Dan Cramer

UFC Roster Cuts Keep Coming

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Dan Cramer

Dan Cramer

Wednesday was a bad day for several fighters who lost at “UFC 101: Declaration”.  After learning about Tamdan McCrory being cut, UFC officials have also given pink slips to Thales Leites, George Roop and Dan Cramer.  Leites comes as a shock to most as Dana White stated at the post fight press conference that Leites was not in danger of being cut.

Thales Leites went 5-3 in the UFC losing his last two.  Leites became heavily critized following his title fight with middleweight champion Anderson Silva.  Leites wanted nothing to do with Silva’s superior striking and had no solution on getting the fight to the ground.

George Roop best known for his time on season eight of “The Ultimate Fighter” has gone 1-2 losing to Shane Nelson and most recently George Sotiropoulos.

Dan Cramer was part of season seven’s “The Ultimate Fighter” and only has two professional fights under his belt.  At UFC 101 he lost a decision to Matt Riddle on the un aired preliminary portion.

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Lytle Out, Ellenberger In

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Jake Ellenberger - via UFC.com

Jake Ellenberger - via UFC.com

Jake Ellenberger will step in for the injured Chris Lytle and face Carlos Condit at UFC Fight Night 19. Lytle was forced out of the bout due to a torn ACL, which likely leaves the Indianapolis based fighter out of action for a long time.

An IFL and M-1 Challenger veteran, Ellenberger sports an overall record of 21-4 in mixed martial arts. He is currently on a four fight win streak, with his latest victory coming from a 0:42 knock out over Marcelo Alfaya in the Bellator Fighting Championships 9 event.

The former WEC welterweight champion, Condit, will be looking for his first octagon win after losing to Martin Kampmann via split decision in his debut.

UFC Fight Night 19 will take place at Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City on September 16. The event is headlined by a lightweight matchup between Ultimate fighter winner Nate Diaz and Melvin Guillard. The main card will air live on Spike TV.

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Tamdan McCrory Cut From UFC

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Tamdan McCrory - via MMA Junkie

Tamdan McCrory - via MMA Junkie

After a disappointing split decision loss at “UFC 101: Declaration” this past Saturday, Tamdan “The Barncat” McCrory received more disheartening news; he was cut from the UFC roster this Wednesday. Tamdan has an overall record of 11-3, but he was only 3-3 within the UFC.

At the UFC weigh ins, the day before the fight, Tamdan walked up the stage sporting his sweat suit. “The Barncat” had recently expressed some concerns about the weight cut down to welterweight, which could have affected his performance in the octagon.

Before his loss to John Howard, McCrory looked very impressive at UFC 96, where he defeated Ryan Madigan in just 3:35 of the opening round.

He was quoted as saying, “I’m going to get back on my Thunderhorse and take the Middleweight division by storm. No worries.”

Kenny Florian Bloody

Six Fighters Served Medical Suspensions At UFC 101

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Kenny Florian Bloody

Kenny Florian Bloody

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission confirmed that a total of six fighters were given medical suspensions following their fight at “UFC 101: Declaration”.  Among the fighters suspended are Tamdan McCrory and headliner Kenny Florian.

The full list of suspensions:

•    Kenny Florian must have a CT scan of his facial bones and must serve a 45-day suspension for precautionary reasons.
•    Tamdan McCrory must get an eye doctor’s clearance before being able to compete again
•    Forrest Griffin is suspended for 30 days for precautionary reasons after being knocked out
•    Amir Sadollah is suspended for 30 days for precautionary reasons after being knocked out
•    Dan Cramer is suspended for 30 days for precautionary reasons due to facial lacerations near his left eye
•    Danillo Villefort is suspended for 30 days for precautionary reasons due to facial cuts

Jesse Taylor

Jesse Taylor steps in for Nick Diaz at “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg”

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Jesse Taylor

Jesse Taylor

“Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” lost another one of it’s widely recognized fighters after Nick Diaz failed to appear for a pre-fight drug screening on Monday.  The California State Athletic Commission was forced to act and is unable to license Diaz for the fight in time.  Stepping in his place is former “The Ultimate Fighter Seven” contestant Jesse Taylor.

The Nick Diaz vs. Jay Hieron fight was originally scheduled to be for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title, however due to the change, the fight is now a non-title contest.

Jesse Taylor made a name for himself on season seven of “The Ultimate Fighter” after he was the only contestant to ever be disqualified from the season’s finals.  Taylor was given a second chance a month later when he lost to CB Dollaway at “UFC Fight Night 14”.  Since the loss to Dollaway, Taylor has won seven straight fights.

