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Ronda Rousey to tie UFC record with $3 million purse

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. — This evening, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey returns to the octagon to reclaim her belt.

Yet, belt or not, the 29-year old will leave with a hefty sum placed in her bank account.

Reported by Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting, Rousey will earn a $3 million disclosed purse. The amount, which is from a Nevada Athletic Commission document, ties the UFC record purse awarded to lightweight champion Conor McGregor at UFC 202. In comparison, “Rowdy’s” opponent, current women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, will receive $100,000 to show and $100,000 to win. Nunes will also receive a portion of Pay-Per-View sales as well.

2016 has been a year of new record purses. At UFC 196, Conor McGregor started the upward trend by pocketing $1 million. Then, heavyweight Brock Lesner proceeded to earn $2.5 million for his UFC 200 bout versus Mark Hunt. Now, four months after UFC 202 which saw McGregor make $3 million and Nate Diaz make $2 million, Ronda Rousey is getting in on the fun.

Though, $3 million may not be all of her earnings.

Thanks to PPV revenue and post-fight bonuses, Rousey’s check could balloon even higher. Regardless of victory or defeat, however, she will not receive a win bonus.

Other fighters earning top payouts includes UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, who is set to take home $350,000, and Cruz’s title challenger Cody Garbrandt, who will get $200,000. Neither has a win bonus, but Cruz will receive revenue from PPV sales.

Bantamweight T.J. Dillashaw and welterweight Johny Hendricks will both make $100,000 to show and another $100,000 if victorious. Twenty percent of Hendricks’ purse will be awarded to his opponent, Neil Magny, since Hendricks missed weight. “Bigg Rig” weighed in at 173.5 pounds, 2.5 over the 171-pound limit.

UFC 207 is currently airing on FS1. The main card starts at 10 p.m. EST.

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*WATCH* DaveNoseMMA – Aljamain Sterling Knockout Aftermath

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In this video, MMA Latest’s Dave Noseworthy shares his thoughts on Marlon Moraes’ brutal knockout of Aljamain Sterling that took place this past weekend at UFC Fresno.

Check out Dave’s thoughts below:

 

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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220

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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”.

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.

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Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview

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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.

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