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St. Pierre Earns $400,000 in Win Over Penn


Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official list of fighter salaries stemming from this past weekend’s UFC 94 event, which took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Georges St. Pierre used superior wrestling and surprising grappling technique to dominate UFC lightweight king B.J. Penn and successfully defend his UFC welterweight belt in the show’s main event. Lyoto Machida also continued to build his argument for a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title with a first-round knockout of fellow undefeated Brazilian Thiago Silva.

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

 

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UFC 92 Fighters Test Clean


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The Nevada State Athletic Commission today announced that all of the fighters tested following UFC 92 on December 27 have passed their respective tests for performance-enhancing drugs and drugs of abuse.

UFC 92 featured two title changing hands: Rashad Evans scored a third-round TKO of fellow “Ultimate Fighter” winner Forrest Griffin to capture the UFC light heavyweight title while Frank Mir became the first fighter to ever stop Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in regaining a piece of the UFC heavyweight belt.

The following fighters were tested: Evans, Griffin, Nogueira, Mir, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Yushin Okami, Cheick Kongo, Matt Hamill, C.B. Dollaway, Brad Blackburn, Antoni Hardonk and Patrick Barry. 

Griffin Shelved After Suffering Broken Hand at UFC 92


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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering a broken left hand during his title loss to fellow “Ultimate Fighter” reality show winner Rashad Evans at UFC 92 this past weekend.

According to the official list of medical suspensions released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission late last night, Griffin could be suspended until June 27 unless he is cleared early by an orthopedic doctor. At the least, Griffin will be suspended until February 12 with no contact permitted until January 28 for precautionary reasons.

Joining Griffin in terms of injuries suffered at the event was Cage Rage veteran Mustapha Al-Turk, who suffered a broken nose in his brutal loss to Cheick Kongo as well as Dan Evensen (left knee injury), Reese Andy (broken orbital bone), and Brad Blackburn (broken nose, left arm numbness) The aforementioned fighters will also be serving the same suspension timeline as Griffin.

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Report: Affliction II Postponed Until January


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Loretta Hunt of Sherdog has confirmed with Keith Kizer of the NSAC that Affliction II: Day of Reckoning, scheduled for October 11th in Las Vegas, has been postponed until January 2009. 

The Oct. 11 Affliction event scheduled for the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas has been postponed, Keith Kizer of the Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed to Sherdog.com on Wednesday.

Affliction contacted Kizer on Wednesday morning to inform him that the event would be moved to a January date at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.


It will be interesting to see what the reasoning is for the postponement and long delay before the rescheduling.

Update (3:30pmEST):  Multiple outlets are reporting that slow ticket sales in Las Vegas may be the reason for the postponement.  Robert Joyner of MMA Payout explains:

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James Irvin Admits Painkiller Use


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It’s only been a few weeks since James Irvin tested positive for banned painkillers following his devastating knockout loss to reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC Fight Night 14 in July. The two kinds of drugs in his system - Oxymorphone, an opiate which is primarily used to alleviate severe pain and Methadone, which is alternatively used to treat recovering drug addicts - are pretty powerful stuff.

Turns out that Irvin did indeed use them:

“In the days leading up to my fight with Anderson Silva, I experienced some residual pain in my foot from a previous injury,” wrote Irvin in an Aug. 14 letter. “I made the extremely poor choice to take some pain medications that I did not have a prescription for. I realize this was an ignorant and dangerous decision.”

Irvin’s decision is one sort of similar to that of Hermes Franca before his fight with Sean Sherk at UFC 73 last summer, attempting to take banned substances in order to make it through an entire training camp when really Irvin should have just been shutting it down. He had no business taking a fight, especially against Silva of all people without his broken foot being fully healed. Here’s to hoping that this is a lesson learned to Irvin.

Condit, Miura Issued Medical Suspensions


Hiromitsu Miura. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

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

Overall, the amount of suspensions handed out was relatively tame. Carlos Condit will be sidelined until September 3rd because of lacerations suffered on his left eyebrow and lip while his opponent in Sunday night’s highly praised main event, Hiromitsu Miura, could be forced to sit out until January of next year because of apparent fractures suffered to his nose and left orbital bone. However he can be permitted to return earlier if cleared by a doctor.

Brian Stann, Marcus Hicks, Carlo Prater, Dave Terrel, and Micah Miller, who all suffered TKO losses in their bouts, have also all been medically suspended due to precautionary reasons until either September 3rd or 18th respectively.

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)

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


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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 FOXSports.com.

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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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.

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