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UFC on Fox 29 Salaries: Dustin Poirier Earns Event-High $170K in ‘Fight of the Year’ Contender

Dustin Poirier earned every bit of his salary against Justin Gaethje in the
UFC on Fox 29 headliner.
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Sarah Kaufman, Jessica-Rose Clark Paid by Battlefield FC More Than 1 Year After Fight

It took a little more than a year, but Sarah Kaufman and Jessica-Rose Clark have finally been compensated for their fight in South Korea in March 2017.
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Sarah Kaufman, Jessica-Rose Clark Paid by Battlefield FC More Than 1 Year After Fight

It took a little more than a year, but Sarah Kaufman and Jessica-Rose Clark have finally been compensated for their fight in South Korea in March 2017.
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Sarah Kaufman, Jessica-Rose Clark Paid by Battlefield FC More Than 1 Year After Fight

It took a little more than a year, but Sarah Kaufman and Jessica-Rose Clark have finally been compensated for their fight in South Korea in March 2017.
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Sarah Kaufman, Jessica-Rose Clark Paid by Battlefield FC More Than 1 Year After Fight

It took a little more than a year, but Sarah Kaufman and Jessica-Rose Clark have finally been compensated for their fight in South Korea in March 2017.
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UFC/MMA ‘Events of the Year’ 2017 – Top 5 List

The fights are done, the holidays are in full swing, and it’s time to take a look back.

Admittedly, 2017 was kind of terrible in so many ways, but it offered us a bounty of top-notch mixed martial arts (MMA) cards to enjoy during our many evenings and late, late nights. Here are some of the best these past 12 months have had to offer.

Honorable Mentions: Invicta 21, UFC on FOX 24, UFC on FOX 23

Number Five: UFC 211

To be fair, Dave Branch vs. Krzysztof Jotko was terrible. Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal was, well, a Maia fight and Cortney Casey vs. Jessica Aguilar was more confusing than anything else.

The rest? Rad as hell.

Chase Sherman vs. Rashad Coulter was one of the year’s best donnybrooks, Jason Knight vs. Chas Skelly was a terrific scrap, and Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier was fun for the nine minutes it lasted. Even before that, Gadzhimurad Antigulov’s submission of Joachim Christensen and Enrique Barzola vs. Gabriel Benitez opened the night in style.

Over on the pay-per-view (PPV) main card, Frankie Edgar delivered a top-tier beating to Yair Rodriguez, Joanna Jedrzejczyk put on a masterclass against Jessica Andrade, and Stipe Miocic avenged his loss to Junior dos Santos in emphatic fashion.

A few mediocre fights couldn’t erase the entertainment those battles generated. Not bad at all.

Number Four: UFC 210

There really wasn’t a bad fight on this card aside from the opener between Magomed Bibulatov and Jenel Lausa, which was a little too one-sided to be truly entertaining. UFC 210 featured a healthy mix of competitive decisions and decisive finishes, plus whatever the hell Gegard Mousasi vs. Chris Weidman was, and featured breakout performances from top prospects Gregor Gillespie, Shane Burgos and Kamaru Usman.

There was also Charles Oliveira’s upset submission of Will Brooks, Patrick Cummins’ war of attrition with Jan Blachowicz, and Des Green’s battle with Josh Emmett.

This would have been a great card even without Daniel Cormier’s strong performance in the main event, which ended things on a high note. Just a quality night of fights all around.

Number Three: UFC on FOX 26

The year’s penultimate show was also one of its best, a night so loaded with quality entertainment that Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Mike Perry didn’t even win “Fight of the Night.”

Alessio Di Chirico and Nordine Taleb’s brutal knockouts highlighted the “Prelims” undercard until Julian Marquez and Darren Stewart tore the place up with a phenomenal back-and-forth brawl, demonstrating a frankly unreasonable amount of grit and durability before Marquez locked up a fight-ending front choke midway through the second.

The main card was a blast from beginning to end. Glover Teixeira opened things with an upset stoppage of Misha Cirkunov, after which the aforementioned Ponzinibbio and Perry tore each other to pieces for 15 minutes in a bloody mess of a scrap. Josh Emmett kept the momentum alive with a one-hit knockout of Ricardo Lamas, although missing weight robbed him of the chance to earn a bonus.

Rafael dos Anjos put his stamp on things with a career-best performance against Robbie Lawler, ending an evening that didn’t get nearly the viewership it deserved. UFC on FOX 26 was a triumph … and it accomplished all of this despite seven fights falling through.

