Chael Sonnen Replaces Yushin Okami Against Dan Miller At UFC 98

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Top middleweight Yushin Okami has been forced out of his UFC 98 bout with Dan Miller due to a torn ligament.

Stepping up to replace him will be former WEC fighter Chael Sonnen.

Sonnen is coming of a first round submission loss to undefended submission artist Demian Maia at UFC 95.

UFC 98 “Evans vs Michida” will take place May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

Evan Tanner To Return This Summer

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Team Tanner website:

Just talked with Joe Silva, the UFC matchmaker. He gave me a date and an opponent. Looks like I’ll be back in the Octagon this summer.

It’s good to have a fight scheduled. The last two weeks have been really rough. I’ll tell the story on that in the next few days.

Evan Tanner was knocked out by Yushin Okami on March 2 at UFC 82

UFC 82 Fighter Payouts

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UFC 82 “Pride of Champion” Fighter Payouts
March 2 from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

MAIN CARD

Anderson Silva: $140,000 ($70,000 to fight, $70,000 to win)
Dan Henderson: $100,000 ($100,000 to fight)
Heath Herring: $140,000 ($70,000 to fight, $70,000 to win)
Jon Fitch: $60,000 ($30,000 to fight, $30,000 to win)
Chris Leben: $50,000 ($25,000 to fight, $25,000 to win)
Cheick Kongo: $30,000 ($30,000 to fight)
Yushin Okami: $28,000 ($14,000 to fight, $14,000 to win)
Evan Tanner: $25,000 ($25,000 to fight)
Alessio Sakara: $17,000 ($17,000 to fight)
Chris Wilson: $12,000 ($12,000 to fight)

PRELIMINARY CARD

Andrei Arlovski: $170,000 ($65,000 to fight, $65,000 to win)
Diego Sanchez: $60,000 ($30,000 to fight, $30,000 to win)
Josh Koscheck: $20,000 ($10,000 to fight, $10,000 to win)
Luigi Fioravanti: $16,000 ($8,000 to fight, $8,000 to win)
Luke Cummo: $16,000 ($16,000 to fight)
Jorge Gurgel: $14,000 ($7,000 to fight, $7,000 to win)
Dustin Hazelett: $12,000 ($12,000 to fight)
Jake O’Brien: $11,000 ($11,000 to fight)
David Bielkheden: $8,000 ($8,000 to fight)
John Halverson: $3,000 ($3,000 to fight)

Total Fighter Payout: $932,000

FIGHT BONUSES

  1. “Fight of the Night” – Anderson Silva and Dan Henderson 60k each
  2. “Submission of the Night” – Anderson Silva 60k
  3. “Knockout of the Night” – Chris Leben 60k

The reported figures do not include bonuses, taxes, fees and other sponsorships.