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SportsBusiness Journal: UFC Sets Company Merchandise Sales Record in Australia
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC 110, headlined by the Antonio "Minotauro" Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez heavyweight bout, grossed $540,000 in merchandise sales at Acer Arena in Sydney, breaking the previous record of $498,000 for UFC 83 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Total sales also topped the previous arena record held by Iron Maiden. Acer Arena doesn’t release concessions figures. The arena, built for the 2000 Summer Games, is the largest indoor venue in Sydney and has hosted acts such as Coldplay and Britney Spears. All 16,500 tickets for the Feb. 21 fight were bought on the first day of sales back in December, trailing only the UFC’s debut in Montreal in 2008 as the fastest sellout ever. The $2.5 million gate for an international event was second only to the fight in Montreal.
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 5:15PM by Jride - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Chris Lytle: UFC's All-Time Bonus Winner
(mmafighting.com)
A handful of the UFC's biggest stars get six-figure guarantees for all their fights and a cut of the pay-per-view revenue. Those guys are the promotion's highest-paid fighters. For the majority of UFC fighters, the standard payday is in the five figures, and winning a bonus check for Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night or Submission of the Night can actually make up the majority of their income. And in that category of fighter, no one has cashed in more than Chris Lytle. Cage Potato has put together a great UFC performance bonus leaderboard, and Lytle comes out on top with seven bonuses that paid him a combined $310,000. No one else even has six career bonuses. Obviously, being the all-time leader in performance bonuses in no way makes Lytle even close to the best fighter in UFC history. He's been pretty mediocre in his UFC career, has bounced around between the UFC and smaller promotions, and has a record of 7-9 inside the Octagon. But I still think Lytle has a special place in UFC history. I've heard some people denigrate Lytle by saying he fights like he'd rather earn a bonus than a win, but in fairness to Lytle, only two of those bonuses were for fights he lost: He got the Fight of the Night check at UFC 78, when he lost to Thiago Alves because the fight was stopped when he suffered a nasty cut, and he got it at UFC 93, when he lost a split decision to Marcus Davis. It's not like he wasn't trying to win those fights. The 35-year-old Lytle is never going to be a UFC champion, and he's never going to be one of those guys with a six-figure guarantee or a cut of the pay-per-view proceeds. But he'll always be a fighter the fans will want to see, and he has certainly earned that $310,000 in extra income.
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 5:14PM by Jride - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC targeting Michael Bisping vs. Dan Miller for UFC 114 in Las Vegas
(mmajunkie.com)
A middleweight bout between Michael Bisping (18-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) and Dan Miller (11-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC), established contenders both desperately in need of a win, is likely to take place in May at UFC 114. Multiple sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that UFC officials are working to sign the bout and that at least one competitor has agreed to the matchup. If signed the fight would likely be part of the main card for UFC 114, which takes place May 29 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view. As of Monday, though, bout agreements have not been distributed. It'd be another solid addition to a card, though not officially announced, that's expected to feature Rashad Evans vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Forrest Griffin vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and John Hathaway vs. Diego Sanchez. Both Bisping and Miller, who were both once on the verge of top title contention, look to rebound from recent losses. Bisping's losses came to Dan Henderson (vicious knockout at UFC 100), and then after a rebound TKO win over Denis Kang at UFC 105, to Wanderlei Silva via close unanimous decision last month at UFC 110. Bisping thought he won the fight, but Silva knocked him down in the final 10 seconds of the co-main-event fight to take the final third round on the judges' cards and the decision win (via scores of 29-28). Prior to the recent 1-2 skid, "The Ultimate Fighter 3" winner's only loss came to Rashad Evans via razor-thin split decision at UFC 78 in 2007. Meanwhile, Miller's two consecutive losses both came via unanimous decision to top contenders Chael Sonnen (UFC 98) and Demian Maia (UFC 109). Prior to the defeats, the former IFL middleweight champion went undefeated over a 10-fight span that included UFC victories over Rob Kimmons, Matt Horwich and Jake Rosholt in his first three UFC appearances.
