Tim Means replaces Jesse Taylor vs. Belal Muhammad at UFC Fight Night 121 in Sydney

Belal Muhammad will remain on next month’s UFC return to Sydney against arguably his toughest test as a pro.

Muhammad (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) was set to fight “TUF 25” winner Jesse Taylor (31-15 MMA, 1-1 UFC) before a failed drug test took Taylor out of their bout at UFC Fight Night 121. Instead, Muhammad will take on veteran welterweight Tim Means (27-8-1 MMA, 9-5 UFC). UFC officials announced the new booking following an initial report from the Daily Telegraph.

UFC Fight Night 121 takes place Nov. 18 at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Means got back in the win column in June with a unanimous decision over Alex Garcia at UFC Fight Night 112 in Oklahoma City. Prior to that, he had a pair of bouts against Alex Oliveira. Their first meeting ended in a no-contest when Means landed a pair of illegal knees and Oliveira said he couldn’t continue in Brazil at UFC 207. In their rematch in March, Oliveira submitted Means in the second round.

Prior to those fights, he had won six of seven, including a pair of bonus-winning stoppages of George Sullivan and John Howard. His only loss in that stretch was a submission to Matt Brown at UFC 189.

Belal Muhammad

Muhammad has won back-to-back fights and three of his past four. He’s been busy since coming to the promotion for his debut at UFC Fight Night 90 in July 2016, just 13 months ago. Although he lost a decision to Alan Jouban that night, he picked up a “Fight of the Night” bonus.

Since then, he has a TKO win over Augusto Montano at UFC Fight Night 94 in Texas, and now consecutive decision wins over Randy Brown and Jordan Mein to get him back on track after a knockout loss to Vicente Luque at UFC 205 this past November at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Jesse Taylor

Taylor completed one of the most memorable long-term comebacks in UFC history in July when he submitted Dhiego Lima in the second round to win Season 25 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Taylor was a finalist on Season 7 of the show, but a drunken meltdown caught on camera forced UFC President Dana White to remove him from the final against eventual winner Amir Sadollah, and he was replaced by C.B. Dollaway.

But the glory from that “TUF 25” win didn’t last very long. In September, it was revealed that a potential USADA drug testing violation had forced him out of the fight against Muhammad.

The latest UFC Fight Night 121 card includes:

  • Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Bec Rawlings
  • Tim Means vs. Belal Muhammad
  • Daniel Kelly vs. Elias Theodorou
  • Jeremy Kennedy vs. Alex Volkanovski
  • Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian
  • Jenel Lausa vs. Eric Shelton
  • Alex Chambers vs. Nadia Kassem
  • Rashad Coulter vs. Tai Tuivasa

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Belal Muhammad's attempt to mimic Demetrious Johnson's 'Mighty Armbar' did not go well

Joe Rogan said during the recent UFC 216 pay-per-view broadcast that he believed fighters around the globe would attempt to copy UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson’s incredible title-fight finish while in the training room. Well, he was right.

Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) set the UFC’s all-time consecutive title defense record (11) this past Saturday when he earned a fifth-round submission victory over Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) in the UFC 216 co-headliner, which took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

“Mighty Mouse” dubbed the finish as the “Mighty Armbar,” and it was unlike anything ever seen in the octagon. Johnson hoisted his opponent and immediately transitioned from the suplex position into a slick armbar. Borg was forced to tap, and Johnson was left with a mind-blowing new highlight for his growing reel.

The move had a high degree of difficulty, and UFC welterweight Belal Muhammad (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) found that out firsthand. He attempted to repeat Johnson’s move during training, but the end result was very different (via Twitter):

Fortunately for Muhammad, he’ll have plenty more time to train the move. He’s not currently booked for a fight after a scheduled UFC Fight Night 121 matchup with Jesse Taylor was called off when his opponent, who’s “The Ultimate Fighter 25” winner, was flagged for a potential USADA violation.

In case Muhammad needs a refresher, here’s how it’s really done (via Instagram):

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For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Belal Muhammad was chill about Jesse Taylor's failed drug test that canceled their fight

Belal Muhammad is well aware of the prevalence of performance-enhancing drugs in MMA. He speaks against them often, so when news broke Jesse Taylor was out of their scheduled UFC Fight Night 121 bout due to a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency violation, Muhammad took it in stride.

