Dream Pulled from Primetime TV
Bad news for MMA in Japan.
In a less-than-dreamy scenario, Fight Entertainment Group's Dream MMA brand has been ousted from primetime television on the Tokyo Broadcasting System.
The change comes after the debut edition of Dream garnered lackluster ratings in a make-or-break scenario for FEG and TBS.
The event grabbed only an 8.9 percent rating average on TBS in primetime, according to Japan's Video Research Ltd. The telecast's peak was a 12.7 for the Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic bout against Tatsuya Mizuno (Pictures), which was edited into the main event slot due to the no-contest debacle in the Shinya Aoki (Pictures)-Gesias Calvancante (Pictures) fight -- the show's true main event. TBS was fifth out of the six major Japanese networks during the time slot, besting only the perennial sixth-place finisher, TV Tokyo.
The ratings were crucial for the primetime continuation of FEG's MMA product. Rumors within the Japanese MMA community surfaced late last year suggesting that TBS could take FEG's Hero's promotion out of primetime due to sagging, lackluster ratings.
Although FEG's restructuring of its MMA program and the invention of Dream were celebrated by hardcore MMA fans, the move was not an altruistic one. Rather, it was an attempt to revitalize FEG's MMA product and ignite interest on television.
Charles McCarthy retires
American Top Team middleweight “Chainsaw” Charles McCarthy has decided that his last fight with Michael Bisping will be the last fight in his career. The former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor announced on Thursday that he is retiring from active mixed martial arts competition.
“I would like to announce my formal retirement from Mixed Martial Arts competition,” said McCarthy in a prepared statement. “I have achieved many of the goals I set out to accomplish in this sport and found others just out of reach. It is now time for me to lay down my gloves and rededicate my attention towards my business, my fighters, my family and my team.
“The successes I have found in my career are due in large part to all the great people who have helped me along the way. Being involved with the true champions at American Top Team has guided me to become a better father, husband, teacher and friend. Without the great generosity of ATT my life would have had a void. I hope that everyone reading (this) can one day feel the love of a great family as I have.
Rumor: Mir NOT Fighting At UFC 86
UFC recently confirmed several more bouts for the UFC 86 undercard. Not among them was Frank Mir vs. Justin McCully, which in fact is now completely off the card, with rumors being it'll happen at 85 or Mir may get a TUF 8 coaching spot and a shot at Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira afterrwards.
Rich Franklin discusses an unclear future
I found an article where Rich Franklin discusses his future opponents in the UFC. He dismisses two figthers right off the bat check out who the are. I'm also wondering on his next opponent. Rich is in a bad spot, being beat by the top guy twice already.
Barnett gets Monson
American heavyweights and former UFC fighters Josh Barnett (21-5) and Jeff Monson (24-7) will meet May 18 at World Victory Road's second-ever show, "Sengoku II."
The Japanese-based organization made the announcement earlier today.
MMA Couple's Split Gets Ugly
Very ugly. Female MMA fighter Erin Toughill and her husband, fighter Clark Bevans, have been going through an ugly divorce battle that has gotten uglier thanks to the TMZ website revealing details claiming she beat him up during drug-induced rages and made other allegations against him. The couple came into the spotlight through the MSNBC documentary series "Warrior Nation".
Maia Breaks Down UFC Win
Demian Maia (Pictures) scored another impressive victory last Saturday at UFC 83. The Brazilian middleweight used a triangle choke and strikes to subdue Ed Herman (Pictures) and improve his record to 7-0.
Remembering Eric Armington
Growing up in unforgiving South Boston, Eric Armington knew something about being an underdog in life. Fortunately, he never let that status define him and never let it get in the way of what he wanted to get out of life, a life that was tragically cut short last Saturday in a motorcycle accident in Canton, Massachusetts.
Kalib Starnes' Statement Regarding UFC
Following one of the most contentious performances of 2008, middleweight Kalib Starnes has released a statement regarding his fight with Nate Quarry at UFC 83.
Irked by what he characterized as inaccurate accounts of his status with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Starnes also promises to release details on the injuries he sustained in the fight.
Koscheck Returns At UFC 86, Other Fights Set
Among 3 new fights added to UFC 86 yesterday is the return of Josh Koscheck to the Octagon. In his first fight of his new UFC contract, Kos will face Chris Lytle. Also confirmed are Ricardo Almeida vs. Patrick Cote & Cole MIller vs. Jorge Gurgel.
Rich Clementi Vs Terry Etim added to UFC 84
No Rest for “No Love”
Thomas Gerbasi, UFC - Lightweight contender Rich “No Love” Clementi is taking no time off after his three round win over Sam Stout at UFC 83 last Saturday. Instead, the pride of Slidell, Louisiana will be back in the gym preparing for a May 24th bout against UK rising star Terry Etim on the star-studded UFC 84 card at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. Clementi replaces Rob Emerson, who was forced to withdraw from the bout against Etim due to injury.
Thats dope Clementi is taking this fight. Clementi is starting to string some decent wins togeather, and should start to see some bigger opportunities come his way. I'd personally like to see him fight Nate Diaz, or mabey Frankie Edgar, If he gets past Etim. That would be 4 straight wins, all of which are impressive. In order: Anthony Johnson, Melvin Guillard, Sam Stout,.......
Bart Palaszewski, Terry Martin to fight for Adrenaline MMA
MMA Rated has the scoop on some new details regarding Adrenaline MMA’s first show on June 14:
Already known was a matchup between Jeff Monson and Mike Russo but agent/promoter Monte Cox has informed MMARated.com that EliteXC fighter, Aaron Rosa, will be fighting on the card as well as IFL fighter, Bart Palaszewski. The Illinois-native Palaszewski will be facing former UFC fighter, Jeff Cox.
Kimbo issues "warning" to Chuck Liddell
EliteXC heavyweight fighter Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson has heard fellow fighters talk badly about him, and though he says he has "nothing but love" for his colleagues, he's apparently growing tired of their criticism -- especially from UFC light heavyweight Chuck Liddell.
Ken Shamrock sues the UFC
Longtime MMA fighter and UFC hall-of-famer Ken Shamrock has filed suit against the UFC, alleging breach of contract regarding a two-fight deal he signed prior to his last fight with the organization.
Former WEC Champ McCullough Fights On June 1st
Sources close to “Razor” Rob McCullough’s camp have confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that the former lightweight World Extreme Cagefighting champion returns to action on June 1 against Kenneth Alexander at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif.
Part of the WEC’s most ambitious live effort yet, McCullough will attempt to avenge an early career loss to Alexander in 2002. Alexander bested the Huntington Beach native by decision after two rounds at a Hitman Fighting Productions event.
May 31 EliteXC-CBS to feature seven preliminary fights
In addition to the five main-card fights that will air during EliteXC's May 31 debut on CBS, the event will feature seven fights on an un-aired preliminary card.
EliteXC teased the seven bouts -- for a total 12-bout fight card -- in the latest "EliteXC: PRIMETIME" event poster.
The show, headlined by a heavyweight bout between Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson and James Thompson, takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. and airs from 9-11 p.m. ET on CBS. It's the first MMA event to air live on major U.S. network television.
None of the preliminary-card bouts has been announced.