injury, this was Silva's first fight in a year, but with this victory, Silva has now reestablished himself with authority in the UFC light heavyweight division.

Dong Hyun "Stun Gun" Kim remained undefeated with a somewhat controversial decision win over Nate Diaz. In a fight that could've been scored 29-28 in favor of either fighter, it was Kim who was given the judges' nod. I have a feeling we may be seeing Diaz back at lightweight after this fight.

In the opening PPV fight, Clay "The Carpenter" Guida tapped out one of his idols, Takanori "The Fireball Kid" Gomi. As usual, Guida, with his bizarre heavy metal head movement, pushed the pace to a frantic level and Gomi just couldn't keep up. By the second round, Gomi seemed flabbergasted and Guida managed to sink in a guillotine choke with just over 30 seconds left in the round.

Three preliminary fights aired on Ion Television during the hour preceding the PPV. This was the UFC's debut on Ion TV. Jeremy "Lil' Heathen" Stephens scored an impressive come-from-behind KO over Marcus "The Irish Hand Grenade" Davis, who had dropped to lightweight for the first time for this fight. Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier shockingly won a clean sweep unanimous decision over the now-former featherweight number one contender Josh "The Fluke" Grispi. Brad Tavares likely ended the UFC career of Phil "The New York Bad Ass" Baroni with a first round TKO victory.

Daniel "Ninja" Roberts submitted Greg Soto in the first round of their undercard fight that aired via tape delay during the PPV. In unaired preliminary card action, Diego "The Gun" Nunes and Jacob "Christmas" Volkmann both won split decisions, respectively, over former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown and the debuting Antonio "Mandingo" McKee, who lost for the first time in nearly 7 years.

UFC 125: RESOLUTION

Frankie Edgar (13-1-1) and Gray Maynard (10-0-2) ruled a DRAW
[25:00] - 5 Rounds - (48-46, 46-48, 47-47)

Brian Stann (10-3) won by TKO over Chris Leben (25-7)
[3:37] - Round 1 - knee and punches

Thiago Silva (15-2) won by UD over Brandon Vera (11-6)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Dong Hyun Kim (14-0) won by UD over Nate Diaz (13-6)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28 all)

Clay Guida (28-11) won by SUB over Takanori Gomi (32-7)
[9:27] - 4:27 Round 2 - guillotine choke

Jeremy Stephens (19-6) won by KO over Marcus Davis (17-8)
[12:33] - 2:33 Round 3 - punch

Dustin Poirier (9-1) won by UD over Josh Grispi (14-2)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

Brad Tavares (7-0) won by TKO over Phil Baroni (13-13)
[4:20] - Round 1 - knees and punches

Diego Nunes (16-1) won by SD over Mike Brown (24-7)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Daniel Roberts (12-1) won by SUB over Greg Soto (8-2)
[3:45] - Round 1 - kimura

Jacob Volkmann (12-2) won by SD over Antonio McKee (25-4)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

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

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


MADMAN AWARDS

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard

KO OF THE NIGHT: Jeremy Stephens over Marcus Davis

SUB OF THE NIGHT: Clay Guida (guillotine choke) over Takanori Gomi

QUICKEST WIN: Brian Stann over Chris Leben in 217 seconds

BIGGEST UPSET: Dustin Poirier (+220) over Josh Grispi

BIGGEST WINNER:) Brian Stann

BIGGEST LOSER:( Brandon Vera

UFC 125 BONUSES: $60K Bonus Payouts for Frankie Edgar, Gray Maynard, Jeremy Stephens and Clay Guida - 1/1/11

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The UFC awarded bonuses for UFC 125: RESOLUTION in the amount of $60,000 each. After every event, UFC officials award payout bonuses based on performances to at least 4 fighters, which is in addition to their fighter purses, or contracted salaries.

Fight of the Night honors went to UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie "The Answer" Edgar and Gray "The Bully" Maynard. Edgar and Maynard engaged in a spirited 5-round back-and-forth battle that resulted in a draw. Although the main event of a show subtitled "Resolution" ended without said resolution, the main event was a very entertaining fight, which made the finish more of a cliffhanger than a disappointment. Now that these two lightweights have proven they can put on a good show, Edgar-Maynard 3 should garner a bit more anticipation than that of the second chapter.

Knockout of the Night went to Jeremy "Lil' Heathen" Stephens for his third round come-from-behind stone cold knockout of Marcus "The Irish Hand Grenade" Davis. Stephens and Davis fought in a preliminary bout that aired live on Ion Television right before the PPV. Brad Tavares and Brian Stann were also eligible for this bonus for their respective TKO wins over Phil Baroni and Chris Leben.

Submission of the Night went to Clay Guida for his guillotine choke submission over Takanori "The Fireball Kid" Gomi. Guida used his amazing cardio to push the pace of the fight and Gomi slowed down trying to keep up. By the end of the second round, Gomi was gassed and Guida sunk in a choke for the tapout. Former submission bonus winner Daniel Roberts was the only other fighter eligible for this honor.

OFFICIAL UFC 125 BONUSES

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard

KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT: Jeremy Stephens

SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT: Clay Guida

All 4 of these fighters are each now $60,000 richer, on top of their UFC 125 salary, thanks to their performances on January 1, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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