UFC 103 drug tests come back clean
The six fighters, including headliners Vitor Belfort and Rich Franklin, who underwent drug testing last month at UFC 103 all passed their tests.
UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner confirmed the results with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) and said a total of six competitors were tested.
As staff writer Steve Sievert detailed in a piece prior to the Sept. 19 event, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, which oversees MMA regulation in the state, does not routinely drug test competitors and only did so at UFC 103 because UFC officials requested it.
Minotoro Nogueira Wants Rua Rematch
In a recent interview with the TATAME website, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira already knows who he wants after his UFC debut against Luis Cane at UFC 106-Mauricio Rua. They first fought in PRIDE in 2005 where Rua won by decision. “Shogun is a great fighter, a great champion, and he was in the best shape of his career. He has his merits, in the end of the fight I tried to get his back... It could be different, but that’s ok. I’d like to do this fight again”, Nogueira guarantees, revealing that he’ll become a father soon. “I’ll fight now for my daughter’s milk (laughs)”.
2 Fights Added To Sengoku 11
World Victory Road has announced 2 fights today for it's upcoming Sengoku 11 event on November 7. A Heavyweight fight between Jim York and Dave Herman and a big Lightweight fight between Eiji Mitsuoka and Kazunori Yokota with potential title implications have been added. The Mitsuoka-Yokota winner could face Sengoku LW Champion Mizuto Hirota on 12/31. One other bout hinted at but not confirmed is former Sengoku LW Champion Satoru Kitaoka vs. Jorge Masvidal.
Q&A with UFC president Dana White
Irrepressible UFC president Dana White paid a visit to Yahoo! Sports recently and sat down for a talk on a wide range of subjects, from his opinion on Kimbo Slice to whether he wants his children to become fighters to which WEC fight he most wants to see. Here’s a transcript of the conversation:
Dave Doyle: We heard your video blog was coming back.
Dana White: I’m the Brett Favre of video blogging. I don’t know who’s retired and come back more times, me or him.
I live a pretty crazy lifestyle. You tuned into my video blogs and there’s jets and there’s cars and I’m making big-money bets with guys and [expletive] around with my friends and having fun.
Everyone loved the video blogs, but some people started writing letters like, “I’m about to lose my home.” I got letters like “Me and my daughters are going out on the street, and you’re betting more money on who can last on a treadmill for five minutes than I’ll make in two months.” It’s kind of like, “Whoa,” like a slap to me and slaps me back to reality, that people are hurting out there. It really messed me up for awhile. Three years ago, my video blogs would have been fun because everyone was making money and everything was great, the unemployment rate was down.
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DD: So why did you bring it back?
DW: Everyone has been messaging me, everyone wants me to bring the video blogs back, from fans to [UFC co-owner] Lorenzo [Fertitta], these things pull a quarter-million hits just on YouTube. My video blog rates higher than most television shows do.
I’m just going to be more conscious of what goes up there. I’m not trying to run around and flaunt my life, “Oh, look at this and look at that,” I just want it to be fun.
The reality is, behind the scenes (footage) isn’t all that exciting. I’m not going around 24 hours a day shooting craps on the corner with guys. I’m sitting in my car going to the next [expletive] interview. How much of that can you watch?
There were times when you’d look on my blogs and there would be comments, “Hey douchebag, put the fighters on here instead of you.” At the end of the day, I’m a fight promoter. My job is to go out, make it interesting and entertaining for the people, do anything I can to promote the fight. People got into the blog and there was this awareness that I was going out and doing all the stuff for the fight on Saturday. But for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, it’s not like all [expletive] excitement and I’m doing [expletive] that you want to watch on YouTube.
Matt Serra's Road Back to UFC Welterweight Title Begins in February
If you're wondering why Matt Serra hasn't been booked to fight since his UFC 98 clash against rival Matt Hughes in May, it's not because he's been injured or taking the loss too hard. No, Serra has simply been busy working on his new 83,000 square foot MMA gym that will be opening soon.
"It's going to be a beautiful martial arts facility," Serra told FanHouse on Thursday. "It's going to be the best one on Long Island, that's for sure."
