"UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez" draws reported 13,896 attendees for "over $1.5 million" gate
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The UFC's second-ever trip to Tennessee and first-ever to Memphis delivered on in-cage action, and a reported 13,896 fans came to the FedExForum to witness the events.
UFC president Dana White said at the event's post-fight press conference that "UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez" also delivered "over $1.5 million" at the gate.
The official numbers will be certified next week by the Tennessee Athletic Commission.
Featuring a main event between lightweight champion B.J. Penn and top challenger Diego Sanchez, UFC 107 featured the first title fight in the UFC since Lyoto Machida narrowly edged Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 104 in October.
UFC 107 Bonuses (Spoiler)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Alan Belcher, Wilson Gouveia, T.J. Grant and DaMarques Johnson each earned $65,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at Saturday's "UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez" event.
Belcher and Gouveia both earned "Fight of the Night" honors, while Johnson earned the "Submission of the Night" bonus and Grant earned the "Knockout of the Night" award. All four fighters competed on the evening's preliminary card.
UFC 107 RECAP (spoiler)
Penn dismantled Sanchez for five rounds and retained his belt with a one-sided, brutal, TKO victory in the main event of Saturday night's "UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez event at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Prior to his fight, hometown favorite Alan Belcher told anyone that would listen that he had been disrespected by being relegated to the preliminary card of Saturday's "UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez" event.
Once in the cage, Belcher let his hands argue for him.
Markham Out of UFC 108
Doomed from the start!
Rory Markham has withdrawn from a welterweight bout against Martin Kampmann at UFC 108 on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas due to injury.
Markham, the second fighter to pull out of the January card this week from an injury, told Sherdog.com Saturday that he pulled his Achilles’ tendon and will need time to rest and recover.
Kampmann is still expected to participate on the Jan. 2 card. The 27-year-old Danish fighter was stopped by Paul Daley’s first-round punches last September at UFC 103 in Dallas. Kampmann had won his two previous bouts, earning a second-round technical knockout against Alexandre Barros at UFC 93 last January and a split decision over former WEC champion Carlos Condit at UFC Fight Night 18 in April.
New approach kick-started Florian
“The loss I am over but the fact I didn’t perform well is what hurts me even more. I’m looking forward to getting back out there and showing a new Kenny Florian. This is kind of the version 3.0 now. What’s exciting is I know I’m going to get more software upgrades as I go forward. If there’s one thing I could change, I really would’ve liked to have worked with [Zahabi] more because he had, in my opinion, the best strategy as far as striking goes and how to attack and defend against B.J. Penn, but that’s how you learn.’’
Miguel Torres Targeted For WEC 47 Return
With a firm date and location in place for WEC 47, the organization is now looking for an opponent for former Bantamweight champion Miguel Torres. Torres is expected to fight another top contender at the as-yet-unannounced March 6 event in Columbus, Ohio. And should Torres earn a win, WEC general manager Reed Harris says Torres could be in line for a tile shot.
Alabama Pride Event Cancelled
According to Chad Bergmeier, Travis Fulton's manager on the UG:
We signed a contract for this fight 2 months ago ...I was told all the money to promote this event was gathered and ready to pay for the event (fighters included) before 1 ticket was sold ...Yesterday I find out otherwise...As soon as Fulton's plane lands we are told the show is now cancelled ...These guys could have fought on other shows this weekend ...They could have stayed home with their families. Anyways, today we get told that Rod will pay them next week ...Fulton gets a flight home in the morning to Iowa in hopes that this is made right next week ...Guys, pay these fighters what they were promised and do the right thing!
Rashad Evans: ‘I don’t have time to worry about Rampage’
Lost in the shuffle of Quinton Jackson’s recent announcement regarding his return to the UFC has been newfound nemesis Rashad Evans’ opinion on the situation. While “Rampage” made it clear his motivation in coming back to the Octagon after a brief retirement related in part to his desire to “shut Rashad’s mouth up”, his TUF 10 coaching rival took a less aggressive route when responding to the issue via his Twitter page.
A lot of people ask me everyday how I feel about Rampage (returning to) the UFC and I never answer. But I don’t answer because I have another opponent and Rampage is not on my mind! I fight Thiago Silva January 2nd and I have my hands full enough with him, so I don’t have time to worry about Rampage. When and if the fight happens it’s gonna be a great fight! But until we sign the fight contract I’m not gonna think about him or the fight!
Is Gouveia ready to realize his potential?
Wilson Gouveia’s talent is a blessing and a curse, says a longtime friend and trainer.
American Top Team patriarch Ricardo Liborio met the fighter nine years ago, long before he became a competitor in the UFC’s middleweight division. He was a 15-year-old from Fortaleza, Brazil, with a blue belt in jiu-jitsu who got things easier than others. On the ground, he gave everyone fits. They began working together and found Wilson had heavy hands, too.
