Trevor Wittman Calls Shane Carwin “Gift from God”

Anytime Brock Lesnar is set to fight it’s pretty normal for the imposing heavyweight to receive a ton of pre-fight attention, after all, nothing resonates more with the mainstream media than a previous stint as a professional wrestler…This time around the story line surrounding Lesnar is even more intriguing, as it wasn’t long ago that […]

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Anytime Brock Lesnar is set to fight it’s pretty normal for the imposing heavyweight to receive a ton of pre-fight attention, after all, nothing resonates more with the mainstream media than a previous stint as a professional wrestler…This time around the story line surrounding Lesnar is even more intriguing, as it wasn’t long ago that the champion’s career was in doubt due to a nasty case of diverticulitis (and let’s not forget Lesnar’s remarks regarding healthcare, which got that spotlight scalding bright).

In addition to Lesnar’s stardom and abilities (Dana White told Ariel Helwani he believes the Minnesota Monster is the UFC’s biggest commodity), what puts tomorrow night’s UFC 116 main event at the top of the ‘must see’ list, is opponent Shane Carwin. While he may not have the high profile of Lesnar yet, the massive heavyweight has also quickly become a UFC star, in part due to his 5-XL fists which have pounded out every Octagon opponent he’s faced thus far.

So, how special is Carwin? Well in a recent interview with MMA Fighting, renowned Grudge trainer Trevor Wittman said this, when asked to recall his initial assessment of the former collegiate football / wrestling star.

“I went home that night thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, with his size and ability, I finally got my gift from God, a heavyweight champion,’” Wittman told MMA Fighting.

Gift from God? Pretty hard to top that in the compliment category. Someone up there is blessing MMA fans with a pretty huge fight that’s for damn sure; to bet on it head here.

UFC 116 early fighters salaries: Lesnar makes flat $400K, Carwin could make $80K

Win or lose, Brock Lesnar makes $400,000 at Saturday’s UFC 116 event, and Shane Carwin makes a base pay of $40,000 that could double to $80,000 if he’s victorious and gets his win bonus.

Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer …

Win or lose, Brock Lesnar makes $400,000 at Saturday’s UFC 116 event, and Shane Carwin makes a base pay of $40,000 that could double to $80,000 if he’s victorious and gets his win bonus.

Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer today emailed the early salary figures to MMAjunkie.com.

Additionally, co-headliner Chris Leben earns $43,000 to show with a $43,000 win bonus possible, and opponent Yoshihiro Akiyama gets $45,000 to show with a potential $25,000 as a win bonus.


The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale officially draws 1,889 attendees for $430K live gate

The Nevada State Athletic Commission today released official attendance
and box-office tallies for this past month’s The Ultimate Fighter 11
Finale, and the UFC’s initial estimates were nearly spot-on.

The event’s official live now stands at 1,889 spe…

The Nevada State Athletic Commission today released official attendance
and box-office tallies for this past month’s The Ultimate Fighter 11
Finale, and the UFC’s initial estimates were nearly spot-on.

The event’s official live now stands at 1,889 spectators for a $430,250
live gate.

Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer on
Friday emailed the figures to MMAjunkie.com.


C.B. Dollaway vs. Joe Doerksen targeted for UFC 119 in Indianapolis

C.B. Dollaway and Joe Doerksen are on tap for the UFC’s first trip to Indiana.

The middleweights have agreed to face each other at UFC 119, which takes place Sept. 25 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. MMAjunkie.com today confirmed that verbal ag…

C.B. Dollaway and Joe Doerksen are on tap for the UFC’s first trip to Indiana.

The middleweights have agreed to face each other at UFC 119, which takes place Sept. 25 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. MMAjunkie.com today confirmed that verbal agreements are in place but that bout agreements have not been signed for the fight, which was first reported by topmmanews.com.

It’s not clear if the fight will be part of the night’s main card or preliminary card.


UFC 116 Brock Lesnar vs Shane Carwin Weigh In Results: Live Stream

UFC 116 is almost upon us.
The official weigh-in event for UFC 116: “Lesnar vs. Carwin” is set to go down later today from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
To watch the live steam click here .
Read more UFC news on BleacherR…

UFC 116 is almost upon us.
The official weigh-in event for UFC 116: “Lesnar vs. Carwin” is set to go down later today from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
To watch the live steam click here .
Read more UFC news on BleacherReport.com
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Yoshihiro Akiyama Clarifies Recent Comments About Chris Leben

You may recall last week hearing the sobs of Wanderlei Silva fans around the world, as word came down that “The Axe Murderer” would not fight at UFC 116, due to multiple injuries. It was a tough couple of days, no doubt, but we got through it… together. Now the man that Silva was supposed to […]

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You may recall last week hearing the sobs of Wanderlei Silva fans around the world, as word came down that “The Axe Murderer” would not fight at UFC 116, due to multiple injuries. It was a tough couple of days, no doubt, but we got through it… together. Now the man that Silva was supposed to fight, Yoshihiro Akiyama, was in fact truly devastated that he would not fight the former Pride champion this Saturday. When informed he would fight Chris Leben instead of Wandy, Akiyama’s reaction was rather similar to when we’re told last call is over- not good. The renowned judo competitor stated Leben wasn’t “a big name,” and that further, a no show for UFC 116 might just be in the cards (yeah- that would have gone over real well…) .

Of course, thankfully, Akiyama made the trip overseas and is set to fight Leben tomorrow night, and in the meantime, the Japanese middleweight has apparently been doing a little bit of damage control. Talking to MMA Junkie this week, Akiyama tried to clarify his recent comments, that probably didn’t score many points with Leben and his supporters.

“I’m very familiar with Chris’ popularity in the States, but compared to Wanderlei overseas, he’s a much bigger name in Korea and Japan,” Akiyama said through an interpreter. “For me, to improve the popularity of MMA in Japan is one of my goals as well.”

It also sounds like all is well between Dana White and Akiyama, as the UFC Prez was quoted saying “I understood,” in regards to “Sexyama’s” bitter disappointment that he’s no longer fighting Silva. Should be a good bout regardless. To bet on the tilt head here.