Welcome to the Madman Roundtable for BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 48 on Saturday, August 20, 2011, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The main card will air live on MTV2 starting at 9:00 pm EST.
The UFC has signed a long-term television deal with FOX Sports. Four live events a year will air on the FOX network television channel, six live Fight Night events a year will air on FX, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER will move from Spike TV to FX, with the fights now airing live BIG BROTHER-style, and FUEL TV will handle the pre-fight and post-fight shows.
UFC/FOX Sports Media Group Press Conference Video After the Break
The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) has released the following salary payout figures for UFC LIVE 5: LYTLE VS HARDY, held Sunday, August 14, 2011, at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI.
These are the fighter purses as reported to the DSPS by the UFC. See note at bottom of this article for more details on fighter salaries.
The retiring Chris Lytle was the top earner of the night with his $200,000 pay out. Winning fighters in RED.
Fight Night Entertainment (FNE) presented FIGHT NIGHT ROUND 16: COMBAT AT THE CABARET on Saturday, August 13, 2011, at the Swinomish Casino in Anacortes, WA.
In the main event, former UFC middleweight "Super" Mario Miranda fought for the first time since being released from the UFC after going 1-3 in the Octagon. Miranda scored a unanimous decision victory over the unbeaten, but inexperienced, Jason Zentgraf. After 15 minutes of fighting, the rookie fighter managed to win one round on one judge's scorecard, but the rest of the points went the way of Miranda, who controlled Zentgraf by clinching him up against the cage, and working him over on the mat with ground and pound after multiple takedowns. In his fourth pro fight, against a 4-fight UFC vet, a decision loss is a moral victory for Zentgraf.
The inaugural GLOBAL WARRIORS FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP (GWFC) was held Saturday, August, 13, 2011, at the Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
In the bantamweight main event, American David "Bo" Harris scored the biggest win of his MMA career with a split decision victory over Canada's own Adrian "The Bully" Wooley. Fellow Canadian 135-pound fighter Josh Hill was able to properly represent Canada with a unanimous decision win over one-time DREAM fighter Francisco "Kiko" France, out of Team Quest, in the co-main event.
In an all-Canadian lightweight bout, Jesse "The Body Snatcher" Ronson notched a break-out split decision win over the previously undefeated Jason Saggo. Lyndon Whitlock forced a TKO out of the more-experienced Jason MacKay using vicious leg kicks.
Griggs Entertainment presented the inaugural COLISEUM CONFLICT on Saturday, August 13, 2011, at the Sullivan Coliseum in Sullivan, Indiana. The event featured both the Steinbeiss brothers in action. Ray and Steve Steinbeiss are part of the Power MMA Team with UFC fighters Ryan Bader, CB Dollaway and Aaron Simpson.
In the main event, Ray "Bam Bam" Steinbeiss captured the vacant CC Welterweight Championship with a first-round arm-triangle choke submission victory over the completely overmatched Starr Roberts Jr. Steve "The Hooligan" Steinbeiss, who went winless in two fights in the UFC, won his third straight fight since being released from the UFC. Like his brother, Steve was matched up against a gimme opponent and won by submission in the opening round. Steve made Travis McCullough, who has now lost 10 out of his last 11 fights, tap out to strikes.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has released the following salary payout figures for STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 18: GURGEL VS DUARTE, held Friday, August 12, 2011, at The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The main card aired live on Showtime.
These are the fighter purses as reported to the NSAC by Strikeforce. See note at bottom of this article for more details on fighter salaries.
Pat Healy and Gian Villante were the top earners with their $10,000 pay outs. Winning fighters in RED.
UFC LIVE 5: HARDY VS LYTLE was held Sunday, August 14, 2011, at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The main card aired live on the Versus network. The complete 8-fight undercard streamed live on the UFC's official Facebook page.
In the main event, Chris "Lights Out" Lytle capped off an illustrious 20-fight UFC career with a last-minute submission victory over Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy. Before this fight, Lytle announced that he would be retiring afterward to focus on his family. Of course, Lytle didn't go out without winning a couple of performance bonuses. Lytle won $130,000 in bonus money for Submission of the Night and Fight of the Night, which puts him solely into first place in the UFC record book for number of bonuses won. Lytle had been tied at 8 with Anderson Silva.
The UFC awarded a total of $260,000 in bonus money to 3 fighters for performances at UFC LIVE 5: HARDY VS LYTLE, held Sunday, August 14, 2011, at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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.
Welcome to the Madman Roundtable for UFC LIVE 5: HARDY VS LYTLE on Sunday, August 14, 2011, at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The main card will air live on the Versus network starting at 9:00 pm EST. The complete 8-fight undercard will stream live on the UFC’s official Facebook page starting at 5:45 pm EST.
The inaugural MMA FIGHT PIT: GENESIS was held Saturday, August 13, 2011, at The Pit in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The event aired live on PPV.
In the main event, Houston "The Assassin" Alexander won by TKO after the second round was over when the ringside doctor ruled Razak "Razor" Al-Hassan unable to continue due to a dislocated finger. Alexander had been bullying Al-Hassan on the feet up until the doctor stoppage, so the right man definitely won.
Houston Alexander, a single father of 6 children, burst onto the MMA scene in mid-2007 with a 48-second KO of Keith Jardine in the UFC. Alexander followed the Jardine upset with a one-minute TKO win over Alessio Sakara.