The UFC announced today that Taylor (31-15 MMA, 1-1 UFC) tested positive for a banned substance stemming from an Aug. 22 out-of-competition sample, meaning he would not be able to fight Muhammad (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) on Nov. 19 (airs in the U.S. on Nov. 18 due to the time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.

Muhammad may have lost out on an opponent, but he made it clear Taylor wouldn’t have won the welterweight bout whether he was bending the rules or not (via Twitter):

The UFC is actively searching for a replacement opponent for Muhammad, who is coming off a unanimous-decision win over Jordan Mein at UFC 213 in July.

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Jesse Taylor out of UFC Fight Night 121 due to potential USADA violation

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A potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation has forced Jesse Taylor out of this fall’s UFC Fight Night 121 event.

Officials today announced Taylor had been notified of the potential violation, which resulted from an out-of-competition sample collected on Aug. 22. No other details were given.

From USADA:

“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Taylor. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

Taylor was slated to fight Belal Muhammad (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at the event. A replacement opponent is being sought.

UFC Fight Night 121 takes place Nov. 19 (but airs in the U.S. on Nov. 18 due to the time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It’s expected to air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Taylor had completed one of the more long-term comebacks in UFC history in July when he submitted Dhiego Lima in the second round to win Season 25 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Taylor was a finalist on Season 7 of the show, but a drunken meltdown caught on camera forced UFC President Dana White to remove him from the final against eventual winner Amir Sadollah, and C.B. Dollaway replaced him.

Taylor had one fight in the UFC in 2008, a loss to Dollaway, then was forced to ply his trade for many other promotions around the country and world, including Strikeforce, WSOF, Cage Warriors and DREAM. But the “redemption” season of “TUF” was his chance to get back, and he took advantage of it after going nine years between official UFC fights.

Following the “TUF 25” championship, he talked about the comeback.

“Maybe they’ll make a movie about it one day,” Taylor said at the time (watch it above). “It’s not about the money. Don’t get me wrong – it’s going to change my life and my kids’ life. But it wasn’t really about the money. It was about the story. About redemption. That’s what it was about. I just wanted to show my kids, to be a good role model.

“Like, ‘Hey, you mess up in life, but you fix it, and you keep going.’ A lot of people mess up in life. I think I relate with people in that sense. I’m a pretty regular guy. Nothing too special about me. I just keep going.”

The latest UFC Fight Night 121 card now includes:

  • Mark Hunt vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Bec Rawlings
  • Belal Muhammad vs. TBA
  • Jeremy Kennedy vs. Alex Volkanovski
  • Daniel Kelly vs. Elias Theodorou
  • Rashad Coulter vs. Tai Tuivasa
  • Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian
  • Alex Chambers vs. Nadia Kassem

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Belal Muhammad says he's fighting Jesse Taylor at UFC Fight Night 121 in Australia

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It looks like the UFC’s return to the “Land Down Under” has a new welterweight fight for the card.

Belal Muhammad (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) announced on his Instagram feed today that he’ll be fighting recent “TUF 25” winner Jesse Taylor (31-15 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 121 in November in Australia. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.

UFC Fight Night 121 takes place Nov. 19 (but airs in the U.S. on Nov. 18 due to the time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It’s expected to air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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Muhammad has won back-to-back fights and three of his past four. He’s been busy since coming to the promotion for his debut at UFC Fight Night 90 in July 2016, just 13 months ago. Although he lost a decision to Alan Jouban that night, he picked up a “Fight of the Night” bonus.

Since then, he has a TKO win over Augusto Montano at UFC Fight Night 94 in Texas, and now consecutive decision wins over Randy Brown and Jordan Mein to get him back on track after a knockout loss to Vicente Luque at UFC 205 this past November at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Taylor completed one of the most memorable long-term comebacks in UFC history in July when he submitted Dhiego Lima in the second round to win Season 25 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Taylor was a finalist on Season 7 of the show, but a drunken meltdown caught on camera forced UFC President Dana White to remove him from the final against eventual winner Amir Sadollah, and he was replaced by C.B. Dollaway.

