4/26 MMA News and Notes
Apr 25, 2012 - by Steve Gerweck
~ Legacy Fighting Championship has signed 35 year-old welterweight Jay Hieron (22-5). Hieron has fought in several different promotions, including the UFC, WEC, IFL, Strikeforce, and more recently, Bellator. He was the last IFL welterweight champion, and won the welterweight tournament in Bellator’s 4th season. Hieron holds victories over UFC vets Jake Ellenburger, Jason High, Joe Riggs, & Jesse Taylor.
~ The full list of paydays from the 12-bout UFC 145 card from last Saturday included:
Champ Jon Jones: $400,000 (no win bonus) def. Rashad Evans: $300,000
Rory MacDonald: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus) def. Che Mills: $8,000
Ben Rothwell: $104,000 (includes $52,000 win bonus) def. Brendan Schaub: $14,000
Michael McDonald: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Miguel Torres: $32,000
Eddie Yagin: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Mark Hominick: $17,000
Mark Bocek: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus) def. John Alessio: $10,000
Travis Browne: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Chad Griggs: $27,000
Matt Brown: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus) def. Stephen Thompson: $8,000
Anthony Njokuani: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. John Makdessi: $12,000
Mac Danzig: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus) def. Efrain Escudero: $10,000
Chris Clements: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Keith Wisniewski: $10,000
Marcus Brimage: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Maximo Blanco: $13,000
~ DirecTV subscribers now have an opportunity to preview the FUEL TV channel free of charge from now through April 30. FUEL TV is one of 45 channels featured in DirecTV’s special CHOICE XTRA Free Trial, and the channel is responding with “Domination Week,” which includes a 48-hour UFC marathon this weekend. Episodes of “The Ultimate Fighter: Live” and “UFC Unleashed” will air during the marathon.
~ UFC light-heavyweight veteran James “The Sandman” Irvin (17-9) will face Scott Rosa (2-0) this Sunday at Gladiator Challenge – Star Wars. The event occurs at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California. Irvin is a former WEC Heavyweight Champion & already has 2 wins this year.
~ Although it’ll no longer headline the event, a bantamweight title fight between champion Dominick Cruz (19-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and longtime rival Urijah Faber (26-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will remain a part of UFC 148. UFC officials announced it’ll co-headline the July 7th event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main event is Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen in a Middleweight Title Rematch.