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Bellator MMA was able to move the needle last week with the signing of former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson. They attempted to keep the momentum going by announcing the signing of heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov. Any time a promotion other than the UFC can sign a fighter inside the Fight Matrix top 20 it is a victory. However, Bellator still faces an up-hill battle when it comes to competing with the biggest promotion in the history over MMA.

Let’s compare the difference from the last Fight Matrix ranking to come out before the signing of Henderson and Kharitonov (1/31/2016) to the one published roughly one year previous (2/1/2015).

In the 1/31/2016 ranking, with the addition of Henderson (#10 welterweight) and Kharitonov (#20 heavyweight) Bellator has 21 fighters on their roster that are within the top 20 of their respective division (heavyweight through bantamweight). (This number includes fighters who are currently in odd contract situations like Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Vitaly Minakov.)

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Posted on February 9, 2016 by Richard Mann

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UFC Fight Night 82 definitely isn’t as attractive as the once-planned UFC 196 card, but it looks like the Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez rematch will have to wait. That’s more than fine, though, since the UFC did the right thing for once and moved the PPV to television.

That brings us to our new headliner, starring Stephen Thompson and former UFC Welterweight Champion Johny Hendricks, supported by a pretty decent undercard of prospect action. There’s a lot to cover with this one, so let’s cut into our usual breakdown of previous UFC fighter salaries (plus most-recent Reebok payouts) for every main card combatant.

Note: Divisional rankings via Fight Matrix. UFC salaries and Reebok figures via MMA Payout and MMA Junkie.

 

Johny Hendricks [#2 WW]
$150,000** [UFC 181]
Stephen Thompson [#17 WW]
$47,000 = $21,000/$21,000 +$5,000* [TUF 21 Finale]

Analysis: Fan opinion may have soured on Hendricks in recent years, but at least he’s getting paid comparatively well for his troubles. While there’s probably little chance of any title shot as long as Robbie Lawler sits atop the division’s peak, Hendricks will certainly net some big pay bumps if he continues to build on his 17 UFC and WEC bouts with another winning streak.

And although it’s a little old-hat to keep harping on this point, Stephen Thompson should definitely be looking at a pay raise win or lose. After all, despite a stellar 10-1 record with six UFC wins, he barely makes half of the salary that Sage Northcutt commands.

 

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Posted on February 4, 2016 by McKinley Noble

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Welterweight (170)
[#2] Johny Hendricks (17-3-0, -222) vs. [#17] Stephen Thompson (11-1-0, +180)
Johny Hendricks is the All-Time #4 ranked Welterweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Johny Hendricks (2-1-0)
2015-03-14: W vs. [#9WW] Matt Brown (20-13-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2014-12-06: L vs. [#1WW/#8DD/#6P4P] Robbie Lawler (27-10-0) via SD (47-48, 48-47, 49-46)
2014-03-15: W vs. [#1WW/#8DD/#6P4P] Robbie Lawler (27-10-0) via UD (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)

Last 3 Fights: Stephen Thompson (3-0-0)
2015-07-12: W vs. [#31WW] Jake Ellenberger (30-11-0) via KO (Spinning Hook Kick) in 4:29 of round 1
2014-09-27: W vs. [#19WW] Patrick Cote (23-9-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
2014-02-22: W vs. [#8MW] Robert Whittaker (15-4-0) via TKO (Punches) in 3:43 of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Johny Hendricks 329, Stephen Thompson 209
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Johny Hendricks leads 1-0
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Heavyweight (265)
[#16] Jared Rosholt (14-2-0, +136) vs. [#25] Roy Nelson (20-12-0, -162)

Last 3 Fights: Jared Rosholt (3-0-0)
2015-11-14: W vs. [#33HW+] Stefan Struve (26-8-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2015-08-08: W vs. [#41HW+] Timothy Johnson (9-2-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2015-03-14: W vs. [#50HW+] Josh Copeland (11-3-0) via TKO (Elbows and Punches) in 3:12 of round 3

Last 3 Fights: Roy Nelson (0-3-0)
2015-09-26: L vs. [#13HW+] Josh Barnett (34-8-0) via UD (50-45, 48-47, 48-47)
2015-03-14: L vs. [#3HW+] Alistair Overeem (40-14-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2014-09-20: L vs. [#8HW+] Mark Hunt (11-10-1) via KO (Punch) in 3:00 of round 2

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Jared Rosholt 84, Roy Nelson 133
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Even: Both have 1 win(s) against common opposition.
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Light Heavyweight (205)
[#13] Ovince St. Preux (18-7-0, -362) vs. [#52] Rafael Cavalcante (12-6-0, +286)

Last 3 Fights: Ovince St. Preux (2-1-0)
2015-08-08: L vs. [#7LHW] Glover Teixeira (24-4-0) via Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 3:10 of round 3
2015-04-18: W vs. [#32LHW] Patrick Cummins (8-3-0) via KO (Punches) in 4:54 of round 1
2014-11-08: W vs. [#11LHW] Mauricio Rua (23-10-0) via KO (Punches) in 0:34 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Rafael Cavalcante (1-2-0)
2015-08-01: L vs. [#32LHW] Patrick Cummins (8-3-0) via TKO (Elbows) in 0:45 of round 3
2014-06-14: L vs. [#4LHW] Ryan Bader (20-5-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2013-11-09: W vs. [#87LHW] Igor Pokrajac (28-12-0) via TKO (Knees and Punches) in 1:18 of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Ovince St. Preux 182, Rafael Cavalcante 189
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Ovince St. Preux leads 2-1
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Posted on February 2, 2016 by jcs

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This Saturday night, the UFC’s most recent supposed wunderkind, Sage Northcutt, will fight for the first time on a Fox main card.

This event will be the 18th UFC event on the network. Northcutt, who is currently ranked #133 at lightweight, will not be the lowest ranked fighter to ever compete on the network. That distinction belongs to Bobby Voelker who came in ranked #152 for UFC on Fox 8 in 2013. However, Northcutt’s fight against Bryan Barberena (#109 at lightweight) will be the lowest ranked bout to ever be part of a UFC on Fox main card.

The following table shows the ten lowest ranked bouts to appear on the main card of a UFC on Fox show. Average rank is simply the average of the fighter’s rankings taken from that event’s Fight Matrix Program.

Fighter 1 Fighter 2 Average Rank Event Date
Bryan Barberena Sage Northcutt 121 UFC on Fox 18 1/30/2016
Akira Corassani Sam Sicilia 91.5 UFC on Fox 14 1/24/2015
Bobby Voelker Robbie Lawler 81.5 UFC on Fox 8 7/27/2013
Matt Brown Mike Swick 60.5 UFC on Fox 5 12/8/2012
Joe Lauzon Mac Danzig 60 UFC on Fox 9 12/14/2013
Lavar Johnson Pat Barry 48.5 UFC on Fox 3 5/5/2012
Joe Lauzon Takanori Gomi 35 UFC on Fox 16 7/25/2015
Felice Herrig Paige VanZant 32.5 UFC on Fox 15 4/18/2015
Jamie Varner Joe Lauzon 30.5 UFC on Fox 4 8/4/2012
Edson Barboza Paul Felder 28 UFC on Fox 16 7/25/2015

As you can see, it is not particularly close. Saturday’s fight will be the first Fox bout to feature two fighters with triple-digit rankings. In fact, Northcutt and Barberena are two of the four lowest ranked fighters to ever grace a Fox main card.
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Posted on January 29, 2016 by Richard Mann

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UFC on Fox 18 is do-or-die time for Ryan Bader. If the Ultimate Fighter winner is finally going to get his long overdue title shot for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, he has to get past fellow blue-chip-prospect-turned-veteran Anthony Johnson, and that’s one heck of a tall order.

That’s just the peak of another excellent UFC on Fox card to date, as a heavyweight tilt between Ben Rothwell and Josh Barnett lights up the co-main, while rising talents Jimmie Rivera and Sage Northcutt face their own litmus tests. As usual, let’s see what kind of money is on the line this Saturday as we tally the previous UFC fighter salaries (plus most-recent Reebok payouts) for every main card talent.

Note: Divisional rankings via Fight Matrix. UFC salaries and Reebok figures via MMA Payout and MMA Junkie.

 

Anthony Johnson [#3 LHW]
$245,000 = $115,000/$115,000 + $15,000* [UFC 191]
Ryan Bader [#4 LHW]
$47,000** [UFC on Fox 4]

Analysis: Categorically, there’s very little difference between Bader and Johnson as far as their athletic achievements in MMA. Both are top-flight 205-ers with dominant wins over former UFC champions, and both have had solid claims at title contention since last year.

However, their differences are far more pronounced just looking at the discrepancy in their last-disclosed fighter pay figures. Bader’s $47,000 KO loss to Lyoto Machida is pretty much his most-watched highlight outside of getting leapfrogged by Jon Jones, while Johnson’s six-figure tag has climbed with every dramatic knockout victory. It’s a shame that this event is in New Jersey, too. Since that athletic commission doesn’t disclose fighter salaries, we won’t know if the UFC currently pays Bader anywhere near as much in base/win salary as his dance partner.

