Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Georges St-Pierre and UFC 217's other winning fighters?

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The UFC landscape shifted on Saturday with UFC 217, which took place at Madison Square Garden in New York, and featured a record-setting three title changes on the pay-per-view main card, which followed prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, former longtime UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) made history by becoming the organization’s fourth two-division titleholder, winning the middleweight crown from Michael Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC) courtesy of a third-round technical submission.

Prior to St-Pierre’s comeback performance, T.J. Dillashaw (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) also regained UFC gold when he took out former teammate and training partner Cody Garbrandt (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) for the bantamweight strap. And in a third title change, Rose Namajunas (7-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) became the new UFC strawweight champ when she halted the momentum of Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) with a first-round knockout.

Other winners from the main card included two-time UFC welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson (14-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) and undefeated middleweight prospect Paulo Costa (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC).

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 UFC 217’s winning fighters.

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Paulo Costa

Brad Tavares

Should fight: Brad Tavares
Why they should fight: Rising middleweight prospect Costa picked up a monumental victory for his young career when he defeated former champion Johny Hendricks by second-round TKO.

Costa had not faced anyone with Hendricks’ credentials prior to the bout, but the Brazilian handled his business in impressive fashion, and now he becomes a new contender worth following at 185 pounds.

Considering his quick rise through three UFC fights, seeing Costa get another notable step up in competition would be far from surprising. No one has been able to stop him so far, but Tavares (16-4 MMA, 11-4 UFC) has proven to be one of the most competitive and durable fighters in the weight class since his promotional debut in 2010.

Tavares has fought and beaten some of the best the division has to offer in his UFC career. He’s riding a three-fight winning streak with victories over some solid names, and he’d provide Costa a stern test that, at this point, would likely mean even more than a win over a slumping Hendricks.

Stephen Thompson

Darren Till

Should fight: Darren Till
Why they should fight: After two failed title bids and nearly 17 months without a win, Thompson sent a stern reminder that he’s a dangerous player in the welterweight division when he took out one of the weight class’ most dangerous contenders in Jorge Masvidal.

“Wonderboy” got back on track with a unanimous-decision victory. The performance helped him regain some of the status he lost in his underwhelming title fight with champ Tyron Woodley at UFC 209 in March, but the reality is Thompson is still winless in two fights against the current champ and is unlikely to get another crack at the gold unless the belt changes hands.

Plenty of intriguing matchups are available to help Thompson start the build toward an irrefutable case for a third UFC title shot. The one that stands out most, however, is against streaking Till (15-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC), who recently earned a main-event victory over Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 118 this past month.

Rose Namajunas

Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Should fight: Jedrzejczyk
Why they should fight: There isn’t much of an explanation needed for why Namajunas should have an immediate rematch with Jedrzejczyk following her title-winning upset.

Namajunas’ shocking first-round knockout victory is easily the biggest upset in the brief history of the 115-pound division. She handed the Polish fighter her first career loss, and given Jedrzejczyk’s previous dominance leading up to the fight, it only makes sense to run it back, which has been a precedent for longtime champions.

T.J. Dillashaw

Should fight: Demetrious Johnson
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Dillashaw should drop to flyweight to fight champion Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) next.

Georges St-Pierre

Should fight: Robert Whittaker
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why St-Pierre should meet interim 185-pound champ Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) in a title-unification bout next.

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Brad Tavares is all praise for the UFC's 'game-changing' Performance Institute

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Currently riding a three-fight winning streak, Brad Tavares seems to have found his groove back after a rough patch that saw him lose three out of four octagon outings.

The positive results, Tavares (14-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) believes, serve to show that, at 29, he’s still evolving and growing into his own as a fighter. But one thing that certainly isn’t hurting the middleweight’s momentum is the addition of a “game-changing” tool: the UFC’s recently-installed Performance Institute.

