Ohio Institutes Cruiserweight Division On Trial Basis
A progressive state known for their longtime support of mixed martial arts, Ohio has taken another step to level the playing field in amateur mixed martial arts. Ohio will institute a cruiserweight division on a provisional basis on May 1. The new weight class, which will be 206-225 pounds, will be under a trial basis in amateur MMA, but the state has no plans of instituting the new division for professionals just yet.
Mariusz Pudzianowski Is The World's "Scardest" Man
At least in the eyes of upcoming opponent Tim Sylvia. On his upcoming fight with the multi-time World's Strongest Man, Sylvia said "He's a big boy, but I can tell he's scared. He wouldn't stare at me straight on, eye to eye. He kept turning away. So he's definitely worried already."
Forrest Griffin Versus Antonio Rogerio Nogueira In May Bout
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffen has announced a potential matchup with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira could take place as early as May.
Forrest is coming off a split decision win over Tito Ortiz, but had suffered back to back losses before that bout, one of which came at the hands of Anderson Silva, one of Rogerio's training partners at Black House.
Matt Hughes: No Prediction, But I Think I Will Win
Matt Hughes is set to square off with his second Gracie family opponent at UFC 112.
Hughes, who defeated hall of famer Royce Gracie at UFC 60 back in 2006, will get in the octagon with Royce's cousin Renzo this Saturday.
When asked for a fight prediction Hughes declined, but almost immediately after stated "Yes I think I'm gonna win, if I didn't think I was gonna win I wouldn't have taken the fight."
Roy Nelson says Kimbo Slice has a better ground game then Matt Mitrione
“It’s kind of hard to say. Matt has quick hands, Kimbo has power in his hands. It’s going to be a fun fight to watch. Personally you know it’s not a fight that’s going to go to the ground. I think Kimbo probably edges him out on the ground though. You heard it from Roy Nelson, Kimbo edges Matt Mitrione on the ground. I’m just a guy that just sprouts the truth. I hate to say it but that’s just the truth. You remember watching when James McSweeney guillotined Matt Mitrione and Matt Mitrione when he got guillotined he already had his hand out ready to tap? Before he tapped, I’m like, yeah see, I yelled at him and said you just quit. Why you just let someone just punk you into quitting? And he was like, it wasn’t even tight and I’m like, I know it wasn’t even a choke.”
UFC Theater Partnership Pays Dividends
UFC 111 marked the debut of the organization on the big screen as it partnered with NCM Fathom to broadcast the PPV live and in high definition across 309 theaters in the United States. We won’t receive any word on the success of the in-theater event for at least another week, but MMAPayout.com has learned that the extent to which NCM Fathom helped to promote UFC 111 within its theaters – something that highlights the value of partnerships like this one for the UFC.
In partnering with Fathom, the UFC reached audiences in 775 theaters (7,500+ screens) with a digital trailer running on the in-theater ad network and lobby entertainment network for a total of 31 million in-theater impressions. Movie-goers also saw posters in their local theaters as well as larger-than-life standees in 309 theaters that featured Georges St-Pierre and Dan Hardy in an 8-foot standee.
Fathom also developed a toolkit for fans to interact with the brand and each other over social networks like Facebook and Twitter. The kit enabled fans to view online trailers, download virtual badges, find links to UFC content and pages, and to sign up for web/newsletters.
On the PR side, Fathom also arranged to have several UFC and WEC personalities – approximately 20 in total – attend the event at their local movie theaters for a meet & greet session that involved pictures and autographs prior to the event viewing itself.
Even if the results are somewhat modest in terms of the number of people that attended the live screening, the UFC has still come out far ahead on this deal. The company has found yet another distribution medium that offers a unique and captivating experience for fans. Perhaps more importantly, it’s also tapped into another advertising avenue that reaches a slightly different demographic than what they’d typically get from Spike or Versus...
Jason Miller vs. Tim Stout Added to SF Nashville
If approved by the Tennessee Athletic Commission, Jason Miller vs. Tim Stout will be a late addition to Strikeforce: Nashville on 4/17. Both sides have agreed to the fight, paperwork pending. This fight would take the slot on the card originally reserved for Bobby Lashley, and will be the final prelim on the card and most likely the 4th televised bout that would air on CBS if time permits.
Report: Leben vs. SImpson Now At TUF 11 Finale, Not UFC 114
UFC appears to be doing some upcoming card-shuffling as there's a report that Chris Leben vs. Aaron Simpson, originally planned for UFC 114, is now being moved to the TUF 11 Finale. That would push the fight back about 3 weeks. The fight likely would be on the TV portion of the TUF 11 Finale.
UFC 112 Video Blog with Frankie Edgar: Heading out to Abu Dhabi
In this first UFC 112 video blog top lightweight contender Frankie ‘The Answer’ Edgar spends his last day out in his home of Toms River, New Jersey where he prepares himself to fly out to the United Arab Emirates and into Abu Dhabi where the UFC 112 event will take place as Edgar is seen getting a haircut, spending time with his son. Edgar will take on lightweight champion BJ Penn in the co-main event of the evening this Saturday night from Concert Arena in Yas Island.
Does Maia Have A Chance?
The Spider carries a perfect 10-0 octagon record with him to his middleweight title defense this Saturday at UFC 112. He also has a 25-4 record overall, with 15 of his fights coming by way of KO/TKO. Silva has not lost an MMA fight in nearly five years, and many, including UFC President Dana White, rank him as the top pound for pound fighter in the world.
Spike Announces UFC Counterprogramming For 4/17
To probably nobody's surprise, Spike & UFC are once again scheduling counter-programming opposite Strikeforce, this time for SF's 4/17 event on CBS. Spike announced today that they will air a replay of UFC 110 from Australia opposite SF on 4/17 at 9 PM ET. That's the same time SF airs on CBS with 3 title fights.
