Evening News and Notes: “Wargods” Fighter Salaries, Shields-Riggs Not Official & More


David “Tank” Abbott. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

Here are your news and notes for the evening of February 19, 2009.

  • The California State Athletic Commission today released the official list of fighter salaries stemming from last weekend’s Wargods and KSP co-promoted “Valentine’s Eve Massacre” event. The show’s headliner, Ken Shamrock, earned $25,000 for his first-round submission win over Ross Clifton. David “Tank” Abbott, who Shamrock may be matched up against at another Wargods event later this year, earned $20,000 for his 29-second knockout of Mike Bourke.

  • Despite Strikeforce officials and Ken Pavia saying different, former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields tells MMANews.com that his reported bout against Joe Riggs for April has not yet been signed. “Well, nothing is signed right now but it is a good possibility that it is going to happen.” Shields told the website via text message. “If it does go through, I think it will be a good, exciting fight.”

  • Massachusetts-based World Championship Fighting has announced that it has produced its first television program, WCF Rewind, which will debut on Comcast SportsNet New England on Sunday, March 1st at 6:30 PM. The half-hour program is said to feature intimate and gritty portraits of some of the region’s most exciting up and coming mixed martial artists as they prepare for their WCF bouts.

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