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Just after Thiago Silva knocked out Rafael Cavalcante for his first win in four years, his former teammate Antonio Silva laid out a challenge for him. According to “Bigfoot,” who posted on Twitter, the two have a “debt to settle,” and he said that Silva, who cuts down from around 230 pounds to make the light-heavyweight limit, should fight him as a heavyweight.

No can do, responded Thiago Silva, who declined the invitation.

Antonio Silva did not elaborate on the source of the tension between them, but Thiago offered up a theory, as well as proposing a counteroffer.

“He must be sad because I left American Top Team, but if he wants to fight me he has to come down to 205. That’s it,” he said through an interpreter at the UFC on FUEL 10 post-fight press conference.

Thiago Silva, who is 6-foot-2 with a 74-inch reach, has spent his entire career competing in the 205-pound weight class.

By comparison, Antonio Silva is 6-foot-4 with an 82-inch reach. He routinely cuts down from over 265 pounds to make the heavyweight limit. Just a few weeks ago, he lost to Cain Velasquez via TKO in a UFC heavyweight championship match.

Thiago Silva won a double bonus at UFC on FUEL 10, earning Knockout of the Night honors for his first-round finish of Cavalcante, along with Fight of the Night. The two awards left him with a cool $100,000 in bonuses.

Any fight between the two seems a remote possibility. After getting back into the win column for the first time since 2009 (two presumptive wins in the interim were later changed to no contests due to flunked drug tests), Thiago Silva now has options in his division, while Antonio Silva has neither the inclination nor any realistic chance of moving down to light-heavyweight.

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The official numbers are in for UFC 160, and according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion pulled in a great haul for perhaps its most entertaining pay-per-view (PPV) event of the year to date.

The bigger they are, the bigger the box office draw.

UFC 160, which took place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 25, 2013, tallied a live gate of $2,942,365 million, according to official figures from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) released today.

The final attendance of 12,380 was the result of 10,075 tickets sold and 2,305 complimentary tickets, while 1,403 seats remained empty.

UFC 160’s main event featured a Heavyweight rematch between Cain Velasquez and Antonio Silva, which ended in the first round like their first encounter with “Brown Pride” drilling “Bigfoot” with a right cross that floored the Brazilian and lead to a ground-and-pound finish.

One that Silva claimed was illegal based on this photo evidence.

Meanwhile, in the co-main event Junior dos Santos earned himself another crack at Velasquez’s crown by knocking out Mark Hunt late in the third round in their “Fight of the Night”-winning performance.

It was an amazing stoppage, but one that Mike Tyson of all people did not think was the best of the evening … so it officially wasn’t.

The other three pay-per-view (PPV) main card bouts saw Glover Teixeira submit James Te Huna in short order, T.J. Grant earn a Lightweight title shot with a knockout victory over Gray Maynard (more here), and Donald Cerrone bloody and batter K.J. Noons en route to a decision win.

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How much did your favorite mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter make at last weekend’s UFC 160 event in Las Vegas? Find out from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) below!

UFC 160 fighter payouts for those who competed at the “Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2” pay-per-view (PPV) event this past Saturday night (May 25, 2013) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas were released to earlier today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).

Not surprisingly, reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez and the man he took the strap from, Junior dos Santos, were the top earners of the night. Cain banked a flat-fee of $400,000 for pounding out “Bigfoot” Silva while “Cigano” claimed $240,000 for finishing Mark Hunt.

Heavyweights = heavy paydays.

The “Super Samoan” may have lost out on a potential title shot; however, he’ll have 160,000 reasons to feel better about himself after taking a trip to his local financial institution. Trailing behind the New Zealander were Mike Pyle and Donald Cerrone, who scored $84,000 and $82,000, respectively, for their winning performances.

Here is the complete list of UFC 160 payouts and salaries.

Cain Velasquez: $400,000 (no win bonus)
Antonio Silva: $75,000
Velasquez def. Silva via technical knockout

Junior dos Santos: $240,000 ($120,000 to show, $120,000 to win)
Mark Hunt: $160,000
Dos Santos def. Hunt via knockout

Glover Teixeira: $48,000 ($24,000 to show, $24,000 to win)
James Te Huna: $30,000
Teixeira def. Te Huna via submission

T.J. Grant: $50,000 ($25,000 to show, $25,000 to win)
Gray Maynard: $45,000
Grant def. Maynard via technical knockout

Donald Cerrone: $82,000 ($41,000 to show, $41,000 to win)
K.J. Noons: $41,000
Cerrone def. Noons via unanimous decision