As a Las Vegas-based fighter, Tavares gets to reap the benefits of the facilities on a daily basis. Other fighters, like local Evan Dunham, have already sung the Institute’s praises. Whether it’s strength and conditioning, physical therapy or nutrition, Tavares says he’s been able to count on professionals who go the extra mile to make sure fighters are taken care of even when they’re off the clock.

“You get access to these high, high-level people,” Tavares told MMAjunkie Radio.

The entire staff, “top to bottom,” earned praise from Tavares. But he did seem to hold a special place in his heart for the chefs.

“Those guys are very, very good at what they do,” Tavares said. “They’ll have regular things there because they also have the UFC front office people that come through, but they also make health-conscious type of meals for fighters.

“That place is amazing. I don’t get to get there for breakfast much, but after my morning workouts, I go there for lunch. I’ll eat and, if I’m still hungry, I’ll go get seconds. And then I’ll take something to go for later.”

In fact, for Tavares, the Institute has basically become a part of his camp. And, given he’s only worked with them in preparation for his last two meetings (against Elias Theodorou and Thales Leites, both of which resulted in unanimous decision wins), he’s quite optimistic.

“My last camp, when I fought Elias, started a little later,” Tavares said. “So this camp was definitely better as far as coaches and staff there know me a little better. I know them a little better.

“We know what to work on and, kind of more so, what works. And that relationship will only continue to get better.”

It’s safe to assume that Tavares will be making use of the facilities for his next outing. Whom that will be against, however, is still a mystery. After UFC 216 brought about what was arguably Tavares’ biggest win yet, he’s ready for a big name.

A former, long-reigning UFC champion who just so happens to still be regarded as one of the greatest of all time? Well, if Anderson Silva gets past Kelvin Gastelum in their headlining encounter in Shanghai next month, that would do just fine.

“Depending on how that fight goes, I would love to fight somebody like Anderson,” Tavares said. “He has a name. He’s a legend. I think that would be an awesome opportunity for me. A win over him? That’d be huge.”

To hear from Tavares, check out the video above

And for more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Brad Tavares, Eddie Alvarez, Ben Fowlkes, Campbell McLaren

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Brad Tavares, Eddie Alvarez, Ben Fowlkes and Campbell McLaren.

Tavares opened up UFC 216 this past Saturday with a big win over Thales Leites in Las Vegas. He’ll be in the studio to co-host and talk about the fight. Alvarez, currently can be seen coaching Season 26 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” The former UFC lightweight champ will fight opposing coach Justin Gaethje in December at UFC 218 in Detroit. MMAjunkie’s Fowlkes will call in to talk about the latest MMA news, including Mark Hunt vs. the UFC. And McLaren, CEO of Combate Americas, will discuss his upcoming one-night tournament on Nov. 11 and his new Telemundo TV deal.

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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  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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UFC 216 winner Brad Tavares ready to go into new daddy mode after win over Thales Leites

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LAS VEGAS – Brad Tavares found himself in new territory on Saturday night. And in a month, he’ll find himself in new territory again.

At UFC 216, Las Vegas native Tavares (14-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) opened up the card with a unanimous decision over former middleweight title challenger Thales Leites (27-8 MMA, 12-7 UFC). It arguably was the biggest win of his career, even if he can’t recall ever being a curtain-jerker prior to that.

“Through my whole career, I’ve never ever fought first – in my whole career. Ever,” Tavares said after the fight. “I found it so weird. I don’t care where I’m at on the card. It was weird to have nobody in front of me.”

UFC 216 took place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

That meant he didn’t have to wait for someone fighting in front of him to get his hands wrapped, or wait for someone fighting in front of him to finish warming up on the mats in the locker room. It meant he could do his business, then take the rest of the night off to enjoy the fights.

But in a month, Tavares will get to experience something new again when his girlfriend gives birth to their first baby.

“I actually have my first ‘keiki’ on the way – that’s ‘child’ in Hawaiian,” Tavares said. “That’s why I wanted to bang out another fight really, really quick because once the baby gets here, I heard a bunch of stuff about how you don’t sleep. So I’m not sure how soon I’ll be able to take another fight. My girl is due Nov. 9. Hopefully my baby is just an angel and she wants to fight and let daddy rest, and I can get another fight immediately.”

Whenever that happens, Tavares hopes he can get booked against an even bigger name than Leites so he can keep climbing the ranks.

“He’s just another guy on the list,” Tavares said. “He’s on my way up. But definitely having beat somebody that formerly challenged for a belt, and has been around for so long, and has beat some good guys, it really made my case.

“I think Thales was (No.) 12 or 13 (in the UFC rankings), and I’m not sure who’s in front of him. But whoever they want me to fight, I’m fine with it. I’m going to keep climbing and eventually they can’t deny me.”

To hear more from Tavares, check out the video above.

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

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UFC 216 post-event facts: Demetrious Johnson's resume must be seen to be believed

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Despite going through four fight changes in the final two weeks, UFC 216 delivered an action-packed card on Saturdayat T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Both championship fights at the top of the pay-per-view lineup, which followed prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass, ended with a submission. Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) claimed the interim UFC lightweight title with a third-round triangle choke of Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in the headliner, while flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) made history for most consecutive title defenses with a dazzling fifth-round armbar victory over Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC).

Both Ferguson and Johnson landed a prominent place in the UFC record books with their crafty finishes, but they weren’t the only UFC 216 fighters with noteworthy results. For more on the numbers to come out of the event, check below for 60 post-event facts from UFC 216.

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General

UFC 216 joined UFC 22 in September 2001 as the only events in UFC history with two draws.

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $242,500.

Johnson, John Moraga, Lando Vannata and Bobby Green earned $50,000 UFC 216 fight-night bonuses.

Debuting fighters went 2-0 on the card.

UFC 216 drew an announced attendance of 10,638 for a live gate of $677,999.50.

Betting favorites went 6-3 on the card. Two fights ended in a draw.

Total fight time for the 11-bout card was 2:12:54.

Main card

Ferguson improved to 16-1 in his past 17 fights. The lone defeat in that stretch came to Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX 3 in May 2012.

Ferguson’s 13-1 record after 14 UFC appearances is the best of any fighter to come from “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series.

Ferguson’s 10-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is the longest in active streak in the division.

Ferguson’s 10-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is the longest in divisional history.

Ferguson’s 10-fight winning streak in UFC competition is the fourth longest active streak in the company behind D. Johnson (13), Georges St-Pierre (12) and Max Holloway (11).

Ferguson has earned 19 of his 23 career victories by stoppage. That includes nine of his 13 UFC wins.

Ferguson became the second fight in UFC history to win a title fight by triangle choke. Anderson Silva also accomplished the feat against Chael Sonnen at UFC 117.

Kevin Lee

Lee suffered the first submission loss of his career.

Lee has completed at least one takedown against 11 of his 12 UFC opponents.

Lee’s 28 takedowns since 2014 in UFC lightweight competition are most in the division.

Johnson’s 11 consecutive UFC title defenses are most among current titleholders.

Johnson’s 11 consecutive title defenses are the most in UFC history.

Johnson’s 12 victories in UFC title fights are tied with St-Pierre for most in company history.

Johnson’s seven stoppage victories in UFC title fights are third most in company history behind Silva (nine) and Matt Hughes (eight).

Johnson’s 13-fight UFC winning streak in flyweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Johnson’s 13-fight UFC winning streak is the longest active streak in the company.

Johnson’s 13-fight UFC winning streak is tied with Jon Jones for the second longest streak in company history behind Silva (16).

Johnson’s 13 victories in UFC flyweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Johnson’s seven stoppage victories in UFC flyweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Johnson’s five submission victories in UFC flyweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Johnson’s three fifth-round stoppage victories are most in UFC history.

Johnson’s 57 takedowns landed in UFC flyweight competition are most in divisional history.

