TUF 10 Finale draws reported crowd of 1,400 for $504,350 gate
LAS VEGAS – Saturday's latest UFC event, The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale, drew a reported attendance of 1,400 for a live gate of $504,350, a UFC spokesperson confirmed at the evening's post-event press conference.
The finale, which was announced as "close to a sellout," took place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
The 10-bout event, headlined by finalists Roy Nelson and Brendan Schaub, concluded the latest season of the UFC's reality series, "The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights," and aired on Spike TV.
The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale was the sixth consecutive TUF finale to be held at The Pearl and the 10th UFC card to be conducted in the Palms Casino Resort.
UFC Quick Quote: A 'livid' Rashad Evans ready to fight Rampage Jackson when he returns
"My mom’s on Rampage’s side. She’s cheering for Rampage. She’s always saying, ‘Ruuh-shawd, be nice to Rampage! He’s so funny!’ I’m like, ‘Ma, who cares if he’s funny?’ It didn’t bother me at first. It was kind of funny until I saw the last two episodes and then I got mad. I found myself getting hot and livid again because I was just thinking, ‘Man. I want to fight this dude so bad.’ I think that when we get a chance to fight, we’re still going to be upset and ready to get it on. That animosity is still going to be there, because we just don’t like each other. I could see him walk into a room and I start getting ready to throw down. The hair raises on the back of my neck because I know he’s going to say something. I just want to crack him."
-- Former light heavyweight champion and Ultimate Fighter 10 Coach Rashad Evans tells the Las Vegas Sun he won't have any trouble getting motivated for a fight against fellow Coach Quinton Jackson if and when the exiled star returns.
Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell named TUF 11 coaches
LAS VEGAS – His pleas for the job apparently worked; Tito Ortiz will serve as a coach on the upcoming 11th season of "The Ultimate Fighter."
UFC officials confirmed the assignment during Saturday's The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort.
The other part of the surprise? Ortiz will coach against Chuck Liddell, not Forrest Griffin, on the upcoming season of the reality series, and the coaches will meet in a season-ending fight.
After dropping a close split decision to Griffin last month in the UFC 106 main event, Ortiz campaigned for the two to be coaches on "TUF 11." UFC officials, though, chose Liddell instead.
"TUF 11" begins taping in January and debuts on Spike TV in April. The show is expected to feature middleweight fighters.
TUF 10 Finale Bonuses: Nelson, Bocek, Edgar, Veach earn $25K awards
LAS VEGAS – Roy Nelson, Mark Bocek, Frankie Edgar and Matt Veach earned $25,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale.
The event took place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and aired on Spike TV.
Nelson earned the night's "Knockout of the Night" award, Bocek earned the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Edgar and Veach each earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
Leites Wins in MFC Debut
ENOCH, Alta. -- Brazilian middleweight Thales Leites won a unanimous decision over Dean (The Boogeyman) Lister in a dreary main event at MFC 23 on Friday night.
Rashad Evans Wants Anderson Silva
Add former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans to the list of fighters who hopes to face Anderson Silva before the UFC Middleweight Champion retires. No, Rashad isn't planning on dropping down to Middleweight, this fight would likely happen at 205. Of course Rashad has other Silvas he must deal with first, he's got to beat Thiago first and he still wants a rematch with Lyoto Machida, the man who beat Evans for the title.