Mike Pyle: $84,000 ($42,000 to show, $42,000 to win)
Rick Story: $27,000
Pyle def. Story via split decision

Dennis Bermudez: $28,000 ($14,000 to show, $14,000 to win)
Max Holloway: $14,000
Bermudez def. Holloway via split decision

Robert Whittaker: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Colton Smith: $15,000
Whitatker def. Smith via technical knockout

Khabib Nurmagomedov: $28,000 ($14,000 to show, $14,000 to win)
Abel Trujillo: $8,000
Nurmagomedov def. Trujillo via unanimous decision

Stephen Thompson: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Nah-Shon Burrell: $9,000
Thompson def. Burrell via unanimous decision

George Roop: $26,000 ($13,000 to show, $13,000 to win)
Brian Bowles: $19,000
Roop def. Bowles via technical knockout

Jeremy Stephens: $48,000 ($24,000 to show, $24,000 to win)
Estevan Payan: $10,000
Stephens def. Payan via unanimous decision

The total disclosed payroll for UFC 160: “Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2” was $1,533,000.

Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments such as PPV bonuses, among others. It also does not include deductions for expenses such as insurance, taxes, etc.

USA TODAY Sports has updated its “official” consensus rankings following this past Saturday’s UFC 160 event (now with a two contributions from Check out the big movers and shakers below.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) now features “official” rankings on its website,, covering all eight weight classes (including women) plus a pound-for-pound list. Rankings are updated approximately 36 hours after every UFC event, which means we’re back with another installment following this past weekend’s (May 25, 2013) UFC 160 show in Newark, New Jersey.

The biggest movers and shakers this week were in the lightweight and bantamweight divisions as T.J. Grant pulled off the upset by knocking out Gray Maynard in round one to earn a title shot. The other big shift occurred at bantamweight, where former champion Brian Bowles dropped out of the top 10 with his second round TKO loss to George Roop. Making his UFC top 10 debut is Team Alpha Male prospect T.J. Dillashaw..

If you’re wondering how the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion (in conjunction with FightMetric) compiles its list, here’s the criteria:

Rankings were generated by a voting panel made up of media members. The media members were asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters in the UFC by weight-class and pound-for-pound. A fighter is only eligible to be voted on if they are in active status in the UFC and a fighter can only appear in one weight division at a time. The champion and interim champion are considered to be in the top positions of their respective divisions and therefore are not eligible for voting by weight-class. However, the champions can be voted on for the pound-for-pound rankings.

That voting panel includes yours truly as well as MMAmania’s own George Halvatzis Jr. You can check how our rankings stack up compared to the overall consensus by selecting either “Brian Hemminger (” or “George Halvatzis Jr. (” in the voting panelists tab at the top of the page.

Below are the updated rankings (+/- = movement in rankings, NR = not ranked last week)

1 Anderson Silva
2 Jon Jones
3 Georges St. Pierre
4 Jose Aldo
5 Benson Henderson
6 Cain Velasquez
7 Demetrious Johnson
8 Renan Barao
9 Dominick Cruz
10 Frankie Edgar

Champion: Demetrious Johnson
1 Joseph Benavidez
2 John Dodson
3 Ian McCall
4 John Moraga
5 Jussier Da Silva
6 Louis Gaudinot
7 John Lineker
8 Chris Cariaso
9 Darren Uyenoyama
10 Timothy Elliott

Champion: Dominick Cruz
1 Renan Barao (Interim Champion)
2 Urijah Faber
3 Michael McDonald
4 Eddie Wineland
5 Brad Pickett
6 Rafael Assuncao
7 Scott Jorgensen
8 Mike Easton +1
9 Ivan Menjivar +1
10 T.J. Dillashaw NR

Champion: Jose Aldo
1 Chad Mendes
2 Ricardo Lamas
3 Frankie Edgar
4. Chan Sung Jung
5 Cub Swanson
6 Dennis Siver
7 Dustin Poirier
8 Clay Guida
9 Nik Lentz
10: Erik Koch

Champion: Benson Henderson
1 Gilbert Melendez
2 Anthony Pettis
3 T.J. Grant +2
4 Josh Thomson
5 Gray Maynard -2
6 Donald Cerrone
7 Nate Diaz
8 Jim Miller
9 Pat Healy
10 Rafael dos Anjos

Champion: Georges St-Pierre
1 Johny Hendricks
2 Carlos Condit
3 Rory MacDonald
4. Jake Ellenberger
5 Demian Maia
6 Nick Diaz
7 Martin Kampmann
8 Tarec Saffiedine
9 Robbie Lawler
10 Josh Koscheck

