Sunday, July 26, 2015

UFC on FOX 16's Reebok pay: Miller, Castillo earn big checks in $213K sponsorship payout

Under the new sponsorship program’s payout tiers, fighters are paid based on their total UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce (April 2011 and later) fights. Competitors with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

The full UFC on FOX 16 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts included:
Champ T.J. Dillashaw ($40,000)
def. Renan Barao ($30,000)

Miesha Tate ($5,000)
def. Jessica Eye ($2,500)

Edson Barboza ($10,000)
def. Paul Felder ($2,500)

Joe Lauzon ($15,000)
def. Takanori Gomi ($5,000)

Tom Lawlor ($5,000)
def. Gian Villante ($5,000)

Jim Miller ($15,000)
def. Danny Castillo ($20,000)

Ben Saunders ($5,000)
def. Kenny Robertson ($5,000)

Bryan Caraway ($5,000)
def. Eddie Wineland ($10,000)

James Krause ($5,000)
def. Daron Cruickshank ($10,000)

Andrew Holbrook ($2,500)
def. Ramsey Nijem ($5,000)

Elizabeth Phillips ($2,500)
def. Jessamyn Duke ($2,500)

Zak Cummings ($2,500)
def. Antonio Braga Neto ($2,500)

T.J. Dillashaw wants Dominick Cruz fight

Dillashaw was asked what he thought was next at the UFC on FOX 16 post-fight press conference.
“I mean, it’s so hard for me to think about anyone else,” Dillashaw said. “I’ve been thinking about Renan Barao for over a year and a half. But we’ve got guys like Dominick Cruz and Raphael Assuncao. They’re both great fighters but they’re hurt now. Whenever they come back, I don’t know what the plan is, but I’d like to see either one of those guys. I don’t know. I’m not sure.”

“That’s the biggest fight,” Dillashaw said. “That’s what’s going to make my name the biggest at this weight class, fighting Cruz as soon as he’s able to come back.”

“He’s a very elusive, high-paced fighter as well,” Dillashaw said. “I just don’t think he has the power behind his punches. You know, I don’t think he has the devastating threat that he can impose on someone. I see myself definitely winning that fight.”

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cowboy Cerrone accuses upcoming opponent, champ Rafael dos Anjos, of drug use

Jul 19 New Mexico, USA
: Any news on when you're beating Dos Anjos?” Whenever he cycles off and can pass the blood test
Anthony and Diaz beat your ass did you see what I did to them i'll make sure to give you the worst beating 

Jacob 'Stitch' Duran will no longer be working UFC events

Duran today announced the UFC’s decision via Twitter, citing his recent criticism of the company’s official Reebok uniform deal for the move.

You will be the first to know that the UFC just let me go because I spoke out about the Reebok deal. Got to look for a new job!

His comments on Reebok Uniform

“It’s pretty generic,” Duran recently told MMAjunkie Radio following UFC 189. “The vests were generic. Twitter was going crazy. People were talking about it that it wasn’t me. Going way back to the vest – this goes way back to when I was starting with Tapout. (Tapout co-founder Charles ‘Mark’ Lewis Jr.) was literally the one who created the vest profile for me. I’ve carried that on to One More Round and to Bad Boy and all that. Not to be showing colors, these are my flags. To look like a cutman. I felt real naked with just the vest that I had.”

Friday, July 17, 2015

UFC Fight Night 72's Joseph Duffy isn't motivated by Conor McGregor rematch

Duffy doesn’t obsess over his win five years ago at Cage Warriors 39, which marked his seventh pro fight. 

“I’m concentrating on my own career,” Duffy said. “I’ve been fighting all my life, and this is all I’ve ever wanted to do. When I left school, I knew I was going to fight pro and this was going to be my career. I’m not thinking about anyone else but myself.”

“Even making 155 is not exactly a walk in the park,” Duffy said. “I’ve got to work out and diet hard, and 145 is going to be all year round. Making 145 would be hard work, so we’ll see. If I get into a fight and I need to drop down a division – maybe I wasn’t strong enough, which I’ve never felt before.”

UFC veteran Mike Swick announces retirement following UFC 189 loss

Following the loss to Garcia, Swick spoke to MMAjunkie and sounded as though he was questioning his future.
“I dealt with medical problems during my prime, when I should have been doing the best,” Swick said. “That sucks now, because no matter how hard I train at this point, I am still 36 years old and I’ve been around for a long time. That’s just a fact, and it’s not going to change. I’m not the 25-year-old kid that I was when I first got in the UFC.”
“There comes a time when every fighter realizes he is older and not what he use to be and I want to acknowledge this and stay true and honest to what I have always said, that I will leave when I know I am done,” Swick wrote. :It’s a hard thing to do considering everyone wants to go out on top, unfortunately when your actually on top, you never wanna go out.
“It’s unfair to the UFC, the fans and to my family and friends for me to keep chasing this career while giving performances that I am not proud of.”
The 36-year-old says he is only retiring from being an active fighter, not leaving the sport behind fully.
“Though I am retiring from fighting, I will stay a big part of this sport as I continue to build fighters and grow my dream gym AKA Thailand,” Swick wrote. “This gym is a massive project that has taken us 5 years to put together and once we are done, it will be the largest and most unique fight gym in the world.”

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

UFC 189 salaries: Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes both earn flat $500K

Conor McGregor: $500,000 (no win bonus)
def. Chad Mendes: $500,000 (wasn’t eligible for win bonus)
Champ Robbie Lawler: $300,000 (includes $150,000 win bonus)
def. Rory MacDonald: $59,000
Jeremy Stephens: $72,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus)*
def. Dennis Bermudez: $34,000*
Gunnar Nelson: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
def. Brandon Thatch: $22,000
Thomas Almeida: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Brad Pickett: $30,000
Matt Brown: $92,000 (includes $46,000 win bonus)
def. Tim Means: $23,000
Alex Garcia: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Swick: $48,000
John Howard: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. Cathal Pendred: $10,000
Cody Garbrandt: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Henry Briones: $10,000
Louis Smolka: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Neil Seery: $15,000
Cody Pfister: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Yosdenis Cedeno: $13,000
* – Stephens fined 20 percent ($8,000) for missing weight; fine was issued to Bermudez

UFC 189's Rory MacDonald Broken Nose Photo

Sunday, July 12, 2015

UFC 189 bonuses: 'Fight of the Night'? It's Dana White's 'Fight of the Ever'

Conor McGregor, Robbie Lawler, Rory MacDonald and Thomas Almeida each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s UFC 189 event.

McGregor and Almeida won “Performance of the Night” bonuses, while Lawler and MacDonald earned “Fight of the Night”.

White said the “Fight of the Night” might actually be the “Fight of the Ever.”

McGregor (18-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC) won the interim featherweight title with a second-round TKO of Chad Mendes (17-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) – getting the stoppage with just three seconds left in the round.

Almeida (20-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) struggled in the first round against Brad Pickett (24-11 MMA, 4-6 UFC), but he came through in the second round with a brilliant flying knee knockout .

Lawler (26-10 MMA, 11-4 UFC) defended his welterweight title for the first time by going to war with MacDonald (18-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC). In the fifth round, he landed a jab that further shattered MacDonald’s nose. The challenger went down, and Lawler poured it on to get the finish.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Dana White insists Jose Aldo has bruised, not broken, ribs at UFC 189 Fan Q&A

White, who earlier in the Q&A said that the promotion would spend even more money on advertising the next time they attempt to make a bout between McGregor and Aldo happen, said that those doctors were looking in the wrong place.

“What happened was, when the pictures went out onto the internet and you saw this rib right here [pointing to lower rib], that was an old injury that was calcified and done,” White said. “The real injury was the bruised rib and cartilage. He had a bruised rib and cartilage.

“The big problem for Aldo in taking the fight wasn’t the fight, it was making weight. He had to cut something like 24 pounds. And if he couldn’t physically do it the way that he does it he was afraid he wouldn’t make the weight. That was really the issue. But he did not have a broken rib. It was bruised. And in the x-rays that went out was an old injury. When you saw that down on the bottom it was an old injury, not the new injury.”