Bellator 170 Salaries: Tito Ortiz’s Final Base Pay Totals $300,000

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Tito Ortiz’s mixed martial arts (MMA) career came to a close last night (Jan. 21) and he walked away with a nice chunk of change.

Ortiz stepped inside the Bellator cage for his final battle. His opponen…

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Tito Ortiz’s mixed martial arts (MMA) career came to a close last night (Jan. 21) and he walked away with a nice chunk of change.

Ortiz stepped inside the Bellator cage for his final battle. His opponent was Chael Sonnen inside The Forum in Inglewood, California. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” secured the victory with a rear-naked choke barely two minutes into the fight.

For his efforts, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Hall of Famer earned a base salary of $300,000. Sonnen took home $50,000. Those numbers are according to the California State Athletic Commission (via MMAFighting.com).

Paul Daley was featured in the co-main event along with Brennan Ward. “Semtex” landed a devastating knee to the side of his opponent’s head for the knockout finish. Ward was taken out on a stretcher, but was said to be responsive. Daley and Ward both snagged $50,000.

The middleweight bout between Hisaki Kato and Ralek Gracie was largely panned by fans and analysts. Many felt the fight was a snoozer. Gracie hadn’t competed in an MMA bout since May 2010. Kato pulled off the win by majority decision. He took home $30,000, while Gracie pocketed $33,000.

Below are the full Bellator 170 salaries:

Main Card (Spike)

Tito Ortiz ($300,000 + no win bonus = $300,000) def. Chael Sonnen ($50,000)

Paul Daley ($50,000 + no win bonus = $50,000) def. Brennan Ward ($50,000)

Hisaki Kato ($30,000 + no win bonus = $30,000) def. Ralek Gracie ($33,000)

Emmanuel Sanchez ($20,000 + $20,000 = $40,000) def. Georgi Karakhanyan ($24,000)

Derek Campos (19,200 + $15,000 = $34,200) def. Derek Anderson ($7,800)

Prelims

Henry Corrales ($14,000 + $14,000 = $28,000) def. Cody Bollinger ($2,500)

Guilherme Bomba ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. John Mercurio ($2,000)

Kevin Casey ($10,000) fought to draw with Keith Berry ($3,000)

Alex Soto ($3,000 + $3,000 = $6,000*) def. Demarcus Brown ($2,000)

Chinzo Machida ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Jacar Ocampo ($1,500)

Jacob Rosales ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Ian Butler ($1,500)

Mike Segura ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Tommy Aaron ($2,000)

James Barnes ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Rob Gooch ($2,000)

Curtis Millender ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Johnny Cisneros ($2,000)

Colleen Schneider ($3,000* + $3,000 = $6,000) def. Chrissie Daniels ($4,500)

Jalin Turner ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Gabriel Green ($2,000)

Jack May ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Dave Cryer ($2,000)

Daniel Rodriguez ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Christina Gonzalez ($1,500*)

*fined 20 percent of purse for failing to make weight

Paul Daley Warns Rory MacDonald: ‘He’s Getting Knocked The F*ck Out’

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Paul Daley made a statement tonight (Jan. 21) at Bellator 170. In the co-main event, Daley took on former middleweight contender Brennan Ward. Many expected fireworks and “Semtex” did not disappoint.

Da…

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Paul Daley made a statement tonight (Jan. 21) at Bellator 170. In the co-main event, Daley took on former middleweight contender Brennan Ward. Many expected fireworks and “Semtex” did not disappoint.

Daley was taken down early in the fight, but he was able to get back to his feet quickly. A spinning back elbow from Daley was able to create distance. Once there was separation, it allowed “Semtex” to land a vicious jumping knee to the side of Ward’s head and he was out.

The first round knockout was Daley’s 39th professional win and his 29th knockout. It was Daley’s fifth win inside the Bellator cage. This improves his record in the promotion to 5-1.

After the fight, Daley had some choice words for a certain welterweight making his Bellator debut soon. He said, “If Rory MacDonald step in the cage with me, he’s getting knocked the f*ck out.”

MacDonald took to Twitter to respond:

“Red King” last saw action against Stephen Thompson back in June 2016. He fell short in a unanimous decision loss. Prior, he and Robbie Lawler had a title bout that earned them “Fight of the Year” honors. MacDonald was TKO’d in the final round.

MacDonald decided not to re-sign with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and his next bout will be in a Bellator cage. No fight has been made official for “Red King,” but it’s clear he has someone willing to dance.

