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Sanchez, Kampmann Get $160,000 Bonuses for Bloody (And Controversial) ‘UFC on Versus 3′ Main Event

(Hey Diego! A Japanese Macaque called! He wants his distinctive coloring and eerily human-like appearance back! Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha!” Photo courtesy of Tracy Lee/CageWriter)

Whether it was out of true admiration for a fantastic fight or guilt about the controversial decision, Dana White and the UFC made sure that Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann were well compensated for their main event performance last night at UFC on Versus 3, which ended in a unanimous 29-28 decision for Sanchez after three gory, action-packed rounds. While the event’s other bonus-winners — Shane Roller (Knockout of the Night) and Brian Bowles (Submission of the Night) — took home $40,000 bumps, Sanchez and Kampmann were first told that their Fight of the Night bonuses would be $60,000, before DW reportedly added another $100,000 each to their checks. So that’s $400,000 in total end-of-night bonuses, for an event that only collected $471,450 in gate receipts. Sometimes you just do it for the love, I guess.

As for that decision, which was troubling to many (myself not included), FightMetric did the math and decided that Kampmann should have won the fight 29-28 due to number of strikes landed and overall effectiveness. Of course, the criteria that computerized scoring systems use is often much different from the ones used by human judges, for better or worse.

As we’ve examined before, judges like to see that you’re trying hard, and seem to give out points for heart/balls if you’re still fighting like a rabid dog in the third round with half your face hanging off your skull. But setting aside Kampmann’s cleaner technique and greater volume of strikes, it looked to me like Sanchez was on the attack for the majority of rounds two and three, and much more importantly, Sanchez had Kampmann rocked or in trouble more often in those last two rounds. In my opinion, he came closer to finishing the fight. It’s almost refreshing that the judges were able to look beyond the amount of blood on the combatants’ faces when they filled out their scorecards.

But hey, maybe I’m talking out of my ass, and completely contradicting what I wrote before, and raw data like FightMetric stats should tell the whole story. Let’s hear what you think. In the meantime, check out these videos of the fight’s highlights and Sanchez’s post-fight interview, in which he asks Lorenzo Fertitta if he got the “energy bonus.” Yes, Diego, you sure did. Now you can fuel up your spaceship and fly off for a nice vacation until your wounds heal.


(Props: ESPN)


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halfbreed23- March 5, 2011 at 5:53 am
"As for that decision, which was troubling to many (myself not included)"
I guess it would depend on what troubling was. I wasn't "troubled" with the decision but it was a BS decision. Where does it say in the UFC scoring system that one gets points for "balls & heart"?
If you judge those rounds based on the UFC criteria there is no way you can justify Rnd1 or 3 to Sanchez. Also, pointing out that you are a hypocrite when arguing Compustat results is not the best way to win an argument. Martin actually DROPPED Sanchez in the first with a straight right, Sanchez had Martin rocked a couple of times but Martin was never in trouble and never dropped. Your stating that Sanchez was closer to ending the fight is ridiculous. Martin was closer to ending the fight in rnd 1 and ending it by doctors stoppage due damage inflicted. Rnd 2 is the only round you can give to Sanchez by official criteria not some made up Balls/Heart bullshit.
fatbellyfrank- March 5, 2011 at 1:42 am
edit Shane Roller, and Brian Bowles set the pace for the card with a fucken wicked submission,
ghostboner- March 4, 2011 at 9:55 pm
Ha ha ha shoutin out Eddie Guerrero, you da man Frank! It's Shane Roller mate, and I'll be damned if that fucker didn't deserve the KO bonus. That was indeed an awesome card. I've been so busy bitching about the decision bullshit I forgot to say how titties-tastic it was, and even better it was free.
fatbellyfrank- March 4, 2011 at 9:32 pm
And Eddie Guerrero is impressed with Diego's walk out tune. RIP Eddie
fatbellyfrank- March 4, 2011 at 8:30 pm
Just watched the re-run of yesterdays fights, IMO one of the best cards action wise in a while, every fight either an early finish or a three round knock em down drag em out blood bath, and for free!!!, still cant say decisively which way i think the sanchez/Kampmann bout should have gone,a draw would seem fair in my eyes, i think Dana got it right givin em the cash they both fucken deserved it. And Brian Rollers peach of a right hand knockout was def my highlight of the night, Tavares was out cold in mid air, beautiful stuff
fatbellyfrank- March 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm
@ Dizzlefizz, let me get this straight, you think MMA sux because of the Sanchez/Kampmann fight, and it sux even worse that their boss gave em a bonus for puttin on a nutlicker of a fight? you obviously understand your logic here, but I'm fucked if I can work it out
fatbellyfrank- March 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm
I'm with Android, great fight, absolute fucken slobberknocker, i thought kampmann won, bit I'm no Judge so I'll go with the flow,all in all a great free card of fights, resulting in a few faceginas this morning, any photos of the legionnairres melon post fight?
Craigger12- March 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm
One day octagon control will actually be scored correctly. Kampmann clearly controlled the fight as he stuffed nearly all of Sanchez's takedowns. He kept the fight where he wanted it and dominated the stand up game where 95 percent of the fight took place. Going to the scorecards is just a crap shoot in mma it seems.
RwilsonR- March 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm
Ghostboner makes a lot of sense with his Guida argument.
Dizzlefizz- March 4, 2011 at 6:01 pm

How I can score first round 10-8 ? Are you retarded ? what did Diego do? NOTHING he got dropped all takedown attempts stuffed only "landed" 4 punches in 5 minutes. That's not a dominant round (aka 10-8) ?

