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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.

Long-time UFC veteran Jeremy Stephens offers a glimpse into some of his pre and post-fight routine for his UFC 160 victory over Estevan Payan.

Get a glimpse of the lead-up to and fallout from one of the bloodiest fights in UFC history.

Veteran Jeremy Stephens dropped down to featherweight for the first time in his career this past weekend (May 25, 2013) for his UFC 160 curtain-jerking bout against Estevan Payan in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the cameras were rolling every step of the way.

Everything from stepping on the scale, shaking Mike Tyson‘s hand, getting his hands wrapped by Stitch Duran, getting hyped up by Burt Watson and the long walk to the Octagon, the examination by cageside officials, instructions fromthe referees, the unveiling of the fight banner and the pre-fight introductions are covered.

Stephens, who celebrated his birthday just hours after defeating Payan in a grisly unanimous decision, is also shown enjoying the festivities afterwards, including a post-fight limo ride which was well-deserved after a dominant showing.

Will the “Lil’ Heathen” have a fresh start at 145 pounds?

Date: May 25, 2013

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena

Broadcast: Pay-per-view, FX, Facebook

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva – for heavyweight title
Junior dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt
James Te Huna vs. Glover Teixeira
T.J. Grant vs. Gray Maynard
Donald Cerrone vs. K.J. Noons


Mike Pyle vs. Rick Story
Dennis Bermudez vs. Max Holloway
Colton Smith vs. Robert Whittaker
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Abel Trujillo

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6:35 p.m. ET)

Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Stephen Thompson
Brian Bowles vs. George Roop
Estevan Payan vs. Jeremy Stephens


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Don’t be fooled. This mild-mannered poker player is from the streets and will go 60-percent on your ass.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran voice of the Octagon, Bruce Buffer, almost had to call it a career after former UFC welterweight number one contender Frank Trigg chopped him in the throat inside an elevator at the Hard Rock Hotel Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

All while UFC President Dana White looked on.

“With all respect to Frank because he’s an awesome fighter, he’s been one of the top welterweights in MMA, Frank and I basically were friends, we are friends, and we went into an elevator in the Hard Rock Hotel on the tenth floor and Dana White happened to be in the elevator. As soon as we’re walking in, Frank’s asking Dana to put him back in the Octagon, which is fine. But I’m a watch freak, and Dana had on this great wristband on his watch, and I stepped in front of Frank to look at the watch, and suddenly I get a ridge-hand in my throat. That’s a fine how do you do from Frank, we just had a drink together! Did I not drink right? I looked at Frank, and I said, ‘You hit me! Why the F did you hit me?’ And he said the wrong thing to me. He said, ‘What are you going to do about it?’ And I just reacted since my old street kicked in. I punched him twice in the stomach, basically with the same power with the old rules of sparring, 60 percent equals 60 percent. But it picked up. We had a lot of fun for 10 floors.”

— UFC featherweight Jeremy Stephens published his latest video blog as he prepares for his 145-pound debut against Esevan Payan at UFC 160: “Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2” on May 25, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Silva was scheduled for several media appearance on Tuesday afternoon but chose to fly back to Brazil instead. In response, the UFC has punished him with a $50K fine.

On Monday, the UFC Middleweight champ Anderson decided he’d rather head home to Brazil than attend a UFC 162 media event. The media day was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon to coincide with tickets for the July 7 event going on sale this week. Silva’s appearance was supposed to help build the headlining fight where he’ll attempt to defend his title against Chris Weidman.

In response to his absence, UFC president Dana White announced that the promotion fined Silva $50K (via MMA Junkie):

We had a full media day set up for him in Los Angeles, and he just decided he didn’t want to do it, so he’s being fined $50,000.

He doesn’t like talking to the media, but it’s part of his contractual obligation,” White said. “Everybody wants more money, more money, more money, but nobody wants to sell the fight or go out and talk to the media. Talking to the media is part of your job, whether you like it or not.

The last headliner to skip out on a media event was Nick Diaz, who blew off a press conference prior to his scheduled championship fight at UFC 137. Diaz was immediately removed from the fight and replaced by Carlos Condit. White explained the lesser punishment for Silva by saying this “was just a smaller media day (not a press conference), but it’s still not acceptable.” So, Anderson is still all set to face Weidman as the main event of UFC 162 in Las Vegas, NV on July 7.

Michael Bisping wasn’t kidding when he said he wanted to get right back into the cage following his unanimous decision loss to Wanderlei Silva at last month’s UFC 110 event from Sydney, Australia.

“The Count” is currently negotiating a return against Dan Miller at UFC 114 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, during the promotion’s Memorial Day weekend extravaganza on May 29. learned of the pending match-up earlier today.

Bisping was in cruise control for the better part of his UFC career — until running into a devastating right hand from now-exiled Dan Henderson at last year’s UFC 100 event.

Though he quickly rebounded with a stoppage over Denis Kang at UFC 105 in Manchester, the Brit came up short against another PRIDE legend when Wanderlei Silva sent him to a unanimous decision loss at UFC 110 just last month.

While losses to “Hendo” and “The Axe Murderer” are forgivable, he’s going to need to make a statement against the venerable Miller if he expects to stay relevant in a very crowded middleweight division.


Like Bisping, things haven’t exactly gone Miller’s way over the last couple of fights.

He burst onto the scene at UFC Fight Night 15 back in September 2008, strangling Rob Kimmons en route to a submission (rear naked choke) win in his Octagon debut.

Miller went on to make it 3-0 under the Zuffa banner and had people talking about his candidacy as a 185-pound title contender until Chael Sonnen played spoiler at UFC 98, outworking him and giving the New Jersey native just his second career defeat.

He tried to right the ship at UFC 109 by staying out of the submissions of Demian Maia; however the grappling guru surprised Miller (and most of the viewing audience) by instead using an improved striking attack to take home the judges decision.

While Bisping’s International appeal may spare him the pink slip with another loss, the same can’t be said for Miller, who will have dropped three straight if he fails to get past “The Count.”

UFC 114 will likely be headlined by TUF 10 coaches and now mortal enemies “Suga” Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. The card is also expected to feature an interesting battle between light heavyweights Forrest Griffin and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira