TITAN FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 20: VARNER VS COCHRANE was held Friday, September 23, 2011, at the Historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS. The main card aired live on HDNet.
In the main event, late replacement Dakota Cochrane, in his first live televised fight, scored a huge upset win over former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner. Cochrane is now riding a 7-fight winning streak. Varner is a miserable 1-4-1 in his last 6 fights.
In the co-main event, former UFC fighter Eddie "The Manic Hispanic" Sanchez outpointed recent Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix participant and renowned wife beater Brett "Da Grim" Rogers.
STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 19: LARKIN VS ROSSBOROUGH was held Friday, September 23, 2011, at The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card aired live on Showtime.
In the main event, Lorenz "The Monsoon" Larkin, the Carlton Banks of MMA, won a hard-fought decision over late replacement Nick "The Slim Shady of MMA" Rossborough. Larkin struggled early against the bigger fighter, but took over as the fight went along. By the fifteen-minute mark, Rossborough had been beaten and bloodied up by Larkin. This was a significant fight for Larkin, who proved he is more than just a flashy striker. Larkin has true grit.
In the co-main event, Shawn Jordan, who recently started training with Team Jackson-Winkeljohn, showed remarkable improvement. Jordan submitted Lavar "Big" Johnson. Jordan is an exceptionally talented athlete, a heavyweight fighter with a wrestling and football background, who competed in the high jump while in high school track and field. With Greg "Yoda" Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn helping Jordan put together the pieces, we may have just witnessed the birth of a legit future heavyweight force.
BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 50 was held Saturday, September 17, 2011, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The event featured the quarterfinals of the Season 5 Middleweight Tournament.
Advancing to the semifinals are Bryan "The Beast" Baker, Brian "The Predator" Rogers, Alexander "Storm" Shlemenko and Vitor Vianna – a collection that sounds like a ragtag supervillain team and their leader.
Bryan Baker took out Jared Hess in the third round, due to superior cardio and some fists to the face, in what was a highly entertaining back-and-forth main event fight.
Brian Rogers scored a controversial upset win over Victor O'Donnell in the co-main event. Rogers had O'Donnell on the ropes, but referee Troy Waugh stepped in too early, with O'Donnell still very much defending himself.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 25: BATTLE IN THE BAYOU - SHIELDS VS ELLENBERGER was held Saturday, September 17, 2011, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The main card aired live on Spike TV. The undercard streamed live on the UFC's official Facebook page.
The UFC awarded a total of $220,000 in bonus money to 4 fighters for performances at UFC FIGHT NIGHT 25: SHIELDS VS ELLENBERGER - BATTLE ON THE BAYOU, held Saturday, September 17, 2011, in New Orleans, LA.
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.