Johnson’s 73 takedowns landed overall in UFC competition are third most in company history behind St-Pierre (87) and Gleison Tibau (84).

Johnson has been awarded eight fight-night bonuses for UFC flyweight bouts, the most in divisional history.

Borg suffered the first stoppage loss of his career.

Borg’s 22 total strikes landed are the fifth fewest in a UFC title fight to reach the fifth round.

Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1 MMA, 10-4 UFC) improved to 8-2 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2012.

Werdum has earned seven of his 10 UFC victories by stoppage.

Werdum’s 65-second victory was the fastest of his career.

Werdum’s five submission victories in UFC/Strikeforce heavyweight competition are tied for second most in combined divisional history behind Frank Mir (eight).

Walt Harris (10-6 MMA, 3-5 UFC) fell to 3-2 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in April 2016.

Harris suffered the first submission loss of his career.

Mara Romero Borella

Mara Romero Borella (12-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC extended her unbeaten streak to seven fights. She hasn’t suffered a defeat since October 2015.

Kalindra Faria (18-6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has suffered four of her six career losses by stoppage.

Faria suffered her first submission loss since March 31, 2011 – a span of 2,384 days (more than six years) and 17 fights.

Evan Dunham’s (18-6-1 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC) five-fight UFC unbeaten streak in lightweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Ferguson (10) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (seven).

Preliminary card

Cody Stamann (15-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned both of his UFC victories by decision.

Tom Duquesnoy (15-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) had his 12-fight unbeaten streak snapped for his first defeat since February 2013.

Duquesnoy suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Green (23-8-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC) extended the longest winless skid of his career to four fights. He hasn’t earned a victory since July 2014.

Poliana Botelho (6-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) earned the first decision victory of her career.

Pearl Gonzalez (6-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered two of her three career losses by decision.

Matt Schnell

Matt Schnell (10-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) earned his first decision victory since his MMA debut on Sept. 14, 2012 – a span of 1,850 days (more than five years) and 13 fights.

Marco Beltran (8-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) fell to 0-2 since he dropped to the UFC flyweight division in June 2017.

Beltran suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Moraga’s (18-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) seven victories in UFC flyweight competition are third most in divisional history behind D. Johnson (13) and Joseph Benavidez (10).

Moraga has earned five of his seven UFC victories by stoppage.

Moraga’s five stoppage victories in UFC flyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Johnson (seven).

Magomed Bibulatov (14-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) had his 14-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Brad Tavares

Brad Tavares (16-4 MMA, 11-4 UFC) has earned his past nine UFC victories by decision. His most recent stoppage win was a first-round knockout of Phil Baroni at UFC 125 in January 2011.

Thales Leites (27-8 MMA, 12-7 UFC) fell to 7-4 since he returned to the UFC in August 2013.

Leites fell to 2-4 in his past six UFC appearances.

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

For complete coverage of UFC 216, 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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Full UFC 216 salaries: New champ Tony Ferguson gets $500K of event's $2.1-million payout

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Newly crowned interim UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson was the top earner at Saturday’s UFC 216 event.

Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC), who picked up a third-round submission victory over Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in the headliner, earned a disclosed payout of $500,000 – $250,000 of which was a win bonus. Lee picked up $250,000, and if victorious, would have earned an extra $50,000 as a win bonus.

MMAjunkie obtained the list of disclosed payouts from the Nevada State Athletic Commission on fight night.

UFC 216 took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

Another top earner was flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC), who notched a UFC-record 11th consecutive title defense with a nifty fifth-round tap-out of Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) in the co-headliner. “Mighty Mouse” earned a flat rate of $370,000; Borg got $100,000 (and also wasn’t eligible for a win bonus).

The total disclosed payout for the event topped $2 million – $2,148,000, to be precise.