2 Middleweight Bouts Added To DREAM 12
FEG today announced 2 Middleweight fights for the upcoming DREAM 12 event on October 25. Former Cage Rage fighter Zelg Galesic returns from a 13-month absence to face feared striker Melvin Manhoef, while Paulo Filho returns to DREAM to face Dong Sik Yoon.
Rumor: Cole Miller vs. Dan Lauzon At UFC 108
Although it hasn't been confirmed yet, there are reports that Cole Miller vs. Dan Lauzon is in the works for UFC 108 in January. MixedMartialArts.com reports paperwork has been sent out but other sources could not immediately confirm the fight. This would be Dan Lauzon's first fight in a while due to Affliction's demise and injuries and would allow him to fight on the same card as brother Joe.
UFC Signs KOTC Welterweight Mike Guymon
First UFC had an "Ace" in it's deck, and now it has a "Joker". KOTC Welterweight Mike "Joker" Guymon, the promotion's current Welterweight Champion, has signed an 18-month multi-fight deal with UFC. No debut date set for the 11-2-1 Guymon.
If Rampage Wants To Act, He Should Act Like A (Expletive) Coach (No TUF Spoilers)
That was the opinion this past week of current TUF 10 contestant Zak Jensen. In a guest blog he's doing for Cagewriter (Yahoo Sports MMA blog), Jensen took aim at coach Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and his coaching staff for the lack of support for Demico Rogers before, during and after his loss to Brendan Schaub on this week's episode. Jensen also noted that Rampage made excuses including a restaurant being packed and reading books on acting.
Someone, Somewhere Will Beat Anderson Silva
So says the man himself. In a recent Fighters Only interview, Anderson Silva said he's surely going to get submitted and beaten at some point, and he knows there is someone out there better than he is...we just don't know where. For the record, Silva hasn't been submitted since 2004, which was also his last decisive loss excluding a DQ in 2006.
AKA vs. Matt Hughes
"Recent comments by American Kickboxing Academy welterweights Mike Swick, Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck about former UFC champion Matt Hughes and their desire to fight him have been misconstrued, say Swick and Fitch.
Both fighters said they would welcome a fight with the man who ruled their division and garnered praise by many pundits as the “most dominant champion in UFC history,” but also made it clear they respect Hughes and his accomplishments in the sport. "
Gunderson Returns After Controversal Win
"When John “Quick Guns” Gunderson faced off against Fabian Acuna for the Ring of Fire lightweight title this past August, no one could have anticipated the eventual outcome of the fight.
Half way through the first round Gunderson attempted to secure a submission. Acuna yelped in pain, causing the referee to stop the fight thinking that Acuna had verbally submitted, giving Gunderson the win"
Conquistadors of the Cage
"As a young boy in East Chicago, Ind., Miguel Torres watched his father and uncle, tears in their eyes, cheer for arguably the greatest boxer of their generation. Pride stained their faces. Torres never forgot how much Julio Cesar Chavez meant to the two men he admired most.
It was a scene that played out countless times in countless Mexican-American households, and it resonates to this day with one of the world’s most accomplished and respected mixed martial artists. "
TUF 10, Episode 4: 2.2 HH
MMAPayout.com has learned that Episode 4 of TUF 10 earned a 2.2 household rating last night for an average viewership of 2.8 million viewers.
TUF was the highest rated television program in the nation with respect to males aged 18-34 - scoring a rating of 3.8 with 1.1 million viewers. The show also garnered a strong 2.4 amongst males 18-49.
Quarter hours as follows: 2.07, 2.21, 2.10, 2.35
Here are the ratings throughout the first four episodes this season...
TUF 10 Ratings Present Conversion Problem
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer details TUF 10’s dominance of the male 18-34 year-old demographic:
About 2.28 million Males 18-34 watched the fight (Kimbo vs. Nelson) on the first broadcast, a 7.86 rating in that demographic, and a new record. Another 450,000 watched the replay.
