Randy Couture. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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.
The fighter salaries are below. The disclosed payroll totaled $3,321,000.
Fedor Emelianenko ($300,000) def. Tim Sylvia ($800,000)
Andrei Arlovski ($750,000) def. Ben Rothwell ($250,000)
Josh Barnett ($300,000) def. Pedro Rizzo ($70,000)
Mark Hominick ($10,000) def. Savant Young ($7,000)
Renato “Babalu” Sobral ($90,000) def. Mike Whitehead ($50,000)
Matt Lindland ($300,000) def. Fabio Negao ($20,000)
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira ($50,000) def. Edwin Dewees ($15,000)
Mike Pyle ($20,000) def. J.J. Ambrose ($5,000)
Vitor Belfort ($140,000) def. Terry Martin ($30,000)
Paul Buentello ($80,000) def. Gary Goodridge ($25,000)
UFC Fight Night 14 Fighter Salaries
Also today, the Nevada State Athletic Commission released the official fighter salaries stemming from this past weekend’s “UFC Fight Night 14” event, which took place at the Pearl Theatre inside the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The total disclosed payroll was $623,000. The numbers below do not include the post-fight bonuses that were given out to some of the fighters, they are only the base salaries.
Anderson Silva ($200,000def. James Irvin ($20,000)
Brandon Vera ($200,000) def. Reese Andy ($15,000)
Frankie Edgar ($26,000) def. Hermes Franca ($17,000)
Cain Velasquez ($14,000) def. Jake O’Brien ($11,000)
Kevin Burns ($10,000) def. Anthony Johnson ($9,000)
C.B. Dollaway ($20,000) def. Jesse Taylor ($8,000)
Tim Credeur ($16,000) def. Cale Yarbrough ($8,000)
Rory Markham ($12,000) def. Brodie Farber ($3,000)
Nate Loughran ($8,000) def. Johnny Rees ($4,000)
Brad Blackburn ($10,000) def. James Gaboo ($3,000)
Shannon Gugerty ($6,000) def. Dale Hartt ($3,000)
Sanchez-Alves Moved to UFC 90 in Chicago
After a proposed bout between welterweight contenders Diego Sanchez and Thiago Alves was rumored to be taking place at the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s next scheduled overseas in England, MMA Weekly reports that the bout has been moved to the promotion’s planned October 25th event in Chicago.
The website cites sources close to the fight and also states that the bout may be used as the night’s co-main event. It’s unknown at this point whether or not the bout has been officially signed. A win would likely have Alves fight the winner of August 9th’s welterweight title bout between champion Georges St. Pierre and top challenger Jon Fitch while Sanchez would probably only put himself back in the title hunt after dropping two fights in a row late last year.
Pulver-Garcia Set for WEC Showdown
Former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver will look to solidify himself as a contender once again in World Extreme Cagefighting’s featherweight division when he takes on fellow heavy-hitter Leonard Garcia at the promotion’s recently announced September 10th event in Hollywood, Florida according to our friends at MMA Junkie.
Both fighters have agreed to fight and the paperwork should be finalized later this week. The bout will most likely 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.