Fabricio Werdum

Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg Salaries

The California State Athletic Commission has released the official list of fighter salaries following Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg which took place on Saturday, August 15 at the HP Pavillion in San Jose, California.

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos ($25,000) def. Gina Carano ($125,000)
Gegard Mousasi ($2,000) def. Renato “Babalu” Sobral ($75,000)
Gilbert Melendez ($50,000) def. Mitsuhiro Ishida ($30,000)
Fabricio Werdum ($50,000) def. Mike Kyle ($14,000)
Jay Hieron ($55,000) def. Jesse Taylor ($12,000)
Scott Lighty ($4,000) def. Mike Cook ($2,500)
Justin Wilcox ($5,000) def. David Douglas ($5,500)
James Terry ($6,000) def. Zak Bucia ($2,000)
Alex Trevino ($3,500) def. Isaiah Hill ($2,000)

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

Cyborg Stops Carano, Captures Women’s 145-Pound Title

Cris “Cyborg” Santos and Gina Carano battling for the Strikeforce women’s 145-pound title. Photo property of Esther Lin.

In the biggest bout in female mixed martial arts history, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos stopped Gina Carano via TKO to become the Strikeforce women’s 145-pound champion.

From the opening bell, the fight had a feverish pace as Cyborg immediately came forward and put the pressure on Carano with a flurry of hard strikes against the cage. As Cyborg attempted an early takedown, fans saw Carano sweep Cyborg and gain the mount. Before Carano could put up any offense, Cyborg went for a quick heel hook but Carano calmly escaped.

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Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg Weigh-In Results

The fighters are currently hitting the scales in preparation for Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg. Be sure to check back often as we provide you with up to the minute weigh-in results.

Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg will be headlined by a 145 lbs female title fight between Gina Carano and Cris “Cyborg” Santos. Also featured on the card will be an interim lightweight title bout between Gilbert Melendez and Mitsuhiro Ishida and a heavyweight title bout between Fabricio Werdum and Mike Kyle.

Main Card:

Gina Carano (143 lbs) vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (144.5 lbs)
Jay Hieron (169 lbs) vs. Jesse Taylor (172 lbs) *
Renato “Babalu” Sobral (201 lbs) vs. Gegard Mousasi (204 lbs)
Gilbert Melendez (155 lbs) vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida (155 lbs)
Mike Kyle (219 lbs) vs. Fabricio Werdum (228 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Mike Cook (205 lbs) vs. Scott Lighty (202 lbs)
David Douglas (156 lbs) vs. Justin Wilcox (154 lbs)
Zak Bucia (170 lbs) vs. James Terry (169 lbs)
Isaiah Hill (156 lbs) vs. Alex Trevino (156 lbs)

* Taylor weighed in at 172 lbs and has two hours to weigh-in at the 171 lbs limit.

Werdum to Face Kyle at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg

Fabricio Werdum. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Despite reports, PRIDE veteran Fabricio Werdum will still appear on the upcoming Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg card. Werdum, who was originally scheduled to face Alistair Overeem, will now meet UFC veteran Mike Kyle.

Werdum, a member of Chute Boxe, possesses a mixed martial arts record of 11-4-1. Werdum has spent the past year under the UFC banner going 2-2. During that time, Werdum secured victories over Brandon Vera and Gabriel Gonzaga while dropping bouts to Junior Dos Santos and Andrei Arlovski.

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Werdum Signs Deal With Strikeforce

Fabricio Werdum. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

While Fabricio Werdum’s surprise confrontation with Alistair Overeem may have gone unplanned according to Strikeforce officials following Saturday night’s post-fight press conference for “Shamrock vs. Diaz”, it seems that the PRIDE and UFC veteran has made his relationship with the organization official anyway.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed Werdum as signed with the promotion during a recent interview with MMA FanHouse’s Michael David Smith.

Werdum was abruptly, and controversially, released from the UFC after being upset by Junior dos Santos at UFC 90 last October. Prior to the loss, Werdum had won two straight fights over former heavyweight contenders Gabriel Gonzaga and Brandon Vera and was said to be in line for a future title shot, making his release all the more puzzling.

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Ortiz, “Babalu” Come Face-to-Face

Tito Ortiz. Photo courtesy of TitoOrtiz.com.