Bobby Lashley Not On 4/17 SF Event
According to Strikeforce fighter Bobby Lashley, he will not be fighting at the 4/17 Strikeforce event as had previously been expected. Lashley made the announcement on his Facebook page. No word on when his next fight will be now.
Alves-Fitch 2 Rebooked For UFC 115
The Thiago Alves vs. Jon Fitch rematch originally set for UFC 111 has now been rebooked for UFC 115. UFC president Dana White announced the fight via Twitter overnight. While the long-awaited rematch was expected to be a feature bout last month at UFC 111, Alves was forced off the card due to a failed CT scan and subsequent brain surgery.
Moosin MMA hosts Tim Sylvia vs. Mariusz Pudzianowski on May 21 in Massachusetts
As expected former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia (25-6) will take on five-time World's Strongest Man champion Mariusz Pudzianowski (1-0) on May 21 in what will be the first event in the newly sanctioned state of Massachusetts.
"Moosin: God of Martial Arts" is a pay-per-view event hosted by promoters Corey Fischer and (and event competitor) Eric "Butterbean" Esch set for the 15,000-seat DCU Center in Worcester.
Many notables from the card, which includes UFC veterans, will take part in press conferences Monday in Boston and Tuesday in New York City.
The media events are not open to the public.
UFC president Dana White suggests teammate vs. teammate fights will be required
The days of Ultimate Fighting Championships competitors saying they won't fight their teammates may be over.
Following the recently concluded UFC 111 event, main-card winner Jon Fitch and UFC president Dana White had a brief exchange about the topic in which the promoter chided the welterweight contender for saying he won't fight teammate and fellow title hopeful Josh Koscheck.
After the formal press setting, White made a more definitive statement.
"It's over man," White said. "This whole 'we won't fight each other' thing is over. How long can they go on when they have two of the top guys in the division and they won't fight each other?
Is WEC Worth the PPV Price Tag?
On April 24th, 2010 the WEC will broadcast their most stacked card to date. The card will feature two title bouts as well as a possible featherweight number one contender fight between Mike Brown and Manny Gamburyan.
The increase in card quality is not the only change from the usual WEC programing.
Instead of the normal free basic cable broadcast WEC 48 will set you back $44.95 for a standard PPV buy.
Meet "The Ultimate Fighter 11" cast: Grizzled veteran Kyacey Uscola
Call him the anti-Amir Sadollah.
Where Sadollah was able to claim victory in the seventh season of "The Ultimate Figher" with zero pro fights to his name, Kyacey Uscola will now try his hand at the 11th edition with nearly 50.
And while some veterans may feel like the added experience means they have a target on their back, "Ice Cold" said it just makes him the favorite.
"I don't think any of them are gunning for me," Uscola told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I think they know that I can bang with any of them. I can grapple. I'm a college All-American. I've taken the advanced division at Grappler's Quest.
"I think they're all pretty worried."
Uscola's exact record is a little tough to nail down. Depending on where you look, he might be 18-15 or could be 18-12. Uscola believes the most accurate mark is about 30-16.
Whatever it actually is, Uscola just knows there are way more losses on it than he'd like to see.
"It's taken me a lot of trials and tribulations to get here," Uscola said. "I've fought a lot of tough guys, and I pissed off a lot of good fights or matches that I should have won."
A former collegiate wrestling All-American, Uscola has been fighting professionally since 2004. While his lengthy record does have its share of losses, a closer look at his history reveals an astounding amount of quality opponents: Josh Burkman, Xavier Foupa-Pokam, Mike Guymon, Gegard Mousasi, Kyle Noke, Trevor Prangley, Chael Sonnen, and Joey Villasenor, among others.
But Uscola believes those years of experience of fighting anyone who would step up have prepared him for this moment – that and his current training with Urijah Faber's Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, Calif.
"I'm with a great training camp now, and it's sort of changed my aspect on things," Uscola said. "I think a lot of it is watching Urijah and him being in my ear all the time, like, 'Kyacey, you've got all the talent in the world. Let's get it done. Let's get it done.'"
Penn Considering Move To 170 Following UFC 112
Each time B.J. Penn prepares to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight belt, the question arises: with a win, will he return to the welterweight division where he once held the title?
Penn takes on Frankie Edgar in the co-main event of UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi on April 10, and if the Hawaiian comes away with the win, a move to the 170-pound division is something he’s considering.
“If everything goes well on April 10, I definitely would consider moving up to 170. Not that I’m – not that it’s 100-percent guaranteed,” Penn said recently.
“If I do make that move I’m going to move slow. I’m not going to try to rush anything,” he added. “Maybe I would think about it more as testing the waters. I’d talk to Dana and see if he would want me to vacate the belt, but maybe try do something like Anderson (Silva) is doing, test the waters, see how everything is going and see how everything plays out.”
RENZO GRACIE ON GSP'S INABILITY TO FINISH HARDY
Prior to his UFC 111 title defense against Dan Hardy, welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre spent two weeks in Manhattan working at the Renzo Gracie Academy to help sharpen his skills in preparation for the fight.
St-Pierre has worked with Renzo Gracie black belt John Danaher for several fights now, and always credits the work he does with them for his incredible ground acumen. Much of that skill showed on Saturday night when St-Pierre wrenched Hardy's arm in two different submissions that nearly finished the fight.
BRAD PICKETT RACING FOR THE TOP SPOT
Brad Pickett is making changes, big changes so that he can give his new lease of life in the WEC its best chance of success. He has been plugging away on the U.K. scene for long enough to know that opportunities for us in the international MMA stage are increasing, but it’s off the back of hard work and merit in the cage.