Athletic Commissions

WEC 35: Condit vs. Miura Fighter Salaries

Brock Larson. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official list of fighter salaries stemming from last night’s World Extreme Cagefighting 35 event, which took place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Carlos Condit and Jamie Varner retained their respective WEC titles Sunday night while former U.S. Marine Brian Stann was defeated in a light heavyweight championship rematch against hometown favorite Steve Cantwell. The show’s other main card bout saw rising bantamweight Brian Bowles submit Damacio Page.

Remember that this is only the base salary that a fighter received. Bonuses, deductions, and other undisclosed fees are not included.

Carlos Condit ($44,000) def. Hiromitsu Miura ($5,000)
Steve Cantwell ($10,000) def. Brian Stann ($11,000)
Jamie Varner ($30,000) def. Marcus Hicks ($16,000)
Brian Bowles ($8,000) def. Damacio Page ($6,000)
Josh Grispi ($8,000) def. Micah Miller ($5,000)
Brock Larson ($30,000) def. Carlo Prater ($7,000)
Blas Avena ($12,000) def. Dave Terrel ($3,000)
Shane Roller ($12,000) def. Todd Moore ($4,000)
Mike Budnik ($6,000) def. Greg McIntyre ($2,000)
Scott Jorgensen ($6,000) def. Kenji Osawa ($5,000)

EliteXC Attendance and Salaries, Affliction’s PPV Affirmation

Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

The California State Athletic Commission has released attendance figures and salaries from Saturday night’s EliteXC show.

First, the salaries:

Robbie Lawler: $90,000 ($45,000 + $45,000 win)
Scott Smith: $14,000
Jake Shields: $45,000 ($35,000 + $10,000 win)
Nick Thompson: $25,000
Antonio Silva: $200,000 ($100,000 + $100,000 win)
Justin Eilers: $20,000
Nick Diaz: $60,000
Thomas Denny: $8,500
Shayna Baszler: $8,000
Cristiane Cyborg: $6,000 ($3,000 + $3,000 win)
Rafael Feijao: $20,000 ($10,000 + $10,000 win)
Travis Galbraith: $5,000
Wilson Reis: $5,000 ($2,500 + $2,500 win)
Bryan Caraway: $2,000
Mike Cook: $2,000
Carl Seumanutafa: $4,000 ($2,000 + $2,000 win)
Brandon Tarn: $2,000
Drew Montgomery: $3,000 ($1,500 + $1,500 win)
David Douglas: $4,000 ($2,500 + $1,500 win)
Marlon Mathias: $2,500
Jeremy Freitag: $2,500
Anthony Ruiz: $5,001 ($2,001 + $3,000 win)

Total: $533,501

How they did at the gate:


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Affliction’s October Show Now in Doubt

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Affliction caused quite a stir earlier this month when right after their successful debut into the world of MMA with “Banned”, VP Tom Atencio immediately started discussing plans for a second show later this year. News floated around and eventually it was reported that the promotion would hold a show right in the UFC’s backyard, even using one of their former champions in the main event.

However those clamoring to see Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski duke it out for WAMMA’s “title”, (that would be all of us) may now have to wait a little bit longer for that to happen, and for more than one reason.

It’s not that alarming but the California State Athletic Commission released the official list of medical suspensions from Affliction’s July 19th event earlier today. Normally it would just be protocol to list out the suspensions and their length. However two of the the second planned show’s biggest draws may be unable to participate.

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Irvin, Levens Test Positive for Painkillers

James Irvin. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced today that James Irvin has tested positive for banned painkillers following his devastating knockout loss to reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at the UFC’s recent July 19th event in Las Vegas.

Irvin reportedly had two different kind of drugs in his system - Oxymorphone, a powerful opiate which is primarily used to alleviate severe pain and Methadone, which is alternatively used to treat recovering drug addicts. Irvin has been temporarily suspended by the commission pending a disciplinary hearing in the coming weeks. An official length of the suspension and fine is expected to be handed out following the meeting.

The loss to Silva snapped a two-fight winning streak for Irvin, who had quickly shot up the ranks of the UFC’s light heavyweight division following a quick stoppage of upstart Houston Alexander at UFC Fight Night 13 in April. Irvin took the bout against Silva on short notice despite recovering from a broken foot that forced him to withdraw from a scheduled bout against Rashad Evans in May. The injury could possibly answer the question as to why the drugs were in his system.

Meanwhile, the California State Athletic Commission also announced today that Justin Levens has tested positive for Oxymorphone as well following his planned participation at Affliction Entertainment’s “Banned event” on July 19th in Anaheim. He has been suspended for six months and fined $1,000.

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Evening News and Notes - July 21, 2008

Randy Couture. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Couture Expecting Contractual Ruling This Week

Embattled UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture reportedly expects a Texas state court to rule this week on his contractual standing with the organization, potentially setting up an anticipated showdown between himself and heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko according to Alex Marvez of

Even though a ruling may be made, Couture believes that his status won’t be completely finalized due to possible appeals from the losing party. However Couture remains confident that he will indeed face Emelianenko sometime before his impending retirement in the near future.

“When, where and with what promotion — we don’t know,” Couture said in the report. “It could happen in the UFC. We just don’t know. I want it to happen. Fedor wants it to happen. In some way, shape or form, we’re going to make it happen.”

Affliction: Banned Salaries and Numbers

The California State Athletic Commission today released the official fighter salaries, attendance numbers, and gate receipts for this past weekend’s “Affliction: Banned” event, which took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim in front of a crowd of 14,832. According to the commission, 3,590 complimentary tickets were given out and 740 tickets went unsold. The gate receipts turned in a reported $2,085,510. The complimentary and unsold tickets were worth 757,900.

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Goodridge Tapped to Face Buentello

Paul Buentello. Photo by Jon Swenson.

Longtime veteran and mixed martial arts pioneer Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge has been cleared by the California State Athletic Comission as a replacement opponent for former UFC heavyweight title challenger Paul Buentello at tomorrow night’s Affliction: Banned show in Anaheim.

Greg Savage of was able to confirm Goodridge’s participation with CSAC Executive Officer Armando Garcia. The part-time K-1 kickboxer was in-shape and in California for an event in San Diego that ended up being cancelled. His bout against Buentello is not yet official however. Both fighters are required to weigh-in at 2 PM ET tomorrow.

Goodridge is currently riding a two-fight losing streak, most recently dropping a lackluster unanimous decision to Terroll Dees at an Iroquois MMA Championships event in June. His last victory was a TKO win over Jan Nortje at K-1 Hero’s 8 in March of last year.

Buentello’s original foe, Aleksander Emelianenko, was forced off the card earlier this evening after failing to receive medical clearance and meet licensing requirements. It’s also been confirmed that although Justin Levens and Ray Lizama are indeed slated to compete at a catch-weight of 187 lbs, Levens failed to make weight (he came in at 189 lbs) and will be docked part of his purse.

It Was the Goat’s Fault…

Alexandre Franca Nogueira. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

After testing positive for steroids under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission, one-time featherweight king Alexandre “Pequeno” Nogueira will now have to wait until next summer to be able to fight again, and it might actually be a goat’s fault according to the Brazilian.

In a recent interview with Tatame Magazine, Nogueira alleges that the positive test may have stemmed from tainted meat, from a cow or goat, that he ate in a restaurant while traveling and doing seminars prior to his loss to Jose Aldo at WEC 34 last month.

“I never used anything and should not use this type of rough steroid,” Nogueira said in the interview. “If I used something it would be growth hormones, which is what every top athlete usually uses. I took the usual supplements - Glutamine, Creatine and Myoplex.”

“If I had taken it, I would be very aggressive in the fight, and those who saw it realize that I was not aggressive,” Nogueira continued. “And this type of anabolic steroid is to get fat, to gain weight, and is used on animals. I had seminars and I had only eaten in restaurants specializing in barbecued meat, and they use this in cattle and goats there and they may have used it in any animal that I ate.”

Nogueira also noted that while he knows that he has been suspended and tested positive according to reports, he has yet to have been contacted by the CSAC themselves. Regardless, Nogueira has asked his agent, Alex Davis, to request a hearing so he can state his case.

NSAC Suspends Vernon White Nine Months

Vernon White. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission today suspended longtime MMA veteran Vernon “Tiger” White for nine months following a positive test for the banned diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide after White competed at a recent Xtreme Fighting Association kickboxing event in Las Vegas.

The commission also fined White $2,000 and changed his victory over Anthony Brown at the show to a no-contest. Although White originally stated that he was unaware the diuretic was banned in the state of Nevada, he admitted making a mistake during today’s hearing according to MMA Weekly.

Because of his incoming suspension, White was forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira last week. Nogueira will now take on Edwin Dewees in a light heavyweight preliminary bout that will not be aired during the one-hour pre-event special on FOX Sports Net. (The network has chosen to air Vitor Belfort’s middleweight debut against Terry Martin instead)

White, an original member of Ken Shamrock’s Lion’s Den, has been struggling recently - he’s lost five out of his last seven bouts. White’s most recent fight was a disqualification victory over Jeremiah Constant at a Xtreme Cage Combat show in April.

NSAC Reinstates Hermes Franca

Hermes Franca throws a left hook at Spencer Fisher during their bout in January 2007. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Keith Kizer and the Nevada State Athletic Commission unanimously voted to reinstate former UFC lightweight title contender Hermes Franca after the Brazilian served a one-year suspension stemming from a positive steroids test last summer.

The NSAC made the announcement yesterday afternoon to the media.

Franca tested positive for the steroid, Drostanolone, following an unanimous decision loss to former champion Sean Sherk at UFC 73: Stacked last July in California. Sherk tested positive for steroids following the event and was subsequently suspended by the state as well.

Unlike his counterpart, Franca admitted to taking the drug. Still recovering from lingering injuries, Franca ultimately turned to steroids in order to help his body prepare for the biggest fight of his career, a mistake he has since promised to never make again.

Prior to his loss to Sherk, Franca had racked up three straight wins inside the confines of the UFC, where he returned for a second stint after splitting four fights two years earlier, including an impressive stoppage of Spencer Fisher and a submission of current WEC lightweight title holder Jamie Varner. He will now go on to fight standout wrestler Frankie Edgar at the organization’s next event later this month in Las Vegas.

CKA: July 8, 2008

Forrest Griffin
Forrest Griffin, by Becky Bollom on Flickr

The main bout of UFC 86, Forrest Griffin vs Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, is still the talk of the MMA world.

Sherdog weighs-in on the general displeasure of the decision and possible rematch, along with fighters’ opinions on who won the fight.  An official count wasn’t made, but giving it a casual read, it does seem that most think Griffin won the fight.

The number one reason for Griffin not winning - and notice it’s not written Jackson winning or even Griffin losing - is that “you have to beat the champ”, a quote from Jackson’s coach Juanito Ibarra, some fighters, and even readers of this site.  The concept is well understood, but scoring systems don’t change for championship fights and champions don’t get awarded bonus points (although we’ve all seen some fights where it seemed like they were).  The UFC does increase the number of rounds for a title fight, but that’s the lone rules change, and no scoring changes come along with that.  Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports has similar thoughts.


Griffin’s win made him the highest paid fighter of the night according to MMA Weekly.  The $150k win bonus helped him top former champ Rampage.  The two also were awarded fight of the night bonuses of $60k.  The third highest paid fighter wasn’t even on the main card.  Gabriel Gonzaga, who defeated Justin McCully on the preliminary card, received $100k with the win bonus.

Nogueira tests positive

MMA Weekly is reporting Alexandre “Pequeno” Nogueira has allegedly tested positive for the Boldenone according to the CSAC.

Kolohe to defend title Aug 2

Kala “Kolohe” Hose will defend his ICON middleweight title against Rolando Dominique in his home state of Hawaii on Aug 2.

Bosse to take on the Colossus

Former hockey enforcer Steve Bosse is scheduled to take on James “The Colossus” Thompson at TKO 35 on Oct 3 in Montreal.  Bosse’s last fight was a controversial win against Wes Sims, while Thompson was “that guy who fought Kimbo” at Elite XC’s initial CBS show.

Kicking a live horse

Our Cage Potato buds are already having fun with the UFC’s swat at Affliction’s Fedor card

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