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 5:11PM by Jride - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Introducing The Ultimate Fighter 11 Cast - All 28 Middleweights
(bloodyelbow.com)
For the first time Spike TV has officially announced the full cast of the 28 middleweights fighting for a chance to become the next Ultimate Fighter. TUF 11 premieres March 31. Nick Ring (10-0), Jordan Smith (10-0), Josh Bryant (10-0), Charley Lynch (6-0) Kris Mccray (5-0), Warren Thompson (5-0), James Hammortree (4-0), Brad Tavares (4-0) Joseph Henle (3-0), Court Mcgee (9-1), Victor O’Donnell (8-1), Norman Paraisy (5-1) Costantinos Philippou (5-1), Brent Cooper (5-1), Greg Rebello (9-2), Kyle Noke (16-4-1) Jacen Flynn (8-2), Lyle Steffens (5-2), Chris Camozzi (11-3), Charles Blanchard (7-2) Cleburn Walker (9-3), Ben Stark (3-1), Rich Attonito (7-3), Woody Weatherby (7-3) Seth Baczynski (11-5), Clayton Mckinney (4-2), Jamie Yager (2-1), Kyacey Uscola (18-15)
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 5:07PM by Jride - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
 
Help My MMA Career Has Fallen and I Can't Get Up: The Travails of Josh Barnett and Tim Sylvia
(bloodyelbow.com)
After reports surfaced that Barnett had agreed to fight for Dream but that two potential opponents -- Tim Sylvia and Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva -- had turned down the chance to fight him,Barnett acknowledged the rumor on Twitter. He added that he doesn't know who his next opponent will be, but said, "I do want to fight."
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 4:19PM by RhythmAndStyle - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
Cain Velasquez: I'm ready for a shot at Brock Lesnar
(mmamania.com)
"Yes. I'm ready. I think I've been ready for a while. The way this sport works is you've just got to prove yourself when you get the chance. I want to fight the best so I can be the best ... I don't know what I do better than (Lesnar) but I do know I'd be ready. I know what I can do, I know I train with really tough guys, and I know I'd prepare myself to give him a really good fight"
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 4:18PM by RhythmAndStyle - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jon Fitch: 'Thiago Alves is a fight I need to prove I deserve a rematch against GSP'
(mmamania.com)
"I’ve made huge improvements in my last year of training. I think I’m at the point where I can technically matchup with [Georges St. Pierre] and I think I can beat him. I think right now I’m a better fighter than him. I’m just waiting for the opportunity to prove it. [Thiago Alves] is a very powerful guy with great leg kicks."
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 4:16PM by RhythmAndStyle - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
B.J. Penn, Tito, Kimbo Head Next Round 5 Series
(mmaweekly.com)
Like most sports today, mixed martial arts has its fair share of fans that also fancy themselves collectors. One of the first companies to really fill that niche for MMA aficionados was Round 5, a Markham, Ontario, Canada based company that specializes in collectible figures.
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 4:13PM by RhythmAndStyle - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
TUF Alum Dean Amasinger Dealt A Bad Break
(mmaweekly.com)
Injuries are the bane of a fighter’s life, going from continually training with a goal in mind to being out of action with progress halted. It’s frustrating and leads to introspection on why the injury happened.
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 4:12PM by RhythmAndStyle - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Quote of the Day: Miguel Torres Says "I'm Looking to Put Joseph Benavidez Away"
(bloodyelbow.com)
"When I come into a fight, it's never about being on top, it's just about being where I'm supposed to be. What people say don't really bother me. People talk and say I don't deserve where I'm at and I don't deserve what I get, other people say that I'm the best in the world. People's comments are fickle to me. To me what's important is my family before anything else."
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 12:34PM by RhythmAndStyle - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
B.J. Kojima Relinquishes Shooto Belt
(bloodyelbow.com)
Shooto Bantamweight (123 lbs.) Champion Shinichi "B.J." Kojima today announced his decision to vacate the title, citing a slowly-healing ACL in his right knee. Kojima - who has held the belt since October 2006 - suffered the injury in a non-title bout loss to Nova Uniao's rising star Jussier "Formiga" da Silva last July.
