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December, 2007

Fighters Make a Killing at ‘Nemesis’; $50k Bonuses Should Be Reconsidered

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MMAJunkie has obtained salary figures for UFC 79′s fighters. The numbers are below; keep in mind that every winning fighter’s figure represents a doubling of their base salary, except for Chuck Liddell, who apparently earns half a million dollars per fight no matter what the outcome is.

MAIN CARD
Georges St. Pierre ($160,000 + $50,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus) def. Matt Hughes ($100,000)

Chuck Liddell ($500,000) def. Wanderlei Silva ($150,000) — both fighters received an additional $50,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus

Eddie Sanchez ($46,000 + $50,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus) def. Soa Palelei ($5,000)

Lyoto Machida ($60,000) def. Rameau Sokoudjou ($40,000)

Rich Clementi ($28,000) def. Melvin Guillard ($10,000)

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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Hong Man Choi: The Video

We didn’t write much about it in the liveblog because it was pretty much over before it began and it didn’t end any differently than anyone expected. But here’s the video evidence of the last great (?) fight of 2007. Pause the vid at the 1:29 mark for the best representation of the size difference. Fedor is just a toy that Hong is playing with. And vice-versa, of course…

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Ryan Schultz vs. Chris Horodecki: The Video

Here it is, folks, courtesy of the IFL. Watch as Schultz traps Horodecki’s arm at the 2:41 mark; the hailstorm begins shortly afterward. God damn, those punches have murderous intentions…

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‘HDNet Fights: Fedor Returns’ — AWESOMA LIVEBLOG POWER!!!

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It’s early as hell, so you bloodsuckers better appreciate this. If you’re awake too, reload the page every couple minutes and check out our commentary on this sad freak show historic event after the jump. If not, do me a favor and read this when you do wake up. I need to feel like my life has a purpose.

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Gone, Baby, Gone: Hard Luck and Fast Money at the IFL World Grand Prix

The morning after he wagered his hopes on the Indian Casino Roulette Wheel of Fate — and lost — Chris Horodecki sat silently in the center of the Octogon, drinking from a gallon of water and trying to avoid the glances of the patrons around him, some who recognized him as the formerly undefeated IFL lightweight star, some who were just wondering what in hell happened to that boy’s eye? The Octogon, in this case, was the name of the restaurant connected to the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Groton, CT, where most of the fighters slept after competing in the World Grand Prix at the Mohegan Sun Arena, a much flashier joint 20 minutes away. The restaurant’s name was more than a little ironic. On a night when most fight fans were focused on UFC 79’s marquee matchups, and most other sports fans were glued to the Pats/Giants NFL simulcast, the IFL’s hungry, scrappy fighters were doing their best to carve out their own place in the MMA universe. And even in their own budget-friendly, off-the-strip hotel, they couldn’t escape the ubiquity of the Eight-Sided-Shape.

Not to say that the Mystic Marriott wasn’t welcoming. There were a couple of signs in the lobby plugging the event. Unfortunately, they were a bit outdated:

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Shad Lierley, of course, was Horodecki’s second scheduled opponent for the championship match-up, after Waggney Fabiano dropped to featherweight, before Lierley was injured and replaced by John Gunderson, and before Gunderson himself was injured and replaced by Ryan Schultz, who nobody was giving a chance to win the fight. I imagine Horodecki walking past the sign on the way to breakfast the morning after and cursing those motherfuckers who couldn’t stay healthy. Because only a true underdog like Schultz could have come away with the kind of fluke victory he had last night. That’s the way life works. You cover all your bets, and the ball lands on green double-zero. Chaos rules.

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Holy Crap! Horodecki Brutalized by Schultz!

