Thin Line Between Love and Hate for Anderson Silva Fans

Filed under: UFCCONCORD, Calif. – For some of the fans gathered at the UFC Gym for Wednesday afternoon’s UFC 117 open workouts, braving the midday traffic, the teeming crowd, and the long wait just to get a glimpse of Anderson Silva was a labor of love…

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CONCORD, Calif. – For some of the fans gathered at the UFC Gym for Wednesday afternoon’s UFC 117 open workouts, braving the midday traffic, the teeming crowd, and the long wait just to get a glimpse of Anderson Silva was a labor of love.

For others, it was slightly more complicated.

“I want to see Anderson Silva get beat really bad,” said Fahrudin Velic, an ardent MMA fan who showed up early along with two friends to ensure a good view of the afternoon’s activities. “He used to be my favorite fighter. I loved Anderson Silva. Then he turned into an ass. If you buy his pay-per-views, it gets you mad because he’s not even fighting.”

Takanori Gomi Leads ‘Jones vs. Matyushenko’ Salary List

("I deserve to be [*expletive*], FIRST! Before the [*expletive*] jacuzzi! I’ll burn the goddamn house down! But [*expletive*] me first! How DARE YOUUUUUU!!!" Photo courtesy of UFC.com)
The UFC shelled out $640,000 in dis…

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("I deserve to be [*expletive*], FIRST! Before the [*expletive*] jacuzzi! I’ll burn the goddamn house down! But [*expletive*] me first! How DARE YOUUUUUU!!!" Photo courtesy of UFC.com)

The UFC shelled out $640,000 in disclosed salaries and bonuses to the fighters at UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko, with Takanori Gomi coming out way in front of the pack; thanks to his win bonus and KO bonus, he was the only fighter on the card to break the six-figure mark. The numbers are below. Keep in mind that they don’t include additional income from sponsorships and those mysterious undisclosed "locker room bonuses," or deductions for taxes, insurance, licensing fees, and new sunglasses.

Jon Jones: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
def. Vladimir Matyushenko: $31,000

Yushin Okami: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
def. Mark Munoz: $22,000

Jake Ellenberger: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. John Howard: $15,000

Takanori Gomi: $120,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus, $40,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Tyson Griffin: $30,000

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Yoshiyuki Yoshida Joins Bellator Fighting Championships For Bellator 31

CHICAGO, Ill. (August 04, 2010) —Yoshiyuki Yoshida, a heavy handed Judo black belt and UFC veteran, has become the newest addition to the Bellator Fighting Championships’ roster, as he fights an unannounced opponent at Bellator 31 on September 30th for the chance to earn a spot in the Season 4 World Welterweight Tournament.
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CHICAGO, Ill. (August 04, 2010) —Yoshiyuki Yoshida, a heavy handed Judo black belt and UFC veteran, has become the newest addition to the Bellator Fighting Championships’ roster, as he fights an unannounced opponent at Bellator 31 on September 30th for the chance to earn a spot in the Season 4 World Welterweight Tournament.

Yoshida is seasoned veteran of the Japanese mixed martial arts scene who quickly adapted to MMA in the US. He wasted little time choking out dangerous striker War Machine in his UFC debut with a vicious anaconda choke that came less than a minute into the first round. Yoshida also holds notable victories over the likes of Katsuya Inoue, Brandon Wolff and former UFC title challenger Dan Hardy.

“Yoshiyuki Yoshida is a multi-talented fighter with diverse abilities that could present problems for anyone in the welterweight division, said Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “At Bellator we’re dedicated to providing world-class, entertaining MMA and fighters like Yoshida at allow us to accomplish just that.”

Known for his flashy submissions and knockout power, Yoshida has finished 9 of his 11 victories, with 6 being stopped early due to KO or TKO, and the other 3 being finished via submission.

“For me, this is a new challenge,” said Yoshida. “There are many great fighters in Bellator so I am really looking forward to this opportunity,” said Yoshida. “I really like American fans and it’s my dream to keep fighting in the States. After the September fight, my focus will be solely on winning the Welterweight Tournament. Until then, I’m taking this one fight at a time.”

Yoshida joins an increasingly deep Bellator welterweight talent pool that currently includes Bellator Champion Lyman Good, Season 2 Tournament Champion Ben Askren, and Dan ‘The Handler’ Hornbuckle.

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bellator
About Bellator Fighting Championships

Bellator Fighting Championships is a Mixed Martial Arts promotional company headquartered in Chicago. Bellator’s founder/CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment professional with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes. Bellator Fighting Championships’ executive team is comprised of top industry professionals in the areas of live event production, television production, fighter relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations

UFC 117 Pre-Fight Press Conference Video

Filed under: UFCUFC President Dana White and main event fighters Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen will meet the media for the final time on Thursday at the UFC 117 pre-fight press conference video, and you can watch it live right here at MMAFighting.com…

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UFC President Dana White and main event fighters Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen will meet the media for the final time on Thursday at the UFC 117 pre-fight press conference video, and you can watch it live right here at MMAFighting.com.

