Nielsen Ratings Saturday, July 26: EliteXC MMA on CBS Had No Kick
FOX won another lame Saturday night with the time-tested duo of Cops and America’s Most Wanted. Normally, because it’s Saturday, and because it’s a Saturday in the middle of the summer there wouldn’t be a whole lot to say. And indeed, FOX was the only network to crack above a 1.0 rating among 18-49 year olds for the whole night.
And there really still isn’t much to say except for this: EliteXC Saturday Night Fights without any buzz surrounding Kimbo Slice performed much worse without Kimbo than it did with him. CBS initial foray into MMA didn’t draw a slew of viewers but at least performed well in the 18-49 and 18-34 demos.
Fedor gets more than $300,000 for win over Tim Sylvia at Affliction
“… Emelianenko received a sizable part of his Affliction contract up front in the form of a signing bonus, and added that Emelianenko also owns the rights to his fight footage in several European countries. That second part may not mean much right now but if Affliction chooses to hold an event in Europe, they would have to pay him for the footage.”
Georges St. Pierre to bring his toolbox for Jon Fitch fight
“When I won the world title the first time, it was like a dream. I didn’t realize what I had until I lost it. Then I went crazy. I made a mistake and I don’t want to do that again. I said then that every time I step into the Octagon, I’m going to be 100 percent ready, physically and mentally. I can’t say I’ll never lose again. No one is invincible. But I will never come to a fight unprepared…. [Jon Fitch] is undefeated in UFC and he brings a lot more problems to the table than my other opponents. He’s not an old school fighter. He’s in the new breed of mixed martial arts fighters. He’s not coming from only one solid background. He’s a good wrestler, he’s good standing up and he’s a black belt in jiu jitsu, which means he’s very good at submission on the ground. That means I’m going to have to use a lot more tools than I have in the past.”
Mark Coleman discusses possible rematch with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
Mark ColemanMMA legend Mark Coleman (15-8 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has been pursuing a comeback in the organization that made him famous ever since he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at UFC 82 in March.
While Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (16-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has made recent headlines by declaring his interest in a second match with "The Hammer," Coleman told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com) he "wasn't aware of any of these rumors."
Aoki Talks Tournament Format
Mixed martial arts tournaments are among the most grueling rights of passage for any fighter. When populated with top-tier opponents, a fighter’s ability to make it to the finals is based as much on luck as on skill.
Healy Shocks Ford, Wins MFC Title
Longtime veteran Pat Healy’s experience came in handy tonight as he overcame an extremely rough start against rising prospect Ryan Ford to surprisingly submit Ford with a third-round armbar in the main event of Maximum Fighting Championship’s latest showing at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton.
The first round saw Ford fight for a successful takedown during the beginning moments. Pinning Healy in the corner, Ford worked some ground-and-pound before Healy was able to force a scramble. Healy nearly caught Ford with an armbar but Ford was able to slip out and stand up before slamming Healy down once again just before the round’s end.
IFL champ Jay Hieron waiting through IFL's possible final days
UFC veteran and current IFL welterweight champion Jay Hieron (15-4) has been forced to watch from the sidelines as several of his fellow IFL fighters have found new homes in other organizations.
But with the IFL's future still up in the air, Hieron has targeted a late 2008 return to action.
Hieron, who could soon become one of the sport's top free agents, discussed his contract status while a guest on TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
"I'm under contract with [the IFL]," Hieron said. "I'm waiting to hear something. It is what it is with this stuff. That's part of the game."
It only takes one: UFC 89 interview with Chris Leben
Chris Leben falls into a very unique category in the world of mixed martial arts. He’s one of the few fighters in the sport today who it seems every fan has an opinion of. Whether they love him or hate him, “The Crippler” always comes ready to scrap.
He’s got brick fists, and he can take a punch like you’re not even trying.
Leben holds notable wins over Patrick Cote, Luigi Fioravanti, Terry Martin and most recently Alessio Sakara, and he’s the only man who’s ever KO’d Mike Swick.
And now he’s headlining a major UFC event against another solid striker: Michael “The Count” Bisping. Leben (18-4) and Bisping (16-1) will go toe-to-toe at UFC 89 on October 18 at the National Indoor Arena (NIA) in Birmingham, England.
CRIS CYBORG READY FOR BASZLER, U.S. DEBUT
Female MMA fighter Cris Cyborg Santos from Chute Boxe academy finally got her VISA and will face Shayna Baszler as part of the second edition of CBS-EliteXC Saturday Night Fights this weekend.
