Former WWE star, CM Punk, received $500,000 plus other disclosed salaries for his performance at UFC 203.
Saturday, September 10th, former WWE star CM Punk made his mixed martial arts and UFC debut against young, up and coming, UFC Welterweight Mickey Gall. Punk fell to Gall in a first-round rear-nake-choke after only 2:14 in the cage. The world of MMA has since been in an uproar, not because of Punk’s loss, but because of his $500,000 payout for stepping into the octagon.
Punk is even receiving some mockery from the WWE after he signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in December of 2014, with no martial arts background, after quitting the pro wrestling industry in the same year due to a dispute with WWE management. Punk trained for two years at Roufusport in order to prepare for an MMA debut and the record between Punk and Gall stood at a total of two UFC fights (Gall was 2-0 prior to UFC 203).
The uproar appears to be caused by Punk’s cash out being higher than every other fighter’s on the card, with the exception of Stipe Miocic’s and Alistair Overeem who fought in the main event bout. To put it in perspective, Punk’s 2 minutes and fourteen seconds in the cage earned him roughly $233,644.90 per minute in the octagon, which equals about $3,731.34 per second.
The salaries of the main card of UFC 203 include:
Stipe Miocic ($600,000), Alistair Overeem ($800,000), Fabricio Werdum ($375,000), Travis Browne ($120,000), Mickey Gall ($30,000), Jimmie Rivera ($48,000), Urijah Faber ($160,000), Jessica Andre ($46,000), and Joanne Calderwood ($25,000).
While Punk’s loss didn’t seem to come as a shock to those in the MMA community, his seemingly bold behavior at weigh-ins show he might have been a little quick to jump into the octagon:
Here's the CM Punk vs. Mickey Gall UFC 203 ceremonial weigh in face off. Stole the show. pic.twitter.com/ND6pVLNyXa
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) September 9, 2016
As a response to Punk’s performance and payout, many in the MMA community have expressed their thoughts on Punk via twitter:
Didn't throw or land a single punch and still banks $500K. 🤔
— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) September 12, 2016
By the looks of #ufc203 pay out. Seems like CM PUNK still won.. Lol
— Yancy Medeiros (@ymedeiros) September 12, 2016
The pay he received is literally the least controversial aspect of his UFC participation. Could 3x his pay, really. https://t.co/gn9FAnXQqc
— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) September 12, 2016
what a joke
— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) September 12, 2016
WWE ->UFC: $500k
UFC -> WWE: (?)
— James Moontasri (@jmoontasri) September 12, 2016
Can't be mad at CM Punk. If the WWE offered me half-million and go over and do one match I'd take it lol and yes I realize it's different
— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) September 13, 2016
— Will Brooks (@ILLxWillBrooks) September 12, 2016
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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220
UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)
Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:
“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.
— UFC (@ufc) December 10, 2017
The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.
If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.
Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.
UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.
Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview
Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.
LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.
Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.
Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)
The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.
In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.
Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.
Mackenzie Dern victorious in Invicta debut
Late Friday night, Mackenzie Dern (5-0, 1-0 Invicta FC) won her co-main event booking, defeating Kaline Medieros (8-6, 2-2 Invicta FC), at Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz, via submission (armbar) with only fifteen seconds remaining in the fight.
Much of the fight was controlled by Dern. The heralded prospect displayed her power, visibly damaging her opponent with multiple overhand rights. Striking is an under-developed aspect of her attack, only when compared to the twenty-four-year-olds black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Above all, she showed a progression of her striking skills. Dern looked to be bigger and physically stronger than her veteran opponent. She utilized forward pressure and found the proper timing for her overhand right throughout.
— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) December 9, 2017
The veteran Medeiros showed her toughness throughout the fight. She defended and scrambled out of some bad positions during the grappling exchanges. Ultimately, she tapped when caught in a deeply planted armbar. While Medeiros did earn a few hard trip takedowns, it factored minimally in the result as she refused to follow Dern to the mat. The Boston native suffered her second straight loss, Friday night. Her first was to, former Invicta strawweight champion, Angela Hill.
Dern made her professional debut in July of 2016 with Legacy Fighting Alliance (previously: Legacy Fighting Championship). In her debut, she defeated Kenia Rosas by unanimous decision. The Phoenix-born fighter won her next three bouts. Before her MMA career began, Dern won the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) championship at 60 kg. She was the first American born female to become champion at the weight. Her grappling resume boasts many more incredible accomplishments. Justifiably, a growing spotlight now hangs over her, her skills, and potential in the sport of MMA.
Elsewhere on the Invicta 26 card, Jennifer Maia defeated Agnieszka Niedzweidz by unanimous decision. Maia retained her Invicta flyweight belt, defending it for the second time. Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzweidz, took place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.
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