The full list of UFC 216 payouts included:

Tony Ferguson: $500,000 (includes $250,000 win bonus)
def. Kevin Lee: $250,000

Demetrious Johnson: $370,000 (no win bonus)
def. Ray Borg: $100,000

Fabricio Werdum: $400,000 (includes $125,000 win bonus)
def. Walt Harris: $28,000

Mara Romero Borella: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Kalindra Faria: $12,000

Beneil Dariush: $48,000*
vs. Evan Dunham: $40,000*

Cody Stamann: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Tom Duquesnoy: $23,000

Bobby Green: $24,000*
vs. Lando Vannata: $25,000*

Poliana Botelho: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Pearl Gonzalez: $10,000

Matt Schnell: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Marco Beltran: $14,000

John Moraga: $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus)
def. Magomed Bibulatov: $17,000

Brad Tavares: $74,000 (includes $37,000 win bonus)
def. Thales Leites: $57,000

* – Fight ended in a draw; no win bonuses given

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 often 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 216 fight-night bonuses to Johnson and Moraga (“Performance of the Night”) and Green and Vannata (“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 more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Why Everlast performed 'America the Beautiful' at UFC 216

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LAS VEGAS – Only once before Saturday night had the UFC opened an event with the singing of our national anthem, and the reason was because of a tragedy.

It was at UFC 33 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Vegas – 17 days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

When Las Vegas was shaken to its core last week by the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, coincidentally at Mandalay Bay, UFC President Dana White knew what he wanted do: invite first responders and victims to UFC 216 and honor them with a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

So White called on longtime friend and Grammy Award-winning artist Everlast, who wanted to take part in a tribute. It’s just that something felt off about some lyrics – “rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air” – after what just happened. Instead, an acoustic guitar performance of “America the Beautiful” is what Everlast figured would work best.

“I love my country, and I love the anthem, all that, whatever,” Everlast said. “But it just seemed like this was a little more healing. The ‘crown thy good with brotherhood,’ I like that sentiment right now just a little bit better, considering there was a war zone here like five days ago. I don’t need to talk about bombs. That’s just how I felt. …

“I hope I made the right decision. I feel good about it. I feel like it may have opened up a little room in people’s hearts to start healing.”

White was on board when Everlast pitched it.

“What he said was … ‘We don’t need controversy. We need unity. This is what I want to sing,’” White said. “And I said, ‘Dude, that’s a great idea. I love it.’”

The performance in front of the T-Mobile Arena crowd, which included 1,500 victims and first responders from the shooting, opened the PPV portion of UFC 216 and was the highlight of several showings of support throughout the night.

Las Vegas resident Brad Tavares (14-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who normally walks to the octagon with the Hawaiian flag, also brought the state flag of Nevada with him and delivered a powerful message after his prelim-opening win over Thales Leites (27-8 MMA, 12-7 UFC). Evan Dunham (18-6-1 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC), another resident of the city, also draped himself in the Nevada state flag with #VegasStrong written on it and gave an uplifting speech following his majority-draw with Beneil Dariush (14-3-1 MMA, 8-3-1 UFC).

White was happy with how the night unfolded and thanked Las Vegas police for being “instrumental” in the UFC reaching out to invite first responders and victims to the event.

And Everlast, who didn’t even know how to play “America the Beautiful” before Thursday, was pleased he didn’t ruin the special occasion.

“I played the song probably 310 times in the last three days, no joke,” Everlast said. “The crowd didn’t scare me. The song didn’t scare me. (But) the moment made me nervous.”

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

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UFC 216 Athlete Outfitting pay: Payout total 2nd highest of any 2017 event

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LAS VEGAS – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC 216 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $242,500.

UFC 216 took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way was UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC), who earned a maximum payout of $40,000 for a reigning titleholder. “Mighty Mouse” defeated Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) in the event co-headliner.

