Dynamite!! USA

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K-1 Dynamite USA!!
A poster or logo for K-1 Dynamite USA!!.
Information
Promotion HERO'S/FEG and Elite XC
Date June 2, 2007
Venue Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
City Los Angeles, California
Attendance 18,340 (3,674 actual paid)[1]
Total gate $2,545,590
Buyrate 35,000[2]

SoftBank presents Dynamite!! USA was a mixed martial arts (MMA) event co-promoted by FEG, the promoters of K-1 kickboxing and Hero's MMA events, and EliteXC. The event was held on Saturday, June 2, 2007 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.

Background[edit]

The event featured the MMA debut of former professional wrestler Brock Lesnar and the anticipated rematch between Royce Gracie and Kazushi Sakuraba. The show also featured the MMA debut of NFL wide receiver Johnnie Morton.

The event was aired in two parts in the United States, with three preliminary bouts airing for free on Showtime and a main fight card shown on pay-per-view. In Japan, the card was aired as a two-hour edited broadcast on TBS on June 4, 2007. A condensed one-hour version of the entire event was broadcast on Showtime June 9, 2007.

Controversy[edit]

Pre-Fight Problems

The event encountered numerous problems and controversies even before it began. FEG, Inc. (the company in charge of producing and managing K-1 events [3]) had difficulties obtaining a promoter's license, and was only granted a temporary one by the California State Athletic Commission eight days before the event.[4]

Popular South Korean fighter Hong-Man Choi, initially scheduled to fight Brock Lesnar, was denied a license to fight in the state roughly a week and a half before the event due to medical reasons (later reported to be a tumor on his pituitary gland).[5] K-1 promoters continued to advertise a Lesnar vs. Choi bout up until the day of the fight, even knowing that it would not occur [6]

An originally announced women's bout featuring Jan Finney vs. Gina Carano was canceled on May 16, 2007, when Carano withdrew due to illness.[7]

Antonio Silva was also removed from the card due to an undisclosed medical condition, and was replaced by Tim Persey.

An announced match between Ray Sefo and Marvin Eastman was dropped from the card with no explanation given.

Attendance/Live Gate Controversy

On June 7, 2007, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) announced that 42,757 tickets were distributed for the event – something promoters say validated the claim of having the largest attendance for a Mixed Martial Arts event in North America (a record previously held by UFC 68).[8] The paid gate for the event was $2,545,590. However, the promoters of the event paid $2,342,500 of that to buy 39,083 tickets to its own event. The final verified paid attendance number for K-1 Dynamite stands at 3,674 which generated $203,090 in revenue.

Post-Fight

Fighter Tim Percy tested positive for methamphetamines after his fight, and was suspended by the CSAC.[9] In addition, Johnnie Morton tested positive for anabolic steroids [10] and Royce Gracie tested positive for Nandrolone, a commonly used anabolic steroid.[11]

Results[edit]

Main card (PPV)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Brock Lesnar def. Min Soo Kim Submission (punches) 1 1:09
Catchweight (188 lbs) Royce Gracie def. Kazushi Sakuraba Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00 [a]
Lightweight Hideo Tokoro def. Brad Pickett Submission (armbar) 1 2:41
Catchweight (192 lbs) Yoon Dong-Sik def. Melvin Manhoef Submission (armbar) 2 1:17
Super Heavyweight Mighty Siliga def. Ruben Villareal TKO (punches) 1 1:33
Catchweight (213 lbs) Bernard Ackah def. Johnnie Morton KO (punch) 1 0:38 [b]
Preliminary card (Showtime)
Welterweight Jake Shields def. Ido Pariente Submission (rear naked choke) 1 2:06
Catchweight (160 lbs) Gesias Cavalcante def. Nam Phan TKO (punches) 1 0:26
Heavyweight Jonathan Wiezorek def. Tim Persey TKO (punches) 2 0:50 [c]
Preliminary card (unaired)
Lightweight Katsuhiko Nagata def. Isaiah Hill Decision (split) 3 5:00
  1. ^ Gracie tested positive for banned substances post-fight.
  2. ^ Morton tested positive for banned substances post-fight.
  3. ^ Persey tested positive for banned substances post-fight.

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Purses[edit]

The overall disclosed fighter payroll for the event was $1,057,500. [13]

Fighter Fight Earnings Notes
Brock Lesnar $170,000 No win bonus
Royce Gracie $300,000 No win bonus
Johnnie Morton $100,000 Purse being withheld
Melvin Manhoef $50,000
Jonathan Wiezorek $40,000 Includes $25K win bonus
Gesias Calvancanti $36,000 Fined $9K for weight
Min Soo Kim $30,000
Kazushi Sakuraba $130,000
"Mighty" Mo Siliga $30,000
Ruben Villareal $30,000
Nam Phan $29,500 Additional $4.5K due to opponent's weight
Jake Shields $24,000
Dong Sik Yoon $20,000
Tim Persey $20,000
Hideo Tokoro $15,000 No win bonus
Katsuhiko Nagata $15,000 No win bonus
Brad Pickett $8,000
Bernard Ackah $5,000 No win bonus
Ido Pariente $2,500
Isaiah Hill $2,500

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