Saturday, February 5, 2011

UFC 126 MADMAN ROUNDTABLE: Predictions, Analysis, Weigh-In Results, Madness Levels for Every Fight - 2/5/11



Welcome to the Madman Roundtable for UFC 126: SILVA VS BELFORT on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The main card will air live on PPV starting at 10:00 pm EST. At least 2 preliminary bouts will air live on Spike TV during the hour preceding the PPV, starting at 9:00 pm EST. Live UFC 126 coverage will kick off on Facebook.com/UFC at 8:25 pm EST with the live streaming of the Kid Yamamoto vs Demetrious Johnson undercard fight.

Madman Roundtable:
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.

Dollar signs ($) indicate which fighter is getting more action in Vegas. Each dollar sign represents a 0.05 unit change. No dollar signs for either fighter means the action is close to even on both fighters.

The number in the [bracket] beside each fighter's name indicates the number of Madman Roundtable members who picked that fighter to win.

For a complete statistical breakdown of all the fights with records, fighter profiles and histories, check out:

UFC 126: SILVA VS BELFORT

MAIN CARD

1 – {MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP}

ANDERSON SILVA [7] vs. VITOR BELFORT [0]


Anderson “The Spider” Silva – Weight: 205

Vitor Belfort – Weight: 205

Line Movement This Week:

SILVA (-265) moved to (-250)

BELFORT (+225) moved to (+230)

Average Madness Level (1-10): 9.5

MMAMADMAN – (10) In his 10 years in MMA, Anderson Silva has never been knockout out. We all know this can change in a heartbeat – i.e. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua knocking out the once-thought-to-be-invincible Lyoto Machida. Is Vitor Belfort going to be Silva’s personal Shogun? Belfort didn’t fight at all in 2010 due to injury. Belfort has knocked out his last 3 opponents and last went to decision with James Zikic in England in 2007. Belfort has been fighting for over 14 years now and is a legit old school MMA fighter, having fought Tank Abbott and Tra Telligman in the Octagon. Despite having a longer MMA career than Silva, Belfort is actually 2 years younger than the middleweight champion. Silva, however, is an enigma. He transcends the sport in a way that allows him to get bored during fights. Against Demian Maia and Thales Leites, two fighters Silva didn’t feel threatened by, he allowed the fights to go to decisions, choosing to dance and taunt rather than finish. Silva toyed with both of those fighters like a cat with a mouse. It almost backfired against Maia, who turned it on towards the end of their 5-round debacle. And then there was Chael Sonnen. Against Sonnen, everything went to hell for Silva. The American wrestler dominated Silva for 4 and a half rounds, before Sonnen mentally collapsed and got caught by Silva in a triangle choke. Sonnen was a wake-up call for Silva. When Silva has felt threatened in the past, against mean strikers and top talent, he hasn’t pissed around. Silva took out Forrest Griffin, James Irvin, Nate Marquardt and Chris Leben, all in the first round. I felt, in Silva’s last fight, that Chael Sonnen had a better shot of dethroning Silva than I think Belfort does here. I picked Silva over Sonnen, so Silva by TKO in Round 2

EVIL ERIC – (10) Incredible headliner for the Middleweight title featuring two legendary Brazilians! I like Belfort's chances a lot better than others who have had a shot at The Spider, but as much as I'd like to, I just can't pick Silva to lose. He's simply too smart and too versatile. The longer the fight goes, you'd have to say it favors Silva, and I don't expect an early finish from either fighter. Belfort will be looking for the early KO, but Silva doesn't get knocked out – ever! Silva by Unanimous Decision

MAD MAT – (8) Although everyone seems to think Belfort has the biggest shot at beating Silva, I don't. It's all just a bunch of hype over a fighter that used to be amazing, but has fallen on hard times, and has since rebounded by beating second rate opponents. Yes, the Franklin KO was surprising, but that's not enough to get a title shot at 185 when that fight was at 195. Silva will toy with him until he lands the right shot to send Vitor back down the ladder. I would much rather see Yushin Okami take on Silva. I believe he would do something similar to what Chael Sonnen did. Silva has never been knocked out and his last loss was by submission in 2004. Vitor's last submission win was 10 years ago. Silva has a reach and height advantage, and is simply better in every aspect. Unless this goes the distance like Silva's last 2, I expect a highlight reel TKO. Silva by TKO (+110) Round 2 (+525 prop bets)

