News and Notes:
- Following WEC 37, World Extreme Cagefighting awarded $7,500 bonuses to Cub Swanson and Hiroyuki Takaya for “Fight of the Night”, Bart Palaszewski for “Knockout of the Night”, and Brian Bowles for “Submission of the Night”.
- Chael Sonnen says he’s ready to challenge Anderson Silva.
- A bout between former WEC lightweight champion Rob McCullough and Marcus Hicks rumored for WEC 38 in January has been scratched as McCullough, who is still recovering from his November mathcup with Donald Cerrone, would not be ready to face Hicks.
- Diego Sanchez recently announced on MySpace that he’ll be dropping from the 170-pound welterweight division to the 155-pound lightweight division: “I’m training hard and will be dropping down to fight at 155.”
- The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released salary information for WEC 37 and WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres was the top-earner at the event, receiving $44,000 for his second-round TKO of Manny Tapia. The total disclosed payroll for the event was $219,000.
- Recently-crowned Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral will remain on the Affliction: Day of Reckoning card and will fight an undisclosed opponent at 205-pounds.
- The NSAC announced that it tested WEC 37 fighters Miguel Torres, Manny Tapia, Shane Roller, Cub Swanson, Bart Palaszewski, Johny Hendricks, Joseph Benavidez, Brian Bowles, and Wagnney Fabrian for steroids and drugs of abuse.
- Fans named Anderson Silva the “Fighter of the Year” in the first-annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards. Other winners included Michael Bisping for European Fighter of the Year, Gina Carano for Female Fighter of the Year, and Demian Maia for Breakthrough Fighter of the Year.
Chuck Liddell says fighting Anderson Silva or Randy Couture “doesn’t make sense”:
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