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It’s 3 a.m. in Connecticut, and by now many of you know that Chris Horodecki, the IFL’s undefeated wunderkind, had his ass handed to him tonight by Ryan “The Lion” Schultz. It wasn’t even close — Schultz immediately took Horodecki to the ground at the start of round one, and overwhelmed the Polish Hammer with some supremely savage GnP. And just like that, Schultz is the IFL’s new lightweight champ, and Horodecki’s flawless domination of the division is all for naught. Quick results from the night:

PRELIMINARY CARD
(Middleweights) Marcello Salazar def. Alex Cook via unanimous decision
(Welterweights) Brett Cooper def. Rory Markham via TKO, 1:15 into 2nd round
(Middleweights) Tim Kennedy def. Elias Rivera via KO, 2:00 into 1st round

CHAMPIONSHIP BOUTS
(Heavyweights, untelevised) Roy Nelson def. Antoine Jaoude via TKO, 0:20 into 2nd round
(Featherweights) Wagnney Fabiano def. L.C. Davis via armbar submission, 3:38 into 1st round
(Welterweights) Jay Hieron def. Delson Heleno via TKO, 3:59 into 1st round
(Middleweights) Matt Horwich def. Benji Radach via TKO, 1:58 into 2nd round
(Lightweights) Ryan Schultz def. Chris Horodecki via TKO, 2:51 into 1st round

Stay tuned for my full first-person recap of the night’s events. WAR LION!

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Liveblog: UFC 79

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[Hey Guys and Gals, welcome to Cage Potato's liveblog for UFC 79: Nemesis.  Make sure to refresh the page every couple of minutes to get the latest updates and read my random - yet wise - thoughts throughout the night.  So kick back and enjoy after the jump!]
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A Final Look at the UFC 79 Headliners…

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Chuck Liddell will definitely be having “caviar dreams” when Wandy puts him down for a nap tomorrow night.

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Wanderlei Silva, in a rare moment of tenderness.

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“Wha, you don’ like to relax een a nice bubble-bat’ wit’ a glass of Cabernet and a sexy romance book?”

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…but everyone else thinks you’re an asshole!

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Screw Vegas — I’m Off to Uncasville! (IFL World Grand Prix Preview)

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Man, just when you think life can’t get any sweeter

It looks like I’ve been hooked up with a ticket and a Mohegan Sun hotel room for the IFL’s World Grand Prix, which means I’ll be heading out to Connecticut tomorrow to see what kinda trouble I can get into, journalistically speaking. I’ll be playing it fast and loose, but you never know what my hungry camera-lens and thirsty dictaphone might uncover. Full reports to come this weekend, whenever I can make it to my laptop. For you poor, sad, home viewers, the action starts at 9:30 p.m. ET on HDNet. Watch it! (Or at the very least, DVR it.)

As for UFC 79, my associate Kipp will be liveblogging it tomorrow night, so be sure to have your computer tuned to CagePotato.com during the fights so you can see his witty comments about the things you’ve just watched. And then of course there’s “Fedor Returns” on Monday morning, which I’ll be liveblogging myself. (Jesus, we have our work cut out for us.)

But the most important business at hand is tomorrow night’s IFL blowout, which closes the year out in style as the league looks ahead to switch their shit up in ’08. Five titles are on the line, including the IFL’s newly minted Featherweight belt. Let’s take a look at the matchups, shall we?

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Oh, Canada

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For those of you Canadian MMA fanatics who may have missed the pre press conference for UFC 79, then you probably aren’t aware that it’s been confirmed that the UFC will be heading to your neck of the woods (or world) come April.  Dana White was asked about the status of the North of the Border event and he confirmed it will be happening in Montreal during April, although he couldn’t remember the exact date.
 
He also stated that “regardless of what happens Saturday night, we’d love to have Georges St. Pierre on the card.” Okay then, but we’d still like to see what happens tomorrow night first, even if he is from somewhere up there in the French-speaking part. And for all you Canada-ites who live in the areas where MMA isn’t exactly legal, get off your rump and do your part.
 
For more pre press conference fun, head over to UFC.com
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