Herschel Walker's MMA debut date set; no opponent yet
Strikeforce announced today that Herschel Walker will make his debut on Jan. 30 in Sunrise, Fla. Walker, who will be 47 at the time of the bout, recently started training mixed martial arts after winning the Heisman trophy, a career as an NFL running back, a stint as an Olympic bobsledder, and a fifth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
All Fighters on Weight for TUF 10 Finale
Roy Nelson (263) vs. Brendan Schaub (240)
Matt Hamill (206) vs. Jon Jones (206)
Frankie Edgar (155) vs. Matt Veach (155)
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson (212) vs. Houston Alexander (208)
Marcus Jones (262) vs. Matt Mitrione (255)
Jon Madsen (247) vs. Justin Wren (251)
Darrill Schoonover (261) vs. James McSweeney (235)
Brian Stann (205) vs. Rodney Wallace (203)
John Howard (169) vs. Dennis Hallman (170)
Mark Bocek (156) vs. Joe Brammer (155)
Alexander suggests Kimbo is nothing special
Kimbo Slice built his reputation on the web with his infamous YouTube street fight videos. As he faced huge dudes in the streets of Miami, Kimbo had the vicious look with the shredded body and the beard. Guys looked like they soiled themselves even before throwing a punch. Does Kimbo still have that aura of intimidation?
K.J. Noons expects Jan. 30 Strikeforce debut, open to Nick Diaz rematch
After spending the past year working on his boxing career, recent Strikeforce signee and former EliteXC lightweight champion K.J. Noons is ready to concentrate solely on MMA in 2010.
Noons (7-2) discussed his plans with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) a day after Strikeforce officially announced the signing.
Noons expects to make his promotional debut on the organization's Jan. 30 card in Florida, and while not "calling him out," the Hawaiian-born fighter is certainly open to a rematch with Nick Diaz.
War Machine tells his side of the story
Cindi: Well the first rumor to clear up is- That the fight started because you hit Alanah Rae. Did you hit her? Were you two fighting? What were you fighting about?
WM: No I did not hit Alanah. We were not fighting. We are not bf/gf, we are friends and hang out often and are BOTH very confused as to how this accusation came about.
Cindi: How & why did the fight start?
WM: I was outside talking to a guy I met a week ago named Daniel and was suddenly swarmed by Derek and 6–10 other guys. They were telling me that I hit Alanah and they were cursing at me saying that if that is true I’m gonna get ****** up. I told them I had no idea what they were talking about and told them to even ask Alanah. They persisted and grew more and more angry the more I denied it. They began to circle around me and I was sure I was gonna get ****** up because I was so heavily out numbered and that’s when we started fighting.
Cindi: Who did the fight start with first?
WM: I don’t know. Someone lunged forward at me in my peripheral vision and I turned and hit him as he did.
Strikeforce announces Nick Diaz for Jan. 30 event in Florida
Veteran Nick Diaz (20-7) has been added to the fight card for the Jan. 30 Strikeforce event at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., the organization today announced.
No opponent was announced for Diaz, who could compete for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title at the upcoming show.
Strikeforce also previously announced 145-pound women's champion Cris "Cyborg" Santos (8-1) and former NFL great Herschel Walker (0-0) for the Showtime-televised main card of "Strikeforce in Miami."
Opponents also were not revealed for those fighters.
Despite criticism, Roy Nelson ready to complete "hardest road" to UFC
LAS VEGAS – "The Ultimate Fighter 10" heavyweight Roy Nelson (13-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has heard all the criticism.
"Big Country" knows that UFC president Dana White wasn't necessarily impressed with the road the former IFL champion took to Saturday's live finale at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas against Brendan Schaub (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and he knows some fans were grumbling, too.
But Nelson recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that even his biggest detractors should tune in to Spike TV on Saturday night because he's got a show planned.
"I'm comfortable (with my performance in the 'TUF' house)," Nelson said. "I mean I won. That's the first and foremost. As far as being criticized, it really didn't matter being in the house because your main objective being in the house is just to finish fights and win.
Marcus Jones Finally Accepts 'Big Baby' Nickname
LAS VEGAS -- Marcus Jones tried his best, but after initially rejecting the "Big Baby" nickname Rashad Evans gave him on this season's edition of The Ultimate Fighter, the former defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has agreed to go with it just days before he makes his UFC debut against another ex-NFL player, Matt Mitrione, on Saturday night.