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WEC 42 Medical Suspensions

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Twelve fighters from Sunday’s “WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles” have been issued mandatory medical suspensions.  Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Kieth Kizer confirmed the post fight medical examinations with MMAJunkie.  Both Brian Bowles and Miguel Torres were among the twelve fighters issued a suspension.

Newly crowned WEC bantamweight champion Brian Bowles broke his left hand during his fight with Miguel Torres.  He has been suspended until January 8th unless cleared by a doctor first.

His opponent, Torres, has an eight-week suspension due to being knocked out.  Torres must avoid contact during the first six weeks of his suspension.

The full list of suspensions includes:

•    Brian Bowles: Must have left hand cleared by an orthopedic doctor. Otherwise, suspended until Jan. 8.
•    Miguel Torres: Suspended until Oct. 9 with no contact until Sept. 24 for precautionary reasons.
•    Danny Castillo: Must have left hand x-rayed and cleared and left knee cleared by an orthopedic doctor. Otherwise, suspended until Feb. 6.
•    Ricardo Lamas: Suspended until Sept. 9 with no contact until Aug. 31 for precautionary reasons.
•    Leonard Garcia: Suspended until Sept. 9 with no contact until Aug. 31 due to infra-orbital laceration.
•    Cole Province: Suspended until Aug. 31 with no contact until Aug. 24 due to lacerations on nose.
•    Shane Roller: Suspended until Aug. 31 with no contact until Aug. 24 due to left upper-eyelid laceration.
•    Marcus Hicks: Suspended until Sept. 9 with no contact until Aug. 31 for precautionary reasons.
•    Phil Cardella: Suspended until Aug. 31 with no contact until Aug. 24 due to lacerations on nose.
•    Diego Nunes: Suspended until Oct. 9 with no contact until Sept. 24 for precautionary reasons.
•    Rafael Dias: Suspended until Aug. 31 with no contact until Aug. 24 due to lacerations on nose.
•    L.C. Davis: Must be cleared by opthalmologist. Otherwise, suspended until Feb. 6. Minimum suspension until Aug. 31 with no contact until Aug. 24 for precautionary reasons.

 

UFC 101 Poster

“UFC 101: Declaration” Bonuses

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UFC 101 Poster

UFC 101 Poster

At the post fight press conference, UFC officials announced that B.J. Penn, Forrest Griffin, and Anderson Silva all earned bonuses for their fights.  Penn and Griffin both earned $60,000 while Silva was a dual winner earning a whopping $120,000 in bonuses.

The bonuses were substantially down from May’s “UFC 100”, $100,000 bonuses, but were comparable to those issued at “UFC 98: Evans vs Machida”.

Anderson Silva’s performance was arguably one of the best of his career where he picked Forrest apart using his excellent striking ability knocking down Griffin two times before finishing the fight.  Griffin wasn’t left without anything as he and Silva also earned the “Fight of the Night” award.

B.J. Penn’s fourth round submission over Kenny Florian was the first “Submission of the Night” bonus for Penn.

“WEC 42: Torres vs Bowles” Salaries

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Miguel Torres was the top earner at “WEC 42: Torres vs Bowles” with a salary of $26,000.  Total payout for the event that took place on August 9 from the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada was $235,000.  Nevada State Athletic Commission executive directory Keith Kizer confirmed the numbers to MMAJunkie.com.

These numbers do not include the $40,000 in fighter bonuses that were issued at the end of the night.  Brian Bowles, Dominic Cruz, Joseph Benavidez and Rani Yahya each earned an extra $10,000 in bonuses.

Full payouts below:
Brian Bowles: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus)
def. Miguel Torres: $26,000

Dominick Cruz: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. Joseph Benavidez: $12,500

Danny Castillo: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. Ricardo Lamas: $4,000

Takeya Mizugaki: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Jeff Curran: $8,000

Leonard Garcia: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Jameel Massouh: $3,000

Cole Province: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
def. Fredson Paixao: $2,000

Shane Roller: $21,200 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Marcus Hicks: $6,800

Ed Ratcliff: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. Phil Cardella: $3,000

Rani Yahya: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. John Hosman: $3,000

Diego Nunes: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus)
def. Rafael Dias: $4,000

L.C. Davis: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
def. Javier Vazquez: $6,000

Roller was contracted to earn $10,000 in show money, while Hicks was scheduled to make $8,000. When Hicks was unable to make the contracted weight of 156 pounds at Saturday’s weigh-ins, the two parties agreed to a catchweight bout of 159 pounds, and Roller was awarded 15 percent (or $1,200) of his opponent’s show money.

The figures do not necessarily include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses, and taxes.  Additionally the figures do not include money paid by sponsors or any bonuses issued which can be a substantial portion of a fighter’s income.