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Tony Ferguson vs Kevin Lee For Interim Title at UFC 216

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto Tony Ferguson vs Kevin Lee For Interim Title at UFC 216 NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 12: Conor McGregor of Ireland celebrates his KO victory over Eddie Alvarez of the United States in their lightweight championship bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images ) UFC 216 has got its first title fight.  Sorta.  Dana White announced last night during the media scrum after his Tuesday Night Contender Series event that Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee will battle for...

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Former UFC Champ Frank Mir Signs With Bellator

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto Former UFC Champ Frank Mir Signs With Bellator Another familiar name and face will be appearing in a Bellator cage near you.  After over 16 years as a contracted UFC fighter (the longest tenure in the history of the company), the recently-released Frank Mir has signed to fight for the UFC’s top competitor, Bellator.  Mir announced the news on his podcast, Phone Booth Fighting. “Out of all the organizations that came forward, it came down to two that were going to allow me to have my desire of not being locked into one organizations. I...

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Floyd Mayweather Career Earnings

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto Floyd Mayweather Career Earnings (unfortunately payouts for all his fights aren’t available, but he is thought to have earned five-digit purses for his first batch of fights) Oct 11/96 – W (Apodaca) – N/A Nov 30/96 – W (Sanders) – N/A Jan 18/97 – W (Cooper) – $7,500 Feb 1/97 – W (Ayala) – N/A Mar 12/97 – W (Rodriguez) – N/A Apr 12/97 – W (Giepart) – N/A May 9/97 – W (Duran) – N/A Jun 14/97 – W (O’Shields) – N/A Jul 12/97 – W (Chavez) – N/A Sep 6/97 – W (Leija) – N/A Oct 14/97 – W (Garcia) – N/A Nov 20/97 – W (Nunez) – N/A Jan 9/98 – W (Arroyo) – N/A Feb 28/98 – W (Girard) – N/A Mar 23/98 – W (Melo) – N/A Apr 18/98...

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UFC 215 Fight Card

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto UFC 215 Fight Card UFC 215: Johnson vs BorgSept 9, 2017Rogers PlaceEdmonton, Alberta UFC 215: Johnson vs Borg Fight Card (click on fighter’s name for detailed scouting report) (fighter ranking based on our exclusive Performance Based Ranking system – click fighter’s rank to check out the list) Main Card  UFC Flyweight Championship:Demetrious Johnson – champion (26-2-1, #1 ranked flyweight) vs Ray Borg (11-2, #4 ranked flyweight) UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship:Amanda Nunes (14-4, #1 ranked women’s bantamweight) vs Valentina Shevchenko (14-2, #7 ranked women’s bantamweight) Heavyweights:Junior dos Santos (18-5, #8 ranked heavyweight) vs Francis Ngannou (10-1, #7 ranked heavyweight) Featherweights:Jeremy Stephens (25-13, #10...

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UFC Veteran Indicted in Fight-Fixing Scheme

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto UFC Veteran Indicted in Fight-Fixing Scheme SINGAPORE – JANUARY 04: Tae Hyun Bang (L) kicks Mairbek Taisumov during their UFC Fight Night Singapore lightweight bout at Marina Bay Sands on January 4, 2014 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images) A UFC veteran has found himself in some serious trouble.  South Korean lightweight Tae Hyun Bang, who is 2-3 in the UFC since he debuted in 2014,  has been indicted by prosecutors in his country for his involvement in a fight-fixing scam.  The Korean Herald reports that Bang was paid approximately $88,000 to throw his...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: Aug 14, 2017

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: Aug 14, 2017 There is constant debate about the “official” UFC fighter rankings, which are based on voting from a panel of journalists.  Such is the case with something as subjective as voting – it’s totally based on voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or no.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto has come up with a performance based ranking system, solely based on how a fighter has performed in the cage.  Next up:...

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UFC 214 PPV Buyrate: 860,000

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto UFC 214 PPV Buyrate: 860,000 The sales estimates are in for last month’s epic UFC 214, and they are very, very good.  Not quite the 1 million sold that Dana White claimed it was trending towards, but strong nonetheless.  Dave Meltzer reports the the event sold an estimated 860,000 pay-per-views, making it the highest-selling UFC PPV of 2017 (by far), and the highest-selling since Ronda Rousey’s return at UFC 204 last December. In fact, UFC 214 is now the 18th best selling UFC PPV of all-time.  It also tops Jones-Cormier Part 1 (UFC 182)...

