TUF 10 Finale: 3.7 Million Viewers, 5.2 Million For Kimbo
Kimbo Slice still knows how to draw. The ratings for the TUF 10 Finale Saturday night are now out: 3.7 million viewers was the average for the entire broadcast, but the peak was 5.2 million for Kimbo vs. Houston Alexander. With the Finale ratings included, the final average for the season was 3.4 million viewers. The Finale was the most-watched Finale yet and #3 all-time for UFC.
UFC Announces Prelim Card For 109
Shortly after announcing the main card fights for UFC 109, UFC has now announced the prelim matches, which likely completes the card. 6 prelims are on tap for the event, with 2 new fights added today: Mac Danzig vs. Justin Buchholz and Tim Hague vs. Chris Tuchscherer.
UFC Announces PPV Card For UFC 109
UFC today announced the 5 fights that will make up the PPV portion of it's Super Bowl-weekend event, UFC 109. Dubbed "Relentless", the event iwll be headlined by Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman as well as Paulo Thiago vs. Josh Koscheck and perhaps a surprise add-Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Brandon Vera, among others.
WEC Definitely To PPV In 2010, DirecTV Sooner
During a radio appearance Monday night, WEC GM Reed Harris said big things are on the horizon. He's optimistic WEC will be back on DirecTV very soon, maybe even in time for WEC 45 on December 19, and WEC will absolutely be on PPV next year-just a matter of when. Harris says WEC is targeting mid-year for the first PPV, maybe sooner, depending on how the January card goes. Additionally, WEC will run a Saturday show in March during the annual Arnold Classic in Ohio.
UFC 108: Lauzon-Stout Promoted To PPV
Originally scheduled to be a prelim match at UFC 108, Joe Lauzon vs. Sam Stout has now been promoted to the PPV portion of the event. It becomes the 4th PPV fight for the 1/2 event, with the not-yet-announced Gilbert Yvel vs. Junior Dos Santos expected to round out the PPV, leaving 6 prelim matches on the undercard. This will be J-Lau's first fight since a torn ACL suffered earlier this year.
Kenny Florian has changed for Clay Guida
My body definitely has changed. I definitely am at my biggest and at my leanest.... I feel very, very strong. I feel I'm at my quickest, and I'm in tremendous shape right now.... We've really gone back to the basics. I feel like it's been a total rebirth, a total upgrade of what I've been doing.... I believe people are going to see even more of a change in the way that I look and fight from here on out. It's going to be more of a change than what it was after the Sherk fight.... He's one of those guys who's a survivor, and he's very, very tough. I have my work cut out for me. This is a great fight for me to get back on track. He's a very well-respected opponent, he's one of the best out there and that's who I want to fight. Those are only the people I want to fight."
-- Former two-time number one lightweight contender, Kenny Florian.
Dana White: Dan Henderson wasn't worth the money and brings nothing to the table
"He's happy, but the reality is that I pushed him into signing that deal. I told people over the weekend that he'd sign within the next week. I wanted him to s**t or get off the pot. He was in this limbo forever, and he needed more motivation to make a decision. Do you think that there's any guy we can't get that I want? Other than Fedor [Emelianenko]? So far, he's been the one guy we can't get. But everyone else that we've wanted, we got. If I wanted Dan Henderson, I could've signed him. For the money he wanted, he's not worth it. He's not a big pay-per-view star, he's not a big attraction, and he's not going to sell out arenas. He wants way too much and he doesn't bring anything to the table. Here's the reality: If I wanted him, he'd be in the UFC. It's not like, 'F***, Strikeforce beat me out.' He's been a free agent for a long time. If I wanted him, I would have signed him by now."
UFC Sponsor Hoelzer Reich, Neo-Nazi sympathizers?
Found this to be interesting:
Jamie Vine of Hoelzer Reich has e-mailed me and asked me to clarify a few things regarding their company and the ties to neo-Nazis as has been written about previously. The company became the subject of much debate following the news that Joe Brammer would be walking out at The Ultimate Fighter Finale wearing a Hoelzer Reich shirt.
Exclusive: Why Henderson Chose Strikeforce
herdog.com: Why did you pick Strikeforce over the UFC?
Henderson: The decision was based on a number of things. It wasn’t just a financial thing. It was the fact that I felt I wasn’t getting the fight that I wanted in the UFC. That was a big part of that -- that I wasn’t and that it got yanked away from me. I think I stepped up for the UFC a number of times and had earned that right again for a title fight. And the fact that publicity-wise, CBS offers quite a bit more than a pay-per-view and Spike TV.
