Saturday, March 10, 2012

TACHI PALACE FIGHTS 12 RESULTS: Casey Olson Makes Triumphant MMA Return at His 'Second Coming' in Lemoore, CA - 3/9/12

Tachi Palace Fights 12: Second Coming was held Friday, March 9, 2012, at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California. The event streamed live on

In August 2005, Casey "The Underdog" Olson began his MMA career in Lemoore, CA at WEC 16. Casey Olson went undefeated in his first 4 fights under the WEC banner, before going off to fight for Strikeforce. Olson returned to the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino to fight for Palace Fighting Championship (PFC) – which took over for the WEC after they were acquired by the UFC. Eventually the PFC gave way to Tachi Palace Fights. Now, after a near-2-year layoff, Casey Olson is 2-0 in Tachi Palace Fights thanks to a unanimous decision victory over Cody "The Renegade" Gibson in the TPF 12 main event.

VIDEO: Pat Curran vs Joe Warren - Bellator 60 Highlights from 3/9/12 on MTV2

BELLATOR 60 RESULTS: Pat Curran Puts an Irish Beatdown on Joe Warren to Win the Featherweight Title on MTV2 - 3/9/12

Bellator Fighting Championships held Bellator 60: Warren vs Curran on Friday, March 9, 2012, at The Venue at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. The main card aired live on MTV2 and EPIX in HD. The entire card also streamed online at

In the main event, Pat "Paddy Mike" Curran won the Bellator Featherweight Championship with a brutal knockout of the self-anointed "Baddest Man on the Planet" Joe Warren. The world champion Greco-Roman wrestler Warren talks a big game, but now has been KTFO in back-to-back fights. Warren's early MMA success often involved him taking a beating and then coming back to win. Against the bigger, stronger Pat Curran, Warren couldn't overcome the beatdown this time.

Here's a GIF (after the break) of the unedited finish by ZombieProphet for Iron Forges Iron:

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

STRIKEFORCE: TATE VS ROUSEY SALARIES: Purse Amounts and Bonus Payouts for Miesha Tate vs Ronda Rousey on 3/3/12

The Ohio Athletic Commission has released the following salary figures for Strikeforce: Tate vs Rousey, held Saturday, March 3, 2012, at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH.

These are the fighter purses reported by Strikeforce to the Ohio Athletic Commission. See note at bottom of this article for more details on fighter paychecks.

Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza had the biggest payday with his $92,000 payout in the opening Showtime fight. Unlike the UFC (Strikeforce's sister promotion under Zuffa), Strikeforce does not give out post-fight bonuses.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

VIDEO: Ronda Rousey vs Miesha Tate Strikeforce Fight Recap from 3/3/12

STRIKEFORCE: TATE VS ROUSEY RESULTS: Ronda Rousey is the New Strikeforce Women's 135-Pound Champion - 3/3/12

Strikeforce: Tate vs Rousey was held Saturday, March 3, 2012, at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, as part of the Arnold Sports Festival weekend. The main card aired live on Showtime, and the undercard aired live on Showtime Extreme.

In the main event, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist judoka “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey won the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship in what was just her fifth pro MMA fight. The now-former champion Miesha “Takedown” Tate became the first woman to ever go beyond the first minute of an MMA fight with Rousey. But in the closing minute of the first round, Tate finally succumbed to a gruesome-looking armbar, after narrowly escaping Rousey’s signature submission move earlier. Rousey had Tate’s arm unnaturally contorted in all sorts of cringe-inducing angles before she finally, reluctantly tapped out to her archrival.