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UFC Fight Night 112 salaries: B.J. Penn earns highest purse despite tough loss

B.J. Penn took a loss at UFC Fight Night 112, but he earned the most money of any fighter on the card.

Penn (16-12-2 MMA, 12-11-2 UFC) earned $150,000 for his majority-decision defeat to Dennis Siever this past Sunday. Penn knocked down Siever (23-11 MMA, 12-8 UFC) in the second round and had a chance to come away with the win then and there. It was a close fight that, had it gone the other way, would’ve resulted in another $150,000 for Penn. Siever, fighting for the first time in two years, took home $39,000 for showing and earned another $39,000 for the win.

MMAjunkie today obtained the disclosed payouts from the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission, which oversaw UFC Fight Night 112 on Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla, which aired on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, Kevin Lee took home $44,000 for showing and another $44,000 for the win over Michael Chiesa. As previously reported, the submission victory also earned Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus, bringing his total earnings to $138,000. Chiesa (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) earned $36,000 for the fight and lost out on another possible $36,000 thanks to the controversial finish.

Elsewhere on the main card, former champion Johny Hendricks earned $100,000 for showing and stood to earn another $100,000 for the win, which didn’t happen as Tom Boetsch finished him in the first round. Boetch earned $67,000 to show, $67,000 to win and also received a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus.

Felice Herrig earned $25,000 for showing and another $25,000 winning. Her opponent, Justine Kish, took home $14,000 for showing.

For his UFC debut, Dominick Reyes earned $12,000 for showing and $12,000 for his impressive victory in addition to his $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus.

The total disclosed payout for UFC Fight Night 112 was $1,225,000.

The full list of UFC Fight Night 112 salaries included:

Kevin Lee: $88,000 (includes $44,000 win bonus)
def. Michael Chiesa $36,000

Tom Boetsch: $134,000 (includes $67,000 win bonus)
def. Johny Hendricks $100,000

Felice Herrig: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Justine Kish $14,000

Dominick Reyes: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Joachim Christensen $16,000

Tim Means: $78,000 (includes $39,000 win bonus)
def. Alex Garcia $31,000

Dennis Siever: $78,000 (includes $39,000 win bonus)
def. B.J. Penn: $150,000

Clay Guida: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus)
def. Erik Koch: $24,000

Marvin Vettori: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Vitor Miranda: $18,000

Carla Esparza: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus)
def. Maryna Moroz: $23,000

Darrell Horcher: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Devin Powell: $10,000

Jared Gordon: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Michel Quinones: $10,000

Tony Martin: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
def. Johnny Case: $23,000

Jeremy Kimball: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Stansbury: $12,000

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, June 27: Welcome to the top-10, Kevin Lee

It certainly won’t come as welcome news to Michael Chiesa, but Kevin Lee is now in the top-10 of the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings.

Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC), of course, scored a controversial submission win over Chiesa (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) in the main event of this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 112 event, improving his record to 9-1 in his past 10 octagon outings – good enough to move into the top-10 in the world.

That move was just one of several resulting from a busy weekend of MMA action with UFC Fight Night 112, Bellator NYC and Bellator 180. Check out all of the changes in the newest edition of the weekly rankings.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Robert Follis in-studio

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET with Xtreme Couture head MMA coach Robert Follis in-studio.

Follis stops by to discuss his roster of fighters, including Kevin Lee, who was victorious at Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 112 event, as well as Brad Tavares, who faces Elias Theodorou at next month’s UFC 213 event.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2476 with Brett Primus and Zach Freeman

Stream or download Monday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Brett Primus and Zach Freeman.

Both fighters claimed victories at Bellator NYC this past Saturday, with Primus defeating Michael Chandler for the lightweight title and Freeman upsetting super prospect Aaron Pico.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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After debut win, Jared Gordon calls out Artem Lobov: I would crush him

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UFC featherweight Jared Gordon looked every bit the part of the talented prospect he’s been billed in his UFC debut, and now he’s taking aim at a high-profile name in the division.

“I always think about the task at hand, but I would love to fight Artem Lobov,” Gordon said following his debut win. “I think I would crush him.”

“Flash” Gordon (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) looked impressive in a second-round TKO win over fellow UFC newcomer Michel Quinones (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at this past Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 112 event in Oklahoma City. Were it not for missing weight ahead of the fight, the performance would have been deemed nearly flawless, and the 28-year-old believes there will be many more quality performances on the horizon.

“In the end of 2017, if everything goes well and I’m healthy, I see myself fighting a top-10 guy, and then 2018, 2019, winning the belt,” Gordon said.

It’s a lofty ambition, but Gordon has already overcome numerous hurdles in his path to the UFC. Now, the New Yorker wants to make a quick rise up the ranks by picking off recognizable opponents. First on that list is Lobov (13-13-1 UFC, 2-3 UFC), who’s currently helping teammate and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor prepare for a high-stakes boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.

“He’s a name, so I need names,” Gordon said.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie

Nik Lentz blasts old rival B.J. Penn, labels him a 'walking punchline'

UFC lightweight Nik Lentz (27-8-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC) apparently has absolutely no problem with kicking a man when he’s down – at least if that man happens to be B.J. Penn(16-12-2 MMA, 12-11-2 UFC).

Penn suffered a majority decision loss to Dennis Siver at this past weekend’s UFC 112 event, and today, Lentz took to social media to rub a little salt in his old rival’s wound.