But his abilities came at a price. Because things came so easy to him, he often didn’t train as hard as others. He started a family in Coconut Creek, Fla., ATT’s home base, which sometimes made him listless in camp.
What’s more, he shut off if you played drill sergeant and barked orders.
Dong Hyun Kim withdraws from UFC 110; Chris Lytle currently without opponent
Undefeated Korean welterweight Dong Hyun Kim (12-0-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from a planned UFC 110 bout with Chris Lytle (27-17-5 MMA, 6-9 UFC).
A replacement for Kim wasn't immediately known, but Lytle is expected to remain on the card.
Kim had sought his fourth-straight UFC win, thought the road to his first three victories hasn't necessarily been a smooth one. "Stun Gun" narrowly edged Matt Brown in a September 2008 split decision, and Kim also had a loss to Karo Parisyan overturned to a no-contest when "The Heat" failed a post-fight drug screen.
Kim also holds UFC wins over T.J. Grant and Jason Tan. Six of Kim's 12 career victories have come by knockout or TKO.
Mariusz Pudzianowski wins MMA debut at KSW 12
The five-time World’s Strongest Man champion, Mariusz Pudzianowski blitzed through his MMA debut on Friday, Dec. 11, at KSW 12 in Warsaw, Poland.
Facing a professional boxer and fellow MMA newcomer, Marcin "El Testosteron" Najman, "Pudzian," a fourth-kyu green belt in Kyokushin Karate and former amateur boxer, stalked his foe for the first fifteen seconds.
With the thunderous roar of the crowd chanting his name, Pudzian started battering Najman’s legs as if he were shooting a soccer ball from long range. The kicks quickly took a toll on "El Testosteron," who fell to the mat and succumbed to Pudzian’s ferocious ground-and-pound at 43 seconds of the first round.
UFC 107 live weigh-in results
The official weigh-in results include:
Champ B.J. Penn (155) vs. Diego Sanchez (156)
Cheick Kongo (239) vs. Frank Mir (264.5)
Kenny Florian (156) vs. Clay Guida (156)
Paul Buentello (255) vs. Stefan Struve (247)
Jon Fitch (171) vs. Mike Pierce (171)
Alan Belcher (195) vs. Wilson Gouveia (193)
Shane Nelson (156) vs. Matt Wiman (156)
Ricardo Funch (171)^ vs. Johny Hendricks (171)%
Lucio Linhares (185) vs. Rousimar Palhares (186)
Edgar Garcia (173)* vs. DaMarques Johnson (171)+
Kevin Burns (171) vs. T.J. Grant (171)
% - Hendricks initially weighed 172 pounds, then 171.5 pounds, but stripped down and made weight on his third attempt.
^ - Funch initially weighed 171.5 pounds but stripped down and made weight on his second attempt.
* - Garcia weighed two pounds over the allowed 171-pound limit and has been given additional time to lose the remaining weight.
+ - Johnson initially weighed 171.5 pounds but stripped down and made weight on his second attempt.
SHERK STEPS IN TO FACE JIM MILLER AT UFC 108
Although tis was posted in a thread, just wanted to make sure all could see.
With Tyson Griffin forced to withdraw from his UFC 108 bout with Jim Miller due to an undisclosed injury on Friday, the UFC moved swiftly to bolster a fight card that has been plagued by injuries.
Within hours, Miller received a new opponent, Sean Sherk.
Oliveira is expected to remain on the preliminary card to face a new opponent.
Georges St-Pierre vs. Dan Hardy official for UFC 111 on March 27 in New Jersey
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – British slugger Dan Hardy (23-6 MMA, 4-0 UFC) knew he earned a shot at UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (19-2 MMA, 13-2 UFC) by defeating Mike Swick at November's UFC 105 event.
Now he knows the date.
At today's UFC Fight Club Q&A session in Memphis, Tenn., UFC broadcaster Mike Goldberg said he had confirmed with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva that St-Pierre and Hardy will meet at an as-yet-unannounced event on March 27 in Newark, N.J.
The event is expected to be dubbed UFC 111 and take place at the Prudential Center.
Tennessee Commission Greenlights Referee Shadowing
The Tennessee Athletic Commission may have stumbled upon a valuable tool in harvesting the next generation of mixed martial arts officials.
TAC Executive Director Jeff Mullen, a former judge, confirmed on Thursday that his sanctioning body had given the green light for up-and-coming official Brian Beauchamp to shadow assigned referees Dan Miragliotta, Greg Franklin, Mario Yamasaki and Herb Dean at UFC 107 “Penn vs. Sanchez” this Saturday at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.
"UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva" takes another hit; lightweight Tyson Griffin out
When it rains, it pours.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the promotion that the UFC has lost another featured fighter in its first event of 2010.
Lightweight contender Tyson Griffin (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) has suffered an undisclosed injury in training and has been forced to withdraw from his "UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva" main-card bout with Jim Miller (15-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC).