Last week on MMA Fighting’s “The MMA Beat”, Mike Straka stated that he's heard through sources that Georges St. Pierre is requesting $50 million to fight Anderson Silva. Straka said, “I was told by somebody very close to Georges that Georges today makes close to $8 million a fight. So to fight Anderson Silva he’s going to ask for $50 million.”
St. Pierre, who is currently in Paris, France, joined 98.5 FM Sports and shot down the report saying it was not true.
Johny Hendricks recently told MMA Junkie Radio that he has no intentions of risking his status as the number one contender for the UFC welterweight title. Hendricks said, “I’m not going to fight unless it’s for a belt. Nothing else matters but the belt.”
It’ll be interesting to see how the UFC handles the current welterweight title picture. Will it be the lesser known yet more deserving Hendricks or the outspoken and brash Nick Diaz?
Georges St. Pierre def. Carlos Condit - Decision (Unanimous)
Johny Hendricks def. Martin Kampmann - KO (Punch)
Francis Carmont def. Tom Lawlor - Decision (Split)
Rafael Dos Anjos def. Mark Bocek - Decision (Unanimous)
Pablo Garza def. Mark Hominick - Decision (Unanimous)
Preliminary Card on FX:
Patrick Cote def. Alessio Sakara - DQ (Strikes to Back of Head)
Cyrille Diabate def. Chad Griggs - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
John Makdessi def. Sam Stout - Decision (Unanimous)
Preliminary Card on Facebook:
Antonio Carvalho def. Rodrigo Damm - Decision (Split)
Ivan Menjivar def. Azamat Gashimov - Submission (Armbar)
Matt Riddle def. John McGuire - Decision (Unanimous)
Darren Elkins def. Steven Siler - Decision (Unanimous)
Following the event, UFC officials announced that St. Pierre-Condit (Fight of the Night), Ivan Menjivar (Submission of the Night), and Johny Hendricks (KO of the Night) all received $70,000 bonuses.
All of the participants for the UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit card successfully made weight in preparation for their bouts Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
The event will be headlined by a UFC welterweight title unification bout featuring current champion Georges St. Pierre and interim champion Carlos Condit. The co-main event will feature a number one contender bout between Martin Kampmann and Johny Hendricks.
The offical weights can be found after the jump.
A pivotal welterweight clash with title implications is apparently set for the UFC's third FOX show in May as one-time title challenger Josh Koscheck will collide with fellow wrestler Johny Hendricks, who is coming off of a shocking 12-second KO of Jon Fitch in December.
UFC President Dana White announced the bout via Twitter this evening. The bout will likely be part of the televised main card on FOX. The event is scheduled to be headlined by another title eliminator featuring lightweights Jim Miller and Nate Diaz.
Koscheck is fresh off of a narrow split decision win over Mike Pierce at UFC 143 last weekend. It was a lackluster performance by Koscheck, who struggled with Pierce's surprising striking and cage control. Prior to Hendricks' career-best win over Fitch, the Team Takedown member won eight of nine fights under the Zuffa banner, his lone loss a decision to Rick Story in December of 2010.
A Strikeforce Championship Belt. Photo by Jon Swenson.
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— Strikeforce has reportedly struck a deal with Japanese cable station SkyPerfect to broadcast pay-per-view events featuring the organization's upcoming heavyweight grand prix tournament, of which the first part kicks off on February 12. Fedor Emelianenko, Josh Barnett and Sergei Kharitonov have competed under the PRIDE, Sengoku and DREAM banners in Japan for a number of years and have shown to be proven draws. [Fighters Only Magazine]
— Hard-hitting welterweight contender Paul Daley is expected to meet the winner of this Saturday's Strikeforce welterweight title fight between champion Nick Diaz and challenger Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos according to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker today. Daley has also been granted permission to headline a BAMMA show next month in his native country of England, pending on his opponent. [MMA Weekly]
Chris Leben. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here are your fight announcements for the morning of April 7, 2009.
