UFC's Future and the Promotional Machine
An in-depth look at the UFC's new promotional ideas such as their new syndicated show, UFC Wired, the possibility of new TV deals, and the rumored entrance of the UFC in the Asian market. We could see the emergence of the UFC becoming an international MMA organization very soon.
Lombard Denied Entry Into U.S.
Cuba's Hector Lombard was set to make his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut Nov. 17 in Newark, New Jersey. There's just one problem: he can't gain entry into the United States, the fighter told Sherdog.com.
"I'm not going to get my visa," said Lombard, who was set to fight welterweight Karo Parisyan. "I only have a Cuban passport, so I've been told it's impossible for me to migrate.
Shogun Surgery a Success, Eager for Return
Light heavyweight contender Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is currently recovering from successful surgery on his left knee’s ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) following his UFC 76 submission loss to Forrest Griffin.
Reese Andy Out of IFL Grand Prix
Seattle Tiger Shark Reese Andy has been forced to withdraw. According to an IFL representative, Andy aggravated previous leg and hand injuries while training. Andy was scheduled to face Antoine Jaoude of the Southern California Condors. N.Y. Pitbulls heavyweight Brian Vetell, who had been the alternate in the Heavyweight Grand Prix, has now been moved into the #4 seed and will face the #1-seeded Ben Rothwell.
411 MMA Fact or Fiction 10.06.07
Will Kurt Angle ever fight a professional MMA bout? Is Minotauro Nogueira vs Cheick Kongo a good #1 contender fight? Is Ricco Rodriguez's stint of VH1's "Celebrity Rehab" good for MMA? Should Babalu have signed with Strikeforce? All of this and more in the latest 411 MMA Fact or Fiction!
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Will Surpass Boxing in Online Betting Revenues for 2007
Columbus, Ohio (FV Newswire) - UFC, a mixed martial arts fighting league which has gained considerable attention among gamblers in the past 12 months, is now poised to overtake boxing in terms of online betting revenues, according to Online Sportsbook Bodog.com
After UFC 71 gained a record amount of viewers, many online gambling sites have seen a huge increase in the amount of customers looking to bet on UFC fights. Bodog.com, a major online sportsbook has seen an increase in the amount of customers wagering on the fights.
Ratings For TUF week 3
The third episode of The Ultimate Fighter 6 drew a 1.1 overall rating on Wednesday, Oct. 3. This was up from the previous week's 1.0 overall rating, but down from the season premiere's 1.5 overall rating. Spike TV's primetime average is an overall rating of 1.0.
Episode Three drew a 1.6 rating in the advertiser-coveted demographic of 18-to-34-year-old males, as well as a 1.2 rating in the 18-to-49-year-old male demographic.
Name Kenny Florians Elbows
You've seen my signature lethal elbow move and now I need YOU to name it. If you think you've got the name, click disagree and put your suggestion in the comments below. Whoever I think comes up with the best name wins a prize pack, and I'll send you a personal thank you video.
Franklin’s keys to reclaiming the title
Holding on to a title in MMA isn’t easy. Just ask the six champions who left the UFC Octagon without their belts in the last 12 months.
It all started when Anderson Silva stopped Rich Franklin to win the UFC middleweight crown on October 14, 2006, at UFC 64. At the very next UFC pay-per-view event, Georges St-Pierre knocked out Matt Hughes to win the 170-lb crown in a one-sided affair. A few months later, Randy Couture came out of retirement and shocked the world by pounding out Tim Sylvia to win the heavyweight crown at UFC 68.
Aurelio-Caudillo LIkely Rounding Out UFC 78
Luke Caudillo confirmed yesterday he will fight Marcus Aurelio at UFC 78 in November, which may round out the card.
It's likely a must-win for both guys as they're both coming off losses, although Aurelio's losing streak in UFC would hit 4 if he drops this one.
TKO'd! Long-expected And "Guaranteed" UFC-HBO Deal Dead
The long-talked about deal between UFC and the pay TV network HBO, which Dana White "guaranteed by the end of 2007", is officially dead. No specific reasons except the business models not making sense.
Bad for HBO, but potentially very good for Spike and fans who don't or can't get HBO, this could mean more free UFC events on Spike. Dana can't be too happy about this right now, yet another grand master plan blowing up in his face.
TUF main event....
Since joining the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Clay Guida has put on some of the most exciting fights the lightweight division has ever seen. Now he gets a chance to ply his craft in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter Finale on Dec. 8, as he faces popular fighter Roger Huerta.
“I think it was more timing that anything,” said Guida of his sudden rise to main event status. “I was out at Ultimate Fight Night a couple weeks ago at the Palms and Joe Silva approached me and mentioned it. It sounded like a good fight for the both of us. This has fight of the year written all over it.”
“Fight of the year” indeed, as both Guida and Huerta have been involved in bouts that left fans muttering such words.
UFC 78 Update
Houston Alexander (8-1) and Thiago Silva (11-0) will clash in a hard-hitting light heavyweight bout at UFC 78: “Validation” on November 17 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., according to UFC.com.
Babalu Signs With HCF in Canada
Former light heavyweight contender Renato “Babalu” Sobral has signed a three-fight deal with the quickly-developing Canadian promotion Hardcore Championship Fighting according to manager Ken Pavia. Now the Brazilian will be featured in both the North and South - San Jose-based Strikeforce announced the signing of the 32-year-old at their event last Saturday at the Playboy Mansion.
The Spider’s Web - Part One
When you’re a champion in mixed martial arts, there is no off-season, no time to take a few weeks off for vacation or to bask in the glory of being the best at what you do. So when you ask UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva about the training camp for his highly-anticipated rematch with Rich Franklin at UFC 77 on October 20th, and when it began, he just smiles.