Taylor had one fight in the UFC in 2008, a loss to Dollaway, then was forced to ply his trade for many other promotions around the country and world, including Strikeforce, WSOF, Cage Warriors and DREAM. But the “redemption” season of “TUF” was his chance to get back, and he took advantage of it after going nine years between official UFC fights.

With the apparent addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 121 now includes:

  • Mark Hunt vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Rashad Coulter vs. Tai Tuivasa
  • Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian
  • Belal Muhammad vs. Jesse Taylor

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 213 medical suspensions: No surprise, but Robert Whittaker facing 6-month term after title win

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The visible knee injury that accompanied Robert Whittaker’s UFC interim title win could keep him on the bench for six months.

Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) needs doctor clearance after Yoel Romero(12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) tweaked his left knee with a side kick early in last Saturday’s UFC 213 headliner.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission today released medical suspensions for the event, which took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Main card fights aired live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Romero, who suffered his first UFC loss, also needs doctor clearance for cuts on his left eyebrow and right scalp.

A total of 16 fighters were suspended by the NSAC for a variety of injuries. Four were given potential six-month terms unless cleared by a doctor.

The full list of medical suspensions for UFC 213 includes:

  • Robert Whittaker: needs MRI of left knee, if positive for injury needs orthopedic clearance or suspended until Jan. 4, 2018; minimum suspension until Aug. 8 with no contact until July 30
  • Yoel Romero: needs left eyebrow and right scalp lacerations cleared by doctor or suspended until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Fabricio Werdum: suspended until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Curtis Blaydes: needs right tibia/fibula and left chest rib X-rayed, if positive for injury needs doctor clearance or suspended until Jan. 4, 2018; minimum suspension until Aug. 8 with no contact until July 30
  • Daniel Omielanczuk: suspended until Aug. 8 with no contact until July 30
  • Anthony Pettis: needs right hand X-ray, if positive for injury needs orthopedic clearance or suspended until Jan. 4, 2018; minimum suspension until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Jim Miller: suspended until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Aleksei Oleinik: suspended until Aug. 8 with no contact until July 30
  • Travis Browne: needs left foot X-ray, if positive for injury needs orthopedic clearance or suspended until Jan. 4, 2018; minimum suspension until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Brian Camozzi: suspended until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Thiago Santos: needs right eye laceration cleared by doctor or suspended until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Gerald Meerschaert: suspended until Aug. 8 with no contact until July 30
  • Belal Muhammad: suspended until Aug. 8 with no contact until July 30
  • Jordan Mein: needs left eye laceration cleared by doctor or suspended until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Douglas Silva de Andrade: suspended until Aug. 8 with no contact until July 30
  • James Bochnovic: suspended until Sept. 7 with no contact until Aug. 23

For complete coverage of UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Belal Muhammad regrets not getting finish of Jordan Mein at UFC 213

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LAS VEGAS – It was an interesting fight booking for Belal Muhammad when he got matched up against Jordan Mein at UFC 213.

Although Muhammad is more than a year older than Mein, he said he actually spent time watching the Canadian fight when he was early on in the sport. Mein had six years of experience under his belt by the time Muhammad made his pro debut in 2012.

On Saturday, Muhammad (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) beat Mein (29-12 MMA, 3-4 UFC) by unanimous decision at UFC 213 in a preliminary-card bout on FS1 ahead of the main card on pay-per-view at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. That was a little surreal, perhaps.

“I used to watch him a lot when I was coming up in the game,” Muhammad said after the fight. “Just because he was young – he’s young, but he’s been in the game for a while. I used to always watch his fights because he’s exciting. It was that type of thing: ‘I’m across from Jordan Mein.’”

By a couple years ago, Mein had fought so often – nearly 40 times by the time he was 25 – that he retired from the sport. He came back, though, and Muhammad thinks he hasn’t looked the same as he was before.

Muhammad said he was expecting a little bit more of an offensive onslaught from Mein at some point, but that rush never came.

“I feel like he needs to get back mentally first,” Muhammad said, speculating that Mein perhaps wasn’t truly ready to be out of retirement. “… He needs to go back to the old Jordan. Maybe he’s not doing it for the right reasons now.”

