Saturday, June 30, 2012

INSTINCT MMA 4 RESULTS: Brandon Thatch Edges Closer to UFC Signing with Statement Win in Montreal, Canada - 6/29/12

Instinct Mixed Martial Arts presented Instinct 4: Thatch vs Grandmont on Friday, June 29, 2012, at the Pierre Charbonneau Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

In the main event, American welterweight Brandon "Rukus" Thatch won his seventh straight fight with a first-round submission over Quebecer Martin "The Hammer" Grandmont. Brandon Thatch used a rear-naked choke to tap out Martin Grandmont, making him the fifth fighter of the night to lose by RNC.

Montreal's own Thierry "The Surgeon" Quenneville earned a clean sweep unanimous decision over former UFC lightweight Luke "Lil' Hulk" Caudillo in the co-main event. The American Luke Caudillo's pro MMA record has now fallen to an even 17-17, and Caudillo has lost 8 out of his last 10 fights.

Debuting French heavyweight Oulmoudene "Will" Najebe took out Romanian big man Radu Spinghel in just 43 seconds.

The 7'4" Radu Spinghel, who was also making his pro MMA debut, weighed in at 272 pounds for what was supposed to be a heavyweight (265 lbs) bout. The 6'3", 237-pound Will Najebe overcame being outweighed by a whopping 35 pounds and being towered over by nearly a foot by the monstrous Spinghel.

Complete Results After the Break

Sunday, June 24, 2012

UFC 147 BONUSES: $65K Bonus Payouts for Rich Franklin, Wanderlei Silva, Rodrigo Damm, Marcos Vinicius in Brazil - 6/23/12

The UFC awarded a total of $260,000 in bonus money to 4 fighters for performances at UFC 147: Silva vs Franklin II, held Saturday, June 23, 2012, in Brazil. The event was headlined by Rich "Ace" Franklin and Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva.

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.

UFC 147 RESULTS: Rich Franklin Wins War Against Wanderlei Silva, Cezar Ferreira and Rony Jason Win TUF Brazil - 6/23/12

The Ultimate Fighting Championship presented UFC 147: Silva vs Franklin II on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

In the main event, former UFC middleweight champion Rich "Ace" Franklin won a 5-round unanimous decision after miraculously surviving a second-round scare against former PRIDE middleweight champion Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva. Franklin was dropped by Silva with a straight right hand in the final minute of the second stanza. Silva swarmed Franklin with a barrage of punches on the ground, but Franklin managed to continue moving as he took the beating, which was enough to hold off referee Mario Yamasaki from stopping the fight.

In his post-fight interview, Rich Franklin said he could not remember the third and fourth rounds, and was operating on autopilot until the final round. Wanderlei Silva had gassed himself out so bad, however, from the frantic pace he pushed trying to finish Franklin, that he was just not able to get anything significant going after that fateful second round.

Middleweight Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira and featherweight Rony "Jason" Mariano Bezerra became the first-ever The Ultimate Fighter Brazil tournament winners. Cezar Ferreira was TUF Brazil coach Vitor Belfort's number one pick, and has been a student and close friend of Belfort for years. Rony Jason was TUF Brazil coach Wanderlei Silva's number one pick, so both of the coaches' top picks ended up winning the show. Ferreira outpointed a very game Sergio "The Panther" Moraes, while Rony Jason did the same against fellow 145-pound phenom Godofredo Pepey.

Complete Results After the Break