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VIDEO: UFC 148 Open workout: Steven Seagal vs Feijao Cavalcante

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Seagal: I told Anderson to get 'deep' for this fight

: I told Anderson to get 'deep' for this fight

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VIDEO: Dana White: UFC 148, TRT and the growing poularity of MMA.

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VIDEO: UFC 148 Weigh-Ins

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UFC 148 salaries: Tito Ortiz or Forrest Griffin will earn event's top disclosed payday

 Tito Ortiz or fellow UFC 148 co-headliner Forrest Griffin will be the top earner at Saturday's event. 

Ortiz is set to take home a flat $250,000 in his retirement fight. Rubber-match opponent Forrest Griffin, meanwhile, earns $125,000 to show and will earn an extra $150,000 as a win bonus if victorious. 

The payouts has been confirmed with Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer. 

UFC 148 takes place at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. 

UFC 148 headliner and middleweight champ Anderson Silva, meanwhile, will take home a flat $200,000 win or lose. His opponent, Chael Sonnen, banks $50,000 to show and an additional $50,000 as a win bonus if victorious. 

Additional disclosed salaries include Cung Le, who is set to earn a flat $150,000 for his main-card bout against Patrick Cote, who earns $21,000 to show and $21,000 to win. 

Full disclosed UFC 148 paydays will be available next week. 

As usual, the figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, which can oftentimes be a substantial portion of a fighter's income. They also do not include any other "locker room" or special discretionary bonuses the UFC oftentimes pays. They also do not include portions of the pay-per-view revenue that some top-level fighters receive. 

In other words, they're simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.

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UFC 148 SILVA vs SONNEN II Pre-fight Press Conference

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VIDEO: Fedor Retires interview

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UFC President giving away ten pairs of the most expensive UFC 148 tickets

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YAMASAKI DEFENDS YAMASAKI ON WAND/FRANKLIN REFEREEING DECISIONS

We totally agree with the following statement "he is going too far in his attempts to show impartiality when refereeing fights involving fighters from Brazil."

It's clearly visible and audible how he shows extra authorities against brazilian fighters.

 

 

Source: Fighters Only

Mario Yamasaki was the referee in charge for the UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin 2 main event in Belo Horizonte, Brazil last Saturday. 

Some have blamed him for Wanderlei Silva’s loss to Rich Franklin. According to local media and many fans, Mario should have interrupted the bout late in the second round when Silva caught Franklin with a flurry of punches. 

Mario also faced criticism for his performance at UFC 142, when he disqualified Erick Silvafor illegal hits on the back of Carlo Prater’s head. Dana White disagreed with the referee and paid Erick the bonus for the win, despite the result was not changed. 

After that bout, Mario has been targeted by Brazilian fans who insist that he is going too far in his attempts to show impartiality when refereeing fights involving fighters from Brazil.

Fighters Only caught up with Mario’s brother Fernando Yamasaki - who also works as a referee at UFC events - and asked him for his thoughts on the various dramas that have encompassed his brother of late. 
Fernando not only agreed with the decision made by Mario, he revealed that fighters get plenty of warning from the referee when a stoppage is imminent.
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Fighters Only: Do you think Mario should have stopped the fight in the end of the second round?

Fernando Yamasaki: No, he shouldn't have. It is not only in my opinion, but in the opinion of specialists on this subject. Many people commented on Twitter that Mario was perfect to not have interrupted the fight. We referees always warn the fighters in situations like that, saying: ‘Improve your position, you are in trouble and I am going to stop the fight!’

Who's outside the Octagon can't listen, it is needed to be closer the fence to listen these warnings, so we can see the conditions of fighter A or B. Observe that, in that moment, Franklin neither shut himself nor stay still, and when he gets up, he does not show any sign that is unbalanced or dizzy due the attacks.

Fighters Only: In your opinion, an American referee would have stopped the bout to preserve Franklin physically?

Fernando Yamasaki: First off, referees don't have nationality. They got to have character, personality and a good interpretation of the rules.

Fighters Only: What's your take on the people who say your brother wants to show up when he acts like referee in fights of Brazilian fighters?

Fernando Yamasaki: The supporters opinions are always made in the heat of the moment and some times they are tendentious. Due the face that a Brazilian is performing, they don't analyze it technically. 

It is like in soccer, every supporter is a player, coach and referee and they assume to have more knowledge than the crew specialized to accomplish the respective functions!

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Siyar Bahadurzada out vs. Chris Clements at UFC 149, Matt Riddle in

All five fights originally announced for the UFC 149 main card have been changed. UFC 149 will take place on July 21, 2012, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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UFC 149: oh sweet mercy.... Siyar out injured, new bout is Chris Clements vs Matt Riddle

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Up-and-comer Siyar Bahadurzada will now have to bow out of his July 21st scrap against Chris Clements with an undisclosed wound.

Clements initially stepped in for Thiago Alves to meet Bahadurzada after the Brazilian tore his pectoral muscle.

“Menace” posted a split decision victory over Keith Wisniewski in his big league debut at UFC 145. Clements will be riding a five-fight winning streak into the welterweight shootout.

Riddle salvaged his big league career by snapping a two-fight losing streak in his last outing. The former “The Ultimate Fighter 7″ contestant escaped with a split decision win over Henry Martinez at UFC 143.

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