Regarding paying. yeah, the card was free. But this isn't exactly the first time this scenario has played out is it?

Just think the judging is so horrible that I no longer wish to buy ppv shows. 1 takedown (trip. he was down what? 2 secinds) vs 14 takedown stuffs against a wrestler. *Blipping* bullshit! And then he even gets points for aggression. WTF ?! He walked forward into punches the whole fight cause he is too stupid and unskilled to do otherwise. Whole thing makes me sick. And you defending the bs descession even sicker.
mothercruncher- March 4, 2011 at 4:03 pm
Kampmann couldn't punch his way out of a grocery bag. He's a welterweight Frankie Edgar. All style and no fucking substance.
ghostboner- March 4, 2011 at 2:40 pm
Which was complete bullshit. Guida did everything required to win that decision according to current standards. He went apeshit, threw a shitload of ineffective strikes, got stuffed on a ton of takedowns, landed very little effective offense while taking huge amounts of damage, got beat like a woman out of the kitchen, and PRESSED FORWARD WITH HEART&BALLS!
dranokills- March 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm
I agree with ya BG, Diego won 2 outta 3 rounds regardless of what all the kampmann nuthuggers believe.
steampunk22- March 4, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Ironically, Guida dropped a decision to Sanchez. ;)
steampunk22- March 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm

The fights are not rigged. You didn't spend any money to watch last nights fights (they were free.). And seriously, nobody and I repeat nobody would give the first round to Kampmann as a 10-8. Clearly, you have no idea how fights are scored.

And finally, how in gods name could you argue against giving them extra cash? That just makes you an asshole.
ghostboner- March 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm
Sorry but according to Goldstein and all the Diego supporters, Clay Guida has never and will never lose a decision. Ever. It is impossible when taking into account what you fools are saying.
Elentius- March 4, 2011 at 2:11 pm
Says the Diego fan
MonsterMaulingAss- March 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm
Diego won that fight, round 1 went to martin, but rounds 2 and 3 were dead even, save for kapman getting rocked and running away in round 2 and getting took to the mat in round 3. Diego did the most significant things in 2 & 3, look past the bloody face you fools.
Elentius- March 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm
The takedown was meaningless since nothing was done. If the judges saw it as anything else then they are fools and wrong as usual. I actually agree with Stephan Bonnar when he said Martin had rounds 1 and 3. Round 2 is where Martin was caught with some big shots. I was fortunate enough to be unbiased while watching an awesome scrap.
On another note, is it me or did GSP look as big as Bonnar when he was sitting next to him? I know he is shorter than Bonnar.
Waxedpants- March 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm
@rwr just read your earlier post... plagiarism unintentional
Waxedpants- March 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm
Watched the whole fight 3 times now.

Argue all you want but this comes down to the judging criteria still being a total crapshoot. How to fix it ? Fuck if I know but depending on what values you attribute to the different aspects of the judging criteria this fight could have gone either way.

These are the times when I really miss the good old days of " last man standing" rules. You fight till you cry uncle or get knocked out. Those were good times.
Dizzlefizz- March 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm
This is the final straw!

Done with watching MMA. Not gonna spend my money watcjing rigged (there... I said it) fights. 1st round was an EASY 10-8 round for kampmann.

I'm seriously furious. I don't even like Kampmann and I was hoping Diego would win. BUT NOT LIKE THAT! And extra bonuses afterwards ? Dana must have the taste of shit in his mouth. He knows Diego is more marketable so short of a KO or sum. Diego was gonna win.

UFC = Unfair fighting chumps
Es Dot- March 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm
I agree Kampmann got robbed..I almost positive Greg Jackson has the judges on a payroll.
Bloodlust- March 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm
*A draw OR a Kampman decision* sp
Bloodlust- March 4, 2011 at 12:52 pm
First of all, what a great fight!!! Sanchez has been in some incredible bouts in his career. It was razor close, although I had it scored for Diego 29-28 (rnds 2&3). Although, Diego looks the worse for wear, he actually never seemed to be in danger of being stopped throughout the fight, and Kampman was buckled at the end of rnd 2, which combined with some other significant strikes, gave him that round. Sanchez also had octagon control and agression throughout the majority of 2 and 3, and like it or not, that's part of scoring criteria. A draw of Kampman decision wouldn't have surprised me at all. I think Diego said it best, it was a war, and both fighters will remember it for a long time, and so will I. Diego's fighting spirit is undeniable and inspiring. Livin' the Dream!!!!!