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MMA Heavyweight

MMA Heavyweight Trivia

30 Jan , 2021,
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The heavyweight division best represents what we all love about Mixed Martial Arts: big, strong, athletic men who can easily separate their opponents from consciousness with just one strike. While the fighters in lower weight classes are often perceived as being more skilled, the heavyweights have plenty of technique to go along with their raw power. In the early days of MMA, when there were no weight divisions, every fighter was forced to potentially take on opponents far larger than themselves.

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MMA Light Heavyweight Trivia

MMA Light Heavyweight Trivia

Jan , 2021,
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The light heavyweight division, contested at 205lbs, has long been the marquee division of MMA. Who can forget the early UFC rivalries of Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz and Vitor Belfort? Or their contemporaries in Pride FC – Wanderlei Silva, Shogun Rua, Rampage and Alistair Overeem. These names came to define MMA for an entire decade.

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MMA Middleweight Trivia

MMA Middleweight Trivia

Jan , 2021,
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The middleweight division, as it’s name might indicate, sits roughly in the middle of the MMA spectrum of speed and athleticism vs strength and stopping power. Fighting at 185lbs, middleweights are generally still big and strong enough to be able to put most men to sleep, yet quick and skilled enough to put on exciting five-round wars.

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MMA Welterweight Trivia

MMA Welterweight Trivia

Jan , 2021,
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Welterweight, or 170lbs, is the hypothetical cut-off between large men and average-or-below sized individuals. At this level, technique cardio and athleticism become paramount factors, over strength and knockout power. Not to say that these don’t also help – just ask the two-time champion Matt Hughes, who was known for his freakish ‘farmer’ strength. Or the current champion Kamaru Usman, whose punching power can be envied by fighters in any weight class.

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MMA Lightweight Trivia

MMA Lightweight Trivia

Jan , 2021,
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Lightweight has always been one of the most exciting weight classes in MMA. From the beginnings with Jens Pulver and BJ Penn, through a brief hiatus following Pulver’s dispute with UFC, to Penn’s triumphant return and title reign, the 155-pounders have consistently delivered awesome fights. And who can forget Frankie Edgar, WEC’s Benson Henderson and Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis, to Pride’s Takanori Gomi.

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MMA Featherweight Trivia

MMA Featherweight Trivia

Jan , 2021,
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The featherweight division is a relative newcomer to the UFC; however the lineage goes back to the early days of MMA with names probably not very familiar to today’s fans: Noboru Asahi and Alexandre Franca Nogueira.

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MMA Flyweight Trivia

MMA Flyweight Trivia

Jan , 2021,
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The flyweight, or 115 lbs, is the lightest men’s division in today’s UFC and the second lightest in MMA overall. It is also the newest men’s weight class in the UFC, and historically, flyweights have not received a lot of love from MMA fans. And that’s too bad, because the pace these guys can put up and consistently keep is not matched by any other division.

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MMA Bantamweight Trivia

MMA Bantamweight Trivia

Jan , 2021,
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The second-to-lightest men’s division in the UFC is contested at 135 lbs, and bantamweight fights didn’t always take place in an Octagon. Similarly to featherweights, bantamweight division was once cultivated by WEC, which was purchased by UFC in 2010 and the lighter weight classes were brought under UFC’s banner.

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UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz – Who’s Getting Paid?

3 Mar , 2016,
McKinley Noble
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UFC 196 may have lost its main event superfight between Conor McGregor and Rafael dos Anjos, but we’ve still got a pretty solid shindig on our hands this weekend. Aside from the quick entry of Nate Diaz, we’ve luckily managed to retain Miesha Tate, Holly Holm, and a pretty stacked undercard that’s looking rife with potential action.

Hopefully, no one slips in the shower or tests positive, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed. For now, let’s run down the main card talent, their most recent UFC salaries and Reebok payouts, and what it all means in the context of their upcoming bouts.

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

 

Conor McGregor [#1 FW]
$540,000 = $500,000** + $40,000* [UFC 194]

Nate Diaz [#9 LW]
$60,000 = $20,000/$20,000 + $20,000* [UFC on Fox 17]

Analysis: We’ve said it before, but perhaps no fighter’s tenure in the UFC matches up to their disclosed pay as poorly as Nate Diaz. As a seasoned “Top 10” ranked lightweight with some comparatively big name value, it’s frankly appalling that his public Zuffa salary is half of what someone like Sage Northcutt makes.

About the only silver lining for Diaz is that he finally hit 21 UFC bouts last time around, so he’ll now make $20,000 in Reebok pay as a bare minimum no matter who he fights. And regardless of whether he beats Conor McGregor, one would think that Diaz should be making at least six figures just to step in on such short notice against the sport’s biggest star.

 

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UFC Fight Night 84: Silva vs. Bisping – Who’s Getting Paid?

26 Feb , 2016,
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Amid all the crazy changes over UFC 196, it seems like UFC Fight Night 84 has been largely overshadowed this weekend. While that seems unfair, the card is still going to offer a pretty dynamite headliner as Michael Bisping gets his long-awaited match against former pound-for-pound kingpin Anderson Silva.

And despite this event getting squirreled away on UFC Fight Pass, there’s actually a pretty decent main card after everything’s said and done. With that in mind, let’s bask in the calm before next week’s storm and take a look at the most recent fighter salaries and Reebok payouts for all the main card talent showing up in London tomorrow.

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

 

Anderson Silva [#15 MW]
$815,000 = $600,000/$200,000 [UFC 183]

Michael Bisping [#9 MW]
$425,000 = $275,000/$150,000 [TUF 14 Finale]

Analysis: “Anderson Silva money” has been a popular phrase for a while, and given the Brazilian’s history of disclosed pay, it’s not hard to see why. Silva has been consistently paid a base salary of $600,000 for a few years now, a relatively huge jump from his $200,000 mark — last seen at UFC 148 against Chael Sonnen.

For Bisping, the payment situation is much more curious, as he hasn’t had anything go public since beating up Jason Miller on a TUF Finale card in December 2011. Arguably the biggest draw the UFC has for England, you have to wonder if he’s making “Anderson Silva money” yet.

 

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