Champion: Anderson Silva
1 Chris Weidman
2 Vitor Belfort
3 Yushin Okami
4 Michael Bisping
5 Ronaldo Souza +1
6. Constantinos Philippou -1
7 Luke Rockhold
8 Mark Munoz
9 Chael Sonnen
10 Tim Boetsch NR

Light Heavyweight
Champion: Jon Jones
1 Lyoto Machida
2 Alexander Gustafsson
3 Dan Henderson
4 Glover Teixeira
5 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
6 Rashad Evans
7 Mauricio Rua
8 Phil Davis
9 Gegard Mousasi
10 Ryan Bader

Champion: Cain Velasquez
1 Junior dos Santos
2 Daniel Cormier
3 Fabrecio Werdum
4 Antonio Silva
5 Roy Nelson +1
6 Alistair Overeem -1
7 Frank Mir
8 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
9 Travis Browne +1
10 Mark Hunt -1

Women’s Bantamweight
Champion: Ronda Rousey
1 Cat Zingano
2 Sarah Kaufman
3 Miesha Tate
4 Sara McMann
5 Liz Carmouche
6 Alexis Davis
7 Amanda Nunes
8 Julie Kedzie
9 Germaine de Randamie
10 Sheila Gaff

See anything that stands out?

Let’s get some feedback, Maniacs, then compare this list to the one recently compiled by the SB Nation rankings committee here. To compare these to the last official UFC rankings, click here. Also, if you want to debate/complain about my personal rankings, I’ll be on and off all day to discuss them.

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Mike Bohn of provides a post-fight facts wrap up all the crucial milestones to come out of UFC 160: “Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2” on Saturday night (May 25, 2013) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

UFC 160: “Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2” took place Saturday night (May 25, 2013) in Las Vegas, Nevada, with Cain Velasquez defeating Antonio Silva by first-round knockout (again) in the main event for his first-carer Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight title defence.

With an event that saw six of the 12 bouts on the card end by (technical) knockout or submission, including four of five on the main card, there were plenty of facts to come out of the UFC’s fourteenth mixed martial arts (MMA) event of 2013.

Some are notable; others irrelevant and a few might even expand your knowledge.

For instance, we know that Velasquez put a delivered a second first-round mugging against “Bigfoot” in a span of 365 days in the main event, except this time it was with the title on the line. More importantly, Velasquez achieved his first title defense, which helped him avoid being the first fighter in UFC history to hold a divisional title on two separate occasions without a successful defense.

That’s not all we know, though.

Check out 30 post-fight facts about UFC 160 below:


