UFC 91 Salaries

Dustin Hazelett wins Submission of the Night

The official salaries have been released from UFC 91 along with the traditional bonuses.  Dustin Hazelett took home Submission of the Night.  Jeremy Stephens nabbed Knockout of the Night.

Jorge Gurgel and Aaron Riley’s three round prelim bout earned Fight of the Night honors.  Those extra bonuses netted the four men an additional $60,000 respectively.

The total payroll (excluding the above bonuses) equaled $1.119 million.  It should also be noted the mysterious back stage “Locker Room” bonuses we occasionally hear about.

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Dana White & Brock Lesnar post-UFC 91 interviews

Dana White breaks down Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Couture and talks about the new UFC Heavyweight Champion. White also discusses Kenny Florian’s performance and says that B.J. “better stay on his game and stay focused.” No truer words were ever spoken.

Post-fight interview with Brock Lesnar after the jump.

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UFC 91 results & live play-by-play

Mark Bocek (155) vs. Alvin Robinson (155)
Rd.1 – Alvin Robinson barely survives a north/south choke submission from Bocek and is saved by the bell.
Rd.2 – Lots of scrambling on the ground. Tactical ground battle.
Rd.3 – Bocek slams Robinson with a big one. Bocek gets side control then gets full mount. Robinson gives up his back and Bocek finally gets the choke. Mark Bocek defeats Alvin Robinson by submission (rear naked choke) in round 3.

Jorge Gurgel (155) vs. Aaron Riley (156)
Rd.1 – Nice exchanges by Gurgel.
Rd.2 – Lots of exchanges by both guys. Riley lands some good head kicks and punches. Gurgel got a takedown at the end of the round.
Rd.3 – Aaron Riley really got the best of Gurgel this round. He rocked Gurgel badly with a head kick and just out struck Gurgel the whole round. Gurgel punches slowed as he visibly tired. Aaron Riley defeats George Gurgel by unanimous decision.

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Post-UFC 87 Roger Huerta is no “slippery moron”

Roger Huerta was recently in Toronto and spoke with MMA Canada.

Roger said that dealing with his first professional loss against Kenny Florian at UFC 87 was very hard.  It was tough but he has taken some time off and has been able get some rest, spend some time with friends and family and refocus on his goals.

Roger responded to some comments Kenny made after their fight when Kenny apparently said that Roger felt “a little slippery” during their bout.  Roger said he considers that “a low blow…and instead of saying this cat is tough, he’s a wizard on the ground and I can’t finish him…it is harsh.”  Roger went on to say, “If Kenny was not satisfied with his win” then they could do it again in a rematch.

The subject of Huerta’s relationship with the UFC and some comments he had made came up and Roger had this to say, “The thing I want to take back is this; I didn’t realize how much the world title meant to me until the loss….and it means a lot in the UFC because honestly, the UFC does have the best fighters in the world.”  He goes on to try and clarify what he meant by his controversial statements in the magazine, “All I was trying to say is that it’s not wrong to look at it as a business…if I had a position for Wells Fargo Bank and U.S. Bank offered me more money and it would help myself and my family and retirement, then there’s nothing wrong with that.  That is something to logically think about…that was it…nothing more.”

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PRO MMA Scouting Report

Scouting out the world of Professional Mixed Martial Arts:

  • Kimbo Slice is in a new Nike commercial working with San Diego Chargers running back, LaDainian Tomlinson, doing some straight up gangsta training.
  • If you are part of the Elite XC stable of fighters one of your goals is probably to fight on CBS. Debi Purcell fought on Showtime’s ShoXC card last Friday but will they let her on prime time with her own unique brand of “tramp stamp?”
  • Would you like to see the epitome of a “keyboard warrior” who has no clue what it takes to get in a cage and stand toe to toe with the baddest men on the planet?  Most of us have no idea what that is like.  And that is exactly the reason most of us don’t write open letters to professional fighters telling them how to do their job, especially a top-tier fighter like Kenny Florian.   This dude has some real nerve.
  • Gracie Mag has a new interview with Rogerio Minotouro Nogueira. He seems to be happy at his new home with Affliction. He talks about his recent fight with Dewees, what it’s like for the Nogueira brothers in America, and the future of MMA.
  • Brock Lesnar has a question and answer session with New York Times blog readers. They touch on a myriad of topics including steroids and gay UFC fighters.
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UFC 87: SEEK AND DESTROY – AUGUST 9, 2008 – LIVE RESULTS & PLAY-BY-PLAY

by: Jack Bratcher

Jason MacDonald vs. Demian Maia (middleweight)

Rd.1 – They both come out trading punches. Maia pulls guard. Maia looking for a triangle. Rogan has already called it over. MacDonald is out of the triangle and takes Maia’s back with hooks in. Maia escapes a rear naked choke attempt. Back in Maia’s full guard. Shoulder strikes by MacDonald. MacDonald postures up and lands some shots. MacDonald has a deep guilatine. Maia is bleeding. Maia escapes and takes MacDonald’s back with rear naked choke in. Wow. MacDonald survived! Amazing! Amazing!
Rd.2 – Maia catches MacDonald with a left. Clinched up. Maia throws some knees then takes MacDonald down. Maia is on top and in full mount. Elbows by Maia. Big punches by Maia. Big elbows. Maia still with the ground and pound. Still in full mount for over a minute. MacDonald hanging on from the bottom. MacDonald pops out but Maia has his arm; he’s out. MacDonald on top now in half guard looking to pass as the bell sounds.
Rd.3 – MacDonald lands a punch and Maia gets the takedown. MacDonald reverses and gets on top. MacDonald’s corner told him not to play this ground game with Maia but he still is. Maia sweeps and ends up in full mount. Elbows from the top. MacDonald gives up his back. Maia still striking from MacDonald’s back. Maia sinks in the choke and MacDonald taps, too exhausted to defend I imagine.

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Is Kenny Florian Crazy? MMA Live Episode Ten – ESPN Video

Here’s ESPN’s MMA LIVE Episode Ten.  They talk about the upcoming Affliction: Banned card and UFC Fight Night 14.  James Irvin is interviewed about the biggest fight of his career against Anderson Silva.  Also discussed in this episode is the situation with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and much more that is going on in the world … Read more

Video: ESPN’s “MMA Live,” Episode 6

Great new episode of ESPN’s excellent mixed martial arts show with Kenny Florian. Dana White is interviewed and Josh Barnett and Jeff Sherwood are also on as guests. All of the recent events and upcoming matches in MMA are discussed. [vodpod id=ExternalVideo.610222&w=425&h=350&fv=] more about “ Video: ESPN’s “MMA Live,” Episode 6“, posted with vodpod   … Read more