Building A Megafight, UFC Goes Primetime
As the big boys on the block, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is used to promoting fights that are considered among the greatest match-ups in mixed martial arts' short history. But the UFC welterweight title bout between current champ Georges St. Pierre and former titleholder and current UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn is a first in the promotion's 15-year history.
Never before has the promotion allowed two current champions to face off. And never before has the prospect been possible that one man in the UFC could hold belts in two weight classes simultaneously. That is exactly what is on the line when St. Pierre and Penn square off at UFC 94 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas.
UFC: 94 Is Sold Out
To probably nobody's surprise, UFC has announced today that UFC 94, headlined by BJ Penn vs. Georges St. Pierre, is sold out. While some single tickets remain available, seats adjacent to each other appear to be gone. This means at least 14,000 should be in attendance at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas.
UFC 96 Dilemma and the Problem With Overloading Cards
As of today, the main event for UFC 96 in Columbus is Shane Carwin vs. Gabriel Gonzaga. As recently as the UFC 92 post-show conference Dana White expressed an interest in having Chuck Liddell headline the show, but Dave Meltzer reported on his radio show that Chuck does not want to fight in March.
Affliction opens more seats for 'Day of Reckoning'
Affliction announced today that due to high demand, more seats will be made available for "Day of Reckoning" at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
"Despite the tight economy, fight fans are choosing 'Day of Reckoning' as the must-see event of the year, with its stacked to bursting line-up of stellar matches from top to bottom," the promotion's press release stated. "Day of Reckoning," headlined by a title bout between former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko versus former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, takes place Saturday, Jan. 24.
British Fighting Championship Launched
Following on from many discussions during 2008, an alliance of MMA promoters have come together to help the growth of the sport in the UK and to assist home grown talent to the international stage by creating a unified set of British Belts.
Titled the BFC - British Fighting Championship - the aim of this joint venture is to include established and new promotions across the UK regions to grow their fighter talent in a free and unrestricted market and for all to benefit from the media exposure that one group brand will be able to provide.
TUF fishbowl staying as-is
UFC president Dana White said he’s not going to require the fighters to change anything about the way they behave. That means alcohol stays in the house and the fighters are free to do what they please when they please.
“If you take any young guys, from a frat house, and put them alone and together you’re going to get that kind of stuff,” White said. “Welcome to dealing with young guys. I’ve talked to the pro skaters and snowboarders and they helicopter guys up to a house and sometimes they get snowed in. They told me that some of the [expletive] that happens with those guys makes what happened on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ look like a joke.”
EliteXC Fighters Threaten to File Formal Complaint If Not Released From Contracts
EliteXC fighters have apparently had enough of waiting around to see what becomes of their contracts, and are now threatening to get tough. MMA Payout reports that many of the fighters have joined forces with the Mixed Martial Arts Fighters’ Association to bring a formal complaint against the organization for holding them in limbo all this time. EliteXC is said to have been given a week to respond before the fighters file their complaint in court.
If "TUF" awaits, UFC 93 headliner Rich Franklin ready to give it his all
For former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin, Saturday's UFC 93 main event fight with Dan Henderson at The 02 in Dublin, Ireland, will answer a lot of questions about his future.
With a coaching stint on "The Ultimate Fighter 9" and a likely return to 185 pounds on the line, Franklin, who recently moved up to the light heavyweight division, isn't too concerned about the future.
But if "TUF" does await, expect Franklin to give it his all.
Griffin Recovering, Expects SUMMERTIME Return
Maybe all of you guys will finally start to stop taking any notice of The Sun (UK Newspaper) now
From MMA Weekly:
Reports surfaced early on Tuesday that former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin was to be sidelined for the majority of 2009 with a hand injury sustained in his loss to Rashad Evans in December.
MMAWeekly.com spoke to sources close to Griffin later on Tuesday morning who stated that the "Ultimate Fighter" alum is recovering well from surgery on his hand. He is hopeful to make a return during the summertime and should not have to sit out for any major period of time.
Silva Sues CSAC
Suspended fighter Antonio Silva filed a civil action against the California State Athletic Commission on Jan. 7 in Los Angeles Superior Court, the first known case in which a mixed martial artist has legally contested a CSAC decision outside the state regulatory body.
Silva is asking for a “writ of mandate,” or a ruling from the court that will supersede the CSAC’s decision to suspend the fighter for one year for alleged steroid use and possibly allow Silva another hearing to try and prove his innocence.
N.Y. State Legislator Speaks Out Against MMA
The New York State Assembly’s Tourism, Arts, and Sports Development Committee begins its session on Tuesday, and among several pieces of legislature up for vote is bill 1-11458-A, designed to regulate the sport of MMA in New York. While the bill will not be voted on before next week at the earliest, Assemblyman Bob Reilly, a democratic member of the committee who represents the 109th district of New York, opposes the legislation and recently spoke to MMAWeekly.com about his feelings on the sport and attempts to bring it to the Empire State.
KJ Noons to sign with UFC, could debut at UFN 18
The UFC are set to sign one of the hottest free agents in MMA in KJ Noons, the former EliteXC lightweight champion, MMABay can EXCLUSIVELY reveal.
Noons was stripped of the title last year after refusing to defend it in a rematch against former UFC fighter, Nick Diaz. His contract expired last week, making him one of the most wanted free agents on the MMA scene.
Rumour has it that the former pro-boxer could debut at UFC Fight Night 18 against Melvin Guillard.
The source is MMA Bay, so not sure how accurate the report is.....
Heath Herring to Face Junior Dos Santos at UFC 97
MMANews.com is reporting that Heath Herring will be fighting Brazilian Junior Dos Santos at UFC 97, which will take place in Montreal. They are basing their report off of comments made by Gabe Morrency, who hosts Hardcore Sports Radio on Sirius XM. Herring's last fight was a UFC 87 loss to current UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar while Dos Santos' last bout was a stunning UFC 90 victory over Fabricio Werdum.
More from MMANews.com:
Earlier today it was announced by Gabe Morrency during a broadcast of his show "Sports Rage",on Hardcore Sports Radio (Sirius 98) that a heavyweight match up between "The Texas Krazy Horse" Heath Herring and Brazilian Junoir dos Santos is in the works for UFC 97 which is tentatively scheduled to take place in Montreal, Canada in April.
In Herring's last bout at UFC 87 in August, he was steamrolled by Brock Lesnar on Lesnar's path to the heavyweight title.
dos Santos on the other hand debuted in late 2008 with a stunning KO finish of highly touted contender Fabricio Werdum. It was be Werdum's exit bout from the UFC.
Franklin Views Henderson As Just Another Fight
Teaching has always come natural to Rich Franklin. From his days as a math teacher back in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, the former UFC middleweight champion has always taken to his ability to teach and help a new generation learn.
During the second season of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality show, Franklin took his teaching skills to the mat and helped a group of young fighters follow their dreams in making it to the UFC. Fighters eager to learn under Franklin included Marcus Davis, Keith Jardine, Seth Petruzelli, and new UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.
Since then Franklin has had a very busy and storied career, but the chance to revisit the days of The Ultimate Fighter don't particularly excite the Ohio native, as he is set to do that very thing if he defeats Dan Henderson at UFC 93 in Ireland.