UFC nears deal with ESPN to screen MMA events on UK television
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) may have finally found a permanent home for its live programming in the United Kingdom (UK) after an abrupt end to its partnership with Setanta Sports earlier this year.
According to The Sun, a new deal with ESPN is expected to be announced during a UFC press conference on Friday, July 31. “The Worldwide Leader in Sports” will reportedly launch their UK channel shortly after that on August 3 with plans to air UFC 101 as its first major event on August 8.
Rothwell-Gormley Moved to UFC
Another abandoned Affliction bout has found a home.
Ben Rothwell and Chase Gormley will make their Octagon debuts in a heavyweight bout at UFC 104 on Oct. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations.
Fedor Emelianenko, UFC finalizing deal
A long-awaited agreement between the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the man considered the world's best mixed martial arts fighter, Fedor Emelianenko, is expected to be announced by UFC President Dana White on Friday, a source with information about the negotiations told The Times today.
The source, who asked not to be identified because he's not authorized to speak publicly about the dealings, called negotiations between the UFC and Fedor "very civil" just days after Fedor's scheduled Affliction Trilogy fight Saturday against Josh Barnett was canceled.
WEC 42 To Be Online PPV For NON-NORTH AMERICAN Fans
Although WEC actually doesn't plan to put on PPV events until sometime in 2010, they will sort of test the waters at WEC 42. The promotion will make a live online feed of the show available via the official websites-wec.tv and ufc.com-for $9.99 with Versus commentary. The catch? It's only available outside of North America due to Versus broadcast rights. Thank the Japanese fans for this, as strong interest among them in seeing Takeya Mizugaki in action factored into this.
Fedor to address media @ wed night presser
Following the cancellation of "Affliction: Trilogy" and the collapse of the entire Affliction promotion, the man widely considered to be the world's top-heavyweight, Fedor Emelianenko, is currently without an upcoming fight.
And as the world waits to see where the fighters from the now-defunct Affliction promotion end up, speculation continues to mount regarding where Emelianenko will fight next.
CNBC's "Ultimate Fighting: Fistful of Dollars" tonight
CNBC'S "ULTIMATE FIGHTING: FISTFUL OF DOLLARS" will premiere on Wednesday, July 29th at 10PM and 1AM ET.
The documentary will re-air on Friday, July 31st at 1AM and Sunday, August 2nd at 10PM ET.
It's a hit business like no other. And CNBC is ready for a rematch.
Ultimate Fighting Championship – the premiere name in the sport of mixed martial arts.
The Five Rounds Debate: Fighter Safety & Casual Fan Interest
Yesterday, our own Mike Fagan posted an article reporting that the Nevada State Athletic Commission will decide on some new rules for MMA on August 17th. One of the rule changes set to be voted on by the NSAC is to increase rounds within "special events" to five rounds at the discretion of the NSAC. This will most likely be in response to a request from the promotion. The criteria for which a bout falls under the "special" criteria has yet to be mentioned by the NSAC.
Josh Barnett to Wrestle in Japan
Josh Barnett's MMA career may be on brief hold, but his pro wrestling one isn't. "The Baby-Faced Assassin," very much in the news these days after it was announced last week that he tested positive for an anabolic steroid, which led to Affliction Entertainment canceling its upcoming event, will wrestle on Aug. 9 for Inoki Genome Federation in Japan. Barnett's manager, Shannon Hooper, confirmed the news with FanHouse on Tuesday
Diaz vs. Hieron On 8/15?
It's not a done deal yet, but it looks like Jay Hieron might be the winner of the "Who Gets To Face Nick Diaz on 8/15" sweepstakes. Hieron beat out Phil Baroni to replace Joe Riggs according to a GracieFighter.com report. No immediate confirmation from Strikeforce, so as always, stay tuned.
Mark Cuban: Affliction Did Right Thing
The demise of Affliction Entertainment will not simply go away after one press release. The fact of the matter is that they had a lot of partners involved. One of those partners was Mark Cuban's HDNet television network, which was scheduled to air the undercard of the now-canceled "Affliction: Trilogy."
Sifting through Affliction’s rubble while trying to figure out what happens next
Affliction became the newest member on Friday of a group of which it wanted no part.
It joined BodogFIGHT, the World Fighting Alliance, the International Fight League, EliteXC and others on the list of mixed martial arts promotions that were backed by big money, big hype and big dreams before ending up as financial nightmares and failing.
From Affliction's start, the odds were greatly against success because of several major flaws in its business model.
The first was the outdated belief that heavyweight is fighting's marquee division. This notion led Affliction to overspend in an effort to corner the market on those it judged to be the top heavyweights, all in the name of making the promotion a major player.
Fred Ettish to Return!
Here's one for the veteran Fan. The Long-Ridiculed Cult Figure Hopes to Exercise his Cage Demons, at 53 years of Age.
Maybe they can get Keith Hackney or someone to face him.
George St. Pierre has ‘no fear:’ UFC champ featured in Rolling Stone
“This former Montreal club bouncer isn’t huge — he’s 5-10, 170 pounds — but it hardly matters. Check any Mixed Martial Arts ranking for his class and you’ll find GSP near the top. Marketers envision him as the sport’s big breakout star — he’s the first MMA guy to pimp Gatorade, for one thing — and his win over Thiago Alves at UFC 100 could very well be the fight that does it.
Tim Boetsch Talks KOTC Debut, Possible Future with Strikeforce
Former UFC light heavyweight Tim Boetsch will be back in the cage on Aug. 15 in a matchup against IFL veteran Aaron Stark at King of the Cage "Thunderstruck" in Everett, Washington.
In his UFC debut at UFC 81, Boetsch (8-3) became an immediate fan favorite with his dismantling of David Heath on ten days' notice. But one win and two losses later were enough for him to be handed his walking papers after UFC 96 in March.
FABER SAYS HAND WILL BE 100% IN A MONTH
Having suffered a severely broken hand in his rematch with Mike Brown at the beginning of June, Urijah Faber on Monday provided fines with an update on his healing progress via his Twitter account.
“The 4th metacarple is is completely healed. The 5th is filling in. Strength training on my hands starts today!” the former WEC champion posted.
FABIAN ACUNA: RING OF FIRE'S NEXT STAR?
It seems the stream of talent coming out of Colorado’s Ring of Fire event is ever-flowing, consistently producing some of the best young talent in the sport.
Latest to flow down the pipeline is Fabian Acuna, a fighter some call “The 155-pound Cung Le.”
After taking nearly six years off from the sport, Acuna returned to action in April, defeating James Martinez at Ring of Fire 34 in just over a minute-and-a-half.