Still, Muhammad may beat himself up for a while over not being able to finish the Canadian. While he’s happy to have his second straight win and third victory in four fights, he said a stoppage was in the cards – but didn’t happen.

“I trained really hard for this fight; I should’ve had the finish,” Muhammad said. “I’m going to have to go back to the drawing board and fix some things, but I’m just trying to get better every fight.”

For more from Muhammad after his win over Mein, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Justin Gaethje and TUF 25 Finale's other winning fighters?

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Former WSOF champ Justin Gaethje put on another masterpiece of violence on Friday at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, living up to the hype in every way imaginable in his main event bout with Michael Johnson.

Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) delivered arguably the most memorable performance of his career when he stopped Johnson (17-12 MMA, 9-8 UFC) with strikes in the second round of the lightweight bout, which aired on FS1 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Early prelims streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Although Gaethje’s victory was the most significant on the card, several others earned important wins, as well, including new “TUF 25: Redemption” champ Jesse Taylor (31-15 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who closed the door on the latest season of the reality series with a submission finish in the co-headliner.

Also on the main card, Drakkar Klose (8-0-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Jared Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Brad Tavares (15-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) and Jordan Johnson (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) added another tally to their win columns.

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale’s winning fighters.

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Jordan Johnson

Darren Stewart

Should fight: Darren Stewart
Why they should fight: Some intriguing new blood has revealed itself in the UFC lightweight heavyweight in recent months, and Johnson is certainly part of that group after his unanimous decision win over Marcel Fortuna.

Johnson admitted his performance lacked in significant action, but considering his inexperience in the sport, 15 minutes of hard-fought time in the octagon can’t hurt his development. Johnson brings a solid wrestling pedigree and a growing striking game into his fights, and if he keeps adding to his skillset, there’s a promising future ahead.

The undefeated 28-year-old needs several more fights against a somewhat even level of competition before he gains consideration for a truly noteworthy matchup, and with same number of pro fights, Stewart (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) would be a fair booking for both.

Brad Tavares

Sam Alvey

Should fight: Winner of Sam Alvey vs. Rashad Evans at UFC Fight Night 114
Why they should fight: More than seven years after making his UFC debut, Tavares added a 10th octagon victory to his resume when he defeated fan-favorite Elias Theodorou by unanimous decision.

Tavares was just a step ahead of “The Ultimate Fighter: Nations” winner Theodorou throughout the middleweight bout, and it led to his third victory in his past four fights. The Hawaiian has only lost to notable names throughout his UFC tenure, and even then, he makes his opponents work hard for it.

Still just 29, Tavares has potential to make noise at 185 pounds and has once again put himself in position to do just that. The winner of the UFC Fight Night 114 bout between Alvey (30-9 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and Evans (19-6-1 MMA, 14-6-1 UFC) on Aug. 5 isn’t ranked or on a big winning streak, but he will carry name value, which could help an underrated fighter like Tavares get more attention.

Jared Cannonier

Gokhan Saki

Should fight: Gokhan Saki
Why they should fight: Cannonier did what he was supposed to against an opponent who stepped in as an injury replacement on just three days’ notice when he defeated UFC newcomer Nick Roehrick by third-round TKO.

Cannonier’s vast striking arsenal was way too much for Roehrick to handle with essentially no preparation time. It was an important, confidence-building performance after Cannonier was blown out of the water against Glover Teixeira in his biggest fight to date at UFC 208 in February.

To make things even better, Cannonier came to his post-fight interview with a plan in mind. In an outside-the-box callout, he offered to welcome world renowned kickboxing champion Saki (0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who signed with the promotion earlier this year.

The callout was met with instant excitement, and despite the fact Saki has essentially no MMA experience, he said he wants tough fights right away. Cannonier will oblige in exactly the type of fight the Dutch striker wants, and there’s no doubt it would be a fan-pleasing affair. Moreover, Saki said he’s interested.

Drakkar Klose

Alan Patrick

Should fight: Alan Patrick
Why they should fight: The most heated grudge match on the card went in favor of Klose when he surprised highly touted prospect Marc Diakiese with a split-decision win.