The full UFC 216 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Tony Ferguson: $30,000
def. Kevin Lee: $30,000

Demetrious Johnson: $40,000
def. Ray Borg: $30,000

Fabricio Werdum: $10,000
def. Walt Harris: $5,000

Mara Romero Borella: $2,500
def. Kalindra Faria: $2,500

Beneil Dariush: $10,000
vs. Evan Dunham: $15,000

Cody Stamann: $2,500
def. Tom Duquesnoy: $2,500

Lando Vannata: $2,500
vs. Bobby Green: $10,000

Poliana Botelho: $2,500
def. Pearl Gonzalez: $2,500

Matt Schnell: $2,500
def. Marco Beltran: $5,000

John Moraga: $10,000
def. Magomed Bibulatov: $2,500

Brad Tavares: $10,000
def. Thales Leites: $15,000

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $4,492,500
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $14,815,500

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

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC 216, including CCR, Skynyrd and Motley Crue

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While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s UFC 216 in Las Vegas, went with as their backing tracks.

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Tony Ferguson def. Kevin Lee via submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 4:02

Tony Ferguson: “The Party Has Just Begun” by Freestyle

Kevin Lee: “First Day Out” by Tee Grizzley

Demetrious Johnson def. Ray Borg via submission (armbar) – Round 5, 3:15

Demetrious Johnson: “Who Gon’ Stop Me” by Kanye West & Jay-Z

Ray Borg: “Shout at the Devil” by Motley Crue

Fabricio Werdum def. Walt Harris via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:05

Fabricio Werdum: “Hino do Gremio” by Banda Galera Campea

Walt Harris: “New Level” by A$AP Ferg feat. Future

Mara Romero Borella def. Kalindra Faria via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:54

Mara Romero Borella: “Zoku (Japanese Drum)” by Kodo

Kalindra Faria: “Macaco Theme” by Pregador Luo

Evan Dunham vs. Beneil Dariush ruled a majority draw (28-29, 28-28, 28-28)

Evan Dunham: “Fortunate Son” by Credence Clearwater Revival

Beneil Dariush: “Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)” by Hillsong United

Cody Stamann def. Tom Duquesnoy via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Cody Stamann: “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Tom Duquesnoy: “Stronger” by Kanye West

Lando Vannata vs. Bobby Green declared a split draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)

Lando Vannata: “Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire

Bobby Green: “I Wonder” by Kanye West

Poliana Botelho def. Pearl Gonzalez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Poliana Botelho: “Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

Pearl Gonzalez: “Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B

Matt Schnell def. Marco Beltran via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-27, 30-27)

Matt Schnell: “Dancing in the Moonlight” by King Harvest

Marco Beltran: “El Cameral” by Los Cojolites

John Moraga def. Magomed Bibulatov via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:38

John Moraga: “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Magomed Bibulatov: “Rizavidi Ismailov”

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Brad Tavares def. Thales Leites via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

Brad Tavares: “Tears” by Alborosie feat. Wendy Rene

Thales Leites: “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley

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

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Las Vegas resident Brad Tavares kicks off UFC 216 with powerful message

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Longtime Las Vegas resident Brad Tavares kicked off UFC 216 with a powerful message to his adopted city.

As Tavares, a native Hawaiian, was quick to point out after his unanimous-decision victory over Thales Leites at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, he always walks out for his fights with the Hawaii state flag. But this time he added another – the state flag of Nevada – to show his support for his fellow Las Vegas residents in the wake of last weekend’s mass shooting that killed 58 and injured 500 more.

“(UFC President) Dana (White) told us there was going to be 1,500 first responders here in attendance,” Tavares said. “I don’t know if you guys are all here yet, but from the bottom of my heart, thank you, guys.”

Tavares, a longtime member of the Xtreme Couture team in Las Vegas, displayed the flag while wearing a T-shirt with the message “Vegas Strong.” He ended his remarks with some words of encouragement for his fellow Las Vegas residents.

“This is some crappy stuff that we all went through,” Tavares said. “I know you got friends and family out there last Sunday, but let’s stay strong, guys. Let’s stay strong.”

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

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