Jussier Formiga vs. Ray Borg Set For UFC Fight Night in Fortaleza

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Ray Borg (10-2) will be getting a big step up in competition. He’ll do battle with Jussier Formiga (19-4) at a UFC Fight Night event in Fortaleza, Brazil on March 11. Combate brought word of the bout.

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Ray Borg (10-2) will be getting a big step up in competition. He’ll do battle with Jussier Formiga (19-4) at a UFC Fight Night event in Fortaleza, Brazil on March 11. Combate brought word of the bout.

“The Tazmexican Devil” is coming off a one-sided win over Louis Smolka at UFC 207 late last month. It was a rebound win for Borg, who came into the bout off a unanimous loss to Justin Scoggins. Borg’s tilt with Smolka was his first with Jackson-Wink MMA.

Formiga has gone 5-3 inside the Octagon. After falling short in a split decision loss to Henry Cejudo, Formiga fought Dustin Ortiz in Brasilia. The Brazilian took the fight by unanimous decision.

This UFC Fight Night event has its headliner set. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort will go toe-to-toe with Kelvin Gastelum in the main event. Lightweights Edson Barboza and Beneil Dariush will also be featured on the card.

Former UFC champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will do battle with Gian Villante. A women’s bantamweight tilt between former title challenger Bethe Correia and Marion Reneau is also set for the event.

Anderson Silva Thinks UFC Owners WME-IMG Are ‘Worried About Entertainment’

Anderson Silva

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Mixed martial arts (MMA) icon Anderson Silva has seen a lot of people come and go in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), but he’s never seen changes within the organization of this magnitude. When WME-IMG purchased the UFC, a change of scenery was to be expected.

One of the big changes was the exit of long-time play-by-play commentator Mike Goldberg. An influx of interim title bouts and even a new women’s featherweight division have also been the result of new ownership.

Speaking with Combate (via MMAFighting.com), “The Spider” is wary of the things he is seeing with the new owners:

“It’s a company that is worried about entertainment. It’s not a company with a history in martial arts, the philosophy of the fight. That’s one of the reasons why ‘Jacare’ is not fighting for the title because, for them, it’s not something profitable, that will bring the entertainment they need.”

Silva knows that WME-IMG is not expected to have vast MMA knowledge overnight. He admits some of the things they have done are hit and miss.

“This is what they did their entire lives, work with entertainment. We have to understand that. It’s hard because we think about the martial arts, what is correct. For the show, some fights make sense and others don’t. They end up losing some fans but gain some.”

All in all, the once dominant 185-pound king hopes for the best. He said despite WME-IMG’s lack of a good understanding of the sport, he will try to push negativity to the side.

“I think they just took a big risk because the face of the UFC was always Dana (White) and Lorenzo. When you don’t have Dana and Lorenzo, the good cop and the bad cop, it’s kind of up in the air. But let’s be positive. I believe everything will be alright.”

Anderson Silva

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Mixed martial arts (MMA) icon Anderson Silva has seen a lot of people come and go in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), but he’s never seen changes within the organization of this magnitude. When WME-IMG purchased the UFC, a change of scenery was to be expected.

One of the big changes was the exit of long-time play-by-play commentator Mike Goldberg. An influx of interim title bouts and even a new women’s featherweight division have also been the result of new ownership.

Speaking with Combate (via MMAFighting.com), “The Spider” is wary of the things he is seeing with the new owners:

“It’s a company that is worried about entertainment. It’s not a company with a history in martial arts, the philosophy of the fight. That’s one of the reasons why ‘Jacare’ is not fighting for the title because, for them, it’s not something profitable, that will bring the entertainment they need.”

Silva knows that WME-IMG is not expected to have vast MMA knowledge overnight. He admits some of the things they have done are hit and miss.

“This is what they did their entire lives, work with entertainment. We have to understand that. It’s hard because we think about the martial arts, what is correct. For the show, some fights make sense and others don’t. They end up losing some fans but gain some.”

All in all, the once dominant 185-pound king hopes for the best. He said despite WME-IMG’s lack of a good understanding of the sport, he will try to push negativity to the side.

“I think they just took a big risk because the face of the UFC was always Dana (White) and Lorenzo. When you don’t have Dana and Lorenzo, the good cop and the bad cop, it’s kind of up in the air. But let’s be positive. I believe everything will be alright.”

Junior dos Santos is Now Off The UFC Fight Night Event in Halifax

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It looks like next month’s UFC Fight Night card in Halifax won’t be seeing Junior dos Santos in action. The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight title holder took to Twitter to reveal he is no longer a part of that event.