There was a ton of tension and trash talk between the competitors prior to their encounter. Most expected it to be another showcase fight for Diakiese, but Klose had other plans and put in a superior work rate to hand the Brit his first career loss.

Klose’s confidence and relentless style will likely aid him to a successful UFC career, and while it’s not to discredit his performance, one of the primary narratives coming out of the fight is whether there was too much hype behind Diakiese.

He should get a chance to prove that’s not the case, though, and in the loaded 155-pound division, there’s no shortage of fighters capable revealing how good Klose really is. Patrick (14-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is coming off consecutive wins and has been tested over his multiple years as a UFC fighter. His mix of his experience and skillset would help further reveal Klose’s ceiling.

Jesse Taylor

Belal Muhammad

Should fight: Belal Muhammad
Why they should fight: Taylor completed the ultimate redemption story when he captured “The Ultimate Fighter 25” crown with a second-round submission of Dhiego Lima to claim a $290,000 prize.

Taylor’s journey from getting kicked off Season 7 of “TUF” just before the finals due to some careless antics to winning Season 25 is well documented, and his journey is nothing short of impressive.

“JT-Money” wants to make his mark on the UFC roster, but in a deep welterweight division it’s not going to be easy. Muhammad (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) scored a quality decision win over Jordan Mein at UFC 213 the night after Taylor’s performance, and his game would be an interesting test for the latest “TUF” winner.

Justin Gaethje

Should fight: Al Iaquinta
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Gaethje should fight Iaquinta (13-3-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 213 post-event facts: Robert Whittaker is a bonus machine

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After 44 fighters walked to the octagon during the UFC’s sixth annual “International Fight Week” festivities, Robert Whittaker closed the show when he claimed the interim UFC middleweight title in Saturday’s UFC 213 main event.

Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) defeated Yoel Romero (12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) by unanimous decision in the pay-per-view headliner, which followed prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, closing a weekend with 22 fights across two events.

For more on the numbers to come out of Whittaker’s victory, as well as the rest of the competitors on the card, check below for 45 post-event facts to come out of UFC 213.

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General

The Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $182,500.

Whittaker, Romero, Chad Laprise and Rob Font earned $50,000 UFC 213 fight-night bonuses.

Debuting fighters went 2-2 on the card.

UFC 213 drew an announced attendance of 12,834 for a live gate of $2.4 million.

Betting favorites went 10-1 on the card.

Total fight time for the 11-bout card was 2:24:45.

Main card

Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker

Whittaker became the first New Zealand-born fighter in UFC history to win a championship.

Whittaker improved to 7-0 since he moved up to the UFC middleweight division in November 2014.

Whittaker’s seven-fight UFC winning streak in middleweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Whittaker’s eight-fight UFC winning streak is tied for the sixth longest active streak in the company behind Jon Jones (13), Demetrious Johnson (12), Georges St-Pierre (12), Max Holloway (11) and Tony Ferguson (nine).

Whittaker’s 74 significant strikes landed marked the most of his UFC career.

Whittaker has earned five of his 10 UFC victories by decision.

Whittaker has earned a fight-night bonuses in six of his past eight UFC appearances.

Romero had his eight-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since September 2011.

Romero suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum

Alistair Overeem (43-15 MMA, 8-4 UFC earned just the fifth decision victory of his career. Three of those have come during his UFC career.

Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC) fell to 8-2 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2012.

Werdum fell to 3-2 in rematch or trilogy bouts during his career.

Werdum has suffered five of his seven career losses by decision.

Curtis Blaydes (7-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) earned the first decision victory of his career.

Daniel Omielanczuk (19-8-1 MMA, 4-5 UFC) suffered his third consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since July 2016.

Omielanczuk has suffered seven of his eight career losses by decision.

Anthony Pettis

Anthony Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) was successful in his return to the lightweight division after a two-fight stint at featherweight.

Pettis earned his first decision victory since Oct. 8, 2011 – a span of 2,100 days (nearly six years) and 10 fights

Jim Miller (28-10 MMA, 17-9 UFC) fell to 4-6 in his past 10 UFC appearances.

Douglas Silva de Andrade (24-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) fell to 2-2 in his past four fights after starting his career on a 23-fight unbeaten streak.

De Andrade fell to 2-1 since he dropped to the UFC bantamweight division in February 2015.

De Andrade suffered the first submission loss of his career.

Preliminary card

Aleksei Oleinik and Travis Browne

Aleksei Oleinik (52-10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has earned all four of his UFC victories by stoppage.

Oleinik has earned 42 of his 52 professional victories by submission.

Travis Browne (18-7-1 MMA, 9-7-1 UFC) suffered his fourth consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since January 2016.

Browne fell to 2-6 overall in his past eight UFC appearances dating back to April 2014.

Browne suffered the first submission loss of his career.

Chad Laprise

Chad Laprise (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) was successful in his return to the UFC welterweight division. He earned his first victory in the weight class since April 2014.

Laprise improved to 2-0 in the UFC welterweight division.

Brian Camozzi (7-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered both of his career stoppage losses by knockout.

Thiago “Marreta” Santos (15-5 MMA, 7-4 UFC) has earned six of his seven UFC victories by knockout.

Santos’ six knockout victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Anderson Silva (eight), Michael Bisping (seven) and Chris Leben (seven).

Gerald Meerschaert (26-9 MMA, 2-1 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Belal Muhammad

Belal Muhammad (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has earned eight of his 12 career victories by decision.

Jordan Mein (29-12 MMA, 3-4 UFC) fell to 0-2 since he returned from retirement in December.

Trevin Giles (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned nine of his 10 career victories by stoppage.

James Bochnovic (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his nine-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since his MMA debut in August 2014.

Bochnovic suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

For complete coverage of UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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UFC 213 final salaries: Alistair Overeem earns event-high $800,000 disclosed payday

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Co-main-event winner Alistair Overeem earned the largest disclosed payday at Saturday’s UFC 213 event.

MMAjunkie obtained the list of disclosed fight purses from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which oversaw the event. UFC 213 took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the night’s co-feature, Overeem (43-15 MMA, 8-4 UFC) edged former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC) via narrow majority decision. Overeem earned a flat payday of $800,000; Werdum earned $275,000 to show and would’ve picked up an additional $125,000 as a win bonus if victorious.

In the main event, Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) became the UFC interim middleweight champion with a unanimous-decision victory over Yoel Romero (12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC). Each fighter earned a flat payday of $350,000.

The total disclosed payout for the event was $2,596,000.

UFC 213’s originally scheduled main event was canceled just hours prior to the event when women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) withdrew from a fight with Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) due to an illness. Nunes would’ve earned $105,000 to show and $105,000 as a win bonus. Shevchenko was slated to earn a flat $100,000.

The full list of UFC 213 paydays included:

Robert Whittaker: $350,000 (no win bonus)
def. Yoel Romero: $350,000

Alistair Overeem: $800,000 (no win bonus)
def. Fabricio Werdum: $275,000

Curtis Blaydes: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
def. Daniel Omielanczuk: $30,000

Anthony Pettis: $180,000 (includes $90,000 win bonus)
def. Jim Miller: $71,000

Rob Font: $39,000 (includes $19,500 win bonus)
def. Douglas Silva de Andrade: $18,000

Aleksei Oleinik: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Travis Browne: $120,000

Chad Laprise: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Brian Camozzi: $10,000

Thiago “Marreta” Santos: $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus)
def. Gerald Meerschaert: $14,000

Belal Muhammad: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Jordan Mein: $25,000

Cody Stamann: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Terrion Ware: $10,000

Trevin Giles: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. James Bochnovic: $12,000

Now, the usual disclaimer: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, including the official UFC Athlete Outfitting sponsorship program pay. They also do not include any other “locker room” or special discretionary bonuses the UFC oftentimes pays. They also do not include pay-per-view cuts that some top-level fighters receive.

For example, as previously reported, UFC officials handed out additional $50,000 UFC 213 fight-night bonuses to Laprise and Font (“Performance of the Night”) and Whittaker and Romero (“Fight of the Night”).

In other words, the above figures are simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.

For complete coverage of UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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