Number Two: UFC 218

This card featured my “Knockout of the Year” and two of my top three “Fights of the Year,” not to mention an engaging and brutal title fight to cap it off.

Aside from the egregious Felice Herrig vs. Cortney Casey match up, the event basically delivered top-to-bottom, showing off quality prospects and entertaining veterans alike. Yancy Medeiros and Alex Oliveira stole the show, only for Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje to steal it right back, only for Francis Ngannou to have a go of his own via nuclear uppercut.

There’s a legit argument that this card deserved the top spot and probably would have gotten on this list even if those three fights had been surrounded by stinkers, but don’t let a second-place finish make you think this was anything but spectacular.

Number One: UFC 217

UFC 218 had one hell of a strong claim to the top spot, but three titles changing hands in dramatic fashion in a single night? Hard to say no to that.

Ricardo Ramos got the show off to a damn hot start on Fight Pass with a spinning elbow knockout of Aiemann Zahabi, just the second of its kind in UFC history. A pair of bizarre endings in Curtis Blaydes vs. Aleksei Oleinik and Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris weren’t enough to slow the momentum, especially since Ovince Saint Preux scored a comeback head kick knockout along the way.

Then came the main card, which saw Paulo Costa end Johny Hendricks’ UFC career and Stephen Thompson hand Jorge Masvidal his most definitive defeat in years. Rose Namajunas’ massive upset of Joanna Jedrzejczyk, T.J. Dillashaw’s grueling slugfest with Cody Garbrandt, and Georges St-Pierre’s triumphant return combined to create the year’s most dramatic main card and push this event above its peers.

Here’s hoping this list becomes inaccurate after Saturday, Maniacs, when UFC 219 closes 2017’s combat sports campaign, hopefully, on a high note. Have an awesome holiday!

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UFC/MMA ‘Events of the Year’ 2017 – Top 5 List

The fights are done, the holidays are in full swing, and it’s time to take a look back.

Admittedly, 2017 was kind of terrible in so many ways, but it offered us a bounty of top-notch mixed martial arts (MMA) cards to enjoy during our many evenings and late, late nights. Here are some of the best these past 12 months have had to offer.

Honorable Mentions: Invicta 21, UFC on FOX 24, UFC on FOX 23

Number Five: UFC 211

To be fair, Dave Branch vs. Krzysztof Jotko was terrible. Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal was, well, a Maia fight and Cortney Casey vs. Jessica Aguilar was more confusing than anything else.

The rest? Rad as hell.

Chase Sherman vs. Rashad Coulter was one of the year’s best donnybrooks, Jason Knight vs. Chas Skelly was a terrific scrap, and Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier was fun for the nine minutes it lasted. Even before that, Gadzhimurad Antigulov’s submission of Joachim Christensen and Enrique Barzola vs. Gabriel Benitez opened the night in style.

Over on the pay-per-view (PPV) main card, Frankie Edgar delivered a top-tier beating to Yair Rodriguez, Joanna Jedrzejczyk put on a masterclass against Jessica Andrade, and Stipe Miocic avenged his loss to Junior dos Santos in emphatic fashion.

A few mediocre fights couldn’t erase the entertainment those battles generated. Not bad at all.

Number Four: UFC 210

There really wasn’t a bad fight on this card aside from the opener between Magomed Bibulatov and Jenel Lausa, which was a little too one-sided to be truly entertaining. UFC 210 featured a healthy mix of competitive decisions and decisive finishes, plus whatever the hell Gegard Mousasi vs. Chris Weidman was, and featured breakout performances from top prospects Gregor Gillespie, Shane Burgos and Kamaru Usman.

There was also Charles Oliveira’s upset submission of Will Brooks, Patrick Cummins’ war of attrition with Jan Blachowicz, and Des Green’s battle with Josh Emmett.

This would have been a great card even without Daniel Cormier’s strong performance in the main event, which ended things on a high note. Just a quality night of fights all around.

Number Three: UFC on FOX 26

The year’s penultimate show was also one of its best, a night so loaded with quality entertainment that Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Mike Perry didn’t even win “Fight of the Night.”

Alessio Di Chirico and Nordine Taleb’s brutal knockouts highlighted the “Prelims” undercard until Julian Marquez and Darren Stewart tore the place up with a phenomenal back-and-forth brawl, demonstrating a frankly unreasonable amount of grit and durability before Marquez locked up a fight-ending front choke midway through the second.

