Dana White Likes Holly Holm as Cris Cyborg’s First Title Defense

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UFC president Dana White likes the idea of newly crowned featherweight champ Cris Cyborg facing Holly Holm in her first title defense.

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Cris 'Cyborg': Holly Holm, Cat Zingano made mistake by not fighting me sooner at 140

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Newly crowned UFC women’s featherweight champion Cristiane Justino accused Cat Zingano and ex-bantamweight champ Holly Holm of ducking previous offers to fight, but said she’s now ready to take on either one.

“I accepted Cat and Holly as an opponent for both #ufc198 and #ufcbrasilia and was told neither would fight me in Brazil,” Justino (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) wrote today on Twitter. “I asked for both to replace (Megan Anderson) when she pulled out (of UFC 214) after making such a (campaign) for the fight and was told they both declined.

“They should have fought me at 140. I’m the best I’ve ever been in my career with my return to 145 and am ready for either next.”

At this past Saturday’s UFC 214, Justino added another belt to her collection with a third-round stoppage of Tonya Evinger (19-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who accepted the bout after Invicta FC featherweight champ Anderson withdrew citing personal issues.

Justino, who claimed the vacant belt after inaugural champ Germaine de Randamie refused to face her, said after her title win that she would fight whomever the UFC puts in front of her. But UFC President Dana White seems to favor a bout with Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC), one of the matches he said Justino turned down for the inaugural title at UFC 208.

This past year, Holm turned down a fight with Justino at UFC 198 and wound up fighting Valentina Shevchenko one year ago at UFC on FOX 20. With Justino now holding the belt, White said the ex-champ is interested.

Zingano (9-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) today told “The MMA Hour” that she was almost one of Justino’s opponents, accepting a bout early this past year. But she was told the Brazilian champ turned it down.

Today, Justino responded with her side of the story in the aforementioned series of tweets.

Justino defeated Leslie Smith at UFC 198 in her octagon debut, and then went on to beat Lina Lansberg at UFC Fight Night 95. She took the bouts at 140 pounds with the intention of making bantamweight for a fight with now-former champ Ronda Rousey, but swore off the move after two brutal weight cuts for her first two appearances.

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Today in MMA history: The IFL finally taps out

The end of the International Fight League didn’t exactly come as a surprise. Even for a fight promotion as unique as that one, there are recognizable patterns to these things.

You’ve seen how it goes. The well funded start-up that charges out of the gates with big plans and big promises. The new company on the block that burns through cash before announcing sudden shifts in strategy and design that grow increasingly desperate as the noose tightens. Then come the layoffs and the cancellations, followed by the sale of every last asset on the road to bankruptcy.

The IFL wasn’t quite at the end of that journey on July 31, 2008, but it was finally ready to resign itself to its fate. Just a little over two years after its first event, with the lease on its office space at an end, the IFL formally ceased operations as a company.

Tim Kennedy (left) of Team Red Bears checks on opponent Dante Rivera of Team Pitbulls following his victory at a February 2007 IFL event in Atlanta. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images for IFL)

And there was another organization for UFC President Dana White’s tombstone of competitors. Another promoter that was going to redefine the sport of MMA, right up until it decided to sell the desks and office chairs instead.

That last part is not an exaggeration, by the way. I worked as the IFL’s editorial manager from the fall of 2006 to spring of 2008, leaving to write for Cage Potato and Sports Illustrated just a few months before the IFL folded. When I’d ask my former co-workers how things were going, they reported that the machine was slowly shedding its parts, slimming down to a skeleton crew and putting the office furniture up for sale on the internet.

The late IFL CEO Jay Larkin was unusually blunt in his assessment of the company’s downward trend. Earlier that spring Larkin – a former Showtime boxing executive who in November 2007 took over from the IFL’s initial CEO, Gareb Shamus, the IFL’s co-creator along with company president Kurt Otto – drew the ire of MMA fans when he compared ground fighting to “gay foreplay” in a story lamenting the IFL’s struggles.

When announcing the cancellation of the event planned for that August, Larkin admitted that continuing to hold events would put the company in immediate financial danger, adding that the IFL was “damned if we do and damned if we don’t.”

As the reality of the IFL’s demise set in, Larkin also didn’t hesitate to lay blame for the IFL’s failure on the MMA fan base itself.

Bas Rutten and Tiffany Fallon, in this 2007 handout, were co-hosts of the television show “IFL Battleground.” (AP Photo/MyNetwork Television)

“I sincerely question whether or not there is a market place for legitimate MMA outside of the UFC,” Larkin said in 2008. “Now if you look at the card we had at the IZOD Center, that was spectacular. That was as good as MMA fighting ever gets, and it didn’t make a blip on the radar screen. It was difficult selling tickets, the Monday morning reviews of the event were the fights were spectacular, but the place wasn’t very full.

“What does one do to grow the audience? What does one do to sell tickets besides putting on the best show you could possibly put on? And when you put that show on and you still can’t sell tickets, well then you have to ask yourself does the public want this? Do they really want fights? Do they want mixed martial arts? Do they want competition at the highest level of the sport? Or do they want to run around wearing their Affliction T-shirts and swigging Xyience. What is this really about? Is there really a fan base for this or is it a cult? And I’ll tell you, as truthfully as I can, I don’t know the answer.”

Not surprisingly, that attitude did not endear Larkin to MMA fans. And blaming the audience for the IFL’s failure was an approach that ignored the many missteps the company made long before that point.

In concept alone, the IFL was already a difficult sell. It began in 2006 with the promise of a team-based approach to MMA that would more closely resemble other established pro sports. Instead of filling out events with a series of bouts between individual fighters with little or no connection to one another, the IFL matched up two five-man teams in a series of one-on-one matches that were all a part of a larger season.

That part of the format was easy enough to understand for any sports fan who’s ever watched a playoff series. It was a best-of-five contest with each team putting up a representative in every weight class from lightweight to heavyweight, with overall team victories deciding a season championship in the end.

This presented some difficulties, of course. For starters, one team’s heavyweight might be woefully outmatched against another’s, as when Bryan Vetell, a fighter from Renzo Gracie’s New York Pitbulls with a single pro fight to his credit took on Pat Miletich product Ben Rothwell, who was a veteran of more than 20 pro bouts.

For another, the cartoonish team logos – a sneering gorilla, a pitbull that looked like a near copy of the Red Dog beer logo, scorpions and sharks both inexplicably clad in MMA gloves – didn’t resonate with a fan base that gravitated more toward the skulls and wings of the nü metal era.

Plus, while some teams were comprised of genuine training partners unified under an actual coach, others were teams in name only, with fighters from different gyms and regions assigned to a squad helmed by a coach who may or may not do any actual coaching.

Roy Nelson of the Lions Den celebrates after beating Brad Imes of MilesTech Fighting System in their 2008 bout at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

(The Tokyo Sabres, for instance? Most of its fighters were Americans, with bodybuilder Ken Yasuda as the coach, despite a complete lack of MMA experience.)

Still, the IFL was ahead of its time in other respects. It linked up with William Morris, the forerunner to the UFC’s new owners at WME-IMG, and got network TV exposure long before the UFC landed on FOX. It was the first organization to offer all its fighters year-round health insurance, as well as a monthly stipend to allow them to focus on training full-time. It became a publicly traded company in the summer of 2006 and was valued at about $150 million, according to a “60 Minutes” report at the end of that year.

It also burned through cash at an unsustainable pace, reporting losses of $31 million in the spring of 2008. In late 2007 it announced that it would pivot away from the animal-based team names in favor of actual MMA “camps,” such as Miletich Fighting Systems and Team Quest. It even held a “draft” to find new fighters, and changed its design elements to remove the cartoonish logos.

By then, however, the IFL brand was tainted in the eyes of many fans. The debut of its network TV show had sensationalized the violence and the danger inherent to MMA, which alienated a fan base that was still trying to push back against earlier claims that the sport was no better than “human cockfighting.” Fighters like Rothwell and welterweight Jay Hieron had beefed publicly with IFL executives over pay and contracts, undermining the IFL’s claims to being the organization that put its fighters first.

