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
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.
“I honestly don’t know what happened to me out there. I will just have to accept what the organizers say in their rules about when I fight next and take it on the chin. But I do know that I have the ability to bounce right back and succeed in my aim of lifting the world title. Henderson won it fair and square and I have nothing but praise for him. I have seen people like my training partner ‘Rampage’ Jackson lose fights in one or two rounds and still go on to become one of the best light-heavyweight fighters of them all, so I am not disheartened in any way.”
Michael Bisping changed his tone of voice with UK news publication Daily Star giving his opponent on Saturday night “praise.” Before the fight between Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping at UFC 100, Bisping was basically shit talking his way to a beating. He claimed he could out-wrestle a former Olympian wrestler and that ultimately the former PRIDE middleweight champion possessed no skills to defeat him.
Dan Henderson tonight brought an end to Michael Bispings run in the middleweight division with a stunning KO in the second round. The problem is the whole world could of seen that Bisping was out while falling and it became clear in the interview with Rogan that even Henderson knew. Knowing his opponent was out didn’t stop Henderson from leaving the ground and dropping a huge punch to the already unconcious Bisping.
After the fight Henderson was asked by Rogan, “did you know he was out before you landed that one?” After a quick snigger Henderson replied:
“Normally I’m not that way in fights, I know if the guys out and I tend to stop. I knew I hit him out and I think that one was just to shut him up a bit. “
The bolded section of the reply above is something Henderson should not have said. He admitted to throwing that extra shot, a shot that was clearly not needed. I believe that Henderson should be fined a fair amount would be $25,000 just like Babalu was fined for not releasing a choke at UFC 74. It really is on the same scale. Henderson had time to react and he chose to react the wrong way and then even admit it with a little snigger after the fight. I am curious to hear other thoughts on this so leave a comment.
“I’ll prove you wrong at UFC 100 … people always say I’m going to lose my fights — people always call me the underdog. Maybe one day people will actually predict me to win. I actually like the role of underdog, it’s nice proving people wrong, and I WILL be proving ‘certain journalists’ wrong at UFC 100… To be honest, maybe I’m underestimating him but I don’t think I’ve got a lot to worry about. He’s got a big right hand and great clinch work, but outside of that I’ve got him beat. Having watched the Henderson/Franklin fight again, I have to say I wasn’t impressed at all. His striking looked sloppy, he fell on his arse a couple of times from kicks, landed a couple of big right hands but that was it really…. He’s never been knocked out in his career, it’d be nice to be the first, I’m definitely looking to finish the fight. I’ve been improving my explosive strength, you’ll definitely see the best Michael Bisping at UFC 100 and I’m going there to knock him out.”
In a recent interview with Setanta.com Michael Bisping,(coach of this seasons Ultimate Fighter) commented on always being seen as the worst fighter in almost every fight he goes into. Bisping also claimed to be the first man who would KO Dan Henderson at UFC 100.
I myself am a fan of Bisping and would love to see him KO Henderson come July. Guess not everyone puts Bisping as #2 in a fight.
“I think both guys should hang their heads in shame, quite honestly. Leites probably won the first two rounds but nothing happened in the fight. [Canadian fans] deserved a hell of a lot better than they got from these two. I’ve seen more aggression from my fiancé when she hits the January sales. It was very frustrating for me to be sitting on my couch seeing Anderson Silva, who keeps saying how he’s gone through the middleweight division. I would have fought harder than both of them put together, and so would a lot of other middleweights.”
Above is Michael Bisping’s reaction to the main event at UFC 97 between Thales Leites and Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight Championship. The bout between the two has received a lot of criticism from main-stream media and MMA blogs around the net for it’s lack of action. During the bout Leites would flop on his back whenever Silva would come close and connect with anything.
Personally I feel that Bisping would provide a great opponent for Silva if he is to fight at middleweight again. Bisping would look to keep the fight standing and he would keep applying pressure to Silva, therefore keeping the fight more interesting for the fans who shell out $40+ to watch the greatest fighters in the world fight.
In a recent interview with UFC President Dana White, Dana told UK based Fighters Only Magazine that a fight between Michael Bisping and Anderson Silva would take place if Bisping could defeat Henderson in the finals.
Bisping has already been making plans for his fight with Silva as well. When asked how to defeat Silva he replied “I think with Silva you have to rough him up a bit, get in his face and smother his work. I think that is where people have been going wrong, they give him the distance to work with.”