Fresh off a new broadcasting deal with Fox Sports Net, the IFL has also announced that the coverage will include a 2-hour special on the Best Damn Sports Show Period. While details of the entire show have not yet been released, it has been determined that the show will feature Pat Miletich’s MMA return against Renzo Gracie.
Here are the fighter payouts from UFC Fight Night 6 which took place August 17th, 2006 live on Spike TV.
UFC Fight Night 6 Payouts
Diego Sanchez: $32,000
Joe Riggs: $24,000
Dean Lister: $16,000
Josh Koscheck: $14,000
Chris Leben: $14,000
Karo Parisyan: $12,000
Anthony Torres: $10,000
Martin Kampmann: $10,000
Jonathan Goulet: $6,500
Jake O’Brien: $6,000
Jason Von Flue: $5,000
Yuki Sasaki: $5,000
Sam Morgan: $4,000
Jorge Santiago: $4,000
Forrest Petz: $4,000
Crafton Wallace: $3,000
Kristof Midoux: $2,000
Pat Healy: $2,000
Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $173,500
Known Event Revenue: $411,050 (live gate of $187,050; TV ad revenue of $224,000)
UFC veteran Kimo Leopoldo has signed with Cage Rage Championships and will make his debut on September 30th against Dave Legeno.
(Let it be known that Legeno sports a professional MMA record of 0-3)
Dream Stage Entertainment has announced two more fights for their Open Weight Grand Prix Final which is set to take place September 10th in Tokyo.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will be making his return to the ring for the first time since suffering a terrible injury to his arm in a fight against Mark “The Hammer” Coleman back in February. Shogun’s opponent will be Cyrille “The Snake” Diabate who sports a mixed martial arts record of 10-5-1.
Pride officials also announced a fight between Ricardo Arona and Alistair Overeem. Arona is on a two fight skid with losses to Shogun and Wanderlei Silva. Overeem is coming off of a loss Antonio Rogerio Nogueira so this fight should produce some fireworks.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has officially announced that lightweight warriors Melvin Guillard and Gabe Ruediger will face off in the octagon at UFC 63. This fight will be Guillard’s third appearance in the UFC and he plans on welcoming UFC newcomer Gabe Ruediger with a big knockout.
“I’ve never met the guy and I know he’s a former WEC champion, but honestly, I don’t like him,” said Guillard, 38-6-3. “I finally get an opponent that I just love to hate. He’s coming into the UFC and I’m gonna welcome him like I welcomed Rick Davis. I’m definitely knocking this guy out.”
“He’s a very strong opponent with a wealth of experience,” said ‘Godzilla’. “He’s explosive, but with a lot of technical errors to exploit.”
Statements like that have gotten Guillard’s blood boiling.
“He said that I’m athletic but not a tactician and that he’s gonna finish me,” said Guillard. “If this dude actually thinks he’s gonna submit me, he’s got another thing coming.”
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released their official list of medical suspensions from UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral.
Former UFC lightweight champion Jens “Little Evil” Pulver will make his return to the octagon against UFC newcomer Joe Lauzon at UFC 63. The fight will take place on Saturday, September 23rd at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California.
This fight will mark the first time Pulver has fought in the UFC in over four years and he said he is treating it as if it’s a title match.
“People have made this mistake of thinking that I’m overlooking somebody, but I’m not overlooking this kid,” he said. “I don’t overlook anything. I’m just as nervous as he is – I ain’t been in the UFC for four years. I’m working on my stuff because MMA has been around long enough where we can all grapple, we can all box, and we can all clinch in between. It’s just a matter of who does it better and harder. I know he’s a strong kid and he loves grappling. He’s got good grappling technique and tries some wild stuff and it works. This is a world title fight to me because the truth is, if I lose to this kid, I don’t get that shot.”
Here are the results from last night’s event in Japan…
Henry Miller defeated Seiji Ogura - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Robert Emerson defeated Kenji Arai - Unanimous Decision
Satoru Kitaoka defeated Paul Daley - Submission (Guillotine)
Izuru Takeuchi defeated Hikaru Sato - Unanimous Decision
Kestutis Arbocius defeated Poai Suganuma - TKO (Cut)
Daizo Ishige defeated Katsuya Inoue - Unanimous Decision
Yoshiro Maeda defeated Daiki Hata - Split Decision
Yuki Kondo defeated Daijiro Matsui - Unanimous Decision
Strikeforce has announced that UFC veterans Duane “Bang” Ludwig and Josh “The Punk” Thomson will face off in Strikeforce’s October 7th event in Fresno, California.
The winner of the fight will be given a shot at the Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez.
Here are some post-fight video interviews with the fighters from UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral.