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UFC 178: Fighter Salaries

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UFC 178: Fighter Salaries

UFC-178-1UFC 178: Johnson vs Cariaso, took place on September 27th, 2014 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event saw flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defend his title against Chris Cariaso, with a second round submission.

The evenings co-main event saw former Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez make his UFC debut against Donald Cerrone, in what was an entertaining affair.

Likely the most highly anticipated fight of the card saw Irish star Conor McGregor take on Dustin Poirier in a featherweight contest. The Irishman did not disappoint, as he backed up his first round knockout prediction.

The event also saw the return of former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, who last stepped into the Octagon back in October of 2011, take on Takeya Mizugaki.

Another fighter made their return to the Octagon after a lengthy layoff due to injury, as Cat Zingano took on Amanda Nunes, with Zingano winning the fight, and earning the next shot at champion Ronda Rousey.

Here are the fighter salaries from the event, as reported by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

  • Demetrious Johnson ($129,000 + $54,000 = $183,000)
  • Chris Cariaso ($24,000)

 

  • Donald Cerrone ($63,000 + $63,000 = $126,000)
  • Eddie Alvarez ($100,000)

 

  • Conor McGregor ($75,000 + $75,000 = $150,000)
  • Dustin Poirier ($34,000)

 

  • Yoel Romero ($29,000 + $29,000 = $58,000)
  • Tim Kennedy ($70,000)

 

  • Cat Zingano ($9,000 + $9,000 = $18,000)
  • Amanda Nunes ($15,000)

 

  • Dominick Cruz ($50,000 + $50,000 = $100,000)
  • Takeya Mizugaki ($32,000)

 

  • Jorge Masvidal ($45,000 + $45,000 = $90,000)
  • James Krause ($15,000)

 

  • Stephen Thompson ($16,000 + $16,000 = $32,000)
  • Patrick Cote ($33,000)

 

  • Brian Ebersole ($21,000 + $21,000 = $42,000)
  • John Howard ($21,000)

 

  • Kevin Lee ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000)
  • Jon Tuck ($10,000)

 

  • Manvel Gamburyan ($25,000 + $25,000 = $50,000)
  • Cody Gibson ($10,000)

 

[alert variation=”alert-warning”]DISCLAIMER: These figures represent what the UFC has disclosed to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The figures do not include discretionary bonuses handed out by the UFC, and or sponsorship money paid to the fighters. [/alert]

Miesha Tate: Rousey will beat Zingano in 1st Round (video)

Miesha Tate Predicts Ronda Rousey Will Defeat Cat Zingano In The First Round

Cat Zingano made her return to the UFC’s Octagon this past weekend at UFC 178, and picked up a third round TKO victory over Amanda Nunes. The win granted her the next title shot at the dominant women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey. Fellow UFC women’s bantamweight Miesha Tate, who has also been in the Octagon with both Zingano and Rousey, gave her opinion on what to expect when the two women fight.

Cat-Zingano-3 Ronda-Rousey-2Here’s what Tate had to say:

“I think that Ronda is going to win the fight. Zingano starting slow two fights in a row is not going to serve her well with Ronda, who is a fight-finishing machine. She finishes fights in the first round. You can’t come out to a slow pace and expect to get out of a round with Ronda Rousey.

Her physical presence suggests that she is really strong, but I didn’t feel that during my fight with her.¬† It didn’t feel like she was superiorly stronger than any fighter I had faced before. I’m not saying she can’t win the fight. I’ve been in there with both and I think the explosive power of Rousey will beat Cat to the punches in every area and that should be enough to keep the title.”

Ronda Rousey last fought at UFC 175, back on July 5th, 2014, and defeated Alexis Davis in a mere sixteen seconds, a new record for Rousey, who’s finished nine of her ten professional fights in the first round.

UFC president Dana White has recently revealed that Rousey has requested her next fight take place at UFC 182, which is headlined by the light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, and takes place on January 3rd, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Although the fight is not official, it looks as if Rousey’s request will be granted, and her and Zingano will meet at UFC 182’s co-main event.

Chris Weidman Vows To Embarrass Vitor Belfort

Vitor-Belfort-1 Chris-Weidman-2UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman recently responded to Vitor Belfort’s allegations that Weidman pulled out of their scheduled UFC 181 title fight, in order to keep his belt over the Christmas holidays, something the champion claims he will embarrass Belfort in the Octagon for suggesting such a thing.

Speaking to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour , here’s what Weidman had to say:

“It makes no sense, what he said about me. I just laughed it off. But to be honest with you, at this point, I’m going to have a lot of fun with him. I am going to go in there and embarrass him. This is not going to be a close fight. I am going to completely embarrass him in that cage. I am going to make him look like an old man who withered away.

This just gave me more of a reason to embarrass him. It doesn’t affect me too much, it just gives me a little nudge. It makes it easier for me to talk (trash). In my mind, I always wanted to embarrass him, now I’m saying it.

I want to completely toy with him. I want to beat him up standing, throw him on his butt, smack him a couple of times when he’s on the ground. Make him almost tap, then let go of it, let him stand up, beat him up on the feet, then take him down again. Just completely make a mockery of him.”

Chris Weidman was originally expected to defend his belt against Vitor Belfort at UFC 173. But with the Nevada State Athletic Commission banning the use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy, Belfort was forced to pull out of the fight.

After Weidman defeated Lyoto Machida to retain his title at UFC 175, the Belfort fight was rescheduled and expected to take place on December 6th, 2014 at UFC 181. However, last week it was announced that Weidman had suffered a broken hand and the bout is again being rescheduled and expected to take place in February 2015.

Free Fight: Gunnar Nelson vs DeMarques Johnson

Free Fight: Gunnar Nelson vs DeMarques Johnson

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In his UFC debut, Gunnar Nelson looked to make a statement against UFC vet DaMarques Johnson.

Watch Nelson battle Rick Story in the main event at UFC Fight Night 53, on October 4th, 2014 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

Free Fight – Rory MacDonald vs Demian Maia

Free Fight – Rory MacDonald vs Demian Maia

 Looking to bounce back from a loss, top welterweight contender Rory MacDonald stays focused on his opponent, Demian Maia, at UFC 170.

See MacDonald fight Tarec Saffiedine in the main event at UFC Fight Night Halifax.

Free Fight: Rick Story vs Brian Foster (video)

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Story has seen his fair share of wars; via UFC/Zuffa LLC

Free Fight: Rick Story vs Brian Foster

UFC 103

At UFC 103, welterweight contender Rick Story looked for his first win inside the Octagon as he battled Brian Foster.

See Rick Story go up against Gunnar Nelson in the main event at UFC Fight Night 53, on October 4th, 2014 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.