Mann Talk – Team Takedown for life

Shhh! Chris Leben is sleeping!
Shhh! Chris Leben is sleeping!

This has been a tough week for me. I’ve got three term papers due on Saturday. A frozen turkey fell on my head and cracked my skull Tito Ortiz style, and Jake Rosholt got cut by the UFC.

In the spring of 2007 a new management group named Team Takedown announced that they had signed four former NCAA wrestling standouts to MMA contracts. These four fighters would earn a salary and receive the best coaching available, while working to become top MMA fighters. After former Penn State all-American Eric Bradley was arrested there were only three fighters.

The innovative concept seemed like it was flawless. Anyone who has followed MMA at all can see the impact high level wrestlers have made, or, in the case of Tito Ortiz, the impact of sorta okay wrestlers. Johny Hendricks, Shane Roller and Jake Rosholt all quickly made their way to Zuffa owned promotions. Before they all made their WEC debuts, their combined record was 10-1. Now their combined record stands at 19-4. That’s not bad for three former wrestlers who started training MMA two and a half years ago.

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MMA Live: 11-25-09

It’s the Thanksgiving edition of MMA Live featuring a recap of last weekend’s UFC 106. Stephan Bonnar joins Jon Anik and Franklin McNeil as they take a look at the winners and losers from the event. Forrest Griffin discusses his win over Tito Ortiz, and Tyron Woodley checks in after his submission victory over Rudy … Read more

Dana White post-UFC 106 interview

Dana White gives his thoughts on all that took place at UFC 106. He says he was very impressed with “Lil Nog” and Josh Koscheck, and also says Phil Baroni will probably be back for another fight. White reveals that he and Koscheck have butted heads behind the scenes in the past. He also does … Read more

Dana White discusses Lesnar situation, working with Tito again, and more

Dana White discusses the Brock Lesnar situation, his condition, and refuses to entertain the possibility of an interim title until they find out what is wrong with him. Something other UFC heavyweights may be a bit concerned about is the doctor saying Brock has only been functioning at 60% of his potential for over one … Read more

UFC 106 fighter salaries

The UFC 106 fighter salaries have been released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and the total disclosed fighter payroll was $1,021,000. Main event fighters Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin were the highest paid fighters on the card.

A former UFC Light Heavyweight Champ, Griffin earned $100,000 to step back in the Octagon with Tito Ortiz, and earned another $150,000 as a bonus for getting the split decision victory.

Also a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion (the longest reigning in UFC history), Ortiz took home a flat rate of $250,000. Win or lose, he would have made the same amount.

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UFC 106: Koscheck, Nogueira, and Sadollah at post-fight press conference

Josh Koscheck, who won Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night honors with a very impressive victory over Anthony “Rumble” Johnson said, “Hopefully in 2010, if I’m not fighting St. Pierre next, I’ll be fighting every month.” In reference to who Koscheck may fight next, Dana White half-jokingly said, “Maybe Fitch.” Koscheck laughed … Read more

Tito Ortiz at the UFC 106 post-fight press conference

Tito Ortiz talks at the UFC 106 post-fight press conference about his performance against Forrest Griffin, and how he felt he won the fight. He also couldn’t believe Koscheck vs. Johnson got “Fight of the Night.” Ortiz would like a rematch with Griffin, and says his future is in Dana’s hands. Ortiz goes on to … Read more

Forrest Griffin post-UFC 106 interview


Following his win over Tito Ortiz at UFC 106, Forrest Griffin talks about the fight and how the rematch got put together. He also gives his thoughts on Tito’s mental game, his own preparation for the fight, how he chose his walk in music, plans to possibly put together a “super team,” and more.

Forrest’s immediate post-fight interview after the jump…

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UFC 106 live gate and bonuses

Josh Koscheck was the big bonus money winner of the night taking home Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night.

According to UFC President Dana White at the UFC 106 post-fight press conference, 10,529 fans packed into the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. this past Saturday night to watch Forrest Griffin out-point Tito Ortiz to win a split decision at UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2. White also stated the live gate for the event was $3 million.

As is the custom, the UFC 106 “fight night bonuses” were also announced.

“Fight of the Night” most deservedly went to Josh Koscheck and Anthony Johnson for a two round war between two of the sport’s most gifted athletes. It was a fast-paced fight that saw both fighters in advantageous positions. In the end, Koscheck’s wrestling paid the dividends that got him the victory. Both Koscheck and Johnson took home a bonus of $70,000 each for their performance.

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Mann Talk – UFC 106 advice column

Tito only poses for this picture because he was injured
Tito only posed for this picture because he was injured

There was not a lot of excitement in the MMA world over UFC 106, but it turned out to be a great card. It also gave us several talking points. Of course, there is no one more willing to talk than the fighters. They have turned to Mann Talk since there is no other columnist who could play “Dear Abby.” Actually these questions are hypothetical, but this is the advice I would give them if they came to me.

I won that Fight! My skull was cracked, and I was supposed to fight Mark Coleman, but I still won. I am still young and ready to take my title back! Do you know that I beat Elvis Sinosic at UFC 32? Machida only beat me because of my back. I am coming for that belt or a guest-starring role in Zombie Strippers 2!
— Bad Boy, Huntington Beach

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