For the show itself, the 6.86 rating in Males 18-34 and 2 million viewers is more than all but seven regular network television shows s far this season, and more than any other show this season on cable, or any sports event on network or cable besides NFL games. The audience for the show was 74% male, and even with all the talk, more Women 18-34 in general would watch Raw most weeks.
It was the largest in Males 18-34 for any program in the history of Spike television, and thatâ€™s a network that had WWF Raw from 2000-2005, the first several months featuring the build up to the Rock vs. Steve Austin WrestleMania, before Rock left and Austin went heel and the popularity of the show started whittling away. That number would beat any sports programming except the NFL, the World Series, the Final Four and the NBA finals. The show did a 4.05 in Males 35-49, far beyond anything UFC has ever done in that demo.
Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin 2 slated for UFC 106
Former light heavyweight champions Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin will meet in the co-main event at UFC 106 “Lesnar vs. Carwin” on Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Yahoo! Sports was first to report the rematch on Thursday.
Ortiz won a controversial split decision over Griffin the first time the two met at UFC 59 in April 2006.
The 34-year-old Ortiz, who underwent back surgery a year ago, has not competed since he dropped a unanimous decision to reigning light heavyweight king Lyoto Machida at UFC 84 in May 2008. Though he was dominated for much of the match, he nearly submitted the unbeaten Brazilian with a third-round triangle choke, reminding his detractors that he remains a viable threat at 205 pounds.
Once the poster boy of the UFC, Ortiz has not won a fight since he stopped UFC hall of famer Ken Shamrock on strikes nearly three years ago. Still, the flamboyant Californian counts victories against Brazilian legend Wanderlei Silva, one-time International Fight League champion Vladimir Matyushenko and former UFC titleholders Vitor Belfort and Evan Tanner among his 15 career wins. Five of Ortiz’s six career defeats have come to current or former UFC champions.
After back-to-back wins over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Griffin ran aground. He relinquished the UFC light heavyweight crown to Rashad Evans in December and suffered an embarrassing knockout loss to middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva at UFC 101 two months ago. Based out of Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts in Las Vegas, the 30-year-old Griffin had never before lost back-to-back bouts.
UFC 106: Lesnar vs. Carwin
Saturday, Nov. 21
Mandalay Bay Events Center
UFC Heavyweight Championship
Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin
Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Luis Arthur Cane
Dustin Hazelett vs. Karo Parisyan
Jon Fitch vs. Ricardo Almeida
Amir Sadollah vs. Phil Baroni
Marcus Davis vs. Ben Saunders
George Sotiropoulos vs. Jason Dent
Injured "Cyborg" passes on Strikeforce
Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos will not be able to defend her 145-pound women’s title on Nov. 7 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffmann Estates, Ill., Sherdog.com has confirmed with the promotion.
Santos, who was named as a strong possibility for the CBS-televised event, injured her shoulder while competing at the 2009 Abu Dhabi World Submission Grappling Championships on Sept. 27 in Barcelona, Spain. The 24-year-old Brazilian placed third in her division during the world-caliber event.
Easton-Beebe Changed to 'No Decision'
"The main event had just gone the distance, and promoter Marcello Foran entered the cage holding his promotion’s bantamweight title belt.
He approached former WEC champion Chase Beebe, of Chicago, who looked to have just taken, at the very least, three of five rounds against champion and hometown favorite Mike Easton at UWC 7 Saturday in Fairfax, Va."
Such a surprise.
Flattered by his shot at interim title, Benson Henderson promises to entertain at WEC 43
Benson Henderson (9-1 MMA, 2-0 WEC) is not the biggest star in the WEC.
But with back-to-back impressive wins in the organization, Henderson has earned himself a shot at the WEC's interim lightweight title, and "Smooth" promises to make the most of his chance when he faces Donald Cerrone (10-1 MMA, 3-1 WEC) in the main event of Saturday's WEC 43 event in San Antonio, Texas.
"It's a huge opportunity," Henderson said on a recent media call promoting the Versus-broadcast event. "I'm really appreciative of it, and it's a big stage to showcase something I've been working on for a long time and to show people hey, this is what I do."