5/22 MMA News and Notes
May 22, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ The full list of medical suspensions from UFC on FUEL TV 3 included:
Johnny Eduardo: Suspended indefinitely due to a possible eye injury, can be cleared early by a physician
Jeremy Stephens: Suspended indefinitely due to a possible eye injury, can be cleared early by a physician
Dustin Poirier, Jorge Lopez, Jeff Hougland: Suspended 60 days
Kamal Shalorus, Jason MacDonald, Igor Pokrajac, Fabio Maldonado: Suspended 30 days
~ UFC welterweight veteran Kuniyoshi Hironaka won on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Hironaka defeated Giovani Diniz via TKO (Punches) at 4:05 of Round 1 in the main event of “Shooto 5th Round.” The win moves his record to 20-8. Hironaka, who went 1-3 in the UFC in an 18th month span, also owns a victory over Nick Diaz.
~ This past Friday’s new episode of “The Ultimate Fighter: Live” saw the total audience size fall to an all-time low with 821,000 total viewers. The figure marked the fifth episode of “TUF: Live” to score fewer than 1 million viewers and served as the least-watched episode in the 15-season history of the series.
~ The full “Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final” paydays included:
Daniel Cormier: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus) def. Josh Barnett: $200,000
Gilbert Melendez: $175,000 (no win bonus) def. Josh Thomson: $90,000
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante: $66,000 (includes $33,000 bonus) def. Mike Kyle: $25,000
Chris Spang: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Nah-Shon Burrell: $7,000
Isaac Vallie-Flagg: $6,000 (includes $3,000) win bonus) def. Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante: $18,000
Guto Inocente: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Virgil Zwicker: $3,000
Gian Villante: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Derrick Mehman: $3,000
Quinn Mulhern: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Yuri Villefort: $2,500
Bobby Green: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. James Terry: $9,000
~ UFC middleweight veterans Jorge Santiago (24-10) and Jay Silva (8-6) have been tapped headliners for next month’s “Titan Fighting Championship 23: Fight for the Troops” event. The show takes place June 15 at Marshall Army Airfield on Fort Riley, Kan. Silva just suffered a loss last Saturday in Poland.