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    Default TUF 18 Finale Bonuses & Extras

    Benoit, Diaz, Holdsworth OTN winners

    $50,000 'of the Night' performance bonuses

    Fight of the Night*
    Josh Sampo defeated Ryan Benoit by Submission (RNC, Round 2, 4:31)

    Knockout of the Night
    Nate Diaz defeated Gray Maynard by TKO (Ref Stoppage, 1st Round, 2:38)

    Submission of the Night
    Chris Holdsworth defeated Davey Grant by Submission (RNC, 2nd Round, 2:10)

    *Ordinarily both the winning and the losing fighter get $50,000 for being in the fight of the night. However, in a response to fighters failing to make weight, the UFC said previously that fighters must make weight to receive a performance bonus. Thus, despite losing Benoit earned an extra $100K.

    There were also $25,000 TUF 18 'of the Season' bonuses awarded, and all went to female fighters.

    Fight of the Season
    Raquel Pennington over Jessamyn Duke by unanimous decision, episode six.

    Knockout of the Season
    Jessica Rakoczy beat Roxanne Modafferi by TKO in the second

    Submission of the Season
    Sarah Moras over Peggy Morgan during the elimination round.

    TUF 18 Finale draws reported 4,346 attendance for $322,742.50 live gate

    TJ Grant ✔ @TJ_Grant
    Wow! Could have been stopped a bit earlier maybe.
    9:45 PM - 30 Nov 2013
    UFC ✔ @ufc
    WOW!!! @natediaz209 with the HUGE TKO victory!!!
    Jens Pulver ✔ @Jens_Pulver
    @NateDiaz209 sweet lord son, that was incredible.
    9:45 PM - 30 Nov 2013
    Urijah Faber ✔ @UrijahFaber
    Damn homie!! @ufc
    9:46 PM - 30 Nov 2013
    Tim Kennedy ✔ @TimKennedyMMA
    Everybody saying that it was a late stoppage remember that it was 2 1/2 minutes into the first round. #TUF18Finale
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    30 post-event facts about The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale


    Total fight time for the 10-bout card was 1:39:43.

    Betting favorites went 7-3 on the card.

    Holdsworth, Diaz and Ryan Benoit earned TUF 18 Finale fight-night bonuses.

    The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale drew an announced attendance of 4,346 for a live gate of $322,742.50.

    Team Tate went 2-0 against Team Rousey in the “TUF 18″ finals.

    According to, Mario Yamasaki became the first referee to be involved in three UFC disqualifications.

    Seven of the 10 winners on the card earned their first career UFC victory.


    Diaz earned his first knockout victory since March 27, 2010 – a span of 1,344 days (nearly four years) and nine fights.

    Diaz’s victory at 2:38 of Round 1 was the quickest of his UFC career.

    Diaz’s 33 significant strikes landed moved him to a total of 801 in his UFC career, which is the eighth most in UFC history.

    Diaz became the sixth fighter in UFC history to earn 10 lightweight victories.

    Diaz recorded his first knockout in those 10 lightweight wins.

    Diaz’s eighth knockout or submission victories in the UFC lightweight division are tied with Kenny Florian for the third most ever. Joe Lauzon and B.J. Penn lead the category with nine finishes each.

    Diaz’s 12 UFC victories are the fourth most by any “TUF” winner.

    Diaz’s 11 career UFC post-fight bonuses are the third most in organizational history. Anderson Silva and Lauzon lead the category with 12 bonuses each.

    Maynard has lost back-to-back fights for the first time in his career and has just one victory in his past five UFC appearances.

    Maynard has been knocked out in all three of his professional defeats.

    Pena earned her first knockout victory since Aug. 15, 2009 – a span of 1,568 days (more than four years) and five fights.

    Pena became the eighth fighter in UFC history to record a knockout at the 4:59 mark of Round 1.

    Holdsworth has earned all five of his career victories by submission. He has never gone past the second round in any of his combined amateur, “TUF” or professional fights.

    Davey Grant (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been submitted in both of his professional defeats.

    Jessamyn Duke‘s (3-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) 123 significant strikes landed marked a new UFC record for a debuting fighter.

    Raquel Pennington (4-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) snapped a two-fight losing streak for her first professional victory since September 2012.

    Roxanne Modafferi (15-11 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffered her sixth consecutive MMA defeat. She has not recorded a professional MMA victory since May 2010.


