Jesse Taylor

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.

Nick Diaz Skips Drug Test; Jay Hieron to Face Jesse Taylor

Nick Diaz. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

Strikeforce officials have confirmed that Nick Diaz missed a mandatory pre-fight drug test with the California State Athletic Commission.

Diaz was reportedly in the process of submitting a sample to the CSAC but it was not done in time and Strikeforce has confirmed that The Ultimate Fighter veteran Jesse Taylor will serve as Diaz’s replacement. The bout between Hieron and Taylor will still be for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title.

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DREAM.10 Live Results

We will be going live at 3:00 AM EST with live results of DREAM.10, which takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

The card will be headlined by a lightweight bout between Shinya Aoki and Vitor Riberio. Also on the card is the welterweight tournament semifinals featuring Hayato Sakurai vs. Marius Zaromskis and Andre Galvao vs. Jason High.

Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the evening. Detailed live results are after the jump.

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Frye, Taylor Win at Shark Fights

Don Frye. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

Even at 43-years-old, mixed martial arts pioneer Don Frye continues to compete with successful results. Frye picked up his 20th career victory on Saturday night, scoring a quick, first-round submission of former training partner and judo practitioner Rich Moss at Shark Fights 4.

Frye and Moss came into the bout as heated rivals. Both claimed that they had been the top student under a former trainer and that a fight between the two had been brewing for years. After a brief exchange on the feet to start the fight, Moss grabbed Frye and attempted a judo throw. However Frye countered the move and ended up taking Moss’ back, swiftly sinking in a rear-naked choke and forcing a tapout just over two minutes into the proceedings.

“Ultimate Fighter 7” alumnus Jesse Taylor was also victorious on the card, submitting Eric DaVila in the first round of their featured bout. However potential soon-to-be “TUF” cast member Rex Richards suffered his second professional loss, falling via fourth-round TKO to Shark Fights heavyweight title holder Darrill Schoonover.

Complete results from the event:

Don Frye def. Rich Moss - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), R1
Jesse Taylor def. Eric DaVila - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), R1
Darrill Schoonover def. Rex Richards - TKO (Strikes), R4
Anthony Waldburger def. Shannon Ritch - Submission (Armbar), R1
Phil Cardella def. Johnny Flores - Submission (Armbar), R1
Rolando Scott def. Zach Haney - TKO (Strikes), R1
Josh Shephard def. Aaron Garcia - TKO (Corner Stoppage), R1
Jessica Miramontes def. Brandi Hainey - Unanimous Decision
Doug Frey def. Loris Luna - KO (Punch), R1


Trigg Wins, Martin Upset in Daytona

Frank Trigg. Photo by Mary Ann Owen.

Former two-time UFC welterweight title challenger Frank Trigg was pushed to the limit by upstart middleweight prospect Danny Babock before the veteran came away with a unanimous decision in the main event of Xtreme Cagefighting Federation’s “Rumble in Racetown” event in Daytona Beach, Florida.

In other action, Terry Martin was upset by an unknown Zak Cummings via a surprising split decision and controversial “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Jesse Taylor remained unbeaten since his release from the UFC with a submission of American Top Team product Gert Kocani.

Complete results from the event:

Frank Trigg def. Danny Babcock - Unanimous Decision
Zak Cummings def. Terry Martin - Split Decision
Jesse Taylor def. Gert Kocani - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Ryan Keenan def. Blake Bowman - TKO (Strikes)
Todd Cutler def. Jeremy May - TKO (Strikes)
Marcus Jones def. John Juarez - TKO (Strikes)
T.J. Cook def. Scott Harper - KO (Punch)
Gilbert Burgos def. Chris Thorne - TKO (Cut)

Weekend Recap: Hioki, Taylor Victorious

Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.

In recapping other events besides EliteXC and Strikeforce that took place this past weekend, Hatsu Hioki retained his TKO featherweight championship with a first-round submission of Thierry Quenneville at TKO 35 Saturday night in Montreal.

The win was Hioki’s first inside the confines of TKO since he earned a majority decision over Mark Hominick at TKO 28 back in February of last year. Also victorious on the main card were “Ultimate Fighter” contestant Noah Thomas who submitted Adrian Wooley to claim the vacant TKO bantamweight belt and former hockey enforcer Steve Bosse, who scored a first-round TKO of Sebastien Gauthier.

Just like Don King, boxing mainstay Sycuan Ringside Promotions co-promoted it’s first-ever mixed martial arts event Saturday night in San Diego along with local organization Total Combat. Jesse Taylor stopped fellow UFC veteran Drew Fickett in the first round with strikes in the show’s main attraction.

Complete results from both cards are after the jump.

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Report: UFC Sends Taylor Packing, Again

Jesse Taylor. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

It seems that the rumors are true. In the latest print edition of the Wrestling Observer, Dave Meltzer reports that Jesse Taylor, who was removed from The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale following a drunken rampage through Fertitta Brothers-owned Station Casino in Las Vegas, has officially been dropped from the promotion again following his submission loss to C.B. Dollaway on July 19th.

Taylor was said to be on thin ice in the days prior to UFC Fight Night 14 because of some racy comments he made about former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who was arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase in California earlier in the week. Taylor went out of his way to claim that Jackson didn’t deserve to represent the company and bashed UFC management for opting to help Jackson with his troubles rather than release him like they did with Taylor.

“What goes around, comes around, I guess,” Taylor said two weeks ago. “I didn’t even know until I watched the show, but he [Jackson when referring to Taylor] said ‘He doesn’t deserve to to represent the company,’ and look what happened to him. It’s a big double standard. I’m sure if I was the ex-middleweight champion, I could get away with stuff. I’m sure if I would have done what Quinton did, I’d be banned.”

While the UFC has yet to publicly comment on Taylor’s release, they have removed his profile from their official website, all but confirming his expected departure.

Silva Cruises Through Irvin in Las Vegas

Anderson Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Moving up to the light heavyweight division proved to be no problem at all for pound-for-pound phenom and current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, as he made quick work of hard-hitting striker James Irvin in the main event of UFC Fight Night 14, which was organized promptly to counter Affliction Entertainment’s debut show happening just one state over.

What was expected to be somewhat of a test for Silva, who has completely cleaned out the UFC’s 185 lb division of viable contenders, proved to be nothing at all. After exchanging kicks with Silva early, Irvin attempted to go inside with a high kick. Unfortunately for him, it was caught, allowing Silva to come right down the pipe with a straight right hand. Irvin was sent crashing to the canvas. Silva pounced on him, landing unanswered punch after punch until the final one finished Irvin off for good.

After the fight, Silva, who originally expressed uncertainty when questioned if he would like to remain at light heavyweight, stated that he’d be willing to do whatever Dana White and the UFC asked of him. It’s the exact way of thinking that landed him an impressive win over Irvin.

“It doesn’t matter where I have to fight, at middleweight or light heavyweight, I’ll do whatever the UFC wants me to do,” Silva said. “I want to help setup the biggest fights I can and I want to be a part of them. I’m here to challenge myself and test my skills against the best fighters in the world.”

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