Here is the full list of salaries from UFC 114 which took place last night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The figures do not include locker room bonuses or the $65k bonuses given out to Nogueira, Brilz, Russow and Jensen. Also it should be noted that like everyone else who earns a paycheck these guys have to pay their taxes as well as management and training fees.
•Rashad Evans: $435,000 (includes $185,000 win bonus)
•Quinton Jackson: $250,000
•Michael Bisping: $190,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
•Dan Miller: $15,000
•Mike Russow: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus)
•Todd Duffee: $8,000
•Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: $120,000 ($40,000 win bonus)
•Jason Brilz: $11,000
•John Hathaway: $22,000 ($11,000 win bonus)
•Diego Sanchez: $50,000
•Dong Hyun Kim: $64,000 ($32,000 win bonus)
•Amir Sadollah: $15,000
•Efrain Escudero: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
•Dan Lauzon: $15,000
•Melvin Guillard: $38,000 ($19,000 win bonus)
•Waylon Lowe: $6,000
•Cyrille Diabate: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus)
•Luiz Cane: $19,000
•Aaron Riley: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
•Joe Brammer: $5,000
•Ryan Jensen: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
•Jesse Forbes: $6,000
Does it come as any surprise you you that once again UFC President, Dana White, is bashing the ability of boxers in MMA? Probably not as he has done it so many times in the past. This time though he is taking aim at two of boxing’s biggest stars in Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr..
Michael David Smith of MMA Fighting posted an article earlier today which highlights what the UFC boss said in an interview this morning. Radio host Dan Patrick posed this question to Dana White in the interview, “if I put Pacquiao and Mayweather in the Octagon, could you tell — from their boxing skills — how they would be in the Octagon?” Dana White in his usual ways responded, “either one of those guys would get beaten in mixed martial arts.”
The topic of whether a boxer could come in and defeat a mixed martial artist is a tough one. Mayweather being the heaviest of the two boxers mentioned would have to fight in the WEC in the featherweight division. Some of the best names within that division are Urijah Faber, Jose Aldo and Mike Brown. When I really think about this I don’t see any of those guys being able to beat Mayweather. Mayweather would be too fast for them.
Given three months notice to work of keeping the fight standing either one of those fighters would be able to defeat the top of their given weight division. Of course that is just my opinion. Anyone believe that Pacquiao and Mayweather would not be able to get in the cage and come out a winner?
“This time it is everything. This is going to be it man. This is my run to the title and I’m going to get it. I’m close. I’ve got to be focused. I’ve got to train and I’m coming out of this fight with a victory. I think the city of Pittsburgh needs something like that. I’m from the area and it would be great to come home and have the support of all of my fans that have been backing me all the way since I was in college wrestling all the way up to now fighting for the title… Pittsburgh would be a great, great city to have the UFC. Bringing the UFC to Pittsburgh would be awesome, but regardless where it is, it’s going to be a great event, and me and St. Pierre are going to put on a good show. Georges, you better work on your power, because I’m going to force you to stand up with me when we fight, and I’m going to knock you out.”
In an interview with MMA Weekly Josh Koscheck told of his plans to knock current champion Georges St. Pierre out. Koscheck plans to keep the fight standing which has proven a difficult challenge for the many that have gone before him. Koscheck does have some fairly good wrestling though so his chances of keeping the fight on the feet will be higher than probably any other welterweight challenger. Is Koschecks take-down defense enough though?
In a recent video interview with Fighters Only Magazine Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson discusses his current views on being a fighter. Following his current trend on the topic Rampage once again begins to complain. What is amazing about this is that Jackson is still under contract for another six fights with the UFC. That means that win or lose next weekend in Vegas Rampage will have to step into the cage another five times, even if he doesn’t enjoy it anymore.
BJ Penn in the above video gets his neck cracked. WARNING: May make you cringe!
Check out Hector Lombard knocking Jay Silva out in just six seconds at Bellator. Jay Silva did step in to take the fight on only two days notice but still, it’s a quality fight.
Arianny Celeste made it to number 23 on this years Maxim Hot 100 list. She wasn’t the only MMA personality on this years list though. Former UFC ring girl Rachelle Leah also made it into the top fifty at number 36.
Strikeforce ‘Los Angeles’ will take place June 16th from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California. As of right now only one bout has been announced for the card which is a catchweight fight between Robbie Lawler and Renato “Babalu” Sobral. Bobby Lashley and KJ Noons will also be fighting at the event but as of right now neither of them have an opponent.