UFC ON VERSUS 3: SANCHEZ VS KAMPMANN was held Thursday, March 3, 2011, at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The main card aired live on the Versus network. Two preliminary bouts streamed live on Facebook.com/UFC.
The UFC awarded a total of $400,000 in bonus money to 4 fighters for performances at UFC ON VERSUS 3: SANCHEZ VS KAMPMANN, held Thursday, March 3, 2011, at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY.
After every UFC event, Zuffa officials pay out bonuses to fighters based on exceptional performances. These bonuses are paid in addition to the contracted salary or fighter purse of each honored athlete.
XTREME FIGHT NIGHT II: HARRIS VS HEAD was held Friday, February 25, 2011, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The event featured a fight card of mixed combat sports with professional and amateur MMA, boxing and kickboxing bouts.
In the main event, recent UFC outcast Gerald "Hurricane" Harris suffered a surprising unanimous decision loss to James Head. Harris, who was cut loose from the UFC after a lackluster decision loss to Maiquel Falcao, had hoped to rebound in this fight against the relatively obscure Head. Instead, Head played the role of spoiler and has potentially earned himself the chance to fight in a major MMA organization for the first time in his career after more than 4 years in the sport.
Former NBA All-Star Glen Rice's G-Force Fights held BAD BLOOD 5 on Saturday, February 26, 2011, at the DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In the main event, former simultaneous King of the Cage heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Tony "Kryptonite" Lopez submitted The Ultimate Fighter 10 quarterfinalist Darrill "The Boss" Schoonover. The former Army soldier Schoonover entered TUF 10 with a perfect 10-0 record, but has since lost 3 straight fights.
In the co-main event, Luis "Baboon" Palomino moved back up to lightweight from featherweight to knock out KOTC stand-out Daron Cruickshank. Former UFC title contender Hermes Franca ended a 5-fight winless streak with an armbar submission victory over the 0-2 Jorge Sarat. Before this fight, including his UFC Lightweight Championship loss to Sean Sherk, Franca was just 1-6-1 in his last 8 fights.
UFC 127: PENN VS FITCH was held Saturday, February 26, 2011, at the Acer Arena in Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The main card aired live on PPV. Three preliminary bouts aired live on Ion Television and 2 preliminary bouts streamed live on Facebook.com/UFC.
For the second time this year, a UFC main event ended in a draw. After 3 rounds, Jon Fitch vs B.J. Penn was ruled a majority draw. One judge scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Fitch and the other two judges scored the fight a 28-28 draw. It appears the two judges who ruled the fight a draw both scored the first 2 rounds 10-9 for Penn and the final round 10-8 for Fitch. While the second round arguably could've went either way, the first round clearly was Penn's. Fitch needed a dominant third round to tie or win the fight, and boy did he ever come through. According to FightMetric, Fitch landed 149 strikes in the third round, compared to just 2 (!) for Penn.
BAMMA V: DALEY VS SHIRAI was held Saturday, February 26, 2011, at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England.
In the main event, Strikeforce welterweight number one contender Paul "Semtex" Daley returned to fight in the United Kingdom for the first time in almost 2 years. Semtex blew up Yuya Shirai with strikes and finished the fight in less than 2 minutes. Daley will likely next fight Nick Diaz for the Strikeforce Welterweight Championship.
In the co-main event, former UFC heavyweight champion and CELEBRITY REHAB WITH DR. DREW reality star Ricco "Suave" Rodriguez scored a unanimous decision victory over The Ultimate Fighter 11 participant James "The Hammer" McSweeney, who was fighting for the first time since being released from the UFC. McSweeney has now lost 3 straight fights, while Rodriguez increased his winning streak to an impressive 11 fights in a row. Rodriguez has been in negotiations to sign with Bellator, but a UFC return is certainly not out of the question given his career resurgence.
The UFC awarded a total of $300,000 in bonus money to 4 fighters for performances at UFC 127: PENN VS FITCH, held Saturday, February 26, 2011, at the Acer Arena in Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
After every UFC event, Zuffa officials pay out bonuses to fighters based on exceptional performances. These bonuses are paid in addition to each honored athlete's contracted salary, or fighter purse.