"Countdown to UFC 116" preview show debuts June 28 on Spike TV

The UFC’s traditional pre-event preview show returns June 28 for the debut of “Countdown to UFC 116.”

The one-hour special airs at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV and spotlights the July 3 event, which features a headliner and heavyweight title-unification …

The UFC’s traditional pre-event preview show returns June 28 for the debut of “Countdown to UFC 116.”

The one-hour special airs at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV and spotlights the July 3 event, which features a headliner and heavyweight title-unification bout between champion Brock Lesnar and interim title-holder Shane Carwin.

Replays air June 30 (7 p.m. ET/PT) on Spike TV and July 1 (midnight ET/9 p.m. PT) on Versus.


Chris Leben, Keith Jardine Lead ‘TUF 11 Finale’ Paydays

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The UFC paid out $506,000 in disclosed salaries and bonuses for Saturday night’s Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale event, with longtime Octagon veterans Chris Leben and Keith Jardine taking home the biggest checks. The co…

Chris Leben Aaron Simpson Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale
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The UFC paid out $506,000 in disclosed salaries and bonuses for Saturday night’s Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale event, with longtime Octagon veterans Chris Leben and Keith Jardine taking home the biggest checks. The complete payout list is below; keep in mind that the numbers don’t include additional income from sponsorships and undisclosed "locker room bonuses," or deductions for taxes, insurance, licensing fees, and antibiotics.

Court McGee: $41,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus, $25,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. Kris McCray: $8,000

Matt Hamill: $77,000 (includes $26,000 win bonus, $25,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
def. Keith Jardine: $80,000 (includes $25,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Chris Leben: $95,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus, $25,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Aaron Simpson: $13,000

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Jorge Santiago vs. Kazuo Misaki Booked for August 22nd SRC 14

Filed under: Sengoku, News, JapanSengoku Middleweight Champion Jorge Santiago is set to make his second title defense against the man he won the belt against, Kazuo Misaki, at SRC 14 on August 22nd.

Santiago and Misaki first met in January 2009 at the…

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Sengoku Middleweight Champion Jorge Santiago is set to make his second title defense against the man he won the belt against, Kazuo Misaki, at SRC 14 on August 22nd.

Santiago and Misaki first met in January 2009 at the finals of Sengoku’s middleweight tournament where Misaki was winning the fight going into the final round with his unorthodox counter striking. Santiago’s conditioning allowed him to take control in the final round however and secured a rear naked choke for the tournament victory.



2.4 million viewers watch TUF Finale

2.4 million viewers tuned in to witness Court McGee complete an unlikely and hard-fought journey from the abyss of drug abuse only a few years ago to being named “The Ultimate Fighter” on Saturday night. The 3-hour Spike TV telecast of the l…

2.4 million viewers tuned in to witness Court McGee complete an unlikely and hard-fought journey from the abyss of drug abuse only a few years ago to being named “The Ultimate Fighter” on Saturday night. The 3-hour Spike TV telecast of the live “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz” finale peaked at 11:30pm for the Court McGee-Kris McCray finale bout, won by McGee with a second round submission.

Sengoku 13: Comments and Conclusions

Filed under: Sengoku, JapanSengoku Raiden Championship 13 is in the bag and although American audiences haven’t seen it yet, do we have a new No. 2 featherweight in the world?

It took Marlon Sandro 38 seconds to capture the Sengoku featherweight title…

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Sengoku Raiden Championship 13 is in the bag and although American audiences haven’t seen it yet, do we have a new No. 2 featherweight in the world?

It took Marlon Sandro 38 seconds to capture the Sengoku featherweight title, but where does he go from here? Masanori Kanehara seemed to do everything right for this fight, but he still lost his belt in brutal fashion. How does Kanehara recover from this?

Maximo Blanco, Yasubey Enomoto, Shigeki Osawa, Hiroshi Izumi and Doo Ho Choi all picked up wins, but what can we take away from those fights and what does the future hold for these young fighters?

After the break, I attempt to answer all the questions from Sengoku 13, analyze the winners and losers and see what comes next.

WEC 49 replay airs tonight on Versus

A replay on Sunday’s “WEC 49: Varner vs. Shalorus” event airs tonight on Versus.

The event took place at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and featured a controversial lightweight headliner between Jamie Varner and Kamal Shalorus.

The two-…

A replay on Sunday’s “WEC 49: Varner vs. Shalorus” event airs tonight on Versus.

The event took place at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and featured a controversial lightweight headliner between Jamie Varner and Kamal Shalorus.

The two-hour replay airs at tonight 9 p.m. ET/PT on the WEC’s longtime cable partner.