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Top Selling UFC PPVs of All-Time

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto Top Selling UFC PPVs of All-Time There’s no doubt about it now – the man pictured above, named Conor McGregor, is the UFC’s biggest pay-per-view star of all-time. Here are the top 20 selling UFC PPV cards of all-time.  This list will be constantly updated, so check back often. (updated after UFC 214) (click on event name for full fight card & results for the event) Top Selling UFC PPVs of All-Time Event Date Main Event Buyrate 1 UFC 202 Aug 20/16 Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor 1,650,000 2 UFC 100 Jul 11/09 Brock...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Featherweights: Aug 11, 2017

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Featherweights: Aug 11, 2017 ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 29: Brian Ortega celebrates defeating Renato Moicano of Brazil during their Featherweight bout at UFC 214 at Honda Center on July 29, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) There is constant debate about the “official” UFC fighter rankings, which are based on voting from a panel of journalists.  Such is the case with something as subjective as voting – it’s totally based on voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or no.  So...

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All-Time UFC PPV Sales Data

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto All-Time UFC PPV Sales Data NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 12: Conor McGregor of Ireland celebrates his KO victory over Eddie Alvarez of the United States in their lightweight championship bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images ) No need for much of an introduction here – this is a list of the sales totals for every UFC pay-per-view since Day 1.   Now, since the UFC is a private company and doesn’t release sales info, all this...

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Anderson Silva vs Kelvin Gastelum Rebooked For November

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto Anderson Silva vs Kelvin Gastelum Rebooked For November TORONTO, ON – DECEMBER 10: Kelvin Gastelum of the United States celebrates victory over Tim Kennedy of the United States in their Middleweight bout during the UFC 206 event at Air Canada Centre on December 10, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) Let’s try this again.  After a proposed Anderson Silva-Kelvin Gastelum scrap was, well, scrapped this past June due to Gastelum failing a drug test for marijuana, the UFC has rebooked the fight.  As first reported by FloCombat, and since confirmed by...

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Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series – Week 5 Fighter Salaries

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series – Week 5 Fighter Salaries Mike Rodriguez and Alex Perez were the big winners last night at Week 5 of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series – they were among the top earners and also got a UFC contract. Here are the payouts, courtesy of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Mike Rodriguez: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus) Julio Arce: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus) Alex Perez: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus) Ricky Simon: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus) Shelton Graves: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000...

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GSP Official Signs Bisping Bout Agreement For UFC 217 (Photo)

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto GSP Official Signs Bisping Bout Agreement For UFC 217 (Photo) Georges St-Pierre has been conspicuously silent since Michael Bisping announced last week that their fight at UFC 217 was now official.  Well, the Quebecois has finally spoken – with a photo. View the original article on MMA Manifesto: GSP Official Signs Bisping Bout Agreement For UFC 217...

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UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Struve Fight Card

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Struve Fight Card UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs StruveSept 2, 2017Ahoy RotterdamRotterdam, Netherlands UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Struve Fight Card (click on fighter’s name for detailed scouting report) (fighter ranking based on our exclusive Performance Based Ranking system – click fighter’s rank to check out the list) Main Card  Heavyweights (five rounds):Alexander Volkov (28-6, #24 ranked heavyweight) vs Stefan Struve (32-8, #10 ranked heavyweight) Women’s Bantamweights:Germaine de Randamie (7-3, #4 ranked women’s bantamweight) vs Marion Reneau (7-3-1, #8 ranked women’s bantamweight) Middleweights:Siyar Bahadurzada (22-6-1, #32 ranked middleweight) vs Rob Wilkinson (11-0) Welterweights:Leon Edwards  (13-3, #19 ranked...

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Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series – Week 4 Fighter Salaries

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series – Week 4 Fighter Salaries Julian Marquez and Brandon Davis were the big winners last night at Week 4 of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series – they were among the top earners and also got a UFC contract. Julian Marquez: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus) Kyler Phillips: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus) Carlos Candelario: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus) Brandon Davis: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus) John Castaneda: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus) Phil Hawes: $5,000 James Gray: $5,000 Ronaldo Candido: $5,000 Austin Arnett: $5,000...

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