Demetrious Johnson Reveals TUF 24 Finale Knee Injury

Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defended his title for the ninth time at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale, defeating Tim Elliot by unanimous decision. If he successfully defends the belt in his next outing, Johnson will have tied Anderson Silva‘s record for the most consecutive title defenses in UFC history with ten.

For the first time in his UFC tenure, Johnson has a demand for his next fight. He wants to match Silva’s record in Las Vegas.

I want to match the record in Vegas,” Johnson said on The MMA Hour. “In all of my years fighting in UFC, this is the first time I’m putting my foot down and saying I’m gonna fight a Vegas fight.”

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The next scheduled UFC event in Sin City takes place in March, but that’s likely too soon for Johnson to be back in action. “Mighty Mouse” believes he suffered a knee injury during his fight against Elliot. An MRI later this week will provide a definitive answer about the extent of the damage.

Demetrious-Johnson-UFC-191-LA-Lunch-02“I’m gonna go get an MRI possibly Tuesday or Wednesday. I think I might have a little tear in my LCL in my right knee. It happened in the first round when we were grappling,” said Johnson. “I heard a little pop. I think I might have popped or (have a) tear in my LCL. It feels fine now, but I had a tear in my left knee. I know the feeling of it. It’s still swollen right now. Once the swelling goes down, I’m gonna get an MRI, just to make sure. I’d rather be safe than sorry.”

Johnson is certain that he injured the knee, but is confident that the LCL isn’t completely torn.

“I know it’s not completely torn, but I know something is wrong with my LCL. I subconsciously, I felt it pop. That’s the right knee, something’s wrong in there,” he said.

The injury didn’t affect his performance against Elliot. It was something that he noticed and then put in the back of his mind during the fight.

“Adrenalin takes over. When it popped, I was like alright, fun, fun,” said the flyweight champion.

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UFC 206 Countdown: Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis

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UFC 206 Countdown takes you inside the lives and training camps of two featherweights on the edge of greatness. Max Holloway risks his win streak to take on former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in a showdown between electrifying strikers with the interim championship on the line.

At stake is not only the gold, but a much-anticipated bout against longtime great Jose Aldo, who became the undisputed champion when Conor McGregor vacated the title.

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TUF 24 Finale Fighter Salaries: Demetrious Johnson Nearing Half-a-Million Mark

Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, after defeating Tim Elliott at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale on Saturday night, is one win away from tying Anderson Silva‘s 10-fight record for most UFC title defenses. Yet, he is still far from Conor McGregor‘s record $3 million payday for a fight, but he’s making strides.

Demetrious Johnson TUF 24 Finale Post-FightJohnson netted a flat rate of $350,000 for Saturday’s victory over Elliott, which is well above his previous payday high of $195,000 at UFC 197. Elliott made $100,000 in his losing effort, after having made his way to the title fight via a tournament of champions on The Ultimate Fighter.

The next closest fighter to Johnson at the TUF 24 Finale was Joseph Benavidez, the No. 1 ranked flyweight in the UFC. He netted $140,000 for his victory over Henry Cejudo.

The Nevada Athletic Commission released The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale fighter salaries to MMAWeekly.com on Monday. The event took place on Saturday, Dec. 3, at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas.

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TUF 24 Finale: Johnson vs. Elliott Fighter Salaries

  • Demetrious Johnson: $350,000 (no win bonus) def. Tim Elliott: $100,000
  • Joseph Benavidez: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus) def. Henry Cejudo: $50,000
  • Jorge Masvidal: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus) def. Jake Ellenberger: $78,000
  • Jared Cannonier: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Ion Cutelaba: $12,000
  • Sara McMann: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus) def. Alexis Davis: $27,000
  • Brandon Moreno: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Ryan Benoit: $15,000
  • Ryan Hall: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Gray Maynard: $51,000
  • Rob Font: $33,000 (includes $16,500 win bonus) def. Matt Schnell: $10,000
  • “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Brendan O’Reilly: $12,000
  • Jamie Moyle: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Kailin Curran: $20,000
  • Anthony Smith: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Elvis Mutapcic: $16,000
  • Devin Clark: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Josh Stansbury: $12,000

TUF 24 Finale Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $1,274,000

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Conor McGregor Still Flying Around with Two UFC Belts… No Army in Sight

Call it relinquishing the belt, call it stripping the belt, call it what you want… Conor McGregor doesn’t appear to be listening. 

Although the UFC has promoted an interim UFC featherweight title fight between Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis as the UFC 206 main event for Saturday night, naming Jose Aldo the new undisputed champion, McGregor appears to dispute the notion.

