UFC Jacksonville Medical Suspensions And Salaries
UFC Jacksonville produced a variety of exciting finishes, along with many back and forth battles for MMA fans around the world to enjoy. Highlights of the card included Thiago Moises’ heel hook finish over Michael Johnson and Glover Texeira’s brutal beat down of bookies favourite, Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith, who was forced to live up to his name.
With Wednesday’s fights all finalised, we take a look at the athlete’s disclosed salaries and medical suspensions.
Andrei Arlovski sits at the top of the earnings list. The heavyweight veteran took home $325,000 for his measured decision victory over UFC newcomer, Philipe Lins. The former UFC heavyweight champion entered the Octagon for the 32nd time this week and his salary proves that it pays to be loyal.
Main event winner Texeira netted a healthy $230,000 for his beat down of Smith, who left with $130,000.
In total, $1,750,000 in salary payments were disclosed. The figures below include the fighters’ win bonuses but excludes Performance of the Night bonuses, their Reebok pay and any other money they may have earned.
Below is the full list of salaries form UFC Jacksonville (via MMA Fighting):
Glover Teixeira ($280,000) def. Anthony Smith ($130,000)
Ben Rothwell: ($260,000) def. Ovince Saint Preux ($95,000)
Drew Dober: ($116,000) def. Alexander Hernandez ($36,000)
Ricky Simon: ($60,000) def. Ray Borg: ($46,000)
Andrei Arlovski: ($325,000) def. Philipe Lins: ($80,000)
Thiago Moises: ($24,000) def. Michael Johnson: ($83,000)
Sijara Eubanks: ($66,000) def. Sarah Moras: ($23,000)
Omar Morales: ($24,000) def. Gabriel Benitez: ($40,000)
Brian Kelleher: ($110,000) def. Hunter Azure: ($62,000)
Chase Sherman: ($28,000) def. Ike Villanueva: ($12,000)
Glover Teixeira, Drew Dober, Brian Kelleher and Hunter Azure all won an additional $50,000 for Performances/Fight of the Night.
UFC Jacksonville was full of action from start to finish but high paced fights come with a price. Here, we delve into the injured and medical suspensions that resulted from the card.
Smith, who lost some teeth and suffered a suspected broken orbital bone will be on the sidelines for a considerable amount of time. His sustained beating was hard to watch for many and raised questions regarding the role of his cornermen in keeping their fighter safe.
Joining Smith in the suspensions list is Gabriel Benitez. The Mexican Ultimate Fighter: Latin America prodigy lost a close decision to the undefeated Omar Morales. As a result of his leg kick focused attack, ‘Moggly’ suffered a deep gash to his shin, which exposed the bone.
Here is a full list of all medical suspensions from UFC Jacksonville (via MMA Junkie):
Glover Teixeira: Suspended 180 days unless cleared by physician; minimum suspension 45 days.
Anthony Smith: Suspended minimum 60 days; additional suspension to be determined pending test results.
Ovince Saint Preux: Suspended 180 days unless cleared by physician; minimum suspension 30 days.
Drew Dober: Suspended 30 days.
Alexander Hernandez: Suspended 180 days unless cleared by physician; minimum suspension 60 days.
Ricky Simon: Suspended 180 days unless cleared by physician; minimum suspension 30 days.
Ray Borg: Suspended 30 days.
Andrei Arlovski: Suspended 30 days.
Philipe Lins: Suspended 30 days.
Michael Johnson: Suspended 180 days unless cleared by physician; minimum suspension 30 days.
Sarah Moras: Suspended 30 days.
Omar Morales: Suspended 180 days unless cleared by physician; minimum suspension 45 days.
Gabriel Benitez: Suspended 180 days unless cleared by physician; minimum suspension 45 days.
Brian Kelleher: Suspended 30 days.
Hunter Azure: Suspended 60 days.
Ike Villanueva: Suspended 45 days.
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