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Shamrock and Abbott Earn a Combined $45,000 for Sad Freak Show

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As strange as it sounds, there was a time when Tank Abbott could demand $126,000 to fight for less than a minute. Unfortunately, his market value has slightly decreased since then. MMA Junkie reports that the veteran brawler received $20,000 for his 29-second completely-illegal knockout of Mike Bourke at last Friday’s Wargods: Valentine’s Eve Massacre — putting him second on the event’s salary list after Ken Shamrock‘s $25,000. Abbott’s opponent Mike Bourke earned $5,000, while Shamrock’s opponent Ross Clifton collected $4,000, which he plans on donating to a good cause. If anybody cares, the rest of the numbers are after the jump. The show drew 2,805 attendees for a $90,745 live gate, $82,150 of which was paid out to the fighters. In other words, the promoters earned less than half of what Tank Abbott did. Slim profit margins of the MMA biz, people… 

Mike Moreno: $5,000 (includes $2,500 win bonus)
def. Gary Padilla: $2,500

Isaac De Jesus: $3,500 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Ashe Bowman: $2,000

Rick Reeves: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Nate James: $1,500

Josh Haynes: $3,000 (no win bonus)
def. Rafael Del Real: $2,500

Zoila Fravsto: $1,250 (includes $500 win bonus)
def. Karina Hallinan: $750

Ron Kessler: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Darrin Freeman: $1,250

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Babalu- February 20, 2009 at 3:50 pm
@ Goog

Sorry but I have to ask:

Does your head resemble a soft ball?
KG- February 20, 2009 at 3:05 pm
They should have just had Shamrock beat up on a mentally ill 14 year old boy. Same challenge.
Nick- February 20, 2009 at 2:02 pm
The lost money on this thing...what about the cost of the venue and staff, etc.
Kadumel- February 20, 2009 at 1:53 pm
What the hell rofl how long has this person been posting under my name?
Terjay- February 20, 2009 at 12:02 pm
I love that caption.
rokabee- February 20, 2009 at 11:47 am
It smells like the left wing of the day of judgment.
rokabee- February 20, 2009 at 11:46 am
"There she blows!--there she blows! A hump like a snow-hill! It is Moby Dick!"
Kaibo- February 20, 2009 at 9:44 am
So fucking sad.
Armbreaker- February 20, 2009 at 9:38 am
Mister Obvious, I don't think you understood the tongue-in-cheek tone of Kadumel's comment.
B- February 20, 2009 at 9:31 am
Some of these guys are making UFC money.
Goog- February 20, 2009 at 9:21 am
A woman with Down Syndrome hit me in the back of the head by accident with an aluminum softball bat years ago. Knocked me out.

She's one of the greatest fighters of all time.
Mister Obvious- February 20, 2009 at 9:20 am
@ Kadumel

He doesn't just "look" fat. He is fat.
And no one in their right mind would say Butterbean is one of the greatest fighters of all time. Who cares if he has the ability to knock someout out. He better, considering he's the size of a blimp. Have u ever heard of Kimbo Slice? Is he also one of the greatest fighters of all time in your book because he can knock someone out? Consider yourself schooled in common sense.
Goog- February 20, 2009 at 9:19 am
Okay. Thank you.
Kadumel- February 20, 2009 at 9:03 am

he has amazing heavy hands. Just because he "looks" fat, doesn't mean he has not skills. Look at Butterbean who is one of the greatest fighters of all time, he "looked" fat but had/has the ability to knock out King Kong. Consider yourself schooled in MMA.
Goog- February 20, 2009 at 8:58 am

While I agree with you in principle, uh... what exactly is Ross Clifton's amazing skill?
CanadianProduce- February 20, 2009 at 8:57 am
Using second rate UFC vets to promote lower class orgs is too common. There are so many shows up here in Canada that try to draw you in with "Shonie Carter as special guest ref" or "UFC great Pete Sell takes on local knock out artist".

It's rediculous and shows just how mainstream MMA has become. Dumbshits will come and watch these events for the washed up goons. MMA just needs to be a little more mainstream until more educated fans realize that this is all BS and boos them.

Paying to watch up and comers should be the main draw.
,- February 20, 2009 at 8:56 am
i think that hook was a lil to the left of the mohawk line if that was illegal so was brocks ko of randy
Old, Bald and Irish- February 20, 2009 at 8:54 am
@ Goog

"He was 5 seconds shy of pulling a bat out of his shorts when the guy went down."


I thought it was his weiner...

Thanks for clarifying!
Kadumel- February 20, 2009 at 8:54 am
I can not believe how much hate there is towards this event. It was a great show. They are all still PROFESSIONAL fighters guys. They all have amazing skills.
beforeskin- February 20, 2009 at 8:50 am
Tank and Ken should fight at UFC 100 as the co-main event.
And by that I mean outside in the parking lot, while Georges pounds Alves.
El Famous Burrito- February 20, 2009 at 8:49 am
Sham-wow this is sad.
Obvious Guy- February 20, 2009 at 8:48 am
@ Victa

I think u already missed that show. I think it happened right after he hit puberty, and it was actually $4002.74 worth of KFC because he also bought a Diet Pepsi.
Goog- February 20, 2009 at 8:46 am
The World's Most Danger-less Man is still in pretty good shape. I'm sure his cardio is crap, but he still has some bulk.

I can't for the life of me figure out why Tank Abbott was paid at all or declared a winner with two illegal shots. He was 5 seconds shy of pulling a bat out of his shorts when the guy went down.
Victa- February 20, 2009 at 8:40 am
I would much rather watch Ross Clifton dominate $4,000 worth of KFC than watch him fight again.
BuckWild- February 20, 2009 at 8:27 am
The ultimate geezer fighting championship !