Below is the full list of disclosed fighter salaries by the Oregon State Athletic Commission. Top earners were those that took part in the main event with Nogueira taking home $400K and Couture getting $250K. It should be noted however that the figures that you see below will not be what a fighter finds in their pockets come next week. Fighters also receive locker room bonuses, sponsorship fees and a whole lot of other type of other awards. Some fighters like Couture will even have a cut of the PPV revenue because of their big draw. Fighters like the rest of us also have to pay taxes and on top of that agent fees, managerial fees and even give a cut to their fight team.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: $400,000 (includes $150,000 bonus)
def. Randy Couture: $250,000
Thiago Silva: $58,000 ($29,000 win bonus)
def. Keith Jardine: $55,000
Jake Rosholt: $26,000 ($13,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Leben: $30,000
Nate Marquardt: $80,000 ($40,000 win bonus)
def. Demian Maia: $28,000
Brandon Vera: $70,0000 ($35,000 win bonus)
def. Krzysztof Soszynski: $8,000
Aaron Simpson: $18,000 ($9,000 win bonus)
def. Ed Herman: $24,000
Gabriel Gonzaga: $120,000 ($60,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Tuchscherer: $10,000
Mike Russow: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
def. Justin McCully: $15,000
Todd Duffee: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus)
def. Tim Hague: $7,000
Mark Munoz: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus)
def. Nick Catone: $5,000
Evan Dunham: $14,000 ($7,000 win bonus)
def. Marcus Aurelio: $13,000
It was announced yesterday by Strikeforce that their latest signing Fedor Emelianenko would be taking on Brett Rogers this November. Fedor is considered by many the #1 heavyweight fighter in the world. He also takes the #1 spot on many P4P rankings that are out there. It is no doubt though that Rogers will prove to be a bigger challenge than any of Fedor’s Affliction opponents (Sylvia, Arlovski). The undefeated heavyweight prospect has knocked out many fighters and one of his huge fists to a fighters face is all it takes to put them out cold.
Both fighters hold first round KO’s over former UFC Champion Andrei Arlovski I have to say that Rogers’ was a lot more convincing due to the fact that the fight had barely even started.
So what do you think? Does Rogers have what it takes to put a stop to the mighty Fedor?
Michael Bisping will be making his return to the Octagon after being knocked out by Dan Henderson at UFC 100. Bisping’s opponent will be Canadian fighter Denis Kang.
It was previously thought that Bisping would face off against Wanderlei Silva but Silva previously underwent facial surgery to remove scar tissue. Due to the recovery period and UFC 105 being in November there would be no way that Silva would be able to fully train for the bout.
I believe this fight is a good match-up for Bisping and if he is able to get the win it should propel him back into the top of the UFC’s middleweight division.
It will be no easy fight for Bisping though. Denis Kang is a veteran of the sport with over 40 fights to his name. Since joining the UFC at the start of the year Kang has won one of his bouts and lost one. His one loss came at the hands of Alan Belcher.
It was previously expected that Velasquez would be taking on fellow top-heavyweight contender Shane Carwin. Doesn’t look that way though. Instead Velasquez will play the gatekeeper role at UFC 104 when he decides if Rothwell’s UFC debut will get off on a winning or a losing note.
Velasquez’s previous opponent, Shane Carwin was moved up to take on the champion, Brock Lesnar at UFC 106 in November.
This bout as of right now is expected to be the co-main event when the UFC returns to California. Also on the UFC 104 card is the championship bout between undefeated Brazilian Lyoto Machida and Mauricio Rua.
It seems that a greasing allegation has been made and this time it is not by BJ Penn or directed at GSP. The man in question in Gilbert Melendez. According to F4WOnline Mitsuhiro Ishida’s fight camp has filed an allegation against Melendez for greasing. We will bring you more on the situation when it arises.
“Mitsuhiro Ishida’s camp has filed a verbal protest to the California State Athletic Commission allegedly that Gilbert Melendez greased in Saturday’s match on Showtime.”
Cole Province, a WEC featherweight fighter, won his WEC 42 bout last weekend via unanimous decision. In the random post fight drug tests he was one of the 9 competitors selected and he ended up testing positive for Methasterone, a form of anabolic steroid.
As of yet there has been no mention by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on either a ban or a fine for Province. It is however likely that the bout will be overturned and ruled a no contest instead of the win for Province. Province can also expect to be on the banned fighters list within Nevada for around a year.
Other fighters from the WEC 42 card that were tested include the main event participants former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres and new champion Brian Bowles as well as Dominick Cruz, Takeya Mizugaki, Leonard Garcia, Shane Roller, Ed Ratcliff and Diego Nunes. All eight of them tested negative.
Chuck Liddell has not see the inside of an Octagon since being told to hang up his gloves back in April at UFC 97 after his second consecutive KO loss. He has stated since that he is not retired but will be taking a year off to rest his head. In his absence Liddell has managed to get himself onto Dancing with the Stars which will air on ABC this September.
“I want to win,” Liddell told UFC.com. “I don’t like losing in anything, so I’ll work as hard as they’ll let me.”
“I’m gonna go out, be myself, and show what kind of people we do have in this sport,” he said. “I’m sure the reaction will be mixed (among fight fans). My friends are gonna be excited and I’ll never hear the end of it because they’ll make fun of me, but it should be fun and I think everyone will like it.”
Liddell may have the footwork when it comes to boxing his opponents but will he be able to coordinate it into dancing along side a professional? I guess if you really want to you can find out this September 21st.
Gina Carano at the Strikeforce weigh-in’s via MMAJunkie.com
Gina Carano (143) vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (144.5) [t]
Gilbert Melendez (155) vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida (155)
Renato “Babalu” Sobral (201) vs. Gegard Mousasi (204) [t]
Jay Hieron (169) vs. Jesse Taylor (172) *
Mike Kyle (228) vs. Fabricio Werdum (219)
Scott Lighty (202) vs. Mike Cook (205)
David Douglas (156) vs. Justin Wilcox (154)
James Terry (169) vs. Zac Bucia (170)
Isaiah Hill (156) vs. Alex Trevino (156)
*Jesse Taylor failed to make weight on his first try and was given one hour to lose the extra pound. According to Hieron’s manager Taylor did later make weight.
This Saturday nights Strikeforce event has been plagued by injuries in many different fighters. Nick Diaz was initially supposed to fight Joe Riggs but Riggs was forced to pull out due to a drug reaction. Luckily for Strikeforce (I guess?) Affliction had canceled their third show and that left a fully trained and ready to go fighter in Jay Hieron looking to beat someones ass. With Hieron in place to fight for the vacant welterweight championship against Diaz things were looking good to go until Diaz himself did not show up to the CSAC’s drug test.
It is not yet known as to why Diaz did not show up to the drug test. It could have been issues with making it to LA or it could just be the fact that he is a complete stoner and could not possibly of passed the test. Diaz has bragged in the past about his ability to smoke weed all the time and then still pass a drug test with a few days of detox on herbal meds and gallons upon gallons of water.
All is fine for Hieron though, he will still be fighting on Saturday night against almost TUF finalist Jesse Taylor. Taylor had made his way to the Ultimate Fighters season 7 finale but due to his antics in a Las Vegas casino he found himself packing and out of the door. Taylor did get a chance to fight in the UFC but lost to CB Dollaway.
Since leaving the UFC last year Taylor is on a seven fight win streak and will be looking to make it eight on Saturday night in California.