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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.

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?

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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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