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“Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman” fighter salaries and medical suspensions

Strikeforce turned in another stellar night of fights live from San Diego, Calif. this past Saturday night, headlined by Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey’s successful title defense against former champion Sarah Kaufman. As is the standard practice for major sports in the United States, the salary information for the athletes who participated this past weekend was submitted to the California State Athletic Commission and is now released for the public’s viewing. All additional bonuses undisclosed to the commission are not included in the submitted figures.

The figures are as follows:

Ronda Rousey: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Sarah Kaufman: $17,000

Ronaldo Jacare Souza: $94,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus) def. Derek Brunson: $13,000

Tarec Saffiedine: $35,000 (includes $17,500 win bonus) def. Roger Bowling: $10,000

Anthony Smith: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Lumumba Sayers: $7,000

Ovince St. Preux: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. TJ Cook: $3,000

Miesha Tate: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus) def. Julie Kedzie: $5,000

Adlan Amagov: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Keith Berry: $2,000

Germaine de Randamie: $15,000 (includes $7,500 win bonus) def. Hiroko Yamanaka: $8,000

Bobby Green: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Matt Ricehouse: $5,000

Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $368,000

Additionally, headliners Kaufman and Rousey avoided any significant medical suspensions from the CSAC. Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, who topped the disclosed payroll in the fighter salaries, also avoided a suspension out of the mandated 30-45 day-long precautionary suspension.

  • Derek Brunson: suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for precautionary reasons
  • Lumumba Sayers: suspended 60 days with no contact for 60 days due to right-eyelid and scalp lacerations
  • Ovince St. Preux: suspended 180 days with no contact for 180 days due a left-thumb injury
  • T.J. Cook: suspended indefinitely due to a possible neck fracture, though a doctor can clear him early; regardless, suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for precautionary reasons
  • Miesha Tate: suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for precautionary reasons
  • Julie Kedzie: suspended indefinitely due to a possible left-rotator-cuff injury, though a doctor can clear her early
  • Keith Berry: suspended indefinitely due to a left-knee hyperextension, though a doctor can clear him early; regardless, suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for precautionary reasons
  • Hiroko Yamanaka: suspended 60 days with no contact for 60 days due to an interior right-eyelid cut

Caros Fodor vs. Josh Thomson on tap for Strikforce: Melendez vs. Healy

Josh Thomson may ride on the pain of a razor-thin split-decision loss to Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez now, but on Sept. 29 inside the Power Balance Pavillion in Sacramento, Calif., Thomson has the opportunity to return to the win column once more. His opponent, Caros Fodor, will prove a difficult task in his own right, as Fodor looks to return to the win column as well after losing an unblemished 5-0 Strikeforce run in a submission defeat to Pat “Bam Bam” Healy. Ironically enough for both Thomson and Fodor, lightweight kingpin Melendez will make the fifth defense of his crown against Healy in the night’s featured attraction

Source: MMA Junkie

Korean Top Team Welterweight Hyun Gyu Lim signs with the UFC

Pacific Xtreme Combat welterweight champion Hyun Gyu Lim, a training partner of UFC featherweight Chan Sung Jung and middleweight prospect Dongi “The Ox” Yang at Korean Top Team, appears UFC bound.  Standing at 6-foot-2 and currently holding a 10-3 pro record, Lim’s reputation is that of a strong finisher, with seven of his ten victories coming by some form of knockout, and only one of his ten pro wins coming by unanimous decision.

Though Lim has been confirmed to have signed to a four-fight contract, no official date or venue stands for his debut, though the consensus believes that the stars may align to showcase Lim’s potential and talent in Macau on Nov. 10.

Vladimir Matyushenko replaces Roger Hollett; meets Matt Hamill at UFC 152

Roger Hollett has been forced out of UFC 152 in Toronto’s Air Canada Centre due to an undisclosed injury. Replacing Hollet, who was set to welcome The Ultimate Fighter 3 alum and fan favorite Matt “The Hammer” Hamill back into the Octagon, is Vladimir Matyushenko. While Hamill will come out of retirement after back-to-back losses  to  Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Alexander Gustafsson, Matyushenko is 4-2 in his last six fights, with losses to Gustafsson and reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and wins over the likes of Igor Pokrajac and Jason Brilz.