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 12:33PM by RhythmAndStyle - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Bowles Earning His Respect... One Fight At A Time
(mmaweekly.com)
Taking headlining duties for the second consecutive time, newly minted WEC bantamweight champion Brian Bowles is set to make his first title defense against the surging Dominick Cruz at WEC 47 in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday night.
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 12:31PM by RhythmAndStyle - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Varner Hungry To Prove That He's Still The Best
(mmaweekly.com)
Sitting out for a year definitely lit the fire inside former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner, who is more determined than ever to prove he belongs among the top 155-pounders in the sport.
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 12:27PM by RhythmAndStyle - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Ultimate Fighter International Coming Soon
(mmaweekly.com)
Over the last three years, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s plan for global domination has been in full swing, hosting events on three continents and in five different countries, six if you include its home base of the United States. Its first trip to the United Arab Emirates is scheduled in April chalking up another continent and another country.
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 12:24PM by RhythmAndStyle - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
NCAA Champion Cole Konrad Signs With Bellator
(mmaweekly.com)
The signing spree of Bellator Fighting Championships continued on Saturday as former NCAA wrestling champion, Cole Konrad, announced that he would be joining the organization following his latest win in Philadelphia.
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 12:22PM by RhythmAndStyle - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Dream 13: Nakahara ready for Ryo Chonan
(tatame.com)
Andrews Nakahara, one of the new promises of Brazilian MMA, is ready to another challenge on Japanese rings. After to debut with loss to the legend Kazushi Sakuraba and two knockout victories, the Brazilian is ready to face the Ryo Chonan at Dream 13, scheduled to March 22.
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 12:17PM by RhythmAndStyle - 0 comments
Filed under: Dream
 
Kendall Grove Ready To "Make History" Against Mark Munoz
(mmamania.com)
But there are no bad words between the Middleweight fighters facing each other, and both are looking forward to their UFC 112 fight in Abu Dhabi-and perhaps a few rounds at the bar afterwards. According to Grove, "I can't wait to go out there and fight. We get to do it in Abu Dhabi. We're making history; the first outdoor event in the Middle East. We're going to have war in war. Right when I got the word that we were fighting, I shot him a Tweet saying, 'Hey man, I respect you a lot. Good luck and let's put on a show.' He responded back, 'Likewise, it's an honor to fight you and we will give these guys a good show.' To me, that's just how our business is. At the end of the day, I can honestly say no matter if I'm on the positive or negative side of it, I will be the first to shake his hand and say, 'Let's go grab a beer or do something.' There are no hard feelings because business is business."
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 11:37AM by DCRage - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Martin Kampmann Healing Up To Defend Against Smurf Kicks
(mmamania.com)
No, not kicks from those little blue cartoon characters. In comments made to the Las Vegas Sun, Martin Kampmann tlaked about the cut that forced him off UFC 111 and will likely keep him out past a targeted March return date, namely that it was a deep cut that could open right back up with any impact, but in his words "but as long as it's not going to open up for just a smurf kick, it's good."
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 11:34AM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mariusz Pudzianowski Announced For 5/7 KSW 13 Event
(mmajunkie.com)
"The World's Strongest MMA Fighter" is ready for an encore performance. 5-time World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski, coming off his successful MMA debut in December, will return to action on May 7 at KSW 13, though an opponent has not been revealed. The booking means a potential April 23 matchup with ex-UFC champ Tim Sylvia is now unlikely.
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 11:00AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Alistair Overeem's Management Says, "Look for an Announcement From Strikeforce"
(bloodyelbow.com)
After discussing Alistair Overeem's future again with his management, the only comment was that the next announcement we will hear about Alistair Overeem will come from Strikeforce. This is potentially big doings. Sadly it appears unlikely we'll see Fedor challenge Overeem for his Strikeforce title in April or May due to M-1 Global's ambitious partnership agenda.
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 10:02AM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
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