The main card was a blast from beginning to end. Glover Teixeira opened things with an upset stoppage of Misha Cirkunov, after which the aforementioned Ponzinibbio and Perry tore each other to pieces for 15 minutes in a bloody mess of a scrap. Josh Emmett kept the momentum alive with a one-hit knockout of Ricardo Lamas, although missing weight robbed him of the chance to earn a bonus.

Rafael dos Anjos put his stamp on things with a career-best performance against Robbie Lawler, ending an evening that didn’t get nearly the viewership it deserved. UFC on FOX 26 was a triumph … and it accomplished all of this despite seven fights falling through.

Number Two: UFC 218

This card featured my “Knockout of the Year” and two of my top three “Fights of the Year,” not to mention an engaging and brutal title fight to cap it off.

Aside from the egregious Felice Herrig vs. Cortney Casey match up, the event basically delivered top-to-bottom, showing off quality prospects and entertaining veterans alike. Yancy Medeiros and Alex Oliveira stole the show, only for Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje to steal it right back, only for Francis Ngannou to have a go of his own via nuclear uppercut.

There’s a legit argument that this card deserved the top spot and probably would have gotten on this list even if those three fights had been surrounded by stinkers, but don’t let a second-place finish make you think this was anything but spectacular.

Number One: UFC 217

UFC 218 had one hell of a strong claim to the top spot, but three titles changing hands in dramatic fashion in a single night? Hard to say no to that.

Ricardo Ramos got the show off to a damn hot start on Fight Pass with a spinning elbow knockout of Aiemann Zahabi, just the second of its kind in UFC history. A pair of bizarre endings in Curtis Blaydes vs. Aleksei Oleinik and Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris weren’t enough to slow the momentum, especially since Ovince Saint Preux scored a comeback head kick knockout along the way.

Then came the main card, which saw Paulo Costa end Johny Hendricks’ UFC career and Stephen Thompson hand Jorge Masvidal his most definitive defeat in years. Rose Namajunas’ massive upset of Joanna Jedrzejczyk, T.J. Dillashaw’s grueling slugfest with Cody Garbrandt, and Georges St-Pierre’s triumphant return combined to create the year’s most dramatic main card and push this event above its peers.

Here’s hoping this list becomes inaccurate after Saturday, Maniacs, when UFC 219 closes 2017’s combat sports campaign, hopefully, on a high note. Have an awesome holiday!

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UFC/MMA ‘Fighter of the Year’ 2017 – Top 5 List

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is — by its very nature — an extremely volatile sport, but nobody could have predicted how much the landscape would shift in 2017. Champions rose, legends fell, and both the old and new generations set the stage for a brilliantly tumultuous future. Nobody stood out quite like these five, though.

Honorable Mentions: Rafael dos Anjos, Francis Ngannou, Brian Ortega, Martin Nguyen, Darren Till

Number Five: Volkan Oezdemir

UFC 214 Jimmy Manua vs.  Volkan Oezdemir
Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Whether or not Oezdemir topples Daniel Cormier next month, he came out of nowhere to have an incredible 2017.

He started off by stepping up on two weeks’ notice to defeat Ovince Saint Preux by unanimous decision. The decision was admittedly iffy, with 14 of 16 media members scoring it for “OSP,” and the bookies accordingly listed him as a 3:1 underdog against Misha Cirkunov.

Cirkunov — who had stopped four consecutive UFC opponents — was expected to overpower the Swiss striker with his Greco-Roman skills. Instead, Oezdemir lamped him in 28 seconds with a boop to the ear. Jimi Manuwa fared exactly six seconds worse, providing Oezdemir a new nom de guerre: “No Time.” Three wins over top Light Heavyweight fighters in the span of six months, two of which lasted a combined 0:58. I think that’s enough to earn a place on this list.

Number Four: Rose Namajunas

UFC 217: Jedrzejczyk v Namajunas
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Rose Namajunas had built a career out of incredible moments, but her lack of consistency and champion Joanna Jerdzejczyk’s overwhelming dominance left “Thug Rose” one of the larger underdogs on UFC 217. Sure, she’d dropped and choked out Michelle Waterson in April, but she was just two fights removed from a rough loss to Karolina Kowalkiewicz and her prior victory over Tecia Torres could have easily gone “The Tiny Tornado’s” way.