  1. Velasquez’s 81-second victory over Silva was the fastest UFC championship fight since Junior dos Santos knocked out Velasquez to take the heavyweight title at UFC on FOX 1 in Nov. 2011. Overall, the result was the sixth fastest (technical) knockout finish ever in a UFC title fight.
  2. Dos Santos landed two knockdowns on Mark Hunt, moving his UFC career total to 11, which is fourth most all-time behind Melvin Guillard (11), Chuck Liddell (14) and Anderson Silva (17).
  3. Hunt was knocked out for the second time in his career and first time since Dec. 2008 — a span of 1607 days (four-plus years) and seven fights.
  4. Glover Teixeira improved to 4-0 since making his UFC debut on May 26, 2012.
  5. Five of the six defeats in the career of James Te Huna are by first-round submission.
  6. T.J. Grant earned a shot at Benson Henderson’s lightweight title with a first-round (technical) knockout win over Gray Maynard.
  7. Both defeats in the career of Maynard are by (technical) knockout.
  8. After starting his career with an 8-0 record and winning the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) bantamweight title, Brian Bowles has lost three of his past five fights, all by (technical) knockout or submission.
  9. Velasquez earned his eighth (technical) knockout victory in the UFC, which is the most of any heavyweight in the organization’s history. Dos Santos and Andre Arlovski are tied for second in the category with seven career (technical) knockout wins.
  10. Donald Cerrone landed 78 total strikes in his decision win over K.J. Noons, the most of any fighter on the card.
  11. Dos Santos, Hunt, Grant and Teixeira earned $50,000 post-fight bonuses.
  12. Khabib Nurmagomedov’s 21 completed takedowns against Abel Trujillo are the most ever in a UFC bout. Sean Sherk, who completed 16 takedowns against Hermes Franca in a five-round fight at UFC 73 in July 2007, held the previous record.
  13. Jeremy Stephens ended a career-worst three-fight losing streak for his first victory since June 2011. “Lil’ Heathen” improved to 1-0 since dropping to the featherweight division.
  14. Estevan Payan lost a fight by decision for just the second in his career and first time since Oct. 2008 — a span of over 4.5 years and 13 fights.
  15. Five of the seven defeats in the career of K.J. Noons are by decision.
  16. Mike Pyle is on his first four-fight win-streak since 2008. The 37-year-old, who is the oldest active fighter in the welterweight division, has won seven of his past eight UFC fights with the lone defeat coming to Rory MacDonald.
  17. Dos Santos became the first person to win a UFC heavyweight fight by head kick knockout since Gabriel Gonzaga defeated Mirko Filipovic at UFC 70 in April 2007.
  18. Velasquez is 2-0 in his career in rematches.
  19. Silva lost to Velasquez by first-round (technical) knockout for the second time in a 365-day span. “Bigfoot” was defeated in a total of four minutes and 58 seconds and only landed a total of five strikes in his two contests against the reigning champion.
  20. UFC 160 reportedly drew an attendance of 11,089 for a live gate of $2,429,000.
  21. Hunt had his four-fight win-streak snapped and was defeated for the first time since his UFC debut in Sept. 2010
  22. Grant’s five-fight UFC win-streak is the second longest in the lightweight division behind divisional champion Henderson. Grant improved to 5-0 since dropping down from the welterweight division.
  23. Dennis Bermudez has won four-straight UFC fights since losing to Diego Brandao in the featherweight finale of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14.
  24. Cerrone’s four completed takedowns in his win against Noons is a personal best for a single bout in his 19-fight ZUFFA career (UFC and WEC). His previous best in a single fight was three completed takedowns.
  25. Total fight time of the 12-bout UFC 160 fight card was two hours, seven minutes and 48 seconds.
  26. Colton Smith became just the sixth winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show to lose their first fight after winning the finale. Joe Stevenson, Amir Sadollah, James Wilks, Jonathan Brookins and Diego Brandao are the others.
  27. Nurmagomedov tied interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao for the longest MMA win-streak of any active UFC fighter with 20 wins in a row. Teixeira, who also fought on the card, is second in the category with a 19-fight MMA win-streak.
  28. Grant has finished his opponent by (technical) knockout or submission in 17 of his 21 professional victories.
  29. George Roop improved to 2-0 since returning to the UFC bantamweight division. He is on his first two-fight win-streak since Oct. 2007 — a span of 2058 days (5.5 years) and 14 fights.
  30. Betting favorites went 8-4 on the card. Grant, Pyle, Whittaker and Roop were the underdogs to earn victories.


That’s a wrap for this set of UFC facts.

Did you learn anything new/interesting? Do any of the facts change your perspective on Saturday’s fights?

Let us know below!

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Common opponent Junior dos Santos compares the punching power of Cain Velasquez to that of Mark Hunt at the UFC 160 post-fight press conference on Saturday (May 25, 2013) evening.

“[Hunt’s punches] was way harder than Cain’s punch, but he hits very hard. He’s got the heavy hands and I knew that. I respect that guy a lot, but like I said tonight I believe so much in myself and my striking skills I believe I can knock anyone out.”

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight contender Junior dos Santos compares the striking power of his last two opponents –Mark Hunt and Cain Velasquez– at the UFC 160 post-fight press conference (watch it here) Saturday night on Las Vegas, Nevada. Not all that surprisingly, dos Santos gave the nod in punching power to “The Super Samoan,” who has long been considered one of the heaviest hitters in all of mixed martial arts (MMA). What is interesting about the statement, though, is the fact Velasquez was able to inflict much more damage in his fight with “Cigano” than Hunt was able to, even knocking down the Brazilian with his strikes in the first round. While Velasquez’s power may not stack up to Hunt’s –in reality few have possess that kind of power– but as evidence in his knockout of Antonio Silva in the UFC 160 main event, the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) still packs a pretty solid punch.

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Well this was my first event coming back trying to make logical predictions. Let’s just say I could’ve done a lot worse haha! I’m kicking myself in the ass for not taking Stephen Thompson. Here are my results.

OK, let’s go over this. As I said earlier I knew after it was too late that I should’ve picked Thompson over Burrell. Holloway had that fight in my opinion so I’m not upset about my pick on that one. Also good for you Dennis! I like both fighters. Moving on to Bowles and Roop. George, you flat-out surprised me good job. Another pick I can’t even be mad about.  Smith and Whitaker, Robert’s hands were the key to this one and he looked so sharp. Colton brought all heart as he does every outing and that was why I picked Colton. Tough one there folks. Maynard and Grant….do I even have to explain myself on this one? Someone made a lot of money last night and it wasn’t me. Well all in all I did decent and went 7-5. I’ll try and pick it up for our next event. Sound off MMA heads!