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Quarry Nets $60,000 in UFC Fight Night 19 Win


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“Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Nate Quarry earned an event-leading $60,000 for his epic win over Tim Credeur at last Wednesday’s UFC Fight Night 19, which took place at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Boxing Commission released the official list of fighter salaries stemming from the event today. Remember this is only the base salary that a fighter received. Bonuses, deductions, and other undisclosed fees are not included.

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Previewing UFC Fight Night 19: The Main Card


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One of the more busy weeks in MMA will kick off on Wednesday when the UFC holds UFC Fight Night 19 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma before premiering the first episode of the tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show on Spike TV.

Headlining UFC Fight Night 19 will be a lightweight clash between “Ultimate Fighter 5” winner Nate Diaz and colorful striker and fellow “TUF” alumnus Melvin Guillard as well as Roger Huerta’s potential final UFC bout against standout wrestler Gray Maynard.

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All Fighters on Weight for UFC Fight Night 19


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The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night 19 event, which takes place at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

Headlining UFC Fight Night 19 will be a lightweight clash between “Ultimate Fighter 5” winner Nate Diaz and colorful striker and fellow “TUF” alumnus Melvin Guillard as well as Roger Huerta’s potential final UFC bout against standout wrestler Gray Maynard.

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Cantwell vs. Stann Rubber Match Added to UFC Fight Night 19


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The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that former WEC light heavyweight champions Brian Stann and Steve Cantwell will settle the score at UFC Fight Night 19 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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Quick Hits: UFC Fight Fight 19, Hague-Duffee, Gomi-Oliveira & More


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- Bouts featuring Nate Diaz vs. Melvin Guillard and Gray Maynard vs. Roger Huerta will headline UFC Fight Night 19 on September 16 in Oklahoma City. The event will act as a lead in to The Ultimate Fighter 10 featuring Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson. [UFC.com]

- Keeping with the theme of UFC Fight Night 19, The Ultimate Fighter veterans Nate Quarry and Time Credeur will lock horns in a middleweight affair on the Sept. 16 card. [MMAWeekly.com]

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UFC Announces Bouts for April Events


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The Ultimate Fighting Championship yesterday confirmed multiple previously rumored bouts that are scheduled to take place at the organization’s separate April events later this year.

Added to the UFC’s return to Canada on April 18 for UFC 97 were a total of four bouts. Former WEC Brian Stann will make his UFC debut against “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Krzysztof Soszynski on the event’s televised main card.

Stann was slated to take on Steve Cantwell in the third career bout between the two this past December, but was forced out of the bout with a foot injury. Soszynski comes into the fight with one UFC win already under his belt in the form of a second-round submission of Shane Primm.

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UFC 91 Quick Results

Main card:

Brock Lesnar def. Randy Couture - TKO (punch)
Kenny Florian def. Joe Stevenson - Submission (rear naked choke)
Dustin Hazelett def. Tamdan McCrory - Submission (armbar)
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Josh Hendricks - TKO (punch)
Demian Maia def. Nate Quarry - Submission (rear naked choke)

Preliminary bouts:

Aaron Riley def. Jorge Gurgel - Unanimous Decision
Jeremy Stephens def. Rafael dos Anjos - KO (punch)
Mark Bocek def. Alvin Robinson - Submission (rear naked choke)
Matt Brown def. Ryan Thomas - Submission (armbar)

Mixed emotions

In the second round Lesnar landed a punch that sent Couture to the mat.  Lesnar then jumped on Couture, landing a big hammer-fist, and then continued to punch and punch until the fight was stopped.  Four fights into his MMA career, and Brock Lesnar is the UFC heavyweight champion.  It was good to finally see a heavyweight championship fight, but with Lesnar becoming champ so fast it’ll be interesting to see how the former WWE star is received as UFC champ by MMA fans, and general sports fans alike.

Tap Selections: UFC 91

Here are our predictions (after the jump, winners in bold) for tonight’s UFC 91 event.

The main card will be broadcast on pay-per-view and Yahoo! Sports starting at 10 PM ET.

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Quarry Signs Sponsorship Deal With And1


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As the sport of mixed martial arts continues to grow and flourish, more and more mainstream sponsors are beginning to appear on the shirts and shorts of fighters from a variety of organizations.

Being strictly a basketball-related clothing company for a number of years, And1 might seem like an odd sponsor for a fighter, but former UFC middleweight title challenger Nate Quarry will be sporting the logo on his shorts during his upcoming fight against Demian Maia at UFC 91 on November 15.

From NBC Sports:

Quarry will unveil his new sponsor during his UFC 91 matchup with Demian Maia on Nov. 15. And1 will be one of two primary sponsors for Quarry, with a logo on his fight shorts and octagon signage, along with Nuvasive, the medical company which developed the spinal fusion procedure that saved his fighting career.

“On paper it almost makes no sense whatsoever. I can’t wear basketball shoes into the octagon,” Quarry said with a laugh. “But And1 believes it’s great exposure for their overall brand. They are big fans of the sport and the whole company is excited about it.”

The deal came about partly because of Quarry’s friendship with NBA player Steve Blake, an And1 athlete and guard for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Blake has an interest in jiu-jitsu and has trained with Quarry (also a Portland resident) during previous off-seasons. Recently, Quarry was telling Blake of his efforts to gain new sponsors. Later, Blake spoke with Rod Keller, And1’s director of brand and sports marketing, about sending Quarry some gear, and Keller, a longtime martial arts practitioner himself, grew intrigued with the idea of signing a mixed martial artist to the brand.

Starnes Claims Broken Foot Against Quarry


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The Kalib Starnes saga continues…

Less than 24 hours after conflicting reports concerning his departure from the UFC came to light, Starnes informed The Fight Network that despite Dana White’s claims that he was cut from the remainder of his contract after his performance against Nate Quarry this past weekend, he indeed asked for his release on Monday.

“Joe Silva told me that it usually takes a couple of days for their legal department to complete the paperwork and that he would send me all of the paperwork to indicate that my contract has been dissolved,” Starnes said in the report. “Later on in the afternoon, after I had spoken to Joe, a story was released by some reporter from Yahoo! in which Dana White said that he had released me from my contract. I received no documentation on that, and it came after I asked to be released.”

As if Starnes’ claims of White being “inappropriate” weren’t enough to deal with, the British Columbia native has had hundreds of mixed martial arts fans criticizing him for his lack of aggression against Quarry. Starnes claims that the cause of him constantly backing away from his opponent was due to a broke foot suffered in the first round.

“Right now, I have a broken foot that I sustained with the first kick I threw in the fight,” Starnes said. “My leg is purple and black from my knee up, I have a black eye, a sprained jaw, and Dana White is questioning my desire to fight? If that isn’t enough to satisfy him and the crowd, I can show them the medical report. I can barely walk. Quarry totally destroyed my thigh with those kicks. I’m sure a lot of people would rather see me suffer a traumatic brain injury and be rendered unconscious. That’s too bad. If that’s what they want, they’re paying the wrong guy $10,000 to get his brain smashed in.”

My question: If the broken foot was that much of a problem, why didn’t Starnes inform the referee in between rounds? After all, he’s not getting paid $10,000 to potentially ruin the rest of his career by becoming injured…

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