Sokoudjou Cut By UFC
Perhaps lost in the headlines about Jorge Gurgel getting cut by UFC is news that Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou was also cut. No specifics on Sokoudjou's cut yet.
Report: UFC Signs Major German TV Deal
The UFC has apparently completed a TV deal they have been working on for a long time in Germany, according to a German blogger at Free Fight Videos, who cites a report in by the Spiegel:
After almost 5 years since its last appearance on German TV, the Ultimate Fighting Champion has finalized a deal with one of Germany’s biggest broadcasters. According to a report by the Spiegel (via Baz Online) starting from 2009 the UFC will air its popular reality TV show “The Ultimate Fighter” on German broadcaster “Pro Sieben”.
ProSieben is the second biggest privately owned TV company in Germany and consistently of one the highest rating broadcasters on German TV. The channel is part of the ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG group one of Europe’s biggest media conglomerates.
Pro Sieben realise heavily on foreign programming especially content form the US. Its the is the German broadcaster of numerous popular foreign shows including Desperate Housewives, ER, Grey's Anatomy, The Simpsons and Two and a Half Men. Its also the home of the German version of American Idol. The popular channel is distributed in several other counties throughout Central and Eastern Europe including Austria and Switzerland.
This is a pretty big coup, as it looked like they'd have to do their first show without any major TV exposure.
Fields Dynamite to air on TBS
DreamFighters.com has learned that Fields Dynamite will be aired on TBS. News came out last night as sources confirmed meetings and a press conference between both parties, and today with on DREAMOFFICIAL.
Aleks: ''I Will Fight Barnett In January''
Aleksander Emelianenko says he will be rematching Josh Barnett at Affliction 2 in January.
The Russian heavyweight told Sports.ru that a ‘verbal agreement' for the match is in place.
"An agreement has been reached that the Affliction show on January 24th will hold a rematch with the former UFC champion Josh Barnett," he said.
"And there is a chance that before this I will fight at the traditional New Year's Eve show in Japan. But talks on this fight are still going on."
Alistair Overeem: “I do see myself defeating Brock Lesnar”
Alistair Overeem has reinvented himself since making the move up to the heavyweight division. The Dutch fighter has gone undefeated in his last five fights while obtaining the Strikeforce heavyweight championship along the way. Big wins over big names have turned many heads and have many mentioning Overeem’s name when discussing the sports top heavyweights, as both UFC veteran Paul Buentello and former PRIDE veteran Mark Hunt have both fallen victim to “The Demolition Man” in recent outings.
Southworth Hoping For Rematch.......Soon
Shortly after losing his Strikeforce light heavyweight championship to Renato “Babalu” Sobral, former champion Bobby Southworth met with the media to discuss the fight and the possibility of a rematch.
“Obviously I’m disappointed. Any time you lose a fight it's disappointing, but when you lose a belt, it’s a little more,” said Southworth when asked about his thoughts on the fight.
Up until the fight-ending cut, he looked impressive both in physique and in fight strategy, as he was able to get Babalu on the ground and impose his will. “Its unfortunate. I thought I was winning the fight up until the cut.”
Penn: Realising The Dream, Building A Legend
"I run as hard as I can. I lift as much weights as I can. I do as much jiu-jitsu as I can. Why not take this as far as I can? You know? Just see how far you can go, for once in your life. Step up and see what you really could have done. That's what I want to do."
That is how B.J. Penn thinks. He doesn't dwell on wins and losses or how many championship belts collect dust on his mantle or how many fancy cars he can park in the garage. He operates on a different plane, a plane reserved for icons and legends.
"I want to leave a mark in this sport.
United: TUF1 Fraternity
The Ultimate Fighting Championship may have made the biggest gamble in the history of promotion in late 2004 with the decision to put 16 fighters in a house in Las Vegas, have them all compete for a chance to fight in the UFC, and film it.
Looking back, the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter" may still be the single biggest reason why mixed martial arts has hit the heights that it has over the past few years, and many of the fighters on that inaugural season have tasted great success. It seems all of them still feel a bond from that experience.
While almost every season of the reality show produces future friends, teammates, and training partners, the debut season of The Ultimate Fighter seemed to make the fighters involved form into some kind of fraternity. To this day, they always seem to pull for one another, even when it looked like after the show they wanted to rip each other's heads off.
Marquardt Wants TUF Coaching Spot, Big Fights
“Being a coach on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ is something I’d love to do,” Marquardt (27-8-2) told Sherdog.com. “I asked the UFC if I could do it, but I’m not sure who they’re considering. I think it would be good to be a part of it.”
Marquardt’s manager, Dean Albrecht, makes a case that Marquardt would be a perfect fit as a coach.
“Nate’s funny and has a good personality,” said Albrecht. “He’s got good wrestling skills, excellent standup and is a black belt (in jiu-jitsu and Brazilian jiu-jitsu).