She arrived early to the U.S. this time, staying in Huntington Beach and training with Master Rafael Cordeiro for her fight against Baszler, who comes in with a record of 9-4 with all of her victories coming by submission.
JAKE SHIELDS FINALLY GETS HIS TITLE SHOT
Jake Shields has been considered one of the world’s best 170-pound fighters for the last few years. He is perhaps the best welterweight not currently fighting in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Shields, the MMAWeekly No. 7 ranked welterweight in the world, will be fighting for the vacant EliteXC crown against Nick Thompson this Saturday night.
Shields recently joined MMAWeekly Radio to discuss his preparation for his upcoming bout. “Training is going great,” said Shields. “I'm peaking out perfectly. I'm ready to fight. I haven't fought in way too long. Almost nine months. I'm super excited. I think Nick Thompson is a good opponent and I'm excited to be fighting on CBS as well.”
EXC Weigh-In Results
The EliteXC weigh-ins for tomorrow night's event were completed a short time ago. Everyone made weight so the full 11 fight card is now official.
BJ Vs GSP - ''Battle Of The Weight Divisions'' December 27, 2008!!!
Dana White has confirmed on multiple occasions now that he intends to have BJ Penn and Georges St. Pierre fight each other if St. Pierre beats Jon Fitch at UFC 87. However, it's never been clear if Dana was willing to let BJ Penn hold two titles at once. There are obvious problems with that sitiuation, the primary one being that with one guy holding both, each belt could only be defended once or twice a year.
This is not confirmed, but a fan over at The Underground says that BJ Penn was on a Hawaiian TV station and spoke about the fight:
they will be fighting this december 27.(source is bj penn his self on hawaii local news) the fight will not be a title fight but its going to be announced as "battle of the weight divisions". if all goes to plan hopefully gsp will still be holding the ww title after they fight in december and bj will move up and fight gsp in hawaii for the ww belt.
The only reason I'm willing to buy this is that it gives them an opportunity to do a meaningful rubber match if Penn wins. The downside is that the "battle of the weight divisions" will probably only be a 3 round fight.
Gerald Haris: "Rampage is doing good"
Rampage is pretty much focusing on the bible and getting his life back together. The first thing that came to my mind was the kids man. He's got 4 kids. Everybody else was concerned about was he going to fight again or is he losing sponsors; damn that," stated MMA middleweight Gerald Harris as he gave an update on his good friend Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Check out what else he had to say as he talked about his own future plans and much more
Houston Alexander: "Karmas a Bitch with a red dress"
Fans, if you missed the free chat session with UFC light heavyweight Houston Alexander, check out the entire transcript to see what he had to say about his upcoming clash with Eric Schafer at UFC Fight Night 15 and much more. "We got James and Thiago on the radar anyway so I'll see them again," he stated as he talked about his future goals and answered several other interesting questions from the fans. Check it out!
Shogun Fighting Coleman In December
Mauricio ‘Shogun‘ Rua may be getting a long-awaited rematch with Mark Coleman in December, according to a recent interview.
The Brazilian light-heavyweight said that the UFC had mentioned the bout to his management but nothing has been signed yet.
“I might face Mark Coleman on December, but nothing has been signed yet. He wanted to face me on November, and I really want to face him,” Rua told Tatame magazine.
“I hope this time he doesn’t run from me. He said no to me a couple of times, but I believe now it will happen.”
Dana Pulls Out The “Special Announcement” Card on Elite XC
Dana White is in the fight business. Fighting is in this man’s blood. That competitive spirit has enabled him to build the UFC into the great success story that it is today. There’s no way he’s going to let another MMA promotion walk into this game and just take away what has taken him years of blood, lawsuits, and friendships to build. White’s competitive nature was at no time more apparent than on July 19th when on short notice, the UFC cooked up a free Fight Night to air on Spike TV to counteract the Affliction: Banned event.
Exactly one week later, another one of the UFC’s competitors, Elite XC will be holding their second event on CBS during prime time. Their first event, as far as number of viewers is concerned, was a huge success and featured Kimbo Slice. This Saturday, July 26, Robbie Lawler will defend his title in a rematch with Scott Smith. While the UFC is not holding a live event to compete with CBS Saturday Night Fights, they are replaying for the very first time on television UFC 84 Ill Will, featuring the lightweight title fight between Sean Sherk and B.J. Penn. Other fights on that card are Tito Ortiz vs. Lyoto Machida and Wanderlei Silva vs. Keith Jardine. So as you can see, it’s a stacked card that many UFC fans will definitely tune into, especially if they missed it on Pay-Per-View back in May.