Source: MMA Weekly

Mark Bocek vs. Rafael Dos Anjos slated for UFC 154 in Montreal

Mark Bocek will get another date to duel in his home country after his decision victory against John Alessio at UFC 145. Bocek currently owns a two-fight win streak—including a win over Nik Lentz, in addition to his win over Alessio—since a UFC 129 defeat to now-champion Benson Henderson—and will aim to make it three in a row when he face Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 154. Dos Anjos also owns a two-fight win streak—including wins over Anthony Njokuani and Kamal Shalorus—since suffering a split decision loss to Gleison Tibau at UFC 139.

Bocek has not fought in Montreal since his UFC 124 victory over Dustin Hazelett, in which Bocek submitted Hazelett and won “Submission of The Night” honors for his victory.

Though no main event has been officially announced for UFC 154 on Nov. 17 inside the Bell Centre Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the card is expected to host the return of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, who will make the unprecedented seventh defense of the UFC’s 170-pound title opposite interim champion Carlos Condit.

Source: MMA Junkie

Joe Lauzon vs. Gray Maynard Added to UFC 155

After putting on a dark horse candidate for “Fight of The Year” and achieving a third round submission victory over former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner in the “Fight of The Night” winner of UFC on Fox 4, Joe Lauzon will now meet Gray Maynard at UFC 155. While Lauzon vs. Varner proved a highly entertaining contest with nail-biting action from start to finish, Maynard’s UFC on FX 4 victory over Clay Guida proved anything but exciting, as a questionable strategy from the normally explosive and aggressive Guida led to a stale unanimous decision victory for “The Bully”.

While the fight with Guida proved forgettable in some circles, it did soothe the sting of Maynard’s first pro loss, which came against archrival Frankie Edgar at UFC 136.

UFC 155 takes place live on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas and is expected to feature UFC heavyweight champion Junior “Cigano” dos Santos defending his title against Cain Velasquez in a rematch of their 2011 bout at UFC on Fox 1. In addition, Chael Sonnen will move up to light-heavyweight to face former 205-pound champion Forrest Griffin, to whom Sonnen lost in Sept. 2003 at IFC: Global Domination.

Source: MMA Fighting

Patricio “Pitbull” Freire scrapped from Bellator 73 on Friday Night

With Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran sidelined due to injury, title contender Patricio Freire has been scrapped from this Friday’s card. A season-six bantamweight tournament final between Marcos Galvao and Luis Nogueira is expected to serve as the night’s featured attraction. A clash of undefeated light heavyweights moves up to the main card as 5-0 Mike Mucitelli put his unsnapped record (including a 2-0 Bellator run) against 2-0 Matt Van Buren, who debuts inside the Bellator cage on Friday.

Bellator 73 takes place this Friday night live at Harrah’s Tunica Hotel and Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, with the event’s main card airs on MTV2 (and in high-definition on EPIX) following prelims on Spike.com.

Source: MMA Junkie

K-1 agrees to multi-platform partnership with Spike TV

Bellator Fighting Championships will gain some company this fall in the form of K-1, widely seen as the premier kickboxing organization in the world. Four K-1 events will stream live on Spike.com when the deal officially begins, starting with K-1’s U.S. Grand Prix Championship in Los Angeles on Sept. 8 from the legendary Los Angeles Sports Arena, and will carry onward for the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 on Oct. 14 in Tokyo, the K-1 MAX Final in Athens, Greece on   Dec. 8, and the K-1 World Grand Prix Final in New York on Dec. 26—the day after Christmas.

Spike.com’s coverage for the first four events of the deal will include what officials describe as “unprecedented access” to K-1 events. For fans of K-1 and the kickboxing world in general, this means access to live streaming of the weigh-ins the day before the bouts, locker room interviews, and live coverage of every fight on the card—main card and prelims—just to name a few of the terms.

In 2013, Spike TV itself will host events live so as to coincide with the network’s extensive coverage  of Bellator.

Source: Spike TV

Photo:  Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, who scored a sensational knockout at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman (Gleidson Venga/Sherdog)

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Dale De Souza
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Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.