Namajunas’ only avenue of victory, it appeared, lay in her venomous submission game, but she’d have to take Jedrzejczyk down and keep here there. Neither Cláuda Gadelha nor Jéssica Andrade had been able to do so and they looked like far stronger wrestlers than Namajunas.

So Rose just knocked Jedrzejczyk flat with a left hook instead. Props for lateral thinking!

She’s got another row with Jedrzejczyk ahead of her before she can move on, but Namajunas made an incredible impression in 2017, one that deserves recognition

Number Three: Demetrious Johnson

UFC Fight Night: Johnson v Reis
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Demetrious Johnson happily grappled with two Brazilian jiu-jitsu aces this year and submitted them both. That is how freakishly good this man is.

I’m sure you’ve had your fill of superlatives about “Mighty Mouse,” but he absolutely deserves them. Wilson Reis is a former Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion (at brown belt) who had never been submitted as a professional and Ray Borg is a scrambling prodigy who’s huge for the division. Johnson gave them every opportunity to show their skills, then easily dominated them anyway.

And Dana White’s claiming he can’t market this guy?

Number Two: Robert Whittaker

UFC 221 Perth Workouts
Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images

Going into 2017, the Middleweight division had two boogeymen: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Yoel Romero, who had run roughshod over all comers save each other and struggled to get the top match ups they deserved. Whittaker, who got to UFC through a filler season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) and had two losses at Welterweight in the organization, fought them both in succession.

Against “Jacare,” Whittaker managed to dislodge the jiu-jitsu legend from his back and systematically dismantle him before putting him away with a vicious head kick. Souza had won 10 of his previous eleven dating back to 2011, throttling the likes of Gegard Mousasi and giving Yoel Romero his toughest UFC out, but had zero answers for “Bobby Knuckles.”

Then came Romero.

“Soldier of God” has the sort of athletic prowess you expect out of a fighting game boss the players aren’t supposed to be able to use without hacking. He’s so fast that it looks like the laws of physics are struggling to keep up with him when he explodes. If the man could get any traction on the cage floor he’d be unstoppable.

Whittaker, after a rough couple rounds, beat him on one leg.

“The Reaper” is entertaining, powerful, young and has another potential “Fight of the Year” lined up against Luke Rockhold. Mad, mad props.

Number One: Max Holloway

UFC 218: Holloway v Aldo
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Ordinarily, spending your year fighting the same guy twice isn’t enough to get the top spot. When that guy is Jose Aldo and you make him look pedestrian, though, that’s another story.

Of all the fighters to earn a belt this year, Holloway has my highest hopes for establishing a dynasty. Jose Aldo is a technician of the highest caliber and Holloway took him apart twice in a row.

And he’s a measly 26 years old. His potential is so far off the charts that a five-man belay team couldn’t climb high enough to see the top. Nobody did more in 2017 to stake their claim as the future of the sport.

My expectation? He’ll be back in this top spot more than once.

UFC has fewer dynasties than ever right now, and that means some quality drama in store for 2018 when this new crop of champions gets to show their mettle. Can’t wait!

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Midnight Mania! UFC is asking 450 million per year for TV deal… but probably won’t get it

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Jason Cruz of MMA Payout is reporting that the UFC is asking a high price to carry it’s product- but it may have trouble getting it. 450 million dollars per year is a steep increase from the current FOX deal, 120 million.

The Sports Business Journal reports the UFC’s current state of negotiating a new media rights package once its deal with FOX is up. Currently, the new asking price of $ 450M per year is a stiff increase that is not garnering a lot of interest at this point.

The current deal with FOX is worth $ 120 million per year (with it jumping to $ 160 million for the last year) for the 7 year deal which ends at the end of 2018. The UFC is looking to increase its rights fee to $ 450 million per year. Traditional media companies appear to be weary of the hefty ask.

The UFC has been considering other options- Amazon, for instance, might be a potential contender to carry the UFC product on it’s all-digital platform. That would be a move without precedent, and a risky one.

There is another concern for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s negotiating power: they might have competition from the WWE.

SBJ notes that with the WWE’s media rights deal coming up in the fall of 2019, the market and bargaining leverage might be hindered for the UFC. WWE has met with Fox earlier this summer as part of the pro wrestling company’s road show with various networks “to show the power of its programming.” The WWE’s deal with NBC in 2017 is estimated at $ 180 million.


Insomnia

Dustin Poirier’s life is pretty good right now

Gainzzzz for Demetrious Johnson

I do believe this is Edmond Tarverdyan’s actual account. At least some of the people Werdum gets into it with tend to be some of the least likable people in MMA.