This press conference should be particularly interesting, as Sonnen has spent several months needling Silva and will now finally get a chance to say something to Silva’s face. For his part, Silva has mostly ignored Sonnen’s trash talk, but we’ll see if he has anything to say when he meets Sonnen face-to-face.

The press conference begins at 4PM ET and the video is below.

Dana White: Winner of Thiago Alves vs. Jon Fitch Match Gets Title Shot

Filed under: UFC, NewsThiago Alves and Jon Fitch have each had one crack at UFC gold, and the winner of their Saturday rematch will get one more try.

That’s the word from UFC President Dana White, who confirmed that the victor of the Alves-Fitch co-ma…

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Thiago Alves and Jon Fitch have each had one crack at UFC gold, and the winner of their Saturday rematch will get one more try.

That’s the word from UFC President Dana White, who confirmed that the victor of the Alves-Fitch co-main event at UFC 117 will receive another welterweight title fight opportunity.

That man, however, would be second in line behind current No. 1 contender Josh Koscheck, who will eventually meet current champion Georges St. Pierre after the conclusion of the 12th season of The Ultimate Fighter. That bout will likely take place in December, meaning the Fitch-Alves winner could have an 8-9 month wait before fighting for the belt.

TFC 11: Full Force Information For September 10th Card.

Edmonton, Alberta (Canada): The Fight Club (TFC), one of the top fight promotions in Canada, recently announced that it will return to action with “TFC 11: Full Force” on Friday September 10th. “Full Force” will showcase a main event rematch between TFC Light Heavyweight Champion Martin “The Stress” Desiletsand UFC veteran Victor “The Matrix” Valimaki. […]

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Edmonton, Alberta (Canada): The Fight Club (TFC), one of the top fight promotions in Canada, recently announced that it will return to action with “TFC 11: Full Force” on Friday September 10th. “Full Force” will showcase a main event rematch between TFC Light Heavyweight Champion Martin “The Stress” Desiletsand UFC veteran Victor “The Matrix” Valimaki. The belt will be on the line as these two lock horns once again, as TFC 11 will be held at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Doors will open at 7 PM, and the fights will begin at 8 PM. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, http://www.thefightclub.ca/, or (780) 451-8000.

In addition to this exciting main event, two other fights have been signed for “TFC 11: Full Force.” In a battle for the TFC Canadian Lightweight title, the undefeated Mitch Clarke (6-0), a native of Edmonton, will fightJosh Machan (7-3, seven straight victories), who hails from Red Deer, Alberta. This scrap features two top young Canadian lightweights, and is sure to electrify the crowd. “Full Force” will be a family affair, as Josh’s brother, Ryan Machan (11-5) will move up from his lightweight status to take on James McCutcheon (3-2) in a welterweight tilt.

Also signed is a bout between two fighters with several things in common. Rio Wells (3-0) and Chuck Pelc(2-1) are both natives of Edmonton, Alberta, both compete at welterweight, both have a total of three pro MMA fights, and both are veterans of the Continental Football League. Now Wells and Pelc will lock horns in the center of the cage in order to prove who is superior.

The main event of “Full Force” is drawing a lot of interest as a fighter’s fight. In their first bout, which took place at “TFC 10: High Octane” this past March, Desilets and Valimaki laid it all on the line, throwing punches with abandon. In the end, Desilets was able to outlast his foe en route to a TKO victory with only ten seconds left in the first round. He gained Valimaki’s light heavyweight strap in the process. Check out the full fight here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEVf9dK3NR4. Now, these two will look to exceed their performances from their first fight at “Full Force.” Valimaki will attempt to regain his lost crown, while Desilets will do everything he can to hold onto it. Regardless of who comes out on top, the true winners will be the fans.

TFC Light Heavyweight Champion Martin “The Stress” Desilets (10-2-0-1) has only been to a decision once in his career, and has finished his opponent in every one of his victories. The Team Legion fighter, who trains with UFC fighter Jonathan “The Road Warrior” Goulet, is a six-foot tall native of Canada, and always brings the excitement in his bouts. He holds a TKO victory over current UFC contender Krzysztof Soszynski, and will look to make it two in a row against Valimaki at “Full Force.”

Victor “The Matrix” Valimaki (16-6), a veteran of the UFC, was riding a seven-fight win streak when he stepped into the cage against Desilets to defend his belt. Now, the nine-year MMA veteran will attempt to start another win streak by stopping the champ and getting his strap back. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Valimaki holds victories over notables Dan “The Beast” Severn, Jason “Dooms” Day, and Vernon “Tiger” White. At“Full Force,” he’ll try to add Desilets to that list.

“Full Force” will also feature TFC favorites Ryan McGillivray, Luke Harris, Jordan McKay, and many more. Look for additional fights to be announced in the coming weeks. The event will be shown on The Fight Network on tape delay, and news on a press conference will be announced soon. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.thefightclub.ca/