The unspoken dislike between former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz and Renato “Babalu” Sobral may have been turned up a notch on Saturday night after the two exchanged words in the crowd during Strikeforce’s “Shamrock vs. Diaz” event in San Jose.

During an intermission before the televised portion of the card was to air on Showtime, Sobral approached Ortiz and the two began exchanging words, possibly concerning a proposed fight between the two that was once expected to take place under the Affliction banner last year but never came to fruition.

Once “Babalu” became visibly heated and didn’t seem to be content to leave Ortiz alone, fellow veteran fighter Joe Riggs came over and separated the two. Sherdog.com has a brief clip of the incident.

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CKA for November 29, 2008

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Antonio Silva to fight in Sengoku No Ran

World Victory Road announced Friday that heavyweight Antonio Silva is set to compete on the Sengoku No Ran show on January 4, 2009.  His opponent is scheduled to be Yoshihiro Nakao.  Silva, the current EliteXC heavyweight title holder, is currently under suspension in the US due to a failed steroid test in California.  Silva has disputed the results of the testing and since Japanese promotions are not compelled to honor suspensions in the US, he will compete here.  It may have long term effects on his obtaining licensure in the future in the US, but Vitor Belfort may have set a precendent by being allowed to compete after fighting in England while under steroid suspension.

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Werdum Unaware of UFC Release?

Fabricio Werdum. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Despite various reports of the UFC cutting ties with Fabricio Werdum and his profile no longer being featured on the UFC’s website, the Brazilian heavyweight claims that he hasn’t heard about any such decision and has been told to prepare for a fight in February:

“I’m surprised by the news. My sister is my manager and she’s the one that deals with the UFC and she always contacted me first before making any decision,” said Werdum to Tatame (translation provided by Robert from Betwwx). “From what I know the UFC have not contacted her. I still have four more fights left on my contract that runs until 2010. From what they told me I should fight in February, July, November and April of 2010. In fact, I’m moving to the US to prepare for those fights with Rafael Cordeiro.”

It could actually turn out that the reports are wrong and Werdum is still with the UFC but as of right now, all signs are pointing the other way. Like I said in my other post, it’s an unfortunate situation that should have never happened. With the monopoly the UFC has, they have the ability to re-do a fighter’s contract whenever they want. However if a viable competitor eventually rises up, they should be careful not to piss off the wrong fighter with their methods.

Report: Werdum Released From UFC

Fabricio Werdum. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Fabricio Werdum has reportedly left the confines of the Ultimate Fighting Championship after a failed contract re-negotiation period with the organization following his upset loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 90 according to MMA Weekly:

Sources tell MMAWeekly.com that Werdum’s exit comes on the heels of a failed contract renegotiation following the loss to dos Santos. The Brazilian came into the fight with the expectation that he would soon be contending for a heavyweight title shot.

The knockout at UFC 90 derailed anything of the like in the near future, and spurred a renegotiation of his contract. Werdum and the UFC were apparently unable to come to an agreement. He has already opened talks with other promotions in the U.S. and Japan.

Rumors about Werdum’s departure started this weekend after his profile was no longer featured on the UFC’s website. I’ve also heard inklings of the UFC offering a deal that could have paid Werdum $10,000 to show and $10,000 to win but I highly doubt that those numbers are legitimate. It’s really unfortunate that the UFC decided to attempt to re-do Werdum’s contract after he signed another earlier this year. One loss shouldn’t jump start that kind of idea.

UFC 90 Medical Suspensions

Fabricio Werdum. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Illinois State Athletic Commission has released the official list of medical suspensions stemming from last month’s UFC 90: “Silva vs. Cote” event, which took place at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois on October 25.

The event saw Anderson Silva retain his UFC middleweight title over Patrick Cote via third-round TKO after Cote tore his ACL in the late stages of their championship fight. Former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk and rising welterweight contender Thiago Alves were also victorious on the card.

Cote has been medically suspended for 45 days and will be unable to participate in contact training sessions for 30 days due to his knee injury. However the Quebec City native is expected to be out of action for at least six months following surgery to repair the injury.

Heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum, who was knocked out by newcomer Junior dos Santos on the main card, has been sidelined for two months while Drew McFedries, who was submitted by Thales Leites, has been given a mandatory one-month vacation.

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