JOSHUA KING – (10) While Belfort is quick enough to pull of a KO here, watching him at the first stare off, Belfort is already beaten. Mentally, Ando has won this fight going in. Silva by TKO 2nd

NOODLE NINJA – (10) Belfort is one guy that I think can pose a huge threat to Anderson’s belt. Belfort definitely has the tools to win, but can he handle Anderson’s precision punching? Both men have good BJJ skills, but I don't think this fight will go to the ground. I’m gonna go with Silva by 3rd round TKO

MAD MONEY MIKE – (10) I don't see this going the distance. Both are precise strikers and someone’s going to sleep. I see Vitor catching Anderson with some strikes, however, most people don't know Anderson has a chin. He will recover, rebound, and eventually catch Vitor and finish him. Silva via rear naked choke in the 4th round

AARON MENARD – (8.5) This fight will be a stand-up war. Vitor could pull the upset, however, I don't see him or Anderson getting the submission. This won't go to a decision. Vitor likes to come charging at his opponents, while Anderson likes to stay back and counter. Somebody is going to sleep. Up until the weigh-ins, I thought Anderson Silva was going to steamroll Vitor when he comes charging in. Anderson Silva pulled shenanigans at the weigh-ins with a mask, after Vitor had made a comment that Anderson wears a mask while he is out there. Is he trying to be a showman? Bizarre, I know. What wasn't so hard to interpret was that Vitor and Anderson got in each other's faces and it was one of the most heated staredowns in recent memory. Has Vitor gotten into Anderson's head? They both are dynamic strikers, however, I think Anderson is much more technical, while Vitor has power in his hands. I will be rooting for Vitor, as I feel he is a good guy and even though I respect Anderson as a fighter, I don’t like him as a person. Silva to win via First Round T(KO)


2 – Light Heavyweight Bout

RICH FRANKLIN [5] vs. FORREST GRIFFIN [2]


Rich “Ace” Franklin – Weight: 203

Forrest Griffin – Weight: 205

Line Movement This Week:

FRANKLIN (-165) moved to (-150)

GRIFFIN (+145) moved to (+140) – $

Average Madness Level (1-10): 8.1

MMAMADMAN – (9) This one's had me racking my brain. I think Rich Franklin is the better technical fighter, but Forrest Griffin is bigger and badder. Griffin’s humorous humbleness tends to get him underrated. This is a man who won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship from Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and has a submission win over the current champ, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Jackson and Shogun are currently ranked above Griffin in the rankings. Franklin and Griffin have both been embarrassed by Anderson Silva, although Silva’s EPIC beatdown of Griffin hurt the TUF 1 winner's career much worse than Franklin's two shellackings at the knees of Silva. I could see this one ending up a split decision, but I’m going with controversial consensus decision instead. This is a close one. Griffin by Unanimous Decision

EVIL ERIC – (9) The odds for this fight are a little more skewed than I expected – in my mind, it's a virtual toss-up. Two former champs with a lot of similarities in a fight that almost seems destined to go the distance. The judges will reward the more aggressive Griffin in a narrow, perhaps controversial, decision. Griffin by Split Decision

MAD MAT – (8) What a fight this is! Do I really have to pick a winner? These two will slug it out, look to clinch and dirty box against the cage. I don't see it ending up on the ground, but if it does, Forrest would probably have the advantage. I believe Franklin is the more well-rounded fighter. Even with a broken arm, he found a way to end Chuck Liddell's career. This is will be an all-out war and everything tells me it's going the distance. Griffin hasn't TKO’d anyone since 2005 and is way too tough to get TKO’d by the smaller Franklin. Fight of the Night right here in something that should be reminiscent of Griffin-Bonnar. Franklin by Decision (+185 prop bet)

JOSHUA KING – (8) Franklin is better in nearly every skill area but Griffin's size could potentially be an issue. I think this goes three close rounds and we get a Rich Franklin Split Decision

NOODLE NINJA – (8) This is another interesting match up. Both guys have good conditioning, but I would say Franklin has more KO power. Hopefully, this should be a good stand-up war. I’m gonna go with Franklin by Decision

MAD MONEY MIKE – (7) Interesting match-up, 2 of the UFC's hand picked golden boys. Rich Franklin shouldn't have too much trouble avoiding Forrest's leg kicks. In my opinion, Forrest will have trouble on his feet with Rich. Franklin by Decision

AARON MENARD – (7.6) I think the odds are a little off. I think Rich Franklin possesses the more well-rounded skills, not to mention, Forrest is coming off a significant layoff. Rich Franklin has KO power in both hands and can catch you at any time. Forrest is a grinder with not much KO power. He leg kicks the crap out of you and uses his size to bully you and eventually get the takedown. I see Franklin being able to stay on the outside and pick apart Forrest, and grind out a close 29-28 Decision


3 – Light Heavyweight Bout

JON JONES [6] vs. RYAN BADER [1]


Jon “Bones” Jones – Weight: 206

Ryan Bader – Weight: 205

Line Movement This Week:

JONES (-330) moved to (-280)

BADER (+270) moved to (+255) – $$$

Average Madness Level (1-10): 9

MMAMADMAN – (9) This fight is exactly why the UFC deserves to be regarded as the NFL of MMA. Jon Jones and Ryan Bader are the top 2 light heavyweight prospects in the UFC. Instead of continuing to build up the two fighters separately, UFC matchmaker Joe Silva is throwing them in the Octagon together. This is fight booking in the truest sense of sport, while at the same time, it could easily produce a Fight of the Year candidate. I am super psyched for this fight! Jones by Unanimous Decision

EVIL ERIC – (10) Wicked matchup with two of the top young light heavyweights in the world pitted against each other! I was rather surprised to see Jones as a fairly significant favorite here, but his flashy, unorthodox style will certainly generate a good amount of Vegas play. But Bader is the undefeated one and has beaten some solid comp in compiling that record. Too close to drop any dough on, but I'm thinking Bones... barely. Jones by Unanimous Decision

MAD MAT – (9) I hate this fight. It just shouldn't happen. Both of these competitors should get separate shots at the LHW title. Fighting each other now is just gonna kill one's meteoric rise, and that one is Bader. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big Bader fan, but he has no shot. Jon Jones would rightfully be the favorite vs any human being at this point. Most explosive striker in years, amazing crazy wrestling moves, unorthodox weird style, longest reach in UFC history, 2-inch height advantage, need I go on? Bones is just better in every department and especially in Bader's specialty, wrestling. The Nogueira fight tells the story. Bader had trouble taking him down, ate a lot of shots, struggled doing any damage in top position, and eked out a close 29-28. Jones has yet to be touched in his career. He just ran through everyone they put in front of him in devastating fashion. How this fight is not for the number 1 contender I don't understand… I will say this, if Bader is the real deal, he'll last 3 rounds, which I hope he is. Bones by Decision (+345 prop bet)

JOSHUA KING – (9) Jon Jones by beast mode elbows on the ground or in clinch work. Jones by TKO 1st (within first three mins)

NOODLE NINJA – (8) Two never-finished fighters. If Bader gets one clean punch on you, it's lights out. Jones is one tough, fast fighter with insane skills, not to mention a disgusting reach advantage. I’m gonna go with Jones by Decision

MAD MONEY MIKE – (9) Man, this is a good one. Two undefeated fighters (in my book, the Hamill fight was already finished when Jones landed an illegal elbow). Bader is a beast. If anyone is down with a highlight reel Jardine knockout, check this out. Now back to reality. I can't see Jones losing. Jones by Decision and giving "Darth" a beatdown. His name makes absolutely no sense. Darth Vader has horrible cardio and asthma… listen to him breathe… priceless!

