Saturday, August 13, 2011
STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 18 RESULTS: Joe Duarte Outpoints Jorge Gurgel, Ronda Rousey Outfoxes Sarah D'Alelio - 8/12/11
STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 18: GURGEL VS DUARTE was held Friday, August 12, 2011, at The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card aired live on Showtime.
In the main event, Joe "Hybrid" Duarte was on the winning side of a close decision against Jorge "J.G." Gurgel. Although Gurgel was the more aggressive of the two fighters, Duarte scored some key takedowns near the ends of the last two rounds that likely sealed the deal for him in the eyes of the judges. Takedowns are gold to MMA judges, and whoever is on top for most of a round will generally win that round, regardless if the fighter on top is being outworked.
Friday, August 12, 2011
STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 18 MADMAN ROUNDTABLE: Preview, Predictions, Translated Odds, Analysis for 8/12/11
Welcome to the Madman Roundtable for STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 18: GURGEL VS DUARTE on Friday, August 12, 2011, at The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, the new permanent home for Strikeforce Challengers events. The main card will air live on Showtime starting at 11:00 pm EST.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
VIDEO: Ronda Rousey Beach Interview - Olympic Bronze Medalist Judoka Set to Make Strikeforce Debut Friday Night
"Rowdy" Ronda Rousey (2-0) will make her big stage MMA debut on Friday, August 12, 2011, at STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 18: GURGEL VS DUARTE in Las Vegas.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
PAYDAY - TACHI PALACE FIGHTS 10 SALARIES: Purse Amounts and Bonus Payouts for LET THE CHIPS FALL - 8/5/11
TACHI PALACE FIGHTS 10: LET THE CHIPS FALL, held Friday, August 5, 2011, at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, CA.
These are the fighter purses as reported to the CSAC by TPF. See note at bottom of this article for more details on fighter salaries.
Ulysses Gomez was the top earner of the night with his $10,000 pay out. Winning fighters in RED.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
UFC 133 RESULTS: Rashad Evans Settles Unfinished Business with Tito Ortiz, Vitor Belfort KO's Sexyama - 8/6/11
In the rematch main event, "Suga" Rashad Evans broke the tie from his last fight with Tito "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Ortiz with a second-round TKO victory. After winning the first round with superior striking, Evans put a hurting on Ortiz in the second round. With Ortiz bleeding and leaning against the cage on his knees, Evans landed a brutal knee to Ortiz's solar plexus. Ortiz winced in pain from the bodyshot and immediately slumped over onto the canvas. Evans commenced to rain down punches to Ortiz's gigantic head until the referee stopped the fight with just 12 seconds left in the round.
UFC 133 BONUSES: $70K Bonus Payouts for Rashad Evans, Tito Ortiz, Vitor Belfort and Brian Ebersole in Philadelphia, PA - 8/6/11
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.