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“Shamrock vs Le” Fighter Salaries


Frank Shamrock and Cung Le pose at a press conference for Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le”. Photo by Jon Swenson.

The California State Athletic Commission has released the official list of fighter salaries stemming from this past weekend’s Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le” show, which took place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

The event featured a total of nine fights and was highlighted by a main event showdown between Former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock and undefeated former Sanshou kickboxer Cung Le. Le defeated Shamrock by TKO after Shamrock broke his left arm at the end of the fourth round.

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

Cung Le ($200,000) def. Frank Shamrock ($300,000)
Gilbert Melendez ($50,000) def. Gabe Lemley ($7,000)
Drew Fickett ($10,000) def. Jae Suk Lim ($3,000)
Wayne Cole ($10,000) def. Mike Kyle ($10,000)
Joey Villasenor ($36,000) def. Ryan Jensen ($6,000)
Tiki Ghosn ($8,000) def. Luke Stewart ($6,000)
Billy Evangelista ($10,000) def Marlon Sims ($2,500)
Darren Uyenoyama ($4,000) def. Anthony Figueroa ($2,000)
Jesse Jones ($2,150) def. Jesse Gillespie ($1,200)

WEC 33: Marshall vs Stann Medical Suspensions


Tim McKenzie throws a left hand at Steve Cantwell. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official list of medical suspensions stemming from this past week’s WEC 33: Marshall vs Stann, which took place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The event featured a total of ten fights. Brian Stann knocked out Doug Marshall to claim the World Extreme Cagefighting light heavyweight title. Middleweight contender Chael Sonnen dominated Bryan Baker over three rounds en route to an easy unanimous decision win.

Marshall could be medically suspended until September if his right foot is not cleared by a doctor. If he passes the examination, he is suspended until May 11th with no contact until April 26th. Bryan Baker and Brock Larson received similar suspensions for a facial laceration and a possible broken jaw respectively.

Tim McKenzie is suspended until April 26th with no contact until April 17th due to precautionary reasons. Sergio Gomez and Richard Crunkilton are also shelved for the same amount of time.

The following fighters also received medical suspensions: Blas Avena until May 26th, Chris Manuel until April 3rd, and Scott Harper until his left eye is cleared by an ophthalmologist.

WEC 33: Marshall vs Stann Fighter Salaries


Doug Marshall lands a leg kick on Brian Stann. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official lists of fighter salaries stemming from this week’s WEC 33: Marshall vs Stann event, which took place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The event featured a total of ten fights. Brian Stann knocked out Doug Marshall to claim the World Extreme Cagefighting light heavyweight title. Middleweight contender Chael Sonnen dominated Bryan Baker over three rounds en route to an easy unanimous decision win.

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

Brian Stann ($18,000) def. Doug Marshall ($10,000)
Chael Sonnen ($34,000) def. Bryan Baker ($5,000)
Brock Larson ($24,000) def. John Alessio ($15,000)
Richard Crunkilton ($20,000) def. Sergio Gomez ($4,000)
Marcus Hicks ($10,000) def. Ed Ratcliff ($7,000)
Steve Cantwell ($8,000) def. Tim McKenzie ($6,000)
Hiromitsu Miura ($8,000) def. Blas Avena ($6,000)
Chris Manuel ($3,000) vs. Kenji Osawa ($5,000)
Alex Serdyukov ($12,000) def. Ryan Stonitsch ($3,000)
Logan Clark ($12,000) def. Scott Harper ($3,000

CKA: Mar 28, 2008

Above Showtime Sports asks away with Frank Shamrock. A total of 42 questions in all, rapid fire.

For those who don’t have Showtime and are still interested in seeing Shamrock vs Cung Le this Saturday night, Sho.com will be streaming the fight live at approximately 10:15 PM ET using the Showtime Cage Cam.

Diaz, Cesar Gracie Plan Legal Action Against CSAC

One day after the California State Athletic Commission surprisingly ruled that Nick Diaz will not be permitted to fight at this weekend’s Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le” show, because he owns a medical marijuana card, Diaz and manager Cesar Gracie are now reportedly planning to take legal action.

Gracie told MMA Weekly that he plans to take the matter to court after CSAC Executive Director Armando Garcia stated that Diaz’s participation was denied because of late filing of medical papers.

“That’s absolutely not true,” Gracie said in the report. “Because if he didn’t turn his medicals in, how did Garcia know Nick has a mariijuana card? He found out when the medicals were turned in. For some reason, Armando’s finding every excuse in the book to not let this guy fight. That’s exactly why we’re going to move forward with legal action after this. We’re going to go ahead and get our lawyers and we’re going to sit down and go forward with the proceedings. This is just discrimination, you can’t do that.”

Spratt-Von Flue Signed for April 26

Pete Spratt and Jason Von Flue, both veterans of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, will collide in a welterweight bout that will headline the Ultimate Warrior Challenge’s upcoming show on April 26th at George Mason University’s Patriot Center in Washington D.C.

Spratt is coming off of a controversial loss to Ryan Ford in February while Von Flue has dropped his last three fights. Notable fighters also on the card include Thomas Schulte, Carlo Prater, Aaron Riley, Marcelo Brito, and Zach Light.

Two Lightweights Fights Added to Sengoku II

A pair of lightweights bout have been added to World Victory Road’s next Sengoku show on May 18th: Satoru Kitaoka vs Ian James Schaffa and Eiji Mitsuoka vs Kwang Hee Lee.

Roger Gracie, Yuki Sasaki, and Yoshihiro Nakao, who was originally reported as facing Mirko Cro Cop at the recent DREAM event, are all expected to be in action. Even though his name was not mentioned, former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman has stated that he will be fighting at the show as well.

Evangelista, Sims, and Lennox In; Black Out

MMA Mania is reporting that Marlon Sims and Billy Evangelista will clash in a lightweight preliminary bout at tomorrow’s Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le” show. However neither Strikeforce, EliteXC, or ProElite have made any sort of announcement of the fight at this hour.

It seems that Jason Black will not be fighting in the IFL after all just yet. Five Ounces of Pain reports through Nick Lembo, legal counsel for the New Jersey Athletic Control Board, that Black will not be on the card for undisclosed reasons. He will reportedly be replaced by Jesse Lennox.

CSAC Causes Fickett to Replace Diaz


Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

The California State Athletic Commission has surprisingly ruled that Nick Diaz will not be permitted to fight at this weekend’s Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le” show, which will take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

Why? Well it depends who you ask. While MMA Weekly first broke the news late last night, Sherdog has since learned that there is quite the discrepancy as to why Diaz will not be competing.

According to CSAC Executive Officer Armando Garcia, Diaz failed to submit medical papers in time.

“He did not turn in his medical information in time for the fight,” Garcia told Sherdog’s Josh Gross. “They were just turned in today.”

EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw says different. According to Shaw, the issue has nothing to do with a deadline for Diaz’s medical papers and everything to do with the fact that the Stockton, California native owns a medical marijuana card, stemming from Diaz’s case of Attention Deficit Disorder.

“He never mentioned anything about late medicals,” said Shaw. “And if there were late medicals it wasn’t because of Nick Diaz and it wasn’t because of EliteXC. Nick does what you ask him, and you punish him? It’s like if you have a Ferrari and a police officer gives you a speeding ticket before you turn the key.”

Diaz’s adventures with marijuana have gotten him in trouble before. After submitting former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi in April of last year, Diaz’s enormous upset was changed to a no-contest after the Nevada State Athletic Commission found that the amount of marijuana in Diaz’s system during the fight gave him a competitive advantage.

Drew Fickett, who was originally slated to take on Jake Shields for the EliteXC welterweight title before Shields suffered a back injury during training, will now step in and take on Diaz’s scheduled opponent, Jae Suk Lim.

IFL Fighter Salaries and Event Numbers


Ryan Schultz and John Gunderson weigh-in for IFL: New Blood, New Battles. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official lists of fighter salaries stemming from this past weekend’s International Fight League: New Blood, New Battles event, which took place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The event featured a total of three title fights. Roy Nelson and Ryan Schultz each successfully defend their respective belts while Ryan McGivern won a unanimous decision over Matt Horwich to claim the IFL middleweight title.

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

John Gunderson ($9,500) vs. Ryan Schultz ($26,000)
Fabiano Scherner ($7,500) vs. Roy Nelson ($24,000)
Ryan McGivern ($10,000) vs. Matt Horwich ($12,000)
Rafael Dias ($7,000) vs. Santino DeFranco ($5,000)
Leopoldo Serao ($4,000) vs. Josh Haynes ($6,000)
Alexandre Ferreira ($16,000) vs. Lew Polley ($4,000)
Jake Ellenberger ($15,000) vs. Pat Healy ($15,000)
Ian Loveland ($7,000) vs. Dennis Davis ($5,000)

The total disclosed fighter payroll was $165,500.

The total attendance was reported as 4,280: 1,606 tickets were paid for and 2,674 were given away. The total live gate for the event was $102,120.

CKA: Mar 4, 2008

If you have some free time on your hands, be sure to check out one of the more exciting fights from the IFL’s first show of 2008 this past weekend, Matt Horwich going up against Ryan McGivern for the IFL middleweight belt.

As always major props go out to the IFL for actually going out of there way to make their fights available for everyone to see.

“Iron Ring” Debuts March 18th on BET

Remember that mixed martial arts project BET was discussing a while back? Well it finally premieres tonight.

From a press release we received:

BET introduces Iron Ring, a half hour weekly series that showcases mixed martial arts, the fastest growing new sports format in entertainment. With $100,000 in prize money up for grabs, these skilled competitors go toe-to-toe using the combined fighting techniques of jiu-jitsu, judo, karate, boxing, kickboxing, and wrestling in teams owned and managed by Ludacris, Nelly, Floyd Mayweather, T.I., Lil Jon and Dipset.

CSAC Suspends Four

The California State Athletic Commission announced the suspension of four different fighters yesterday.

Three fighters who were slated to compete on World Cagefighting Organization’s disastrous San Diego show have all been suspended after testing positive for the steroid Nandrolone, the same steroid reportedly found in Sean Sherk’s system. Carlos Fuentes, Kyacey Uscola, and Gustavo Machado have all been suspended for a year and fined $2,500.

Fabio Costa, who last competed at Fist Series’ WinterFist 2008 last month, tested positive for marijuana. He’s been suspended until May and fined $500.

Jae Suk Lim Wins SpiritMC Middleweight Title

Jae Suk Lim regained his SpiritMC middleweight title with a decisive win over top prospect Yoon Young Kim Sunday night. After the event, Lim announced that he will now be headed to Hawaii to compete under the ICON Sport banner.

Complete results below courtesy of MMA Weekly:

Jae Suk Lim def. Yoon Young Kim - TKO (Strikes)
A Sol Kwan def. Takaaki Aoki - Unanimous Decision
Jae Young Kim def. Soichi Nishida - TKO (Strikes)
Jung Hwan Cha vs. Dong Hyun Kim - Draw
Hans Olson def. Chang Seob Lee - Unanimous Decision
San An def. Dong Yoon Shin - KO (Punch)
Ye Won Nam def. Seung Hwan Kim - Submission (Triangle)
Dae Gun Kim def. Ok Myoung Kim - Submission (Heel Hook)

Kang Still Without Opponent for DREAM Debut

Denis Kang, who is currently training in Montreal, Quebec, Canada along with Georges St. Pierre and Jackson’s Submission Fighting, has informed The Fight Network that he still without an opponent for his first fight inside the confines of DREAM in April:

“I’m just going to go to Montreal, do my thing and get ready for whoever I’m going to face,” Kang said. “I think the Japanese MMA promotions like to keep their fans in suspense, whereas with the UFC, they really saturate the market with advertising well ahead of their events. DREAM has not even finalized the March 15 card. They’ve only announced like five of the fights.”

Touch of gloves to TKO Xtreme for the find.

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UFC 82 Salaries and Medical Suspensions


Anderson Silva and Dan Henderson weigh-in for UFC 82: Pride of a Champion. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ohio Athletic Commission has released the official lists of fighter salaries and medical suspensions stemming from this past weekend’s UFC 82: Pride of a Champion. The salaries are listed first, the medical suspensions second.

UFC 82 featured a main event, middleweight title unification bout between current UFC title holder Anderson Silva and PRIDE champion Dan Henderson. Silva submitted Henderson with a rear naked choke in the second round. Heath Herring also defeated Cheick Kongo via unanimous decision.

Anderson Silva ($140,000) vs. Dan Henderson ($100,000)
Heath Herring ($140,000) vs. Cheick Kongo ($30,000)
Yushin Okami ($28,000) vs. Evan Tanner ($25,000)
Chris Leben ($50,000) vs. Alessio Sakara ($17,000)
Jon Fitch ($60,000) vs. Chris Wilson ($12,000)
Andrei Arlovski ($170,000) vs. Jake O’Brien ($11,000)
Josh Koscheck ($20,000) vs. Dustin Hazelett ($12,000)
Diego Sanchez ($60,000) vs. David Bielkheden ($8,000)
Jorge Gurgel ($14,000) vs. John Halverson ($3,000)
Luigi Fioravanti ($16,000) vs. Luke Cummo ($16,000)

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

These are also the correct numbers from the commission. An incorrect report was issued earlier today to the media but has since been fixed.

Only four fighters received medical suspensions from the commission. All were suspended due to precautionary reasons stemming from a stoppage via KO or TKO.

Evan Tanner: Medically suspended 60 days
Jake O’Brien: Medically suspended 30 days
Alessio Sakara: Medically suspended 30 days
Dustin Hazelett: Medically suspended 30 days

Two fighters not mentioned in the report included Yushin Okami and Josh Koscheck who both suffered hand injuries in their respective bouts.

CSAC Suspends Third Fighter in Two Days

It’s been a busy week for the California State Athletic Commission as they have suspended three fighters for positive tests of drugs of abuse.

Total Combat veterans Mike Moreno and Jermaine Wilson were both suspended by the commission on Wednesday after reportedly having marjiuana in their system, which was found as part of random post-fight drug testing.

Moreno, who was submitted by Gary Padilla at Total Combat’s most recent show on February 16th in San Diego, has been suspended until May and fined $500.

It’s a different story however for Wilson however as his most recent positive test is his second suspension for marijuana in California in the last three months. Because of that, Wilson will not be permitted to return to action until August.

The commission announced yesterday that former EliteXC light heavyweight Tony Rubalcava was being suspended following his TKO win over Kawika Morton at a Cage Combat Fighting Championships event on February 16th for allegedly tampering with the sample he gave the CSAC to test for drugs of abuse.

Whether or not he used lemonade instead is currently unknown.

In any event, Rubalcava will now sit on the sidelines until August because of his antics. He has also been fined $1000.

CKA: Feb 8, 2008

Kimbo Slice discusses his original date to fight against Tank Abbott that was cancelled and how he feels about EliteXC’s upcoming “Street Certified” event being in his hometown of Miami in the above video courtesy of Pro Elite.

Some news for you this morning…

Sean Sherk Still Not Fighting in California

Right after his suspension for a positive steroids test was reduced instead of being overturned by the California State Athletic Commission, Sean Sherk said that he would never fight in the state of California ever again. Over three months later, he still feels the same:

“There’s no reason for me to ever fight in California again. The way they treated my case and the way they handled everything was so unprofessional that there’s absolutely no way I’ll ever fight in the state of California again, unless they get rid of the entire commission and hire a whole new commission,” Sherk told MMA Weekly.

Speaking of the CSAC, they have suspended Luke Hartwig after he tested positive for marijuana following his bout at Strikeforce “Young Guns” event on February 1st. Hartwig has been sidelined for three months (can return on May 1st) and was fined $500.

Fedor Dominates at Russian Combat Sambo Championships

Fedor Emelianenko will be competing at the 2008 Russian Combat Sambo Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia over the weekend.

So how did he do on his first day? MMA Ninja says pretty damn good.

As predicted, Fedor Emelianenko easily won all of his three fights. In his first fight, Fedor quickly attacked, after a combination of strikes he took his opponent down and submitted him. The fight was 35 seconds long. His second fight was even shorter - Fedor broke his opponent’s nose in 10 seconds.

The final fight against Stanislav Shushko took a little bit longer. Stanislav tried to keep Fedor at a distance using his height advantage, but Fedor closed the distance with a combination, went for a throw and a hold-down. The sequence of events happened once more and Fedor finished off Shushko in just over a minute.

Ninja and Fightlinker also discuss the weird relationship between Fedor and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Miscellaneous Notes

Fan favorite Paul Buentello revealed his desire to take on former boxing heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison in one of Morrison’s “MMA rules” bouts in The Underground. Touch of gloves to our friends at Bloody Elbow for the find. Luiz Alves, Muay Thai trainer for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, claims that he believes Tim Sylvia greased up for their title bout last weekend in a recent interview with Tatame.

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