After the team rebranding failed to revive interest, the IFL tried the next thing on the desperate promoter checklist – changing the fighting surface. For its event in August 2008, the IFL announced, it would introduce “the Hex,” a six-sided ring that never saw any actual use.

Just a couple months after that announcement in May, the IFL cancelled the event. By the end of July, the IFL was done for good, with the company filing for Chapter 11 relief that September. Mark Cuban’s HDNET would buy the IFL’s video library for a reported $650,000 that October, and the IFL soon became another ghost haunting the MMA graveyard.

“You don’t always know what you got till it’s gone,” Larkin told Sherdog.com just after the IFL officially filed for bankruptcy. “There’s a lot of lessons to be learned. One of the things I tried to do was do it in a more professional manner. The bottom line is, I feel MMA is a one-organization industry. I think UFC has done a spectacular job of branding, and UFC has become synonymous with MMA. And there’s a couple of hangers-on now. Wall Street’s having a hard time right now. I’d like to see MMA flourish, but I’m very skeptical.”

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UFC 214 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

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Since the early days when the sport was anything but a mainstream endeavor, the MMA industry has thrived and survived through various websites, forums and, perhaps most importantly, social-media platforms.

Fighters interact with fans, each other and many more through the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which helps outsiders get a deeper look into the minds of the athletes.

Following Saturday’s UFC 214 event in Anaheim, Calif., several of the winning and losing fighters, along with their coaches, training partners or family members, took to social media to react to the event or share a message with supporters.

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Dana White Still Thinks Ronda Rousey Will Retire, but What’s Sad About That?

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UFC president Dana White hasn’t heard anything definitive from Ronda Rousey regarding her fighting career, but he’s fairly certain that the athlete who put women’s fighting on the map in the UFC is going to retire.

Rousey rose to the top of the sport by winning fight after fight, mostly via her patented armbar, but lost her two most recent fights. Holly Holm derailed the Rousey train at UFC 193 in November of 2015 with a head-kick knockout. Current bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes kept the downward spiral intact with a TKO stoppage at UFC 207 in December of 2016. 

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As far as fighting goes, Rousey hasn’t been heard from since. Although she remains in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s testing pool, which helps maintain her eligibility, White doesn’t believe that Rousey will ever set foot in the Octagon again.

But what’s sad about that?

“A woman in sports, let alone fighting, came in and made way more money than all the men. Blew the thing up. Created an actual division for women,” White told ESPN. “Ronda Rousey is anything but a sad story.”

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Want to wager more on Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight? Check out these prop bets

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Because betting on the fight itself simply isn’t enough, the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook has released a list of prop bets for the upcoming boxing showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

The list, via SportsAction.io:

  • Who will have more?
    -300: Home runs by Aaron Judge (in Seattle Mariners @ New York Yankees) (PK)
    +240: Official knockdowns by Conor McGregor
  • Which will be greater?
    -180: Total bases by Bryce Harper (in New York Mets @ Washington Nationals) (-0.5)
    +150: Official knockdowns by Conor McGregor
  • Which will be greater?
    -110: Margin of victory in Big3 Championship Game
    -110: Total number of rounds completed in Mayweather-McGregor fight (-0.5)
  • Which will be greater?
    -110: Margin of victory in Rice vs Stanford college football game (-7.5)
    -110: Total number of full minutes completed in Mayweather-McGregor fight
  • Who will have more?
    -110: Total rushing yards by Bryce Love (Stanford) vs Rice (-10.5)
    -110: Total number of punches landed by Floyd Mayweather Jr
  • Which will be greater?
    -110: Total touchdowns by Oregon State+Colorado State (-1)
    -110: Total number of rounds completed in Mayweather-McGregor fight
  • Which will be greater?
    -110: Total number of EPL goals on August 26, 2017
    -110: Total number of punches landed by Conor McGregor (-11.5)
  • Which will be greater?
    -130: Total number of goals in Manchester Utd v Leicester City (-0.5)
    +110: Official knockdowns in Mayweather-McGregor fight
  • Which will be greater?
    -110: Total points + rebounds + assists by Elena Della Donne in Dallas Wings v Washington Mystics WNBA game
    -110: Total number of punches landed by Conor McGregor (-3.5)
  • Which will be greater?
    +110: Goals scored in Las Vegas Golden Knights @ Dallas Stars NHL game on October 6, 2017
    -130: Total number of rounds completed in Mayweather-McGregor fight (0.5)

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Mayweather (49-0 boxing) face off on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a pay-per-view event expected to be the most lucrative prize fight of all time.

The wagering on the bout as been massive. It’s also getting wacky, as evidenced by a recent $150,000 bet on McGregor.

When odds opened for the fight, Mayweather was widely available as a -2250 favorite, which implies a win probability of 96 percent over +950 underdog McGregor (in fact, the lines were even more lopsided at some books). Now, after money has consistently poured in on McGregor, the UFC lightweight champion can be found as low as +375 while Mayweather’s favorite status has dipped all the way to -550 (84 percent win probability).

Think about how huge of a difference that is. At those initial lines, a $100 winning bet on Mayweather would receive a $4.44 payoff; a $100 bet on McGregor, meanwhile, would have a payoff of $950.

Why all these prop bets from Westgate on top of the regular action? It’s probably got something to do with trying to help their margins, because of McGregor pulls if the upset, the sports books in Las Vegas stand to lose a lot of money.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 214's 10 memorable moments: Jon Jones reclaims his crown, ends feud with Daniel Cormier

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The stacked main card of Saturday’s UFC 214 did not disappoint.

In the main event, Jon Jones returned to the octagon for the first time in 15 months and put on a nearly flawless performance, regaining both the light heavyweight title and his ranking as the best 205-pound fighter in UFC history with a third-round knockout of Daniel Cormier.

In the co-main event, Tyron Woodley focused on defense, much to the chagrin of fans and UFC President Dana White, while retaining welterweight crown against challenger Demian Maia with a unanimous decision.

In the first title fight of the night, the most feared woman in MMA, Cristiane Justino, became a UFC champion with a third-round TKO victory over a very game Tonya Evinger.

UFC 214 took place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

Here are the most memorable moments from the biggest UFC fight card of 2017.

1. New reign, new man?

After dispatching Cormier in the third round with a head kick and ground strikes, Jones began his second stint as light heavyweight champion. The “Performance of the Night” bonus-winning victory solidified Jones as the greatest light heavyweight in MMA history. The respect Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) paid Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) after the fight was almost as noteworthy as his victory.

We don’t know if Jones has turned a corner in his life. We don’t know if the time he spent on the sidelines due to his actions and decisions has made him a more thoughtful person. But during that brief speech, Jones provided some hope that he has learned at least some lessons.

As for Cormier, he offered his congratulations to Jones and his team via social media late Sunday night.

2. Heartbreak and confusion

The decision to speak to Cormier after his knockout loss was unwise, something UFC commentator Joe Rogan acknowledged on Sunday in his apology, but Rogan did make that decision. The brief interview provided fans a glimpse of a man who was heartbroken and confused.

“I don’t know, man,” Cormier said when asked what he was feeling. “I thought the fight was going well. I don’t even know what happened. I think I got kicked in the head. It’s so disappointing.”

The raw moment revealed to everyone just how much this fight meant to Cormier and how emotionally invested he was in defeating Jones and cementing his legacy as an all-time great.

“I guess if he wins both fights, there is no rivalry,” Cormier said, fighting back tears. “I don’t know.”

3. Recoup the losses

During his first title reign, Jones defended the light heavyweight title eight times. In his last defense, Jones earned a reported $500,000. Since then he has fought twice, taking in a reported $1 million in total for those two contests. In short, Jones left a lot of money on the table while he sat on the sidelines due to his self-destructive behavior.

What better way to get some of that money back than to follow Conor McGregor’s lead and call for the most bankable fight possible?

“Brock Lesnar, if you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by a guy that weights 40 pounds less than you, meet me in the octagon,” Jones said after defeating Cormier.

