July 2008

It’s Payday Over At The EliteXC

July 30, 2008 · Filed Under EliteXC, Salaries, Unfinished Business · Comment 

The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has released the fighters salaries for the recent CBS event, “Unfinished Business” which was held this past Saturday night (July 26th) in Stockton California.

The highest paid fighter on the card was the new, first ever EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva who took in $200,000.

Here are all the other payouts:

Winner Loser

Robbie Lawler — $90,000 ($45,000 to show, $45,000 to win)
Scott Smith — $14,000
(T)KO (Strikes) round two

Jake Shields — $45,000 ($35,000 to show, $10,000 to win)

Nick “The Goat” Thompson — $25,000
Submission (Guillotine) round one

Nick Diaz — $60,000
Thomas “Wildman” Denny — $8,500
(T)KO (Strikes) round two

Cristiane “Cris” Cyborg — $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win)
Shayna Baszler — $8,000
(T)KO (Strikes) round two

Antonio Silva — $200,000 ($100,000 to show, $100,000 to win)
Justin Eilers — $20,000
(T)KO (Strikes) round two

Wilson Reis — $5,000 ($2,500 to show, $2,500 to win)
Brian Caraway — $2,000
Unanimous Decision

Rafael Feijao — $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Travis Galbraith — $5,000
(T)KO (Strikes) round one

David Douglas — $4,000 ($3,500 to show, $1,500 to win)
Marlon Mathias — $2,500
(T)KO (Strikes) round one

Anthony Ruiz — $5,001 ($2,001 to show, $3,000 to win)
Jeremy Freitag — $2,500
Unanimous decision

Carl Seumantafa — $4,000 ($2,000 to show, $2,000 to win)
Mike Cook — $2,000
(T)KO (Strikes) round one

Drew Montgomery — $3,000 ($1,500 to show, $1,500 to win)
Brandon Tarn — $2,000
(T)KO (Cut) round three

Tito Ortiz Vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral @ Affliction 2

July 29, 2008 · Filed Under Affliction · Comment 

It was mentioned by Babalu in a post event press conference that he would like to take on Tito Ortiz. That should be happening at Afflictions next show this October 11th. The fight between Ortiz and Babalu is expected to be a co-main event with the recently believed fight between Fedor and Arlovski. Due to a no contact clause between Ortiz and the UFC he has been disallowed contact for the last 60 days. The official announcement is expected August 6th in a press conference by Tom Atencio.

What does Affliction Need to Make it to the Top?

July 28, 2008 · Filed Under Affliction, Uncategorized · Comment 

There is no questioning the fact that Affliction put on one of the most amazing mixed martial arts cards fans can only dream of. It featured some of the bigest names in the MMA heavyweight division including Fedor Emelianenko, Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski. While there might have been some great fights it did cost Affliction a fair bit in salaries, which totaled $3.3 Million. No MMA organization would be able to earn a decent amount of profit when they are handing out that much money in just fighter salaries.

So what can they do about it?

I would think that one of the best options would be to expand their divisions. Why stick with the heavyweights when you could be using your own home-grown affliction talent. In the long run Affliction would benefit from growing their own talent, talent which could be coming from various weight divisions. I don’t think Affliction will go to the very low weights like the WEC does but expanding out a few divisions would benefit them well.

The need for the self-founded talent is vital to how long Affliction will survive. They could try and dominate PPV buys and get all the UFC’s top talent on high paying contracts but they need to start by getting a name for themselves first. They have that name in the hardcore MMA fans mind but while the sport of MMA is still growing fast they need to keep putting the shows out their to keep their brand growing.

Who Should Kimbo Slice Fight This October?

July 27, 2008 · Filed Under Editorial, EliteXC, Events · 1 Comment 

There are many fighters that the EliteXC should put Kimbo up against. Thing is they just wont do it. Kimbo Slice is too big of a marketing tool for them. The debut show of “Saturday Night Fights” which featured a main event fight between Kimbo Slice and James Thompson was the most watched MMA event in the US. Unfortunately for the EliteXC their numbers for the second show had took a 40% drop, the show did not feature Kimbo Slice in a fight.

So the main reason the EliteXC will not put Kimbo in a fight against a high level heavyweight MMA fighter is due to the numbers. If Kimbo Slice was to lose a fight he could lose all credibility.

EliteXC could take a risk though, putting Kimbo up against a really great heavyweight fighter. Why not try giving him a title shot against EliteXC’s first heavyweight champion Antonio Silva? Kimbo would get annihilated but maybe if it was a main event fight a new EliteXC front-man could be created.

Of course Kimbo Slice could also fight Brett Rogers which would prove to be an interesting fight for all of the five minutes it would last. I am pretty sure that Rogers would rip him to pieces in just the first round. Both Brett Rogers and Kimbo Slice had some words to exchange after the debut show on CBS.

The two fighters above would be the best fights for fans to see where Kimbo actually stands in the EliteXC heavyweight division. Chances are though that the EliteXC will select a fighter with a big ZERO on the experience scale just so Kimbo can impress again.

EliteXC: Nick Diaz Vs. Thomas Denny

July 27, 2008 · Filed Under EliteXC, Uncategorized, Unfinished Business · Comment 

The opening round of the fight between Nick Diaz and Thomas Denny was such a brawl. With limited defense from both fighters and each throwing their fair share of huge punches it ended up being one of the best rounds of fighting I have seen in a long time. Diaz did own the last part of round one and in turn he dazed Thomas Denny.

