12.11.2007 - 11:50:00 PM -
TUF 6 Finale fighter salaries
MMA Junkie got word on the paydays for the Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale*:
Roger Huerta - $38,000 ($19,000 to show + $19,000 to win) Clay Guida - $11,000
Mac Danzig - $16,000 ($8,000 to show + $8,000 to win) Tommy Speer - $8,000
Jon Koppenhaver - $16,000 ($8,000 to show + $8,000 to win) Jared Rollins - $8,000
George Sotiropoulos - $16,000 ($8,000 to show + $8,000 to win) Billy Miles - $8,000
Ben Saunders - $16,000 ($8,000 to show + $8,000 to win) Dan Barrera - $8,000
Troy Mandaloniz - $16,000 ($8,000 to show + $8,000 to win) Richie Hightower - $8,000
Matt Arroyo - $16,000 ($8,000 to show + $8,000 to win) John Kolosci - $8,000
Roman Mitichyan - $16,000 ($8,000 to show + $8,000 to win) Dorian Price - $8,000
Jonathan Goulet - $14,000 ($7,000 to show + $7,000 to win) Paul Georgieff - $8,000
*Note: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. The figures do not include money paid by sponsors. They also do not include any bonuses paid to some of the main-card fighters who sometimes earn a small cut of pay-per-view revenue. They also do not include other special/non-disclosed bonuses the UFC sometimes pays.
I didn't do a preview and review thread for the finale but if you're looking for a good review head on over to Five Ounces of Pain and read what Adam Morgan had to say. Sam Caplan also has a complete thorough breakdown at his ProElite.com blog.
- 12:07:00 AM -
The Ultimate Fighter Season 7: Forrest Griffin announced as first coach.
The UFC announced tonight that Forrest Griffin will be one of the coaches on the TUF 7, and that they were going to change the format up. They didn't give any hints as to what they are changing but Dana seemed excited.
The other coach will be announced tomorrow during the VGA's on SpikeTV.
If Forrest Griffin is the new #1 contender and he'll fight the other coach could it possibly be Rampage?
While I think that some of the shows this season have been real weak and ending with weak fights I completely enjoyed last nights show. I don't really like Tommy's fighting style but it seems effective. I think that had Ben not gotten sick then that fight definately would have went the other way. Strength can go along way for Tommy but eventually he's going to run into problems when he can't rely on his strength. Same thing happened to Matt Hughes, they have very very similar fighting style. I'm just itching to see Ben fight again, he's exciting and he's as good off of his back as he is standing.
The whole part of the show about taking a shit in the upper part of the toilet was hilarious. I don't care who you are thats funny shit. Well maybe if I had to clean it it wouldn't be funny but Mac and J-ROCK to that shit way to serious. Maybe thats just me. Anyway here's the rest of the day-after-TUF madness:
- 2:06:00 PM -
TUF 6 Finale: Ben Saunders vs Dan Barrera
Adam Morgan at Five Ounces of Pain got the scoop that Ben Saunders (4-0-2, 0-0 UFC) will fight Dan Barrera (0-0, 0-0 UFC) in a rematch of one of the better fights on TUF this season at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale.
Five Ounces of Pain has learned from well-placed sources that Ben Saunders and Dan Barrera are scheduled to rematch at the The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale next weekend in Las Vegas, NV and that the fight has a very good chance of being televised on the live broadcast.
The UFC updated the fight card for The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale on December 8th with 4 more fights in addition to the Main Event that was announced earlier of Roger Huerta vs Clay Guida. Here's the fight card:
As other blogs and recaps become available I'll post them here.
Overall I thought the show was a decent show. It seems like Matt Hughes is working his fighters way to hard. It was dumb of Dan to stan above Ben and let him recover but he is a novice to the sport. Like Mac Danzig said if it had been Mac it would be understandable but it wasn't. Mac seems to be a dick sometimes but overall I think he cares about the people in the house. He'll definately be back in the UFC.
J-ROCK has looked good practically the entire season in the training and like Matt Serra said the guy is diesel. But George is lanky and definately had the reach. George looked so smooth where as J-ROCK looked like a robot and rather clumsy. I was surprised to see George knock him the fuck out like that but it was inevitable it seemed with the way J-ROCK was stalking around. He looked timid and really needed to let his hands go. Matt Hughes just shook his head and didn't say anything in the cut to segment. I found that particularly hilarious. With that win Serra's team goes up 6-1. I think that we'll see Team Hughes finally get another win under their belt.
Last nights episode was a good show. The fight was great and they definately should have gone to 3 rounds. I thought Ben looked good in both rounds but I could see them giving the first to Dan. They should have really gone to a 3rd round. It was good to see Matt Hughes call out the judging. Although the comissioner looked like a douche bag and tried to say Matt Hughes was unprofessional when the judges are by far unprofessional and really don't know what they're doing. I think it was a great move on Dana's part to give both of the guys $5,000. They both deserved it.