While that fight is far from a lock, Jones’ callout did get the attention of the former heavyweight champion.

4. Losing by winning

Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) stopped each of the 21 takedowns Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC) attempted during their fight. That defense-first strategy allowed Woodley to retain his title via decision. Unfortunately, it seemingly cost him a fight against former champion Georges St-Pierre, which UFC President Dana White had said was “the plan” just days before Woodley’s win over Maia.

“Michael Bisping will show up, and he will fight,” White said when revealing the change at the post-fight press conference “So, yeah. I’m going to give it to him.”

Woodley, who predicted the St-Pierre fight wouldn’t come to fruition, was not surprised with the switch.

5. So dominant

How good is Justino (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC)? So good that a lot of the post-fight talk wasn’t about her knockout win over Evinger but of how tough Evinger (19-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) was for extending the fight into the third round before Justino finished her.

“Tonya Evinger was awesome,” a smiling Michael Bisping said on the UFC on FOX post-fight show. “She went out there and took a beating really, really well.”

Justino was patient and technical. She never got too aggressive until the finish was in sight. While Justino’s approach might have disappointed fans of her previous fights, it showed she’s added a new, and maybe more frightening, wrinkle to her arsenal, that of the predator tiring her prey before moving in for the kill.

6. Taking shots

For someone who didn’t compete at UFC 214, former women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie took a beating in Anaheim.

“I think it’s really important to mention that Germaine de Randamie, who won the title against Holly Holm, just did not want to fight this woman,” Rogan said before the Justino vs. Evinger fight began. “She said, ‘I’m not doing it. I’m stepping down, and I’m relinquishing my title.”

Rogan later said that while he was enjoying the Justino-Evinger bout, he felt “robbed” that de Randamie was not fighting.

“That proves that Evinger would put up a better fight,” replied fellow commentator Dominick Cruz. “She (de Randamie) didn’t even want to get in here; Evinger’s here.”

The duo then speculated what de Randamie must be thinking knowing someone was “tougher than her to take the fight.”

These comments came days after Evinger referred to de Randamie as a “coward” during her pre-fight media interview.

De Randamie was stripped of the belt in June due to her unwillingness to fight Justino.

7. Back in the mix

Almost one year to the day since losing the welterweight title to Woodley, Robbie Lawler returned to the title hunt with a unanimous-decision victory over Donald Cerrone.

As expected, Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC) and Cerrone (32-8 MMA, 19-5 UFC) delivered an exciting back and forth striking battle.

The win showed that Lawler remains one of the best welterweights in the UFC. More impressive was Lawler was without his good friend, former UFC champion Matt Hughes, who was in a terrible accident, throughout training camp. Lawler acknowledged it after the fight.

“I’m pretty good at focusing on the task at hand,” Lawler said post-fight. “But obviously, it’s a buddy of mine. He would’ve been right around the corner right now. He would have been here this whole week. It’s tough, but he’s fighting a fight now.”

8. Big time

Jimi Manuwa was an insurance policy, booked on UFC 214 as a safety net in case Cormier or Jones could not compete in the main event.

Manuwa (17-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) did not get the opportunity to fight for the title in Anaheim, and after getting knocked out in 42 seconds by Volkan Oezdemir (a.k.a. “No Time”) he won’t be getting a title fight soon. As for Oezdemir (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who joined the UFC in February, he’s now 3-0 with two knockouts, including his “Performance of the Night” bonus-winning stoppage of Manuwa.


9. Nice try

Jason Knight attempted to leap up the featherweight rankings at UFC 214, stepping in to face former featherweight title contender Ricardo Lamas. It didn’t work out well for Knight.

Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) was too technical for the brawling and still developing Knight (17-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC), picking him apart on the feet with precise striking. Knight showed he’s a game fighter, taking everything Lamas had to offer before referee Mike Beltran came in to stop the fight in the first round.

The win gives Lamas two-straight victories and stops Knight’s four-fight winning streak. Lamas remains a player in the featherweight division, and while Knight lost via TKO, it’s hard to see the defeat hurting him too much since he took the fight on short notice against a more seasoned opponent.