FanHouse spoke to Jones at Thursday's media workout about why so many fans are drawn to him, his beef with Mitrione and why he decided to not retire from MMA following his semi-final loss to Brendan Schaub. The video interview is below.
Talking Time is Over. Kimbo is Ready to Fight.
Snappy. Moody. Ready.
Those are three adjectives describing Kimbo Slice’s mood heading into Saturday’s “Ultimate Fighter” season 10 finale.
Much of Slice’s pre-fight hype swayed from his opponent, Houston Alexander, and towards the banquet table that awaited him following weigh-ins.
The bout is contracted at 215 pounds and it’s the first time Slice has cut weight to fight. He shed the pounds by himself, and probably regretted it.
Light heavyweight? No way.
“I would literally disappear,” said Slice.
Nevertheless, the man also known as Kevin Ferguson promised to bring his bread and butter to the Octagon, namely his right and left hands. Two months of jiu-jitsu at American Top Team wouldn’t change his stripes.
If anything, Slice wants to punish Alexander for making him drop 20-some pounds.
“I’ve got a reason to knock this dude out,” he said.
Rampage returning to UFC to finish contract
via Rampage himself on (must have an account to read but I quote the entire entry here)
All Rampage fans don't trip if haters come on OUR website and talk crap. Don't reply because the webmaster will delete it off anyway. Give it no energy cause you never know who it is, how old they are, or if they're retards or not & you'll feel real bad if you found out you were arguing with a retard. I've noticed that the UFC & TUF have some fans brainwashed or something. They still haven't realized yet that the TV show is just a TV show. I did my job by entertaining people and if you ever paid any attention to me, that's what I'm known for doing.
Now, I wanted to let my fans know that I'm going to come back to the UFC & finish my contract. Not because the haters are talking **** about me being scared of Rashad or Titties or anybody else. I'm coming back for my fans & to shut Rashad's mouth up & shut Dana's mouth up. Then after that I'm going back to doing movies & I might do a boxing match once a year just to stay in shape. Hate on dis!
Kimbo Slice: People judged me before they even got to know me
"It’s just like when you were a kid with your parents, depending on what type of parents you had, but definitely your teachers, they kinda teach you to never judge a book by its cover. I guess I was the complete opposite of everyone’s impression of me. They kinda judged me before they even got to know me, but I didn’t go into the house trying to portray someone that I’m not. What you see is what you get, camera on or camera off, I’m a real dude. My kids know that about me, my friends know that about me, and putting me in that house and after putting the cameras on us 24 hours a day, now the fans are able to know that about me. I’m a real guy. The same guy you see in the street, that’s the guy you saw in the house. And that’s one of the things that people are able to relate to. I’m not phony."
Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson (3-1), who will make his first official appearance inside the Octagon at Saturday's Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 Finale against Houston Alexander, talks about the battle to overcome the public's perception of him as he entered the TUF house to compete with 15 other contestants for a shot at UFC stardom.
Matt Mitrione plans on showing Marcus Jones 'The Darkness' on Dec. 5
"My focus has been on submission and takedown defense, not lunging into my straight left and keeping the tempo of the fight in mind. Knowing the tempo makes me very dangerous. I train to be (a) champion. I made plenty of mistakes and have made strides from my last fight. I'm looking forward to making things happen on Saturday. It'll be an emotion-filled fight. He's going to close the distance on me and I'm going to punch him really hard in the face when he tries."
Former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle, Matt Mitrione, plans on giving Marcus "Big Baby" Jones something to cry about when they meet at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 Finale this Saturday (Dec. 5) live from "The Pearl" at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
From underdog to silent intimidator, Amir Sadollah still searching for respect
UFC welterweight Amir Sadollah (2-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is used to being the underdog.
In fact, even as Sadollah entered his UFC 106 contest with Phil Baroni, "The Ultimate Fighter 7" winner was being doubted by many MMA observers.
"I was happy with my performance but not over-pleased," Sadollah said. "I'm definitely a perfectionist. There were things I did well and things I want to improve on.