Check it out:

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“Cigano” was originally supposed to fight Stefan Struve in a rematch. Dos Santos earned a TKO win over “Skyscraper” back in Feb. 2009. The fight lasted just 54 seconds.

A torn labrum forced Struve to pull out and dos Santos was left without an opponent. At first, UFC officials were looking for a replacement. It appears they couldn’t find one who would agree to face “Cigano” on short notice.

There has been no word on what the planned main event will be for the card. It’s a tough break for dos Santos, who hasn’t competed since April 2016. He beat Ben Rothwell from pillar to post for five rounds in his last bout. It was the type of performance “Cigano” needed after suffering a TKO loss to Alistair Overeem.

After getting beat badly in the second and third bouts with Cain Velasquez, many have questioned if dos Santos will ever return to form. While his thrashing of Rothwell was a good sign, some are still skeptical.

The former champion remains confident that he’s going to climb the 265-pound mountain once again. He holds a knockout win over Fabricio Werdum from 2008 and a controversial decision victory over the reigning title holder Stipe Miocic.

Right now, there is no clear contender at heavyweight. Stipe just disposed of Overeem, Velasquez is out with an injury, and Werdum was knocked out by Miocic at UFC 198. It’ll be interesting to see if the UFC books a title eliminator between Werdum and dos Santos, or if they decide to give one of them a title shot.

The UFC Fight Night event is set for Feb. 19 inside the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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It looks like next month’s UFC Fight Night card in Halifax won’t be seeing Junior dos Santos in action. The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight title holder took to Twitter to reveal he is no longer a part of that event.

Check it out:

“Cigano” was originally supposed to fight Stefan Struve in a rematch. Dos Santos earned a TKO win over “Skyscraper” back in Feb. 2009. The fight lasted just 54 seconds.

A torn labrum forced Struve to pull out and dos Santos was left without an opponent. At first, UFC officials were looking for a replacement. It appears they couldn’t find one who would agree to face “Cigano” on short notice.

There has been no word on what the planned main event will be for the card. It’s a tough break for dos Santos, who hasn’t competed since April 2016. He beat Ben Rothwell from pillar to post for five rounds in his last bout. It was the type of performance “Cigano” needed after suffering a TKO loss to Alistair Overeem.

After getting beat badly in the second and third bouts with Cain Velasquez, many have questioned if dos Santos will ever return to form. While his thrashing of Rothwell was a good sign, some are still skeptical.

The former champion remains confident that he’s going to climb the 265-pound mountain once again. He holds a knockout win over Fabricio Werdum from 2008 and a controversial decision victory over the reigning title holder Stipe Miocic.

Right now, there is no clear contender at heavyweight. Stipe just disposed of Overeem, Velasquez is out with an injury, and Werdum was knocked out by Miocic at UFC 198. It’ll be interesting to see if the UFC books a title eliminator between Werdum and dos Santos, or if they decide to give one of them a title shot.

The UFC Fight Night event is set for Feb. 19 inside the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Video: Conor McGregor Rides “Stark B*llock Naked” in Latest Promo for Pegasus

McGregor stars in video number 3 for Pegasus.

The bizarre video series sees the Irishman preparing for his “new life” as a jockey.

In video #3 of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational promotional series, the UFC’s lightweight champion edges closer to his fictional foray into life as a professional jockey. “The Notorious” enlists coach (actor and comedian) Jon Lovitz to assist in choosing his attire for the big race. Lovitz attempts to persuade McGregor into wearing a garment closer to his heart, while McGregor would prefers to bare all to the world.

Known for his extravagance in appearance, and ostentatious dress sense, the SBG fighter doesn’t look too far out of place here.

McGregor makes debut as a jockey in the final episode of the series which airs on NBC on January 28th.

Fight fans will undoubtedly want to see him back in the octagon as soon as possible, rather than promoting products.

 

You can watch the full video below:

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McGregor stars in video number 3 for Pegasus.

The bizarre video series sees the Irishman preparing for his “new life” as a jockey.

In video #3 of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational promotional series, the UFC’s lightweight champion edges closer to his fictional foray into life as a professional jockey. “The Notorious” enlists coach (actor and comedian) Jon Lovitz to assist in choosing his attire for the big race. Lovitz attempts to persuade McGregor into wearing a garment closer to his heart, while McGregor would prefers to bare all to the world.

Known for his extravagance in appearance, and ostentatious dress sense, the SBG fighter doesn’t look too far out of place here.

McGregor makes debut as a jockey in the final episode of the series which airs on NBC on January 28th.

Fight fans will undoubtedly want to see him back in the octagon as soon as possible, rather than promoting products.

 

You can watch the full video below: