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UFC 226 Fighter Salaries, Incentive Pay, Attendance & Gate

By: Jeff Fox | July 8, 2018 He might have ended the night staring up at the lights on the ceiling of the T-Mobile Arena, but now-former UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic still left the arena the top earner at UFC 226. Here are the fighter payouts for the event, released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and first reported by MMA Junkie.  These totals don’t include any PPV and/or undisclosed bonuses. Attendance: TBAGate: TBA Stipe Miocic: $790,000 ($750,000 to show, $40,000 fight week incentive pay) Daniel Cormier: $590,000 ($500,000 to show, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, $40,000 fight...

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UFC 226: Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier Fight Recap, Photos & Fight Video

By: Jeff Fox | July 8, 2018 Jul 7, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Stipe Miocic (red gloves) fights Daniel Cormier (blue gloves) during UFC 226 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports And new…….. Daniel Cormier made history tonight in the octagon at UFC 226, knocking out long-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic. The fight started out pretty fast, with both men landed solid blows on each other and each doing well in the clinch. Jul 7, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Stipe Miocic (red gloves) fights Daniel Cormier (blue gloves) during UFC 226 at...

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UFC 226: Francis Ngannou vs Derrick Lewis Fight Recap, Photos & Fight Video

By: Jeff Fox | July 8, 2018 Jul 7, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Derrick Lewis (blue gloves) celebrates beating Francis Ngannou (red gloves) during UFC 226 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports The worry was that the Francis Ngannou-Derrick Lewis matchup could become a staring contest.  And, sadly, that is what happened.  Both men, especially Ngannou, refused to engage, fearful and respectful of each other’s power. The less we can say about this, the better.  Lewis won via unanimous decision.  Movin’ right along to the main event. MMA Manifesto View the original article on...

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UFC 226: Paul Felder vs Mike Perry Fight Recap, Photos & Fight Video

By: Jeff Fox | July 7, 2018 Jul 7, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Paul Felder (red gloves) fights Mike Perry (blue gloves) during UFC 226 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Paul Felder is one tough son of a gun.  First his UFC 226 fight against Mike Perry started off with a headbutt that opened up both men.  Then, at the beginning of Round 2, it became apparent that his right arm and/or hand was broken.  But that didn’t stop him from using it. Then, later on in Round 2, a Perry left hook...

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UFC 226: Michael Chiesa vs Anthony Pettis Fight Recap, Photos & Fight Video

By: Jeff Fox | July 7, 2018 Jul 7, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Michael Chiesa (red gloves) fights Anthony Pettis (blue gloves) during UFC 226 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Anthony Pettis isn’t universally known as a submission artist – but that should probably change.  Because a few minutes ago, Pettis just tapped out an extremely tough grappler in Michael Chiesa.  That would be Showtime’s tenth career submission victory against only seven (T)KOs. Chiesa had a nice first round, smothering Pettis with his wrestling and top game. But Pettis was active, fighting hard...

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UFC 226: Gokhan Saki vs Khalil Rountree Fight Recap, Photos & Fight Video

By: Jeff Fox | July 7, 2018 Jul 7, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Gokhan Saki (red gloves) fights Khalil Rountree (blue gloves) during UFC 226 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports The conventional wisdom heading into the Gokhan Saki-Khalil Rountree Jr opener at UFC 226 was Rountree would be playing with fire if he chose to stand and trade with kickboxing legend Saki.  Apparently we were all, very, very wrong: It only took Rountree Jr a little over a minute (1:36 to be exact) to put Saki on rubber legs (which lasted longer than...

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UFC 226: Miocic vs Cormier Results

By: Jeff Fox | July 7, 2018 UFC 226: Miocic vs CormierJuly 7, 2018 T-Mobile ArenaLas Vegas, Nevada UFC 226: Miocic vs Cormier Fight Card Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings) UFC PPV’s range between 13,300-6,500 points, with an average UFC PPV ranking 9,700 (click on fighter’s name for detailed scouting report) (fighter ranking based on our exclusive Performance Based Ranking system – click fighter’s rank to check out the list) Main Card (PPV – 10:00 pm Eastern) Heavyweight Championship:Stipe Miocic – champion  (18-2, #1 ranked heavyweight) vs Daniel Cormier  (20-1, 1...

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Bellator 201 Fighter Salaries

By: Jeff Fox | July 6, 2018 Bellator Women’s Flyweight Champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane was the star of the show at Bellator 201 last weekend, and fittingly she was the top earner. Here are the fighter payouts, released by the California State Athletic Commission. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane: $50,000 Saad Awad: $46,000 Valerie Letourneau: $38,000 ($19,000 to show, $19,000 win bonus) Jordan Young: $36,000 ($18,000 to show, $18,000 win bonus) Juan Archuleta: $25,000 Joey Davis: $25,000 Kerri Anne Melendez: $25,000 Ryan Couture: $24,000 Ed Ruth: $15,000 Alejandra Lara: $15,000 Tyrell Fortune: $15,000 Kristina Williams: $14,000 Robbie Peralta: $10,000 Andy Murad: $5,000 Craig...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: July 6/18

By: Jeff Fox | July 6, 2018 Jun 9, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Anthony Smith (blue gloves) defeats Rashad Evans (red gloves) during UFC 225 at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports There is constant debate about the “official” UFC fighter rankings, which are based on voting from a panel of journalists.  Such is the case with something as subjective as voting – it’s totally based on voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or not.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto has come...

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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker: July 5/18

By: Jeff Fox | July 5, 2018 STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – MAY 28: Golver Teixeira reacts after being punched by Alexander Gustafsson during the UFC Fight Night event at Ericsson Globe on May 28, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images) As Ferris Bueller said: “Life in the MMA world moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”  Or something like that.   But fight announcements do come fast and furious these days, so it’s easy to miss them.  But don’t worry, The MMA Manifesto has got you covered.  Our  MMA  Fight Announcement...

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Max Holloway Pulled From UFC 226

By: Jeff Fox | July 5, 2018 The biggest UFC card in recent memory has taken a significant, last minute hit.  UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway, scheduled to defend his title in UFC 226’s co-main event on Saturday against Brian Ortega, has been pulled from the card. The reason is concussion-like symptoms, according to his team.  Here is their statement, released to ESPN: “Max’s team and UFC staff noticed Max was not normal since late last week.  This became obvious to many watching his interviews and public appearances the past few days.  He was showing concussion-like symptoms before he even...

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Welterweights: July 4/18

By: Jeff Fox | July 4, 2018 Nov 3, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Ed Ruth (red gloves) reacts after defeating Chris Dempsey (not pictured) during Bellator 186 at Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports There is constant debate about fighter rankings, which are normally based on voting from a panel of journalists.  Such is the case with something as subjective as voting – it’s totally based on voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or no.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto...

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UFC 226 Pick 'Em Contest

By: Jeff Fox | July 2, 2018 So you think you know your MMA? You think you can predict who is going to win a fight and how?  Time to prove it. We present to you The MMA Manifesto Pick ‘Em contest.  We are now sponsored by McBryde Mats! We are McBryde Mats, a sports mat manufacturer that’s based out of Lubbock, Texas. Our CEO, Clayton McBryde, founded the company in 2014 after plenty of research and consideration into the mat market – Today we pride ourselves on making the best quality mats at affordable prices to keep athletes in all...

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