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.


{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!

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.


 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)


 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)


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


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


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



February 5, 2011

Location: Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada

Broadcast: PPV


{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)


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

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


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


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

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.


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