AARON MENARD – (9) I think Ryan Bader will win this fight. I think Jon Jones has yet to face a better freestyle wrestler than Ryan Bader. One could make the argument that Ryan Bader has had the tougher road to this point, having to win the TUF show and defeat the likes of Keith Jardine and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, whereas Jon Jones' toughest competition was Stephan Bonnar, Brandon Vera??? I think Ryan Bader will be able to dump Jon Jones on his back and at a minimum win the first round. At that point, we truly see how good Jon Jones is, because he hasn't had to taste a losing round since he's been in the UFC. If Ryan Bader can execute his gameplan by using his superior strength to keep and hold Jon Jones down, I think Ryan Bader will pull the upset. Bader wins via Unanimous Decision


Friday, February 4, 2011

KOTC: EMPIRE RESULTS: Big and Small - Esteves Jones New Super Heavyweight Champ, Rivera Retains Flyweight Title



KING OF THE CAGE: EMPIRE was held Thursday, February 3, 2011 (2/3/11) at the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in San Bernardino, California.

In the main event, Esteves "Quiet Riot" Jones needed just 15 seconds to put away Neil "Chaos" Cooke by TKO and capture the KOTC Super Heavyweight Championship. Alternatively, in the co-main event, Jimmie "El Terror" Rivera successfully defended his KOTC Flyweight Championship in a competitive fight with Jared Papazian.

Kenny "The Krusher" McCorkell earned the right to fight for King of the Cage gold with a TKO victory over Jonathan Brandon. McCorkell will challenge KOTC Middleweight Champion Brandon Hunt on April 21, 2011, when KOTC returns to the San Manuel Casino.

KOTC: EMPIRE

{Super Heavyweight Championship}
Esteves Jones (6-1) won by TKO over Neil Cooke (6-1)
[0:15] - Round 1 - punches

{Flyweight Championship}
Jimmie Rivera (8-1) won by UD over Jared Papazian (11-6)
[25:00] - 5 Rounds

[Middleweight No. 1 Contender]
Kenny McCorkell (11-4) won by TKO over Jonathan Brandon (6-2)
[2:26] - Round 1 - punches

Paul Arras (5-2) won by SUB over Demetrice Woods (2-4)
[0:50] - Round 1 - punches

Chris Camacho (1-1) won by TKO over Erin Beach (2-1)
[12:09] - 2:09 Round 3 - punches

Michael Parker (6-3) won by SUB over Kana Hyatt (7-9)
[6:22] - 1:22 Round 2 - guillotine choke

Joe Williams (2-0) won by TKO over Daniel Mancha (2-10)
[7:06] - 2:06 Round 2 - punches

Kris Armbrister (3-0) won by TKO over Andrew Pena (1-1)
[6:30] - 1:30 Round 2 - elbows

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

UD = Unanimous Decision | SUB = Submission


Thursday, February 3, 2011

VIDEO: Onion SportsDome - Youth MMA Finals Determine Most Vicious Child Fighters in America



The next generation of UFC superstars climb into the cage to show off their punching, grappling, and choking skills in front of cheering parents and friends.
ONION SPORTSDOME, part of The Onion Sports Network, airs on Comedy Central.


VIDEO: Countdown to UFC 126 - Anderson Silva vs Vitor Belfort, Rich Franklin vs Forrest Griffin, Jon Jones vs Ryan Bader




VIDEO: Watch Jon Jones: Man on the Moon - Excellent Fan-Made UFC 126 Preview




Neon Bar Fights and director/producer Huck Blade have put together an awesome tribute video for top UFC prospect Jon "Bones" Jones. This is seriously one of the best UFC montage videos I've ever seen.

Jon Jones will square off with Ryan Bader at UFC 126: SILVA VS BELFORT on February 5, 2011.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

VIDEO: Pat Barry Imitates Fighters In His Underwear Outside In the Snow




During yesterday's monster snowstorm across the United States, UFC heavyweight Pat Barry took to the streets half-nude to train in his underwear and posted the video on Twitter.

Barry pulls off an incredible Street Fighter/MMA combination including a cartwheel, Hadouken fireball, Bas Rutten jumping split, Matt Mitrione impression, Shoryu Reppa super uppercut, and Anthony "Showtime" Pettis kick off a tree, with a Blanka grand finale. I'm sure I missed a move or two in there given the near impossibility of keeping up with Barry's ninja speed.

Hours later, Barry posted the following pic with this Tweet:
Still training in the snow! 14 hours straight! My KWONDO is strong!

UFC 126 INSANE PREVIEW: Translated Odds, Stats, Analysis, Poll Predictions, Fighter Profiles for Silva vs Belfort 2/5/11


by MMAmadman Randy Rowles

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 starting at 10:00 PM EST. At least 2 preliminary bouts will air live on Spike TV during the hour preceding the PPV, starting at 9:00 PM EST.

This Insane Preview features all the pertinent stats - betting lines translated into projected chance of winning percentages and ROI (return on investment); MMA, UFC and WEC win-loss records; last 5 fights for each fighter; a complete breakdown of all wins and losses; heights and ages; as well as Sherdog Fight Finder links and MMAPlayground poll leaders for every fight on the card!

On Friday, we'll post our regular Madman Roundtable with Predictions, Analysis and Madness Levels for all of the fights from the entire MMAmadman.com crew.

Raised methods of wins/losses indicate the most likely outcome for this fight, should either fighter win.

JOB IN JEOPARDY? - asks if each fighter is facing a possible UFC release with a loss.

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


UFC 126: SILVA VS BELFORT

MAIN CARD

1 – {MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP} (185 lbs)

ANDERSON SILVA
(-265) = projected 70% chance of winning = 1 unit wins 0.38 units

VITOR BELFORT
(+225) = projected 30% chance of winning = 1 unit wins 2.25 units

ANDERSON “THE SPIDER” SILVA

Record: 27-4 (12-0 UFC) – Height: 6’2” – Age: 35 (BRAZIL)

15 wins by (T)KO | 7 wins by Decision | 5 wins by Submission

2 losses by Submission | 1 loss by DQ | 1 loss by Decision

LAST 5 FIGHTS (5-0)

WIN over Chael Sonnen by SUB at UFC 117 (8/10)

WIN over Demian Maia by UD at UFC 112 (4/10)

WIN over Forrest Griffin by KO at UFC 101 (8/09)

WIN over Thales Leites by UD at UFC 97 (4/09)

WIN over Patrick Cote by TKO at UFC 90 (10/08)

Anderson Silva currently holds the UFC records for most consecutive wins in the Octagon (12) and most consecutive UFC title defenses (7). Silva will be looking to increase these streaks against Vitor Belfort. Silva’s only loss in the past 6 years was a disqualification loss to Yushin Okami for an illegal upkick in Rumble on the Rock.

Silva holds black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo and Taekwondo. In the opinion of UFC President Dana White and that of myself, Silva is the number one pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. Silva is currently ranked #1 in the Madman Top 25 Middleweight Rankings.

JOB IN JEOPARDY? – NO

VITOR “THE PHENOM” BELFORT

Record: 19-8 (8-4 UFC) – Height: 6’0” – Age: 33 (BRAZIL)

13 wins by (T)KO | 4 wins by Decision | 2 wins by Submission

5 losses by Decision | 2 losses by TKO | 1 loss by Submission

LAST 5 FIGHTS (5-0)

WIN over Rich Franklin by TKO at UFC 103 (9/09)

WIN over Matt Lindland by KO in Affliction (1/09)

WIN over Terry Martin by KO in Affliction (7/08)

WIN over James Zikic by UD at Cage Rage 23 (9/07)

WIN over Ivan Serati by TKO at Cage Rage 21 (4/07)

Vitor Belfort also has black belts in BJJ and Judo. It’s been nearly 6 years since Belfort has been stopped in a fight. In early 2005, Belfort was submitted by current Strikeforce and DREAM Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem in PRIDE. Belfort has had his ups and downs in MMA. During a 2-year period, from August 2004 to October 2006, Belfort won only twice while losing 5 times. Belfort has since won 5 straight fights.

Although Belfort is a veteran of the UFC, he’s never actually fought at middleweight in the UFC, and he's only fought once in the Octagon since returning from a 5-year absence from the UFC. Belfort knocked out former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin in a 195-pound catchweight bout at UFC 103 in September 2009, which earned him this title opportunity.

Vitor Belfort was originally supposed to fight Silva at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, however, he had to withdraw due to an injury. Instead, Silva kinda fought Demian Maia in their notorious dance in the desert. Now Belfort finally stakes his claim for the UFC middleweight championship crown. Belfort is currently ranked #3 in the Madman Top 25 Middleweight Rankings.

JOB IN JEOPARDY? – NO

PLAYGROUND LEADER: Anderson Silva (70%)

*Playground Leader is fighter ahead in MMAPlayground user poll*


2 – Light Heavyweight Bout (205 lbs)

RICH FRANKLIN
(-165) = projected 60% chance of winning = 1 unit wins 0.61 units

FORREST GRIFFIN
(+145) = projected 40% chance of winning = 1 unit wins 1.45 units

RICH “ACE” FRANKLIN

Record: 28-5 (13-4 UFC) – Height: 6’1” – Age: 36 (USA)

15 wins by (T)KO | 10 wins by Submission | 3 wins by Decision

4 losses by (T)KO | 1 loss by Decision

LAST 5 FIGHTS (3-2)

WIN over Chuck Liddell by KO at UFC 115 (6/10)

LOSS to Vitor Belfort by TKO at UFC 103 (9/09)

WIN over Wanderlei Silva by UD at UFC 99 (6/09)

LOSS to Dan Henderson by SD at UFC 93 (1/09)

WIN over Matt Hamill by TKO at UFC 88 (9/08)

Rich Franklin is the former UFC Middleweight Champion. Franklin won the title from the late Evan Tanner at UFC 53 in mid-2005. Sixteen months later, Franklin lost the title to Anderson Silva, who still holds the title. Franklin finished Jason MacDonald at UFC 68 and won a decision over Yushin Okami at UFC 72 in a middleweight number one contender fight. Franklin’s rematch with Anderson Silva went slightly better the second time, but the result was still the same. Silva knocked out Franklin with a knee in the first round of their first fight, and then TKO’d Franklin with knees in the second round of their second fight.

Franklin has been up and down since, scoring a big win over Wanderlei Silva and retiring Chuck Liddell, but also losing a decision to Dan Henderson and getting TKO’d by Vitor Belfort in the first round. Franklin is coming off the brutal knockout of Liddell, which forced the legendary fighter into retirement. Franklin is currently ranked #10 in the Madman Top 25 Light Heavyweight Rankings.

JOB IN JEOPARDY? – NO

FORREST GRIFFIN

Record: 17-6 (8-4 UFC) – Height: 6’3” – Age: 31 (USA)

7 wins by Decision | 7 wins by Submission | 3 wins by (T)KO

4 losses by (T)KO | 2 losses by Decision

LAST 5 FIGHTS (3-2)

WIN over Tito Ortiz by SD at UFC 106 (11/09)

LOSS to Anderson Silva by KO at UFC 101 (8/09)

LOSS to Rashad Evans by TKO at UFC 92 (12/08)

WIN over Quinton Jackson by UD at UFC 86 (7/08)

WIN over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua by SUB at UFC 76 (9/07)

Forrest Griffin is the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. After winning the first The Ultimate Fighter tournament in 2005, in a fight with Stephan Bonnar considered to be the greatest fight in UFC history, Griffin went on to achieve the greatest accomplishment in the sport. Griffin won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship from Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 86 in 2008.

Griffin’s title reign would be short-lived. In his first title defense, Griffin lost the 205-pound strap to Rashad Evans at UFC 92. What followed would be the lowest point in Griffin’s career. In a light heavyweight bout, at UFC 101, Griffin was embarrassed by UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, who looked like he was fighting from THE MATRIX with his slow-mo jukes and jives around Griffin while continually popping the TUF champ in the mouth at will. Not only had Griffin lost the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, but he got completely pwned by the lower weight class middleweight champ.

Griffin rebounded from these two low points of his career with a split decision win over Tito Ortiz at UFC 106 in November 2009. Griffin had previously lost to Ortiz by split decision earlier in his UFC career. This will be Griffin’s first fight in over a year. Griffin is currently ranked #5 in the Madman Top 25 Light Heavyweight Rankings.

JOB IN JEOPARDY? – NO

PLAYGROUND LEADER: Rich Franklin (65%)


Monday, January 31, 2011

PAYDAY: Strikeforce: Diaz vs Cyborg Salaries - Purse Amounts and Bonus Payouts for 1/29/11 in San Jose


The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has released the following salary payout amounts for STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ VS CYBORG, held January 29, 2011 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.

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

Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz was the top earner of the night with his $150,000 payout. Winning fighters in RED.

NICK DIAZ made $150,000 (no win bonus) for 9:50 submission win.

-EVANGELISTA 'CYBORG' SANTOS made $20,000 for 9:50 submission loss.

RONALDO 'JACARE' SOUZA made $85,000 ($70K show + $15K win bonus) for 12:00 submission win.

-ROBBIE LAWLER made $65,000 for 12:00 submission loss.

HERSCHEL WALKER made $5,000 (no win bonus) for 3:13 TKO win.

-SCOTT CARSON made $5,000 for 3:13 TKO loss.

ROGER GRACIE made $75,000 (no win bonus) for 4:19 submission win.

-TREVOR PRANGLEY made $30,000 for 4:19 submission loss.

NATE MOORE made $4,000 ($2K show + $2K win) for 5:25 knockout win.

-NATHAN COY made $3,000 for 5:25 knockout loss.

ISAIAH HILL made $3,000 ($1.5K show + $1.5K win) for 1:02 submission win.

-BOBBY STACK made $1,500 for 1:02 submission loss.

RON KESLAR made $3,000 ($1.5K show + $1.5K win) for 1:57 submission win.

-ERIC LAWSON made $1,500 for 1:57 submission loss.

GERMAINE DE RANDAMIE made $3,000 ($2K show + $1K win) for 4:25 knockout win.

-STEPHANIE WEBBER made $1,000 for 4:25 knockout loss.

JAMES TERRY made $3,000 ($1.5K show + $1.5K win) for 3:26 TKO win.

-LUCAS GAMAZA made $1,500 for 3:26 TKO loss.

JENNA CASTILLO made $3,000 ($1.5K show + $1.5K win) for 8:57 knockout win.

-CHARLENE GELLNER made $1,000 for 8:57 knockout loss.

TOP 6 OVERALL EARNERS

 1. Nick Diaz ($150K)
 2. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza ($85K)
 3. Roger Gracie ($75K)
 4. Robbie Lawler ($65K)
 5. Trevor Prangley ($30K)
 6. Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos ($20K)

TOP 6 BASE SALARIES

 1. Nick Diaz ($150K)
 2. Roger Gracie ($75K)
 3. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza ($70K)
 4. Robbie Lawler ($65K)
 5. Trevor Prangley ($30K)
 6. Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos ($20K)

BOTTOM 5 OVERALL EARNERS

 1. Charlene Gellner ($1K)
 1. Stephanie Webber ($1K)
 3. Lucas Gamaza ($1.5K)
 3. Eric Lawson ($1.5K)
 3. Bobby Stack ($1.5K)

COST BY FIGHT

Listed in fight card order. 10 bouts. Ranked highest to lowest.

Nick Diaz vs. Evangelista Cyborg ($170,000) – 1

Jacare Souza vs. Robbie Lawler ($150,000) – 2

Herschel Walker vs. Scott Carson ($10,000) – 4

Roger Gracie vs. Trevor Prangley ($105,000) – 3

Nate Moore vs. Nathan Coy ($7,000) – 5

Isaiah Hill vs. Bobby Stack ($4,500) – 6

Ron Keslar vs. Eric Lawson ($4,500) – 6

Germaine De Randamie vs. Stephanie Webber ($4,000) – 9

James Terry vs. Lucas Gamaza ($4,500) – 6

Jenna Castillo vs. Charlene Gellner ($4,000) – 9

TOTAL DISCLOSED PAYROLL: $463,500

STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ VS CYBORG drew 9,059 spectators with 8,817 in paid attendance for a live gate of $533,214.50.

According to these numbers, the average ticket price was $60.48.

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.

UFC 126: SILVA VS BELFORT Fight Card for 2/5/11 Super Bowl Weekend


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UFC 126: SILVA VS BELFORT

February 5, 2011

Location: Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada

Broadcast: PPV

MAIN CARD (10:00 PM EST)

{Middleweight Championship}
Anderson The Spider Silva (27-4) vs. Vitor The Phenom Belfort (19-8)

Rich Ace Franklin (28-5) vs. Forrest Griffin (17-6)

Jake Ellenberger (22-5) vs. Carlos Eduardo Ta Danado Rocha (9-0)

Ryan Darth Bader (12-0) vs. Jon Bones Jones (11-1)

Antonio Banuelos (18-6) vs. Miguel Angel Torres (38-3)

UFC PRELIMS LIVE ON SPIKE TV (9:00 PM EST)

Donald Cowboy Cerrone (13-3) vs. Paul Tellys Kelly (11-3)

Chad Money Mendes (9-0) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (12-8)

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Demetrious Mighty Mouse Johnson (7-1) vs. Norifumi Kid Yamamoto (18-3)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Gabe Godzilla Ruediger (17-6) vs. Paul Relentless Taylor (10-6)

Kyle Kingsbu Kingsbury (9-2) vs. Ricardo Romero (11-1)

Mike Pierce (11-3) vs. Kenny Robertson (10-0)


Sunday, January 30, 2011

STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ VS CYBORG RESULTS: Nick Diaz and Jacare Souza Retain Titles, Herschel Walker Wins - 1/29/11


STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ VS CYBORG was held Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The main card aired live on Showtime. All of the preliminary bouts streamed live on Sherdog.com.

In the main event, Nick Diaz retained his Strikeforce Welterweight Championship with a second round submission victory over Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, who had hoped to be wearing gold to match his wife, Strikeforce Women’s Middleweight Champion Cristiane Cyborg. Diaz and Cyborg put on a raucous show for nearly the duration of 2 rounds, before Diaz finally malfunctioned the Cyborg with an armbar to seal the deal in the second stanza.

In the co-main event, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza also successfully defended his title. After a back-and-forth couple of rounds with "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler, the BJJ wizard Souza secured a submission victory in the third round to retain his Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.

SHOWDOWN FIGHTS 8: NEW BLOOD RESULTS - Cole Escovedo, Travis Marx and Rad Martinez Victorious in Utah - 1/29/11


SHOWDOWN FIGHTS 8: NEW BLOOD was held Friday, January 28, 2011, at the UCCU Center on the UVU Campus in Orem, UT.

In the main event, Cole "Apache Kid" Escovedo scored a first round submission win over "Super" Steven Siler. This was a rebound fight for Escovedo, the first-ever WEC Featherweight Champion, who was coming off back-to-back losses.

In the co-main event, Travis "T-Train" Marx, fresh off a loss at the MMA Global Invasion debacle, got back to his winning ways with a split decision victory over Trever Mellen.

Rising lightweight prospect Radley "Rad" Martinez outpointed Mike Christensen for a unanimous decision victory.

Daniel "DJ Dan" Gardner scratched a huge win over veteran fighter James "Birddog" Birdsley with a first round TKO.

SHOWDOWN FIGHTS 8: NEW BLOOD

Cole Escovedo (17-6) won by SUB over Steven Siler (18-9)
[2:30] - Round 1 - triangle choke

Travis Marx (16-3) won by SD over Trever Mellen (8-2)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds

Steve Sharp (26-13) won by TKO over Brad McRae (7-18)
[0:16] - Round 1 - punches

Radley Martinez (9-1) won by UD over Mike Christensen (5-2)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds

Jordan Clements (6-0) won by UD over Eddie Rincon (3-4)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds

Dan Gardner (4-1) won by TKO over James Birdsley (36-9)
[4:50] - Round 1 - punches

Kasheem Peterson (2-1) won by SUB over Tim Lund (3-7)
[1:09] - Round 1 - punches

Czar Sklavos (3-1) won by SUB over Denver Merrifield-Nirva (2-1)
[14:03] - 4:03 Round 3 - rear-naked choke

Trevor Carlson (3-0) won by UD over Ryan Wong (3-2)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds

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

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