The Ultimate Fighter 9 winner James Wilks announces retirement from MMA

The Ultimate Fighter 9 winner James Wilks has announced his retirement from the UFC and the sport of MMA. Wilks last fought at UFC 120 in October 2010, losing to Claude Patrick. Wilks indicated that injuries have taken their tolls and forced him to call it a career while focusing on his gym in California.

UFC dishes out the dough with “TUF 9 Finale” fighter salaries

According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the UFC paid out a total of $630,000 in disclosed fighter salaries and bonuses for The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale on Saturday night.

The total payout is a huge jump from The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale, where the total payout including bonuses was $289,000. The fact that six fighters received “Fight of the Night” bonuses, as opposed to the normal two fighters, obviously attributed to a large part of the increase.

Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez took home the largest chunk of the payout, receiving $115,000 ($45,000 base salary, $45,000 win bonus, and $25,000 Fight of the Night bonus). Joe “Daddy” Stevenson was second on the list, taking home $95,000 ($35,000 base salary, $35,000 win bonus, and $25,000 Fight of the Night bonus).

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The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs U.K- Episode 2 recap

The episode begins with a recap of the U.K. fights, and then cuts to Dana White as he arrives back in Las Vegas. White talks about being impressed with the fighters overseas, and explains how Dan Henderson became the coach for Team U.S.A. over Rich Franklin.

Dana walks in to the training center and introduces the fighters to Coach Dan Henderson. Within seconds, welterweight Jason Pierce pulls a “Phillipe Nover”, passing out on the mat. Dana White makes sure Pierce is OK, and wishes the fighters good luck, and poses the question, “Who the [expletive] wants it?”

The drama continues with the physical checks as John David-Shackelford is discovered to be sporting a contagious lesion on his forehead, forcing him to cash the second half of his round trip airfare back home.

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