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  • admin 1:31 pm on September 28, 2010 Permalink
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    The Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to return to Germany. In the high-stakes main event, mixed martial arts legend Vitor ‘The Phenom’ Belfort will face Japanese powerhouse Yushin ‘Thunder’ Okami in a three-round contest to determine who will challenge for the UFC Middleweight Championship in 2011.

    UFC 122 is the first UFC event to take place in Germany since the world’s premier combat sports organisation made its mainland Europe debut in Cologne last June.

  • admin 4:32 am on September 1, 2010 Permalink  

    Silva Makes Most Money 

    He survived one of the worst beatings of his career but a payday likely well in excess of US$300,000 helped ease Anderson Silva’s pain.

    Silva held on to submit challenger Chael Sonnen in the fifth round of their middleweight championship bout at UFC 117 on Aug. 7 in Oakland, Calif. Silva was behind on all three scorecards before stopping Sonnen via triangle choke with less than two minutes remaining.

    The Brazilian mixed martial arts star made his seventh title defence of the belt he has held for nearly four years. On top of his basic purse of $200,000, Silva picked up $120,000 in bonuses for fight and submission of the night.

    Sonnen received $95,000, including his $60,000 for fight of the night.

    Those figures do not tell the whole story, however. The UFC does not disclose all its bonuses and top fighters like Silva usually earn a lucrative cut of the pay-per-view revenue.

    According to the California State Athletic Commission, the total ticket receipts for the event was $1,565,130. Attendance was 14,617 for the UFC’s first appearance in the Bay Area.

    But Silva (27-4) didn’t emerge from the bout with Sonnen (26-11) unscathed. He is reportedly sidelined until early 2011 with cracked ribs. The athletic commission wouldn’t release the medical report from the card due to privacy laws.

    Matt Hughes improved to 45-7 by choking out Ricardo Almeida (12-4) 3:15 into the first round of their welterweight bout. Hughes received a minimum of $260,000, including a $100,000 win bonus and $60,000 for the submission, for his first fight since being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in May. Almeida took home $35,000.

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