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Next Time the Ref Tells You to Protect Yourself at All Times, You’d Better Listen


MMA Fighter Kicked in Face – Watch more Funny Videos

Things were already going poorly for Chris Horodecki against Anthony Njokuani at WEC 45, then he made the mistake of turning his back on his opponent for just a moment to collect his thoughts.  Too bad Njokuani isn’t the type to give a fella a breather.  Instead he smashed Horodecki’s face with this brutal head kick, resulting in a TKO loss for "The Polish Hammer" and a fractured sinus and right orbital bone.  Horodecki was issued a medical suspension until June 8 (or until he’s cleared by a doctor) for his injuries, so he’ll probably be spending the holidays with a bag of frozen peas pressed to his face, popping painkillers and explaining to friends and relatives that their gifts would have been much nicer if only he’d gotten that win bonus like he was planning on.

Horodecki made $12,000 to get his head kicked in, which doesn’t count taxes, licensing fees, or deductions for his trainers.  That’s tough enough as it is, but when you consider that he probably won’t be able to get back to work for a few months it really makes you feel for the kid.  It’s a hard business, this fighting other people for money.  Something to keep in mind when you complain about only getting two days off work for Christmas this year.

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WEC 45 Payouts: It Is What It Is

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(When Cowboy finds out that’s not a woman, he’s going to lose his shit. Photo courtesy of the WEC 45: After the Weigh ins set on CombatLifestyle.)

In the interest of equal time, we’d like to present the payout information for Saturday’s WEC card, in which 20 fighters split a combined $212,000 in disclosed salaries and bonuses. Only Donald Cerrone and Joseph Benavidez earned more than $20,000. It’s a good thing that all of these guys have well-paying day jobs and fighting is just something they do to supplement their income on the weekends. Here are the numbers, courtesy of MMA Junkie

Donald Cerrone: $34,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus, $10,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
def. Ed Ratcliff: $19,000 (includes $10,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Anthony Njokuani: $18,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus, $10,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Chris Horodecki: $12,000

Joseph Benavidez: $25,000 (includes $12,500 win bonus)
def. Rani Yahya: $9,000

Scott Jorgensen: $19,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus, $5,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
def. Takeya Mizugaki: $13,000 (includes $5,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

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The Potato Index: Strikeforce/WEC Aftermath


(King Mo accidentally gets some Rockstar in his mouth while attempting to lather the mat with it. Photo courtesy of Fight Magazine.)

Two competing MMA events on Saturday night made for a busy weekend of arbitrary numerical calculations for the Potato Index’s super computer. We didn’t even get to play our customary Sunday game of “Oregon Trail,” that’s how hectic things were. But the numbers are in from Strikeforce: Evolution and WEC 45, so let’s take a look at who’s up and who’s down after Saturday night.

Scott Smith +109
A technically brilliant performance it wasn’t. Smith was clearly overmatched, but he hung tough, wore Le down, and then put his power to good use. It might not have been the best performance of his career, but it’s one people will remember for a long, long time.

Cung Le -77
He can say his acting career had nothing to do with the loss, but something made him fade down the stretch. He got tired and he got lazy and then he got knocked out. It’s almost as if taking a fight between movie roles as a favor to your boss is a good way to get your nose smashed into a pulp.

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WEC 45 Quick Results


(Donald Cerrone vs. Ed Ratcliff)

After struggling with keeping his knee strikes out of Ed Ratcliff‘s groin area for much of the fight, Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone managed to pull of a late submission victory to salvage his night at WEC 45.  Since Cerrone had already lost two points for the low blows by then, a finish was sort of necessary.  Just like an ice pack and one of those inflatable donuts is now necessary for Ratcliff, who goes home with his testacles damaged and a loss on his record.  At least he and Cerrone shared the Fight of the Night bonus, though it was only worth $10,000.  We’ve said it before, but this is a tough way to make a living, people.

Elsewhere on the card, Anthony Njokuani won Knockout of the Night for his headkick KO of Chris Horodecki (video of that is here), and Brad Pickett took home Submission of the Night for his Peruvian necktie finish of Kyle Dietz. 

Full results are after the jump.

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