10. Keep away

A word of warning for the featherweight division: If you think you have a lead over Brian Ortega heading into the third round, do whatever you can to stay out of his grasp for those 5 minutes.

At UFC 214, Ortega finished his record-breaking fourth consecutive fight with a third-round submission of Renato Moicano. Like his previous three wins, this one looked like it could have gone either way had it made it to the scorecards, but once again Ortega ensured it didn’t.

Ortega (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) and Moicano (11-1-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) slugged it out on the feet for the majority of this “Fight of the Night” winning contest, but for some reason, Moicano attempted a takedown halfway through the final stanza. As soon as Ortega hit the mat he locked in a guillotine choke and forced the quick tap from Moicano.

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Watch official Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor pay-per-view commercial spot

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A king is born.

Or so that’s the theme for Showtime’s pay-per-view commercial for the upcoming boxing superfight between Floyd Mayweather and UFC light heavyweight champion Conor McGregor.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Mayweather (49-0 boxing) face off on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a pay-per-view event expected to be the most lucrative prize fight of all time.

Check out the 30-second spot above.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Watch the First Official Mayweather vs. McGregor Commercial Spot: Two Kings Collide

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Check out the first commercial spot for the blockbuster Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match slated for Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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The official 30-second commercial spot is set to the newly released track from GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum recording artist Aloe Blacc, “King is Born”. 

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor is a 12-round super welterweight match-up that pits the legendary boxer Mayweather against the all-time MMA great McGregor.

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Daniel Cormier Earns Huge Payday for UFC 214, Full Salaries Released

Daniel Cormier earned the biggest payday of his career on Saturday night at UFC 214.

The now former light heavyweight champion made $1 million for his fight against Jon Jones, which puts him in an exclusive club alongside only a few other competitors in UFC history to make seven-figures for one bout.

Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz and Ronda Rousey have all earned salaries north of $1 million in recent fights and now Cormier joins them on that exclusive list.

New UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones earned $500,000 for his part in the main event against Cormier where he finished the fight in the third round by knockout. Jones also eanred an additional $50,000 for a disclosed ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus from the UFC.

These figures released by the California State Athletic Commission do not reflect any additional off the books bonuses or pay-per-view revenue earned by the fighters on the card.

In the co-main event, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley walked away with $500,000 for his win over Demian Maia, who earned $110,000 in a losing effort.

Cris Cyborg walked away with $200,000 for her win to become the new UFC women’s featherweight champion while former Invicta FC champion Tonya Evinger made $100,00 for her performance in the title fight.

Here are the full salaries for UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2

Jon Jones: $550,000 — $500,000 salary plus $50,000 for ‘Performance of the Night’

Daniel Cormier: $1,000,000

Tyron Woodley: $500,000

Demian Maia: $120,000

Cris Cyborg: $200,000

Tonya Evinger: $100,000

Robbie Lawler: $300,000 — $200,000 to show, $100,000 to win

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone: $155,000

Volkan Oezdemir: $160,000 — $80,000 to show, $30,000 to win plus $50,000 for ‘Performance of the Night’

Jimi Manuwa: $120,000

Ricardo Lamas: $106,000 — $53,000 to show, $53,000 to win

Jason Knight: $31,000

Aljamain Sterling: $66,000 — $33,000 to show, $33,000 to win

Renan Barao: $53,000

Brian Ortega: $102,000 — $26,000 to show, $26,000 to win plus $50,000 for ‘Fight of the Night’

Renato Moicano: $73,000 — $23,000 to show plus $50,000 for ‘Fight of the Night’

Calvin Kattar: $24,000 — $12,000 to show, $12,000 to win

Andre Fili: $24,000

Alexandra Albu: $20,000 — $10,000 to show, $10,000 to win

Kailin Curran: $20,000

Jarred Brooks: $24,000 — $12,000 to show, $12,000 to win

Eric Shelton: $10,000

Drew Dober: $44,000 — $22,000 to show, $22,000 to win

Josh Burkman: $54,000

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Source: MMA Weekly