By the time the second round had come Thomas Denny had already taken quite a beating. The second round got underway and Nick Diaz just exploded on Denny. He gave him some huge punches and Denny could not take any more. Denny ended up falling and Diaz gave a little ground ‘n’ pound to finish the fight off just 30 seconds into the second round.

This fight gets my vote for Fight of the Night.

EliteXC: “Unfinished Business” Live Results

July 26, 2008 · Filed Under EliteXC, Results, Uncategorized, Unfinished Business · Comment 

We will be providing live round-by-round coverage of EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” main card fights. There will also be quick results for all the under-card fights. The show is set to go down tomorrow (JULY 26th) from the Stockton Arena in Stockton California. From 9PM EST you will see the live coverage popping up. Earlier in the night be here from about 7:30PM EST for the quick results for the Under-card. Unfortunately we may not be able to provide live coverage of the Showtime segment as I can’t find that channel anywhere.

EliteXC Unfinished Business Quick Results

Robbie Lawler defeats Scott Smith via (T)KO round two
Jake Shields defeats Nick Thompson via submission 1:03 (modified guillotine) round 1
Nick Diaz defeats Thomas Denny 30 seconds into round 2 (T)KO (strikes)
Cristiane “Cris” Cyborg defeats Shayna Baszler by (T)KO (strikes) at 2:48 of Round 2
Antonio Silva defeats Justin Eilers via (T)KO round 2
Wilson Reis defeats Brian Caraway by unanimous decision (30-27 on all 3 judges)

Rafael Feijao defeats Travis Galbraith via (T)KO (Strikes) at Round 1
David Douglas defeats Marlon Mathias by (T)KO (strikes) at 0:12 of Round 1
Anthony Ruiz defeats Jeremy Freitag by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Carl Seumantafa defeats Mike Cook by (T)KO (strikes) at 3:39 of Round 1
Drew Montgomery defeats Brandon Tarn via (T)KO (cut) at 4:22 of Round 3

Reminder: UFC 84 on Spike TV Tonight

July 26, 2008 · Filed Under 84, UFC · Comment 

For all those that never got to see the UFC 84 PPV card it will air for free tonight on Spike TV. It features BJ Penn defending his lightweight title against Sean Sherk. The show is counter-programming to EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business”

You can watch UFC 84 tonight at 9 EST on Spike TV.

Kimbo Slice and TapouT Team Up

July 26, 2008 · Filed Under General MMA · 1 Comment 

Kimbo Slice, Internet legend and current EliteXC heavyweight fighter will be getting himself some sponsor money from those guys at TapouT. The announcement comes just as the TapouT crew are going into their second season of the show on Versus.

The idea behind signing Kimbo Slice is for TapouT to create an exclusive Kimbo line of clothing. Here is the press release from TapouT:

Grand Terrace, CA (July 28, 2008) – TapouT, the premier mixed martial arts apparel, gear and lifestyle brand, announced today that the company will sponsor MMA superstar Kimbo Slice and create a joint apparel line under the TapouT brand. TapouT will be Kimbo’s exclusive apparel sponsor.

Kimbo is the real deal,” said Mask, TapouT Founder. “He is the ultimate underdog who kept his nose to the grindstone and rose up to become one of the most well-known MMA fighters out there. Kimbo is tough, but full of heart, and we’re excited to take him from the cage to the clothing.”

“I want to thank the whole TapouT FAM for taking an interest in me and team ,” said Kimbo Slice. Also thank you guys for allowing us to be a part of your FAM… and the tightest gear out there. Hey man, my team is psyched, team Kimbo is psyched.”

Further details on the Kimbo/TapouT apparel line will be announced in the coming months.

Buy MMA Gear Here!

UFC 89: To be Aired Spike TV

July 25, 2008 · Filed Under 89, UFC · Comment 

It is expected that during tomorrows counter-programming to the EliteXC when the UFC will allow fans to watch UFC 84 for free that Dana White will announce a new deal with Spike TV to host UFC 89.

“Dana White is expected to officially announce tomorrow that UFC 89, headlined by Michael Bisping vs. Chris Leben, will air for free on Spike TV. Show takes place October 18th from the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England.”

UFC 89 currently features a less than amazing card. The current main event is Michael Bisping Vs. Chris Leben. The card is not yet filled up though, so hopefully we will get a free title fight!

EliteXC: “Unfinished Business” Weigh-in Results

July 25, 2008 · Filed Under EliteXC, Weigh-In · Comment 

Weigh-ins took place today for the second EliteXC show to be broadcast on CBS. The event titled “Unfinished Business” will take place tomorrow from 8PM EST on Showtime and 9PM EST on CBS. All of the 22 fighters in the event did come in at the correct weight so all scheduled bouts will go ahead.

Robbie Lawler (184.5) vs Scott Smith (185)
Jake Shields (169.5) vs Nick “The Goat” Thompson (169.5)
Nick Diaz (159.5) vs Thomas Denny (159)
Shayna Baszler (139) vs Cristiane Cyborg (140)
Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (257.5) vs Justin Eilers (218)
Wilson Reis (139.5) vs Brian Caraway (140.5)
Rafael Feijao (203.5) vs Travis Galbraith (202)
Marlon Mathias (161) vs. David Douglas (157)
Jeremy Freitag (205) vs. Anthony Ruiz (206)
Mike Cook (232.5) vs. Carl Seumantafa (255.5)
Brandon Tarn (252) vs. Drew Montgomery (224)

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