Chris Leben will reportedly return from a nine-month suspension for a positive steroids test when he takes on former collegiate standout wrestler Jake Rosholt at UFC 102, which is slated for August 29 in Portland, Oregon. Leben dropped a unanimous decision to Michael Bisping in his last fight at UFC 89. Rosholt recently fell victim to a quick first-round submission by Dan Miller in his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 17. [MMA Junkie]
“Ultimate Fighter 7” winner Amir Sadollah will likely fight for the first time in over a year against Team Takedown member Johny Hendricks at UFC 101 on August 8 in Philadelphia. Sadollah announced his participation at the event during last week’s season premiere of “The Ultimate Fighter 9” and is said to have verbally agreed to a fight with Hendricks. Bout agreements are expected to be signed in the coming days. [Five Ounces of Pain]
A welterweight bout between rising prospects Tamdan McCrory and John Howard is currently in talks to occur at UFC 101 in August. McCrory recently bounced back from a dissappointing submission loss to skilled grappler Dustin Hazelett at UFC 91 to defeat UFC newcomer Ryan Madigan at UFC 96 on short notice. Meanwhile Howard picked up his first UFC win via a unanimous decision over Team Quest product Chris Wilson at UFC 94 in January. [MMA Mania]
Johny Hendricks. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Johny Hendricks and Alex Serdyukov received “Fight of the Night” honors for their three-round welterweight battle at World Extreme Cagefighting 39, which took place on Sunday night in Corpus Christi, Texas. Hendricks defeated Serdyukov via unanimous decision.
“Knockout of the Night” honors went to Damacio Page for his brutal 18-second stoppage of former top-ranked bantamweight Marcos Galvao. Mike Thomas Brown’s successful WEC featherweight title defense over Leonard Garcia by way of an arm-triangle choke earned him “Submission of the Night”.
All of the aforementioned fighters received $7,500 bonuses.
Barring any last minute injuries or weight issues, the fight card is set for December 3rd’s WEC 37 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The card will feature MMAonTap’s #1 ranked bantamweight, WEC Champion Miguel Torres, taking on undefeated challenger Manny Tapia. This fight has been a long time coming as Tapia has made it no secret that he’s wanted the challenge of taking on Torres. Unfortunately, injuries have slowed Tapia in the past.
Main Card Live on Versus:
Miguel Torres vs. Manny Tapia for WEC Bantamweight Championship
Brian Bowles vs. Will Ribeiro
Wagnney Fabiano vs. Akitoshi Tamura
Joseph Benavidez vs. Danny Martinez
Justin Haskins vs. Johny Hendricks
Ricardo Barros vs. Mark Munoz
Blas Avena vs. Kevin Knabjian
Diego Nunes vs. Cole Province
Alex Karalexis vs. Bart Palaszewski
Cub Swanson vs. Hirouki Takaya
Shane Roller vs. Mike Budnik
Jake Rosholt. Photo courtesy of Team Takedown.
Three Team Takedown members currently under contract to Zuffa-owned World Extreme Cagefighting have either had changes or additions to their upcoming fights according to a pair of reports from Five Ounces of Pain. Team Takedown founder Ted Ehrhardt reportedly confirmed all of the changes earlier today.
Budding prospect Jake Rosholt will now take on undefeated HDNet Fights veteran Nissen Osterneck instead of skilled grappler Danillo Villefort at a middleweight bout scheduled for WEC 36 on November 5. A reason for the change currently remains unknown and Rosholt will be moved over to the UFC following the conclusion of the fight, win or lose.
In addition, Johny Hendricks WEC debut has been moved from WEC 36 to WEC 37 on December 5. He will still face fellow welterweight Alex Serdyukov. Team Takedown lightweight product Shane Roller will also be in action at WEC 37 as he has signed to take on Mike Budnik.
Jens Pulver. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
World Extreme Cagefighting today officially announced the complete lineup of fights that will take place at the organization’s scheduled September 10th event in Hollywood, Florida.
The most notable bout made official today involves former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver looking to solidify himself as a contender once again in the WEC’s featherweight division as he will take on fellow heavy-hitter Leonard Garcia. The bout will be part of the event’s televised main card on Versus.
Pulver is coming off of a failed attempt to dethrone reigning 145 lb champion Urijah Faber while Garcia will be fighting for the first time since being charged and eventually cleared of involvement in a New Mexico drug ring.
Additional matchups announced for the card this afternoon included Rani Yahya vs. Yoshiro Maeda, Rob McCullough vs. Donald Cerrone, Jake Rosholt vs. Danillo Villefort, Johny Hendricks vs. Alex Serdyukov, Tim McKenzie vs. David Avellan, and Ed Ratcliff vs. Danny Castillo.