Lentz and Penn’s rivalry dates back a few years, with “The Carny” even at one point turning to poetry to slam the UFC Hall of Famer. Penn later offered a formal challenge to Lentz to meet in the octagon, though the bout never came to fruition.

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Lentz was in action most recently in February, losing a unanimous decision to Islam Makhachev at UFC 208.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Lineup, broadcast plans for UFC 213 set, Jim Miller vs. Anthony Pettis kicks off pay-per-view

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The broadcast plans for the crown jewel of this year’s International Fight Week have been set, and the night’s pay-per-view card is looking pretty solid.

“UFC 213: Nunes vs. Shevchenko” takes place July 8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The night’s main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In addition to a pair of title fights with women’s bantamweight title holder Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) rematching Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Yoel Romero (12-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) facing Robert Whittaker (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) for an interim middleweight title, the evening’s pay-per-view portion also features former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler (27-11 MMA, 12-5 UFC) facing Donald Cerrone (32-7 MMA, 19-4 UFC), former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC) meeting Alistair Overeem (42-15 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (19-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC) against Jim Miller (28-9 MMA, 17-8 UFC).

The evening’s four-fight FS1 prelim card includes a featured heavyweight matchup of Travis Browne (18-6-1 MMA, 9-6-1 UFC) vs. Aleksei Olenik (51-10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), while the night kicks off with a pair of matchups on UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the UFC’s extended preview of the card in the video above.

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko – for women’s bantamweight title
  • Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker – for interim middleweight title
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Robbie Lawler
  • Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum
  • Jim Miller vs. Anthony Pettis

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)

For more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Co-Main Event Podcast: Download episode No. 261 with Ben Fowlkes, Chad Dundas

co-main-event-podcast-1.jpgEpisode No. 261 of the Co-Main Event Podcast is now available for streaming and download.

MMAjunkie/USA TODAY columnist Ben Fowlkes and Bleacher Report lead MMA writer Chad Dundas host the weekly show (also dubbed the “CME,” if you nasty). This week, the boys looks back at a big weekend of MMA, with Bellator NYC and UFC Fight Night 112.

Check it out at comainevent.com, or download the podcast directly.

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UFC Fight Night 112 medical suspensions: Chiesa, Boetsch, Herrig get 180-day terms

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Six fighters from Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 112 event face mandatory medical suspensions that could stretch up to six months.

MMAjunkie today requested and obtained the list of suspensions from the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission, which oversaw the event.

UFC Fight Night 112 took place at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., and the main card aired on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Headliner Michael Chiesa (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC), who suffered a controversial first-round submission loss to lightweight Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC), was among the fighters receiving 180-day terms.

The full list of medical suspensions included:

  • Michael Chiesa: suspended 180 days due to a possible left-shoulder injury, though a doctor can clear him early; regardless, 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to a scalp laceration
  • Tim Boetsch: suspended 180 days due to possible right-foot and shin injuries, though a doctor can clear him early
  • Johny Hendricks: suspended for 30 days with no contact for 21 days for precautionary reasons
  • Felice Herrig: suspended 180 days due to a possible left-wrist injury, though a doctor can clear her early; regardless, 30 days with no contact for 21 days for precautionary reasons
  • Justine Kish: suspended for 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to a left-eyebrow laceration
  • Joachim Christensen: suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days for precautionary reasons
  • B.J. Penn: suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days for precautionary reasons
  • Marvin Vettori: suspended for 30 days with no contact for 21 days for precautionary reasons
  • Vitor Miranda: suspended 180 days due to a possible right-ankle injury, though a doctor can clear him early; regardless, 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to left-ear and nasal lacerations
  • Devin Powell: suspended 180 days due to possible left-ankle injury, though a doctor can clear him early
  • Michel Quinones: suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days for precautionary reasons
  • Johnny Case: suspended 180 days due to a possible hand, foot/ankle and nose injuries, though a doctor can clear him early; regardless, 60 days with no contact for 45 days due to a left-orbital laceration
  • Tony Martin: suspended for 30 days with no contact for 21 days for precautionary reasons
  • Josh Stansbury: suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days for precautionary reasons

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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With Aug. 19 event scrapped, Edmonton now hosts UFC 215 on Sept. 9

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The UFC is no longer hosting a pay-per-view event on Aug. 19.

Officials today announced plans for that show have been scrapped. As a result, a Sept. 9 event originally expected to be UFC 216 will now instead be UFC 215.

The show takes place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The main card airs on PPV, and FS1 and UFC Fight Pass are expected to carry the prelims.

It’s the UFC’s first event in Edmonton in company history. It’s also the second in Canada this year; UFC Fight Night 105 took place in Halifax on Feb. 19.

The Aug. 19 event was never formally announced but was expected to take place in Seattle, possibly with flyweight champion and Seattle-area resident Demetrious Johnson, who’s recently butted heads with UFC officials. However, those plans have been nixed, though an exact reason wasn’t given.

A headliner for the new UFC 215 event on Sept. 9 hasn’t been set, though a few other matchups have been revealed in recent weeks.

The latest UFC 215 lineup includes:

  • Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis
  • Rick Glenn vs. Gavin Tucker
  • Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Sarah Moras
  • Arjan Bhullar vs. Luis Henrique

For more on UFC 215, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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