UFC 98 Official Live Gate, Attendance Figures Released
The main man at the NSAC, Keith Kizer, today announced the official attendance and live gate figures for UFC 98. He says UFC drew 12,606 total fans, but not that number paid as UFC claimed, and live gate was just over $3.25 million, a little short of UFC's claimed $3.4 million gate.
UFC 103 Could Be In Dallas, Not England
There are now tentative plans in place for UFC to make it's Dallas debut soon, possibly as soon as September. UFC 103 on September 26, originally planned for England is a possibility, which would be the first UFC in Dallas. The American Airlines Center, which seats 21,000, is a likely venue.
Michael Bisping could fight for a world title in Manchester, England
“Michael [Bisping] will fight [Dan] Henderson at UFC 100 in Vegas, and the winner will get a world title shot. And if that winner is Michael, we intend to take the fight to Manchester, just down the road from where he lives. Not only would Michael be the first Briton to win a world title but the first from outside the US, Canada and Brazil.”
‘Rampage’ Jackson reports for duty on the set of TUF 10
“I’m starting the first day at my new job. Hope my co-worker likes me! Haha …”
– Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is today on the set of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 for the first day of filming the Spike TV-produced mixed martial arts reality series.
Patrick Cote Signs New 4-Fight deal With The UFC
It looks like the "Predator" will do his stalking in the UFC for the foreseeable future. Patrick Cote has signed a new four-fight deal with the promotion, as confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Monday by sources close to the negotiations.
Cote has been out of action since an October 2008 loss to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. The Canadian blew out his knee in the third round, forcing a stoppage in the title fight.
Currently rehabbing and waiting for clearance from his doctors, Cote has one less thing to worry about now that he knows for the immediate future he will continue to call the Octagon his home.
Pat Miletich on Drew McFedries Situation And Making Peace With Dana White
"My entire team and myself were furious with Drew McFedries because we worked our ass off to get him ready for that fight," Miletich said. "Four different guys offered to go with him to that fight [and] he turned them all down. He went and took one of his buddies to the fight. Then, he not only thanked guys from another camp, which is fine, but it could have stopped there. But to say what he said about his teammates and his team for no logical reason was wrong.
E3 2009: EA Sports MMA Announced
Electronic Arts' Peter Moore has just announced that the giant publisher is finally making a mixed martial arts game under the EA Sports brand. Dubbed EA Sports MMA, the game is set to go on general release sometime in 2010.
I hope Fedor is on the cover!!
British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) is Launched
The British Association of Mixed Martial Arts today unveiled their plans for a series of events that will air on UK TV channel Bravo.
Holding a press conference at a trendy hotel in London’s West End, radio DJ Christian O’Connell was joined by members of Bravo, production company Giant TV and London MMA promoter Dave O’Donnell (formerly of Cage Rage).
O’Connell and co outlined the plans for a series of three events, to take place in June, August and September.
Using a tournament format, the June 27 event will see semi-finals of the lightweight, welterweight and middleweight brackets while the as yet unscheduled August show will feature featherweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight fighters. The finalists of each weight category will fight for titles on a September event.
The 3-hour long events will air on Bravo TV on a 24-hour delay.
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Gegard Mousasi confirmed for DREAM Super Hulk Tournament
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has recently been informed by sources close to the situation that Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou will be facing off with Gegard Mousasi in the next round of DREAM’s Super Hulk Tournament.
Sokoudjou rebounded from consecutive losses at the hands of Luiz Arthur Cane and Renato “Babalu” Sobral when he stopped the much larger Jan Nortge by TKO with a storm of punches in the first round of the DREAM Super Hulk Tournament .
UFC 98 Fighters Test Clean
On Monday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission released the post-fight drug test results for the fighters of UFC 98, held May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Ten fighters were tested for performance enhancers and drugs of abuse following their bouts: Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Matt Hughes, Chael Sonnen, Frank Edgar, Brock Larson, Kyle Bradley, Krzysztof Soszynski, Yoshiyuki Yoshida, and George Roop.
All fighters came back negative.
Okami Targeting September Return, Silva
UFC Middleweight contender Yushin Okami, currently sidelined due to injuries, says he is hoping to return to action in September. And not surprisingly, he wants Anderson Silva, who Okami is the last fighter to beat although Okami feels he los their fight (Okami's win was by DQ).
World Victory Road signs Olympic gold medalist Satoshi Ishii to Sengoku
Satoshi Ishii, a Japanese gold medalist at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games' Judo competition, has signed with the Japanese-based World Victory Road to compete in its Sengoku event series, the organization today announced.
Ishii, 22, is one of MMA's most promising heavyweight prospects.
In fact, Ishii had been in talks with the UFC but ultimately decided to sign with an organization closer to home.
Mirko Cro Cop 99 Deal Not Done. Yet. (Updated)
Although the deal is expected to be done as soon as today, Mirko Cro Cop is not yet official for UFC 99, which is why he's not being advertised yet. The reason why is not yet known but it reportedly has nothing to do with negotiations between the fighter and UFC.
Update: Now it's done. UFC has confirmed the fight.