Breaking News: Jorge Gurgel signs with Strikeforce
11/26/2008 – Within minutes of being released from his UFC obligations, Jorge Gurgel signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce out of San Jose, California.
Coming off a tough blow for blow unanimous decision loss against Aaron Riley in UFC 91 which won “Fight of the Night,” Jorge was issued his official release letter today from the UFC. Immediately Jorge was offered a contract with Strikeforce under undisclosed terms.
Confirmed by Five Ounces of Pain
Anderson Silva Still To Pursue Boxing Career
The UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva left the octagon at UFC 90 saying that he’d be on the way to Thailand to work on his Muay Thai skills, but the trip didn’t happened. “I didn’t went there yet, I’m waiting for my documents. I can’t go out of here (USA) while I don’t get my Green Card, I only can go there next week”, said Anderson, who’s using his free time in America to work on his boxing. ”I’m training Boxing in the Freddie Roach’s gym a time ago, I went to New York for the fight of Roy Jones Jr. and I’m training a some boxing here here”, told Anderson, who watched the fight in witch Roy was defeated by Joe Calzaghe in the judges unanimous decision. “It’s in my plans, it’s one of my personal projects”, commented Anderson about a possible departure to the rings of Boxe after the retirement in MMA.
Palhares Vs Horn @ UFC 93
Yesterday the wikipedia was informing one more rumored match into the possible line-up of UFC 93 scheduled for January 17 in Dublin, Ireland. The fight in question would put super veteran, Jeremy Horn in front of BTT's rising star Rousimar Palhares. However, like everybody knows, wikipedia isn't necessesairly a trustworthy source. But even though the meeting sounded like a rumor, something real could exist behind this.
A few callings were done and even through no official words came from Zuffa, we reached from sources close to the Brazilian that the fight is signed, confirmed and will be part of the first UFC of 2009.
MMA Weekly also have it listed on their page
UFC 91 Does Big PPV Numbers
In the Wrestling Observer Newsletter this week, Dave Meltzer has a short report on early numbers for the UFC 91 show. He reports that it looks to have beaten UFC 61 (Ortiz v. Shamrock) and came up just below UFC 66 (Ortiz vs. Liddell) in some areas.
I've received two preliminary estimates that put it in the 800,000-850,000 range. If those numbers hold up, it will be the second biggest UFC buyrate ever. It did not do the 1.2 million that White predicted, but I never believed this show could break a million without an incredible promotional push. It didn't get that push, but still apparently did great business.
Internal estimates were in the 800-900 range, the 1.2 million was public bluster to get ESPN to cover it. The tactic worked, but I get the feeling that scam will only work once.
Before this show, Couture's highest buyrate was against Tim Sylvia for his 2007 return that did 540,000 buys.
Barney vs Rogers?
Multiple sources have informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com within the last 24 hours that Affliction Entertainment officials are currently attempting to secure EliteXC-contracted heavyweight Brett Rogers for a possible Jan. 24 clash with Josh Barnett.
Affliction’s Jan. 24 show, titled “Day of Reckoning,” will air on Showtime pay-per-view and will emanate from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The event will be headlined by Fedor Emelianenko defending the WAMMA heavyweight title vs. former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski.
More middleweight confidence: Nate Marquardt edition
“[Michael Bisping and Demian Maia] are good fighters. Bisping can go and go, and Maia is good on the ground. But neither one of them has fought anyone who is as good as me or at the same level of fighter that I am. It would be a huge jump in class for them to fight me, and I think I could finish either one of them off in round one or two….
Lister Wants Shot At Silva
When the official card for UFC 92 in Las Vegas was announced, the middleweight bout between Dean Lister and Yushin Okami was conspicuously left off the main card despite the fact that many are seeing this bout as a de facto No. 1 contenders match to challenge champion Anderson Silva in the future.
Currently sporting a 4-1 record in the UFC, Lister has been working hard to get to a title shot and he's hoping that his fight with Okami gets noticed, but has no ill will towards the promotion for the fight not currently being slated for the pay-per-view broadcast.
Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture - before, during and after UFC 91
Just a little over a week after his historical fight with Brock Lesnar at UFC 91, mixed martial arts legend and five-time UFC champion Randy Couture was the featured guest on MMAmania.com’s exclusive presentation of Pro MMA Radio.
And ‘The Natural’ didn’t disappoint.
It was just two months ago that Randy agreed to make his much-celebrated return to the Octagon to defend the championship belt he no longer wanted following a bitter contract dispute that forced his shocking retirement from the UFC.
Like most break-ups, things started getting ugly after some contractual mud started slinging between the two sides. Couture was painted as a money-grubbing diva, interested only in himself and a superfight with the world’s greatest heavyweight, Fedor Emelianenko.