    Akira Corassani (12-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is the only fighter from “TUF 14″ with an undefeated UFC record. Ten fighters from season 14 are currently signed to the UFC roster.

    Maximo Blanco (9-5-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) fell to 1-3 in his past four UFC/Strikeforce fights.

    Corassani vs. Blanco was the first UFC fight to end by disqualification since Patrick Cote vs. Alessio Sakara at UFC 154.

    Tom Niinimaki (21-5-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) extended his career-high winning streak to 12 fights.

    Walt Harris (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been defeated by decision in both of his career losses.

    Ryan Benoit (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) was submitted for the first time in his 10-fight career.

    Joe Silva’s Shoes: What’s next for The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale winners?

    Should fight: Shayna Bayzler
    Why they should fight: Pennington earned a decision victory over Roxanne Modafferi (16-11 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on the TUF 18 Finale main-card opener on FOX Sports 1 to keep her UFC career alive.

    UFC matchmakers normally pair a non-”TUF” winner against someone from her respective season. Considering all eight women from the latest season get at least one UFC fight, there are plenty of matchups available.

    Baszler (15-8 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was considered one of the favorites to win the show, but after being eliminated, she was also unable to compete at the finale due to an injury.

    Even though the season has come to end, the “tournament” of “TUF 18″ goes on, and the fighters who didn’t win the show will weed each other out until only the best of the best remain.

    Should fight: Sarah Moras
    Why they should fight: In a situation similar to Pennington’s, it makes sense to pair Duke against Moras (3-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) once she recovers from an injury. This further separates the contenders from the pretenders on the first female “TUF” cast.

    Should fight: UFC newcomer
    Why they should fight: Pena looked very strong in her knockout win over Jessica Rakoczy (1-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) to become the first female “TUF” champion.

    Typically, “TUF” winners receive a fairly winnable fight coming off the finale, and there’s no reason that would change now, especially considering how much potential the 24-year-old seems to have.

    With that said, the UFC should sign a fresh face to take on Pena for her first post-”TUF” bout.

    By no means should her next fight be a squash match, but considering the UFC just invested 13 weeks of television into the American, it would only seem logical for the organization to capitalize on the buzz and throw some favorable matchups her way and let her develop for at least a couple fights.

    Should the free-agent market be barren of suitable 135-pounders, there are a few women at the bottom of the division who could make for a solid scrap.

    Some are insisting Pena jump right into the shark tank against elite competition, but she is still very young in the sport and should be brought along at a reasonable pace.

    Should fight: UFC newcomer
    Why they should fight: See above

    Should fight: Rafael dos Anjos
    Why they should fight: Diaz defeated the always-tough Maynard in thrilling fashion in the main event of the TUF 18 Finale.

    The victory was not one that will give Diaz an immediate UFC title shot. However, it was good enough to keep him in position to continue fighting against top 10 lightweights.

    Unfortunately for Diaz, most of the top fighters at 155 pounds are currently booked for fights, injured or have already squared off with the Stockton slugger.

    One man who hasn’t crossed paths and is streaking in the division, though, is Brazilian dos Anjos (20-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC).
    Both fighters are riding high after their most recent wins and are considered among the best fighters in the division.

    Dos Anjos has had problems with pressure fighters before, and Diaz is the cream of the crop when it comes to that category. It would also be interesting to see how dos Anjos deals with the height, length and diverse striking ability of Diaz.

    As for Diaz, bringing an end to dos Anjos’ five-fight winning streak would be a significant moment in his career and place him in the conversation with other contenders for Anthony Pettis’ belt.

    TUF 18 Finale payouts and salaries: Nate Diaz earns just $30k for cleaning Gray Maynard's clock

    Here are the complete TUF 18 Finale payouts and salaries:

    Nate Diaz: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
    Gray Maynard: $45,000
    Diaz def. Maynard via technical knockout

    Julianna Pena: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
    Jessica Rakoczy: $8,000
    Pena def. Rakoczy via technical knockout

    Chris Holdsworth: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
    David Grant: $8,000
    Holdsworth def. Grant via submission

    Jessamyn Duke: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
    Peggy Morgan: $8,000
    Duke def. Morgan via unanimous decision

    Raquel Pennington: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
    Roxanne Modafferi: $8,000
    Pennington def. Modafferi via unanimous decision