 

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Posted on January 28, 2016 by McKinley Noble

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Light Heavyweight (205)
[#3] Anthony Johnson (20-5-0, -332) vs. [#4] Ryan Bader (20-4-0, +260)
Anthony Johnson is the All-Time #15 ranked Light Heavyweight fighter.
Ryan Bader is the All-Time #19 ranked Light Heavyweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Anthony Johnson (2-1-0)
2015-09-05: W vs. [#14LHW] Jimi Manuwa (15-2-0) via KO (Punches) in :28 of round 2
2015-05-23: L vs. [#2LHW/#10DD/#7P4P] Daniel Cormier (17-1-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 2:39 of round 3
2015-01-24: W vs. [#6LHW] Alexander Gustafsson (16-4-0) via TKO (Punches) in 2:15 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Ryan Bader (3-0-0)
2015-10-03: W vs. [#8LHW] Rashad Evans (21-4-1) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2015-01-24: W vs. [#5LHW] Phil Davis (15-3-0) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
2014-08-16: W vs. [#13LHW] Ovince St. Preux (18-7-0) via UD (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Anthony Johnson 147, Ryan Bader 119
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Even: Both have 2 win(s) against common opposition.
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Heavyweight (265)
[#9] Ben Rothwell (35-9-0, +113) vs. [#12] Josh Barnett (34-7-0, -135)
Josh Barnett is the All-Time #7 ranked Heavyweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Ben Rothwell (3-0-0)
2015-06-06: W vs. [#24HW+] Matt Mitrione (9-5-0) via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in 1:54 of round 1
2014-09-05: W vs. [#3HW+] Alistair Overeem (40-14-0) via TKO (Punches) in 2:19 of round 1
2013-08-31: W vs. [#61HW+] Brandon Vera (14-7-0) via TKO (Punches and Knees) in 1:54 of round 3

Last 3 Fights: Josh Barnett (2-1-0)
2015-09-26: W vs. [#25HW+] Roy Nelson (20-12-0) via UD (50-45, 48-47, 48-47)
2013-12-28: L vs. [#8HW+] Travis Browne (18-3-1) via KO (Elbows) in 1:00 of round 1
2013-08-31: W vs. [#10HW+] Frank Mir (18-10-0) via TKO (Knee) in 1:56 of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Ben Rothwell 238, Josh Barnett 126
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Josh Barnett leads 3-2
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Bantamweight (135)
[#12] Iuri Alcantara (32-6-0, +141) vs. [#16] Jimmie Rivera (18-1-0, -167)

Last 3 Fights: Iuri Alcantara (2-1-0)
2015-08-01: W vs. [#39BW] Leandro Issa (13-5-0) via UD (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
2015-02-22: L vs. [#17BW] Frankie Saenz (11-3-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
2014-09-13: W vs. [#51BW] Russell Doane (14-5-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Last 3 Fights: Jimmie Rivera (3-0-0)
2015-11-07: W vs. [#27BW] Pedro Munhoz (12-2-0) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
2015-07-18: W vs. [#91BW] Marcus Brimage (7-5-0) via KO (Punches) in 1:29 of round 1
2015-05-09: W vs. [#159BW] Carson Beebe (15-4-0) via KO (Punch) in 0:16 of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Iuri Alcantara 182, Jimmie Rivera 84
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.
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Posted on January 26, 2016 by jcs

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During an appearance on “Off the Record” with Michael Landsberg on Wednesday, UFC President Dana White finally released some details about Phil “CM Punk” Brooks’ debut opponent. White indicated that Mickey Gall, who was recently featured on the UFC’s “Looking for a Fight” series, will face Mike Jackson at UFC 196. With a victory, he will be Punk’s first opponent.

Punk and Jackson will make their debuts with 0-0 professional records. Gall is 1-0. In 2015, the UFC put on more shows than any other year. To compensate, the UFC signed a vast number of new fighters. The term “UFC veteran” had already lost a lot of its luster, and after 2015 it holds less weight than ever before. Fighters have made their professional debut in the modern UFC before such as TUF veterans like Amir Sadollah, Matt Riddle and Matt Mitrione or as special attractions like James Toney. Although all of them either had amateur fights or experience in another combat sport.

With all that being said, in 2015 no fighter made their UFC debut without at least one professional win. If you are curious to see how Jackson, Gall and Punk stacks up with recent signees, the following is a by-the-numbers look at 2015 UFC rookie class.
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Posted on January 20, 2016 by Richard Mann

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