MMA Odds and Ends for Tuesday: Shawn Jordan signs with WSOF, Thiago Alves drops to lightweight, UFC signs RFA champ

Former UFC heavyweight Shawn Jordan signs with WSOF Nick Baldwin of spoke to Heavyweight Shawn Jordan about the news that the former UFC heavyweight has signed with WSOF. Jordan (18-7) revealed in the interview that the UFC decided not to re-sign the former LSU football player. Jordan went 6-4 in the UFC including a unanimous decision defeat to Ruslan Magomedov at UFC 192 in his last bout. The 31-year old is excited to make his debut for WSOF.   “I’m excited to have the opportunity to compete for the WSOF now. It’s a great opportunity to make some waves in a new pool of heavyweights. I look forward to fighting for their heavyweight strap soon. The good thing about signing with the WSOF is now we can make up some income through sponsors. It’s a new champ tee in my career and I’m ready to prepare for any opponent.”      UFC 197 Salaries  Per MMAjunkie here are the disclosed paydays from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The total disclosed payroll for the event was $1,470,000. The full UFC 197 payouts included: Jon Jones: $500,000 (no win bonus) def. Ovince Saint Preux: $55,000 Demetrious Johnson: $195,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus) def. Henry Cejudo: $60,000 Edson Barboza: $88,000 (includes $44,000 win bonus) def. Anthony Pettis: $80,000 Robert Whittaker: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) def. Rafael Natal: $41,000 Yair Rodriguez: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus) def. Andre Fili: $18,000 Sergio Pettis: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus) def. Chris Kelades: $12,000 Danny Roberts: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Dominique Steele: $12,000 Carla Esparza: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) def. Juliana Lima: $14,000 James Vick: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Glaico Franca: $17,000 Walt Harris: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Cody East: $10,000 Marcos Rogerio de Lima: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Clint Hester: $12,000 Kevin Lee: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus) def. Efrain Escudero: $18,000   Thiago Alves drops to lightweight for next bout  Per his Twitter account, former UFC title challenger Thaigo Alves had decided to drop to the lightweight division.  

  Alves (21-10) hasn’t fought since a second-round TKO loss to Carlos Condit at UFC Fight Night 67, which snapped a two-fight win streak.   UFC signs RFA light heavyweight champion Devin Clark, he meets Alex Nicholson at UFC South Dakota. UFC officials announced Monday that RFA 205-pound champ Devin Clark will meet Alex Nicholson at UFC Fight Night 91. This bout will be contested at 185-pounds, which marks the first time Clarke has fought there since 2012. Clark (6-0) captured the RFA title after defeating Rafael Viana. The Brazillian was unable to answer the bell in the third round of that fight due to a finger injury. With the win, the South Dakota native has now won four of his six wins by stoppage. Nicholson (6-2) came up short in his UFC debut losing via submission to Misha Cirkunov at UFC Fight Night 82. The loss snapped Nicholson’s five-fight win streak. UFC Fight Night 91 takes place at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Here’s an updated look at the card. Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister Keita Nakamura vs. Kyle Noke Ben Nguyen vs. Louis Smolka Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson Here’s an interview I did with Clark prior to his RFA 37 bout with Rafael Viana.  

Written by James Lynch

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