    Akira Corassani: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
    Maximo Blanco: $17,000
    Corassani def. Blanco via disqualification

    Tom Niinimaki: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
    Rani Yahya: $20,000
    Niinimaki def. Yahya via split decision

    Jared Rosholt: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
    Walter Harris: $8,000
    Rosholt def. Harris via unanimous decision

    Sean Spencer: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
    Drew Dober: $8,000
    Spencer def. Dober via unanimous decision

    Josh Sampo: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
    Ryan Benoit: $8,000
    Sampo def. Benoit via submission

    The total disclosed payroll for TUF 18 Finale was $312,000.
    Last edited by Cat--Smasher; 12-03-2013 at 09:58 AM.

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    diaz should be making way more than Gray

    so i just watched maybe 3 min of the post fight press
    she should have hit her kid in the head with the mic and told him to knock that shit off
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    Tim Kennedy ✔ @TimKennedyMMA
    Everybody saying that it was a late stoppage remember that it was 2 1/2 minutes into the first round. #TUF18Finale
    Ummm... does that matter? It can be 10 seconds into the first round or 10 seconds of the last round, if the fighter is taking too many unanswered blows, it's a late stoppage.

    Over time, I noticed that Kennedy says some really stupid stuff.

    Quote Originally Posted by mma #1 fan View Post
    diaz should be making way more than Gray
    Nate used to make much more than $15k+15k win bonus. Who the hell renegotiated this aw contract?

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    UFC on FOX 5 Salaries

    Benson Henderson: $78,000 (includes $39,000 win bonus)
    def. Nate Diaz: $50,000
    I guess this was the last fight on that contract.

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    No wonder why Nate said he was broke in the Post Press Conference.
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    We sent an email to Diaz’s manager, Mike Kogan, earlier today that has not yet been returned, but we will keep you updated once we are made aware as to why the white man is so insistent on holding a Diaz down.

    Update, 6:30 p.m. ET: Kogan’s e-mailed response to CagePotato is below. We swear, we are not making this up.

    Cause I suck as a manager lol

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    TUF 18 Finale medical suspensions: Pena, Corassani among several with potentially lengthy terms

    The complete list of TUF 18 Finale medical suspensions includes:

    Gray Maynard: Suspended until 1/30/14 with no contact until 1/15/14 for left forehead laceration and TKO loss
    Julianna Pena: Must have right thumb x-rayed and cleared by doctor before return
    Jessica Rakoczy: Suspended until 1/15/14
    Davey Grant: Suspended until 1/15/14 with no contact until 12/31/13
    Peggy Morgan: Suspended until 1/15/14 with no contact until 12/31/13
    Akira Corassani: Must have broken nose cleared by ENT or no contest until 5/30/14. Otherwise, suspended until 1/30/14 with no contact until 1/15/14.
    Drew Dober: Must have right orbital fractures cleared by ENT or no contest until 5/30/14. Otherwise, suspended until 1/30/14 with no contact until 1/15/14.
    Ryan Benoit: Must have left hand x-rayed and cleared by doctor or no contest until 5/30/14. Otherwise, suspended until 12/31/13 with no contact until 12/22/13.

    Official UFC rankings updated after TUF 18 Finale: Nate Diaz locks Gray Maynard in the lightweight cellar
    Champion: Georges St-Pierre
    1. Johny Hendricks
    2. Carlos Condit
    3. Rory MacDonald +1
    4. Robbie Lawler -1
    5. Jake Ellenberger
    6. Demian Maia
    7. Jake Shields
    8. Martin Kampmann +1
    9. Matt Brown -1
    10. Nick Diaz
    Champion: Anthony Pettis
    1. Ben Henderson
    2. Gilbert Melendez
    3. T.J. Grant
    4. Josh Thomson
    5. Nate Diaz +3
    6. Rafael dos Anjos
    7. Khabib Nurmagomedov
    8. Gray Maynard -3
    9. Donald Cerrone
    10. Jim Miller

    *Rory goes up and Lawler goes down? How does Rory keep his spot above Robbie?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat--Smasher View Post
    *Rory goes up and Lawler goes down? How does Rory keep his spot above Robbie?
    +1 is a bad thing, as in he went from #2 +1 to #3.

    You could still argue that Lawler should be ahead of him, of course.

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