Justin Buckholz, Team Alpha Male’s (erstwhile?) striking coach, is hinting that all is not well at Team Alpha Male.

Comment when you see it…

You picking Bisping or Gastelum for the win?

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This is a good account if you like MMA memes

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Jacare tried to forestall Brunson saying anything about the time and location… but Brunson went ahead and named a different time and location.

Because what are the keys, really? I would be happy to be wrong, but this seems like a brutal matchup for Holly Holm. I hope she’s getting the millions she wanted.

Why would Cyborg post a picture on her own Instagram with Wanderlei’s face photoshopped onto hers??

Good question- that’s one of the biggest things the Ali Expansion Act would change.

Uriah Hall is grumpy in the morning.

Volkan is out of jail.

The McGregors are getting in the Christmas spirit

Matt Brown got himself into some trouble this weekend. Don’t mix alcohol and watching your kids!

Safe to say, Werdum liked his gift

My dad sent me a picture of a buck he killed recently, and I do miss being outdoors this time of year.

“Watch Vasyl Lomachenko play tennis with himself” is just the latest Lomachenko addition to impossible feats

This shouldn’t be real either:

Gina Carano is going to be shouting at this match like Loki watching Thor get slammed around by Hulk: “That is how it feels!!” (If you haven’t seen the latest Thor movie, trust me, worth it)

Good gator wrestling on display here:


Good Reads and Quick Hits


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

This rolling wheel kick/scorpion kick knockout is absolutely unbelievable.

WOW!! Capoeira Kick KO!!!!

HOLY S*#% – What a capoeira kick knockout on Shock N Awe – Take a bow Ollie Flint
Tag a friend and show them Ollie’s amazing KO! Is this one of the KOs of the year?
UK amateur MMA at it’s finest!

Posted by MMAnytt.com on Friday, November 17, 2017

I love me a good body shot.

Spike

That was quick

This would have been amazing

Great moment from this weekend’s UFC card

When the referee is like… ah, forget it.

SUMO


Random Land

This made me reflexively angry, yet I also laughed out loud.

This made me frustrated too, but less so.

Nature IS better with lightsabers

Nature is better with lightsabers

Nature is beautiful

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via youtube.com/vidgeo

Posted by Machinima on Monday, November 13, 2017

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Midnight Mania! One-armed fighter Nick “Notorious” Newell returning to MMA after two year retirement

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Nick Newell, the one-armed fighter who once faced Justin Gaethje, is returning to MMA. Via CombatDocket.com:

Ex WSOF title challenger, and XFC Lightweight Champion Nick Newell has ended a two plus year layoff to sign a multi fight deal with LFA. Newell, a congenital amputee from the elbow down on his left arm has been fighting against the odds his whole life.

Nick was widely considered an inspirational figure, not just to the MMA community but to a wide swath of people who found his success in spite of his amputation astonishing.

He never took that view of himself.

Here are extended highlights from his only loss to Justin Gaethje prior to retirement. Besides being more competitive than I recalled, there is also a clearly illegal knee by Gaethje; Newell complained about it afterwards, and it was never addressed by the referee. Considering the mettle Justin Gaethje has since shown against top ten UFC competition, this fight is extremely impressive in retrospect.

Before that, he became XFC champion with this fight:

He’s also known for posting videos of his cats.

When is life #GatosDeNewell #catsofinstagram #instacat #catstgram #catbreading #cats

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Insomnia

We’ve all been there, Cat.

Waxing lyrical for no reason is okay

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeazy

Some days I do love the internet.

(this was the original image)

I’ll admit I chuckled

Will Brooks and Dustin Poirier in the ATT training room


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Slip, rip, KO, all in this clip.

This is my favorite counter

I did enjoy this fight

The Basho is back, and that means Sumo for all you poor souls

This is going to be an awesome boxing match. I cannot wait.

Beautiful body kick.

One thing you have to admit about Mike Perry- he can certainly fight.

That’s the lowest lift I’ve ever seen from a knockout knee to the head.

This 2011 footage of Floyd Mayweather Sr., against a kid that decides sucker-punching him is a good idea, is truly wild.


Good Reads and Quick Hits


Podcasts and Video

The MMA Hour

Flyin Brian J explains why Conor McGregor is being sued

The Severe MMA lads discuss the latest craic

The CME podcast


Random Land

… what?

I hope Floridians are okay…

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