“UFC 97: Redemption” live gate and bonuses

According to UFC President Dana White at Saturday night’s post-fight press conference, 21,451 people brought in a live gate of $4.9 million to the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, to watch “UFC 97: Redemption.”

The UFC gave out their largest bonuses ever with $70,000 per fighter.

Sam Stout defeated Matt Wiman by unanimous decision in a fight that earned them $70,000 each for “Fight of the Night”.  Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s first round KO of Chuck Liddell earned him “Knockout of the Night” and Krzysztof Soszynski’s first round kimura win over Brian Stann earned him “Submisson of the Night.”

Following UFC 97, Dana White confirmed his friend, Chuck Liddell, would “be with him forever” as part of the UFC, but it was his last time in the Octagon. “You will never see him on that canvas again” said the UFC President.

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UFC 97: Redemption – results & play by play

PRO MMA (promma.info) will be providing live round by round action of “UFC 97: Redemption” tonight starting at 9:00 PM CST/6:00 PM PST. 

UFC 97: Redemption

Main Card:
Anderson Silva def. Thales Leites by unanimous decision
Mauricio Rua def. Chuck Liddell by KO
Cheick Kongo def. Antoni Hardonk by TKO
Luis Arthur Cane def. Steve Cantwell by unanimous decision
Krzysztof Soszynski def. Brian Stann by submission (kimura)
Preliminary Card:
Eliot Marshall def. Vinny Magalhaes by unanimous decision
Denis Kang def. Xavier Foupa-Pokam by unanimous decision
Nate Quarry def. Jason MacDonald by TKO
Ed Herman def. David Loiseau by unanimous decision
Mark Bocek def. David Bielkheden by submission (RNC)
T.J. Grant def. Ryo Chonan by split decision
Sam Stout def. Matt Wiman by unanimous decision

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Cole Miller & Joseph Benavidez stop by Pro MMA Radio

Pro MMA Radio” radio host Larry Pepe had two guests this week in his ‘Toe-to-Toe” segment. Cole Miller who is coming off a win over Junie Browning at UFC Fight Night 18 in Nashville and Joseph Benavidez who is coming off a win over Jeff Curran at WEC 40 were both guests on “Pro MMA Radio” episode 43 (4/13/09).

Cole Miller talked to Larry about how the bad blood between he and Junie Browning originally started. Prior to Cole’s fight with Junie, he made the comment Junie was the lowest level opponent he has been matched up with in the UFC. Cole still holds the same low opinion of Junie after their fight.

Cole said he did not watch “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir” in which Junie Browning was a contestant. However, he has heard the stories about “the Lunatik.”

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New sponsor for “UFC 97: Redemption”

After a short running partnership with FullTilt Poker, the UFC has officially banned FullTilt as a sponsor. The ban will include any and all mention of FullTilt, on signage as well as fighter apparel.

Many thought this was due to the long debated illegality of online poker and/or the competition online gambling sites pose to traditional “brick and mortar” Casinos. Neither seems to be the case for the recent ban, rather a less conscience laden reason is the cause.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship, as well as multiple fighters, have now teamed up with UltimateBet for “UFC 97: Redemption”. Ultimate Bet, one of the largest online gambling networks, will be sponsoring the UFC promotion itself, as well as  Chuck Liddell, Mauricio Rua, Thales Leites, Anderson Silva, Krzystof Soszynski, Eliot Marshall, and Antoni Hardonk for UFC 97.

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UFC 97 weigh-ins

PRO MMA (promma.info) has the official weigh-in results for “UFC 97: Redemption” which took place Friday, April 17 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.

The UFC Middleweight Champion came in three pounds under the 185 pound title-fight limit which is most likely an indication that the Champ is in phenomenal condition and will be fighting at optimum speed. The general consensus among MMA pundits is Silva wants to make a statement in this fight.

Silva’s opponent, Thales Leites, tipped the scale at the 185 pound middleweight title-fight limit, taking advantage of every single pound allowed. Few people are giving Leites a shot, and those kind of opponents are always dangerous.

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Saturday could be the last time Chuck Liddell fights in the Octagon

“[This] might be the last time you ever see Chuck Liddell fight live or on television; the legend, the Iceman, the man who helped build mixed martial arts.” That was UFC President Dana White’s answer Thursday to radio show host, Carmichael Dave, when he asked White if there was anything he wanted to say to the fans about UFC 97, which takes place this Saturday night, April 18th in Montreal.

After hearing those sad words, Dave replied, “Jesus, you really want to say that?” “Yes. He’s one of my best friends, but this could be it. He helped build this business, but this might be his last fight ever,” said the UFC President.

Chuck Liddell is the favorite to win his fight against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua tomorrow night, according to the odds on BetUS.com. They have Liddell at -200 and “Shogun” at +150.

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Meet three TUF 10 hopefuls

Hoping to follow in the footsteps of the UFC stars before them and gain a spot on The Ultimate Fighter season 10, 186 middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight fighters from all over the world showed up in Seattle, Washington on April 6th for an open casting call. PRO MMA (promma.info) was there to get a first look at the TUF 10 hopefuls.

The tryouts consisted of three phases: grappling, striking, and a personal interview. Following each of the first two phases, the names of the fighters that impressed the judges and made it to the next phase were called out. For the fighters who made the cut to the interview phase, they were told the final decisions would be made in a week or two and those selected to take part in The Ultimate Fighter season 10 would be notified.

From inexperienced to established, run-of-the-mill to out of this world, the makeup of fighters that tried out was anything but monotonous. Some were nervous while others seemed very relaxed and composed. Some made it all the way to the interview phase while many did not get past the grappling round.

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Sherdog founder, Jeff Sherwood talks about long standing feud with Dana White

Most everyone has heard about Dana White’s recent video blog in which he lashed out at Sherdog reporter Loretta Hunt. And most long time MMA fans know at least partially about the beef Dana and Sherdog have seemingly had for some time now. Only recently however, have both sides been willing to come out and … Read more