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Steve Cantwell set for UFC 108 prelims
A light heavyweight bout between veteran Vladimir Matyushenko (23-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and former WEC champion Steve Cantwell (8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is set for the preliminary card of next month's UFC 108 event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the Jan. 2 matchup over the weekend.
Nima Safapour of No Limits Media Group, which represents Matyushenko, today confirmed that bout agreements have been distributed and signed by Matyushenko.
UFC 108 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view.
Matyushenko, a former top UFC light heavyweight contender, returned to the UFC in September after a six-year absence from the organization. The 38-year-old Belarusian topped Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic training partner Igor Pokrajac via unanimous decision at UFC 103 to pick up his 10th win in his past 11 fights.
The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale - Fighter Salaries
The full payout amounts included:
Roy Nelson: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Brendan Schaub: $8,000
Matt Hamill: $46,000 ($23,000 win bonus)
def. Jon Jones: $20,000
Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson: $25,000 (no win bonus)
def. Houston Alexander: $13,000
Frankie Edgar: $46,000 ($23,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Veach: $5,000
Matt Mitrione: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Marcus Jones: $8,000
James McSweeney: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Darrill Schoonover: $8,000
Jon Madsen: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Justin Wren: $8,000
John Howard: $14,000 ($7,000 win bonus)
def Dennis Hallman: $15,000
Brian Stann: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
def. Rodney Wallace: $6,000
Mark Bocek: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
def. Joe Brammer: $5,000
TUF 11 Premiere Set For March 31; Middleweights
Spike TV today revealed more details about the 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter. In addition to confirming Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz as coaches, the show will debut March 31 on Spike. The format will be Middleweights only, originally it seemed to be Middleweights and Light Heavyweights.
Silvas’ advice to José Aldo
“My tip is to keep focused, don’t forget the origins and to listen to people who wants good things to you”, said, knowing that Aldo is well advised. “Now will appear a lot of people by your side while you’re successful, but Dedé (Pederneiras) is a great leader, Nova União is getting even more strong and they never let down. I wish him all the happiness of the world… Now is to enjoy the title, because there will be fights again soon”.
Henderson Reaches Agreement with Strikeforce
“Dan chose to sign with Strikeforce after careful consideration," Crecy told Sherdog.com via e-mail on Monday. "He approached the process with an open mind, and over the course of the past couple months became increasingly impressed with the Strikeforce organization. It was not a decision that Dan took lightly." Henderson could debut for Strikeforce as early as April on a tentatively planned CBS event, Sherdog.com has learned, and might face the promotion’s middleweight champion, Jake Shields, right out of the gate. Henderson, who also fights at light heavyweight, is being eyed for matchups against Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi and the world’s No. 1 heavyweight, Fedor Emelianenko, said a source with knowledge of the deal.
NSAC's Keith Kizer Clarifies Jon Jones DQ
Jon “Bones” Jones was disqualified following three illegal elbow strikes to the face of Matt Hamill at “The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale” on Saturday night. The fight was stopped due to a deep laceration to the bridge of Hamill’s nose.
There was confusion among spectators and the broadcast team after referee Steve Mazzagatti stopped the fight, wondering whether or not Jones, who dominated Hamill to that point, was the winner.
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer fielded questions from the media during the post-fight press conference. He explained why the bout was ruled a disqualification and not a no contest, and confirmed there will be no disciplinary action taken against Jones.
“At the end of the day, you had the illegal elbows that cut him up and had to be stopped. The only call you can make in that situation is disqualification,” Kizer told the media. “It was the referee stopping the fight due to the damage to Matt Hamill, to his face.
“It was completely the referee’s call.”
From Backyard to Spotlight, Kimbo Evolving
Plucked out of backyard brawls on YouTube and thrown into mixed martial arts main events on CBS, it’s no surprise that the weight of expectation clouds reasonable expectations for Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson.
Couple his initial foray into MMA on CBS with his success as a ratings bonanza on the recent season of The Ultimate Fighter and Kimbo is really in a no-win situation. He’ll never be able to live up to the expectations of an attention deficit society.
Kimbo made his Octagon debut at The Ultimate Fighter finale on Saturday night, the first step in his journey towards credibility. It’s a journey that he knows is going to be a long road to travel, but he seems to put it in a reasonable perspective, even if others don’t.