CBS Executive Responds To Critics Of MMA Debut
In life and network television, there are tradeoffs.
Kelly Kahl, Senior Executive Vice President for CBS Primetime television, found out you can’t please everybody, especially when perfection is the standard.
On the mixed martial arts message forums mere hours after the conclusion of CBS’s grand MMA experiment, “CBS-EliteXC Saturday Night Fights,” Kahl realized that few fans were ready to give his product a ticker tape parade. Much of the feedback was downright nasty.
“I thought some of it was fair,” he said. “I think in some cases you have people out there who… basically, if it’s not UFC it’s not credible.
“We have a little work to do with the hardcore fans and that’s something we’ll certainly address next time. But I think in terms of getting new people in I think we did a fantastic job.”
Kid Yamamoto to fight in Dream 5
Almost two years after a cancelled plane flight changed his life, Joseph Benavidez (Pictures) learned he will fulfill a dream. On Monday, Benavidez (7-0) announced he will fight Japan's Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto (Pictures) at Heiwa DREAM 5 in Osaka, Japan on July 21.
AFL OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES FORMER WWE STAR
The American Fight League has signed former WWE wrestling star Bobby Lashley to a multi-fight contract, demarking the beginning of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. The official announcement was made in front of a full crowd in Atlanta during the AFL: BulletProof event held at Philips Arena on Friday, May 30.
Since announcing his exit from professional wrestling there have been murmurs that the goliath-like Bobby Lashley would be making a move into MMA. Long anticipated and much speculated, the signing of Bobby Lashley to fight in the American Fight League will finally put all the rumors to rest. He will compete in the heavyweight division.
WEC 34 fighters salaries: Faber, Pulver and McCullough top earners
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today received the list of official salaries for the event, which took place at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, from the California State Athletic Commission.
Other top earners included Faber's opponent, Jens Pulver ($33,000), as well as Rob McCullough ($32,000) and WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres ($28,000).
The total disclosed payroll for the event was $260,000. The average salary was $11,818.
The full list of salaries included:
Urijah Faber ($44,000) def. Jens Pulver ($33,000)
Miguel Torres ($28,000) def. Yoshiro Maeda ($6,000)
Mark Munoz ($16,000) def. Chuck Grigsby ($3,000)
Rob McCullough ($32,000) def. Kenneth Alexander ($3,000)
Donald Cerrone ($10,000) def. Danny Castillo ($3000)
Mike Brown ($10,000) def. Jeff Curran ($10,000)
Will Ribeiro ($6,000) def. Chase Beebe ($7,000)
Tim McKenzie ($12,000) def. Jeremy Lang ($4,000)
Alex Serdyukov ($6,000) def. Luis Sapo ($3,000)
Jose Aldo ($6,000) def. Alexandre Franca Nogueira ($8,000)
Dominic Cruz ($6,000) def. Charlie Valencia ($7,000)
All of the winning fighters received "win bonuses" that doubled their salaries. For example, Faber earned a base salary of $22,000 and got an additional $22,000 for the victory. Had Pulver pulled off the victory, he would have been the event's highest-paid fighter with a $66,000 payday.
Now, the usual disclaimer: the figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, which can oftentimes be a substantial portion of a fighter's income. They also do not include any un-reported "locker room" bonuses that organizations sometime pay. In other words, these are simply base salaries reported to the CSAC and do not represent the total amounts earned by each fighter.
Welcome to MMA, Here's the History of the Sport
In the aftermath of the biggest weekend in MMA history, our traffic here at Bloody Elbow has roughly doubled.
Many of you folks are just learning about the sport for the first time.
In the interest of catching you up, here's a 15 part series I've been working on for the past two years that covers most of the first decade of modern mma, 1993-1997. I swear I'll be posting more soon, but these links are a good place to start learning more now -- tons of videos of legendary fights in every link.
Pretty amazing i thought !! Hope you guys enjoy too
Couture says he is okay not fighting again
I'm confident I'll fight again. I'm also OK with the idea that it may not happen," Couture said Saturday at the opening of his seventh Xtreme Couture gym. "I may get a bad (court) ruling and I can't really see myself at this point going back and fighting two more times for the UFC if that's what the state says I have to do. So there's the potential I could be done fighting and I'm OK with that too."
CBS: Second EliteXC Event Likely for Late Summer/Fall
A second EliteXC event is looking probable for CBS after a strong debut on broadcast television, says the network's Primetime Senior Executive Vice President Kelly Kahl.
Preliminary ratings data for CBS's Saturday Night Fights featuring EliteXC were released by Showtime on Sunday, and the numbers were promising. (CBS and Showtime, which also broadcasts EliteXC and ShoXC on its pay premium cable channel, are both owned by Viacom.)
EliteXC "Primetime" scored a 2.7 rating in its 9-11 p.m. slot, with data still pending for the card's Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson-James Thompson (Pictures) main event, after the show ran one hour past its scheduled slot.
According to a Showtime press release, CBS enjoyed first place ratings in adults 25-54 (1.9), adults 18-49 (1.9), adults 18-34 (1.9), men 25-54 (2.6), men 18-49 (2.5) and men 18-34 (2.6).
The network also saw substantial gains in the Saturday primetime slot with the coveted young male demographics, including a 127% rise in men 18-49 and a whopping +271% jump in men 18-34.
Kimmons replaces Sakara at TUF 7 Finale
Veteran middleweight Rob Kimmons (20-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will finally get a shot in the UFC when he replaces an injured Alessio Sakara (12-7 MMA, 3-4) at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale.
Kimmons will meet Rob Yundt (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the event, which takes place June 21 at The Palms Las Vegas.
A source from the Kimmons camp told MMAjunkie.com that the fighter was recently offered and signed for the bout. Sakara, meanwhile, told us that a broken ankle forced his withdraw from the Spike TV event.
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Justin McCully planned for UFC 86
Former top UFC heavyweight contender Gabriel Gonzaga (8-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will likely return from the first back-to-back losses of his career when he meets Justin McCully (8-3-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC 86.
Sources close to both fighters tell MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the heavyweights recently accepted the bout and that it should be finalized shortly.
UFC 86 takes place July 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and airs live on pay per view.
Gonzaga, who began his UFC career with a 4-0 record, hasn't fought since a January second-round TKO loss to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 80. The televised bout was a rematch from their September 2003 meeting at Jungle Fight 1 in Brazil. Werdum TKO'd Gonzaga in that event, as well.
Prior to the loss, Gonzaga fought at UFC 74 in August 2007 and suffered a third-round TKO to UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture.
McCully, meanwhile, will return to action for the first time since his April 2007 unanimous-decision victory over Antoni Hardonk. McCully, part of Tito Ortiz's Team Punishment, had been a rumored opponent for Frank Mir, but the bout was apparently scrapped when the former champ was selected to coach opposite current champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on the upcoming eighth season of "The Ultimate Fighter."
Vitor Belfort to fight for Affliction, Joins Chute boxe
DreamFighters.com has learned, and confirming a dreamfighters.com news release last week, GracieMag.com has confirmed that Vitor Belfort will be fighting at Chute Boxe academy in Brazil, and will fight under the Allfiction name in July.
anybody thinking LIL NOG VS BELFORT going to happen?!?!!?!?!?
i havn't been this excited for a card since, ... well ive never been this excited for a card EVER.
UFC 84 fighters test clean
All fighters tested as part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's May 24 event in Las Vegas have tested clean for performance-enhancers and drugs of abuse.
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer today confirmed the clean UFC 84 tests in an email sent to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
"UFC 84: Ill Will" took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. B.J. Penn defended his UFC lightweight title against former champ Sean Sherk in the night's main event.
Both fighters passed tests prior to the event as part of the NSAC's new year-round, random drug testing initiative.
Kaitlin Young: 'CBS didn’t want the visual of a woman with a bloody face on CBS'
“My left cheek and area surrounding the eye are looking pretty ugly today, but there was no major damage. Though it may have looked like it on tv, I never actually had an open wound. What you didn’t see was that the doctor actually cleared me to fight the third round but the commission said ‘no.’ I wanted to continue, my corner wanted to continue. The cut likely would have opened in the third but it was under the eye. If I had to guess, I would say that they didn’t want the visual of a woman with a bloody face on CBS. They also chose not to do a post fight interview with me or to include me in the post fight news conference and after party. I think the reason for that was my beat up appearance after the fight because I was not seriously injured and was completely coherent. I am very disappointed about that but cant help but wonder how people would have responded to that, as stupid as it is. “
– Kaitlin Young — who did not answer the bell for the third and final round of her fight with Gina Carano at Elite XC: “Primetime” on CBS — shares her thoughts via FighterGirls.com on the stoppage.
UFC 85: Marcus Davis expects a knockout
Marcus Davis is perhaps the most underrated fighter in the welterweight division right now. A contestant on season two of “The Ultimate Fighter,” he has become one of the most improved fighters in the sport today. When Davis first started in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, he was known mostly as a boxer, but has improved his jiu-jitsu game substantially since.
He will look to continue his ride at UFC 85 against another Ultimate Fighter alumna, Mike “Quick” Swick. Knowing he was going to fight Swick pretty early on, Davis has been preparing for a while.
“I had a feeling the fight was going to happen way back at the UFC that happened at Ohio,” Davis commented. “I had already been offered the contract to fight Mike Swick, and I signed it. Since then, I've been focusing on this fight. I'm ready to get in and get it over with.”
Since The Ultimate Fighter, Davis has increased his strength and stamina tremendously and it has shown in his last few fights. The “Irish Hand Grenade” is looking to beef up even more for this fight.
“This is the longest training camp I had ever. I wanted to gain muscle mass. The heaviest I got was 193 pounds, but it was 193 pounds with eight percent body fat.”