UFC vet Yoshiyuki Yoshida faces Chris Lozano at Bellator 31

Former UFC welterweight Yoshiyuki Yoshida (11-5) will face undefeated prospect Chris Lozano (5-0) at Bellator 31 on Sept. 30 in Lake Charles, La., with a spot in the Bellator 170-pound tournament on the line.

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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PRO MMA’s “The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale” staff picks

“The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale” takes place tonight, Saturday, June 20, 2009, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. Headlining the card will be The Ultimate Fighter season 1 winner Diego “The Nightmare” Sanchez vs. Clay “The Carpenter” Guida. In addition, the lightweight and welterweight TUF 9 tournament finals will be held, and a new “Ultimate Fighter” will be decided in both weight classes, each receiving a coveted six-figure UFC contract.

As has become our custom for most UFC events and large fight cards, the PRO MMA (promma.info) staff has submitted their predictions. So check out our picks, see if you agree or disagree, let us know who is on the money, and who is off in left field.

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The Ultimate Fighter: Episode 1 Re-Cap

It was a big night for MMA fans with the “UFC Fight Night 18: Condit vs. Kampmann” card being broadcast for free on Spike TV, followed by the first episode of the latest The Ultimate Fighter installment.

This time around the UFC has switched things up a bit with season 9 featuring a U.S.A. vs UK format. Led by coaches Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping, each representing and coaching their respective nations, the UFC is looking to inject new life into the 9th season of the popular reality fighting show.

Episode 1 begins with Dana White arriving at the Wolfslair gym being greeted outside by Michael Bisping. Dana next meets the guys that will be fighting to be one of the 8 UK fighters to make the flight to the states. We are then treated to a classic line by Dana: “Welcome to The Ultimate Fighter Mother [expletive].”

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