He said when he won the second of two belts in two UFC weight classes, it’s going to take an army to get one of the belts off of him. Thus far, it appears no army has shown up at McGregor’s door step.

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The motherfucking champ champ!

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Joseph Benavidez: Demetrious Johnson is the Only Fight I Want (TUF 24 Finale)

Joseph Benavidez had a tremendous fight with Henry Cejudo at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale on Saturday in Las Vegas. After three hard fought rounds, he walked away with a split-decision victory over his fellow Ultimate Fighter coach, leaving him as the clear No. 1 contender in the UFC flyweight division.

So what now?

While Benavidez sees the potential for a longstanding rivalry and many bouts with Cejudo in his future, it’s not the fight that he wants next.

As the longstanding No. 1 flyweight contender, he wants another shot at the belt. Despite having lost twice to Demetrious Johnson, Benavidez still wants to run it back, and made his case for a third fight with the champ.

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Donald Cerrone Triangle Chokes Alex Oliveira into Submission (UFC 206 Free Fight Video)

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In his welterweight debut, Donald Cerrone took down Alex Oliveira in the first-round with a triangle choke. Cerrone faces Matt Brown in the co-main event at UFC 206 on Saturday, Dec. 10 on pay-per-view.

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BJ Penn Thinks It Was ‘Weird’ That The UFC Stripped Conor McGregor of Belt

Conor McGregor made history at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 by becoming the first fighter in UFC history to hold two titles in different weight classes at the same time.

McGregor demolished the now former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, but his two-division reign was short lived.  Last week, the fight promotion stripped the Irishman of his 145-pound world title.  Former two-division UFC champion and Hall of Famer BJ Penn was surprised when McGregor was forced to relinquish one of his belts. 

“It was amazing to see.  It was an amazing accomplishment.  He went there and he got the 145 and the 155 belts.  He wiped Alvarez out.  Alvarez didn’t even stand a chance.  It was good.  It was good for the sport,” Penn told 5ive Rounds podcast

“I was very surprised when they just stripped him, though, because that was just weird, because they made sure he held onto it long enough to get that accomplishment and then they stripped him after.  That was strange,” added the Hawaiian. 

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The reason for stripping McGregor was that him holding both titles would tie up two divisions, but Penn doesn’t think that would have happened. 

“We were talking about it when we were going to fight Georges St-Pierre because we were trying to figure it out, that would be one fight every two months because you have to defend both belts.  We had plans of trying to defend both belts when we were fighting Georges, but we ended up losing,” he said. 

“It’s not holding up two divisions.  Conor would have to fight every two months.  That’s what we were prepared to do back then. You Know. You gotta be busy and you gotta be that guy,” added Penn. 

Interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo was elevated to the world champion and an interim title fight between Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis was made.  Penn found it ‘strange’ that Holloway and Pettis would fight for an interim title instead of just competing for the top contender status. 

“Aldo is the champion now. It is strange that they switched the Hollaway-Pettis fight so close to an interim title fight but I guess it is business,” he said.

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Jared Cannonier ‘Ain’t Scared’ to Fight Anyone (TUF 24 Finale Video)

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Former heavyweight Jared Connonier isn’t scared to fight anyone at heavyweight, light heavyweight, or middleweight. “The Killa Gorilla” wants to test the waters at 205-pounds, but isn’t ruling out an eventual move to the middleweight division.

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Matt Brown and Erik Silva’s Epic War (UFC 206 Free Fight Video)

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Matt Brown capped off a seven-fight win streak with a victory over Erick Silva that won him Fight of the Night as well as Performance of the Night honors. Brown faces Donald Cerrone in the co-main event at UFC 206 live on Pay-Per-View on December 10.

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ONE Championship Heading to Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta

One Championship, having finished the year with last Friday night’s card at the MOA Arena in Manila, announced its first two events of 2017. On Jan. 14 there will be a show in Jakarta and on Feb. 10 the organization will be returning to Kuala Lumpur.

one fc beltThese two dates were announced during the ONE: Age of Domination live broadcast. After the event, journalists in Manila were also informed that the promotion’s next show in the Philippines would be taking place on April 21, 2017.

In total there were 16 ONE Championship cards in 2016, including two events which took place behind closed doors. There would have been 17, but the Bangkok event scheduled for later this month had to be pushed back following the death of the King of Thailand.

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The show in Jakarta will be the 50th official event that ONE Championship has promoted. Since its formation in 2011, the Singapore headquartered organization has held shows in 12 different cities across ten separate Asian countries.

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